I Lost My Life Savings and All I Got Was This Giant Dreadlocked Banana (VIDEO)

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It’s hard to feel sorry for Henry Gribbohm, who recently lost the entirety of his life savings — about 2,600 bucks — on a carnival game.

For starters, it’s tough to pity people who are vanquished by their own stupidity.

Also, he didn’t exactly leave the carnival empty-handed. Check out the awesome stuffed, dreadlocked banana he won.

He may have lost a whackload of cash, but he gained a giant, yellow (and possibly stoned-out-of-his-peel) rasta-nana friend.

Instead of skulking home in shame and calling a family member for a loan, Gribbohm amazingly went to the New Hampshire media claiming he had been duped out of money by crooked carnies.

The saga began, he told reporters, when he spotted a snazzy new Xbox Kinect that he hoped to win from a game called Tubs of Fun, which requires players to toss bouncy balls into buckets.

Like all carnival games, it’s a lot harder than it looks. Rather than do the sensible thing after botching a few throws — chuckle, shrug and go ride Tilt-a-Whirl — Gribbohm kept playing, determined to win back his money, and the Xbox peripheral, with a series of increasingly dunderheaded double-or-nothing attempts.

The game was rigged, he insists.

“Ya think?!” responds anyone who’s ever been to a carnival.

While it’s unknown whether any sneaky tactics were used to surreptitiously make the game more difficult after Gribbohm’s successful practice throws, it has been known for more than a century that all carnival games look deceptively easy.

Gribbohm now realizes “it was foolish” to spend his life savings on the carnival game, which is an understatement of epic proportions. A little math reveals that he could have purchased 17 brand-new Xbox Kinects for the same amount of money he lost at the carnival.

But there’s a bright side. He now has a giant, yellow, smirking plush toy to remind him of a simple mantra to live by: never trust a carny.

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