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Snow is more slippery than a Banana peel

post #1 of 22
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In a VERY scientific experiment while I was skiing today I realized that snow is more slippery than a Banana peel.

I was exiting a lift that I was riding with 2 others today and noticed a banana peel right in the middle of the exit point. On the next ride up I was again riding with 2 others but this time I was in the middle and I decided to ski right over it in a tightly controlled experiment.

Well the banana peel grabbed my ski and held it as tight as my wife does my credit card on a trip to the mall. I momentarily lost my balance but fortunately in a miraculous recovery I did not fall unlike my bank balance after wife's shopping trip.

So there you have it! Definative proof that snow is indeed more slippery than a banana peel

Feel free to use this information in physics class and no footnotes required:
post #2 of 22
I can say ...

Get a life!

In three languages .... wanna hear?





Sorry, no could risisto data uno!
post #3 of 22
This is heavy stuff!

It should be added to ..... "The Code" ....

printed on tickets, lift towers and signs all over ...
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
I knew this would happen! I try to post HIGHLY intillectual scientific information and people who will NEVER reach my "Jethro Bodine" level of knowledge post derisive comments

As to putting it on lift towers etc... I refuse to contact my lawyers as I'm loathe to drive up ticket prices even though I NARROWLY escaped with my life while trying to add to the betterment of humankind:
post #5 of 22
I, for one, would like to thank you for this contribution. We also can't forget the genius who left the peel there to make your experiment possible.
post #6 of 22

How? How? How?

Think of how this would be worded .... in a tort claim?

Yer' Honor, .... my client was injured at the ski area ... by, NOT slipping on a banana peel!

With careless and wanton disregard and malice aforethought .... they left a peel ... and a rogue peel at that! At large and unattended, waiting and lurking for the first unwary person to exit the chair!

And there is prollaly a lawyer who could deliver that with a straight face too!
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Yuki
Think of how this would be worded .... in a tort claim?

Yer' Honor, .... my client was injured at the ski area ... by, NOT slipping on a banana peel!

With careless and wanton disregard and malice aforethought .... they left a peel ... and a rogue peel at that! At large and unattended, waiting and lurking for the first unwary person to exit the chair!

And there is prollaly a lawyer who could deliver that with a straight face too!
Too true Yuki and it's very sad or very comedic depending on your point of view(I'll take comedic).

And Ski3po I will try to find the peel dropper as it will only bolster the research when published in leading scientific journals such as EPICSKI and others
post #8 of 22
Oh my, I think I could act as a witness! I saw a rogue banana peel at the top of the Falcoln Lift today! I too narrowly escaped being taken down by this silent menace! It never occurred to me to conduct any experiment! Kudos to you for exhibiting such courage in the face of imminent danger! Do you suppose there are any bears : —Comprex? Physics Man? vlad?—who could calculate the acceleration coefficient of banana peel slippage?
post #9 of 22
This needs to be published so that it can be disseminated to the entire scientific community. May I suggest the Journal of Irreproduceable Results? Did you get any pictures?
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
DP,

The journal of Irreproduceable results only deals with phantom blather by decidedly unscientific types who focus on questioning recently discovered absolute TRUTHS such as this

Pictures are clearly not necessary as it appears there may be a "Witness" to this valuable discovery

The burgoning market for banana peel ski areas in snow starved regions of the country has been sent reeling as it appears REAL SNOW will still be required for the forseeable future:
post #11 of 22
Jgiddyup- I didn't notice your post about being in Breck until it was too late- sorry we didn't meet up. Maybe next week..

Despite the appearance of a definitive conclusion to this august investigation, there is a second study that will need to be performed before we are able to put the whole matter to rest. Which side of the peel was up? It is absolutely critical to repeat the experiment with the opposite side up, and then to determine whether fluoro or hydrocarbon wax will alter the results.
post #12 of 22
Ultra high density polyethylene apparently has an affintiy for organic debris that makes the viscosicy of the substrate alter its metaphysical state. I have also experiences sudden decellerations while in high velocity descents, when I impacted the obscured top of a dead tree under 15 feet of snow. Sadly such obsticles are protected as "habitat" for fur bearers and owls; however, the placement of organic debris such as fruit peels, is clearly a negligent and criminal act for which the perpetrator should incur criminal liability, and the operator civil liability for having allowed it to occur.

