Anyone who’s played Mario Kart knows all too well that banana skins are slippy (and that roads made of rainbows are where dreams go to die), but a Japanese scientific research team have finally proved it, thus ending that nagging doubt we’ve all had in the back of our minds that perhaps they aren’t slippy. Perhaps we’ve been lied to this whole time.
The group, lead by Kiyoshi Mabuchi, measured the friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and a banana skin and the floor. Their conclusion? Slippy.*
For all their hard work, the team was awarded the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for physics. The question of whether ingesting mushrooms increases your size or speed, however, remains unanswered.
*Actual conclusion may have been more sciencey.