Can You Slip On A Banana Peel?Posted: December 17, 2014
This afternoon, I embarrassed myself. If you’re thinking that is probably hard to do, you’re right. The sad part is, I didn’t do anything that was noticeable. It was just a thought; maybe a subtle action, but nothing more than that.
Banana Peels = Danger
I drove to my gym and pulled in to a parking space. After gathering my things, I opened my car door to hop out. Two banana peels were on the ground next to my car. It looked as if someone before me had arrived at the gym, gobbled two bananas, dropped the peels out of their window and then went in to exercise.
As I stepped out, I thought “don’t step on those, you’ll slip and fall”.
Now, we all know that the proper thing to do in this situation is to ask yourself, or any person within earshot, “what kind of slob does something like that?”. Not me, I’m concerned with self-preservation. I don’t want to fall on my backside.
I avoided falling because of the peels and went inside without any incidents. But I spent my time at the gym questioning my reaction. I’ve no reason to worry about slipping on a banana peel. I’ve never slipped on a peel before, so it seems that I’m statistically unlikely to do so in the future. Of course, my results might be skewed by the fact that I very carefully avoid all discarded banana skins because my feet might slide out from under me if I step on one.
I don’t know anyone who isn’t named Elmer Fudd who has ever gone ass over teakettle (no, I don’t understand why that’s an expression either) after stepping on a discarded banana skin. But while I’m glad I avoided stepping on those skins in the parking lot, it wasn’t because I didn’t want that banana smell following me. It was because I didn’t want to slip on them.
Now, I’m not certain that anyone else avoids stepping on banana peels. Maybe I’m the only one who does it, but I doubt that. I think there are others who avoid fallen banana peels out of concern for their safety. Perhaps those people have moments like I did, wondering if they really should be afraid to step on the left over parts of a banana or any other tropical fruit.
People like me are living our lives according to one aspect of physics as demonstrated in Warner Brothers cartoons:
For every action (stepping on a banana peel), there is an equal and opposite reaction (falling backward).
We somehow know through instinct that if we are hit in the face with a frying pan our head will not take the shape of that pan, but the banana peel remains an open question for us.
An Appeal For Help
It is time that we put that question to rest. I do not want to live my life in fear anymore.
I want to know, on behalf of people like me, if a banana peel’s inherent slickness makes it a safety hazard due as soon as it lands at our feet.
Your answers to my poll questions and your comments will help me and millions like me.
Or perhaps you’ll just help me.