If you slipped on a banana peel and didn’t manage to break your fall before your head slammed into the ground, you could easily die. “It turns out these banana peels are totally lethal objects hiding in plain sight,” Cassidy says.
Has anyone ever slipped on a banana peel and died?
A 1927 Tennessee death certificate for a 74-year-old hospitalized man shows patient slipped on banana peeling and fell shortly before death.
What happens if you step on a banana peel?
To have a solid grip, we want a good amount of frictional force between our feet and the surface. But if somehow, if we step on a banana peel, the frictional force between the surface and the feet suddenly decreases and we slip and tend to fall.
Why do people easily slip on a banana skin?
Within the banana skin are tiny follicles that, when any pressure is exerted on them (for instance, a foot step) release a gel of polysaccharide molecules, which make it more slippery than other fruit peels.
Is it possible to slip on a banana?
As it turns out, yes. And the discovery of what makes them so earned a team of scientists the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in physics. Banana peels are especially slippery, even when compared to other fruits’ peels, because of polysaccharide molecules in the peel.
Why do you think the boy slipped on the banana peel while he was able to run well on a plain surface?
It makes the surface smooth when a banana peel falls on the ground, allowing friction between the floor and our feet to be decreased. Since we are capable of walking due to friction, we slip and fall down in the presence of less friction.