Comedy Banana Skin Slipperyness Research Wins Ig Nobel Prize

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Ig Nobel Prize, which rewards scientists and researchers for examining things that are largely pointless, has awarded a serious paper investigating why banana skins are slippery one of this year's key trophies.

The Japanese team led by Kiyoshi Mabuchi examined such specifics as the friction of the fruit's skin in a laboratory setting, comparing it, very seriously, with the less slippery peels of apples and oranges. For that they won the Ig Nobel physics prize, while research into the mental health of cat owners and people who see faces in inanimate objects was also rewarded for the futility of it all. [Ig Nobel via BBC]

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