Banana peels are the bane of anybody in search of positive footing. (Simply ask Wile E. Coyote or anybody who’s ever performed Mario Kart.) However are banana peels actually that slippery? Because it seems, sure. And the invention of what makes them so earned a workforce of scientists the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in physics.
Banana peels are particularly slippery, even when in comparison with different fruits’ peels, due to polysaccharide molecules within the peel. But these chemical compounds, says the BBC, are additionally current “within the membranes the place our bones meet,” and understanding how they work might assist with designing higher prosthetics.
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Digging a bit of deeper into the seemingly foolish research offers a solution to the query: “Wait, why did scientists spend money and time learning that?” Highlighting the surprisingly practicality in ridiculous sounding analysis is the purpose of the Ig Nobel prizes, which have been handed out at Harvard College yesterday.
Together with the physics of banana peels, awards went out to scientists who confirmed that stuffing your nostril with cured pork is an effective solution to cease a life-threatening nostril bleed and that it’s very regular to see Jesus’ face in your toast.
Maybe probably the most necessary items of analysis highlighted by the Ig Nobel awards went to a workforce of researchers who studied “the relative ache individuals undergo whereas taking a look at an unpleasant portray, slightly than a reasonably portray, whereas being shot [in the hand] by a robust laser beam.” [Hint: Pretty paintings make it hurt less.]