Thank you very much.
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by SugarCube
Oh my, I think I could act as a witness! I saw a rogue banana peel at the top of the Falcoln Lift today! I too narrowly escaped being taken down by this silent menace! It never occurred to me to conduct any experiment! Kudos to you for exhibiting such courage in the face of imminent danger! Do you suppose there are any bears : —Comprex? Physics Man? vlad?—who could calculate the acceleration coefficient of banana peel slippage?
Here is some proof anyone needs that I am a big big geek...normally its wax on snow, depending on the conditions of the snow- ice, pow, slush each would have different coefficient of friction. In this case it is banana peel on snow/slush/ice. I think the hard part is finding a generally accepted coefficient of friction of banana peels combined with that of the snow in order to find the friction force exerted against the victim's forward motion. F = ma, so take away the friction force from the "onward force and divide by mass.
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by dp
Jgiddyup- I didn't notice your post about being in Breck until it was too late- sorry we didn't meet up. Maybe next week..

Despite the appearance of a definitive conclusion to this august investigation, there is a second study that will need to be performed before we are able to put the whole matter to rest. Which side of the peel was up? It is absolutely critical to repeat the experiment with the opposite side up, and then to determine whether fluoro or hydrocarbon wax will alter the results.
nah - you are forgetting the important factor of banana ripeness....

you need to test on at least these banana stages
1)green - really green (never know when a pacific islander may leave their green banana around) ... both cooked and uncooked..

2)unripe... the stage the Low GI people love...
3) nearly ripe - just a tinge of green
4) ripe - nice golden yellow but glossy and glowing
5) just overripe ... yellow bu a tad duller and with the odd brown spot
6) overripe - lots of brown spots
7) mushy.... mostly brown... very squishy - perfect for banana cakes!
post #15 of 22
related,

Ice is more slippery in the dark than in light!
Even a bit of shade is contrast enough. I proved it to myself this past Sunday, and the "lesson" is still fresh (durably imprinted on my neck muscles!)

Oh, Dark is known to be more dense than light, so perhaps I slipped on a patch of dark.

CalG
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cgrandy
related,

Ice is more slippery in the dark than in light!
Even a bit of shade is contrast enough. I proved it to myself this past Sunday, and the "lesson" is still fresh (durably imprinted on my neck muscles!)

Oh, Dark is known to be more dense than light, so perhaps I slipped on a patch of dark.

CalG
As it is also known that donut holes are poisonous. ALWAYS eat around the donut hole.

And another truism (does this belong in the humor thread?) is that food always tastes better when eaten outside, as well as tasking better when prepared by someone else.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
DP sorry I missed you as well! Regarding testing both sides of the peel, this was accomplished. The primary peel was laying with the inside facing up. But the peel debris was in an opposite facing, so therefore all bases were covered

As for DISSKI's assertion that ripeness should be a factor, please see Cirquerider's mention of viscosity and metaphysics:

Further testing while obviously not necessary was prevented as upon arriving at the testing place this morning NASA engineers had removed it for scientific and national security reasons
post #18 of 22
my favorite comment about metaphysics comes from Woody Allen (from the distant past when he was still playing the clubs- I think this may have been from the Village Vanguard (yes, they had comedy there once upon a time)):
"I was expelled from NYU for cheating on a metaphysics exam- I was caught looking into the soul of the student next to me".
post #19 of 22

with apologies to George Carlin

Saliva has been shown to cause stomach cancer.....but only if swallowed in very small amounts over a very long period of time.
post #20 of 22
Has anyone done the experiment with a peeled parsnip? The results could be similar.
post #21 of 22
Was it a European Banana or an African Banana?
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by jgiddyup
Snow is more slippery than a Banana peel :
I want the T-shirt and the bumper sticker with this !
(and I mean it in a good way)
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