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The 3 Oddest Food Mysteries Solved!

The Ig Nobel Awards were just announced, and they honor research that makes people laugh, and then think. This year, an award was given to someone who figured out the exact coefficient of friction for the banana peel. Trace thought it would be fun to discuss some science related to food!

Read More:
Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin
https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/trol/7/3/7_147/_article
“We measured the frictional coefficient under banana skin on floor material.”

A closer look at tumbling toast
http://www2.physics.umd.edu/~mfuhrer/course/spr02/AJP/AJP00038.pdf
“The study of the mechanics of tumbling toast provides an informative and entertaining project for undergraduates.”

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
http://www.improbable.com/ig/winners/#ig2014

Coefficient of Friction
http://www.engineershandbook.com/Tables/frictioncoefficients.htm
“Extreme care is needed in using friction coefficients and additional independent references should be used.”

Friction theory and coefficients of friction for some common materials and materials combinations
http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/friction-coefficients-d_778.html

Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?_r=0
“Food partisanship doesn’t usually reach the same heights of animosity as the political variety, except in the case of the anti-cilantro party.”

Genetic Proof That You Really Do Hate Cilantro
http://gizmodo.com/5942551/genetic-proof-that-you-really-do-hate-cilantro
“Scientists have had a hunch for some time that cilantro hating might be partly inherited.”

A genetic variant near olfactory receptor genes influences cilantro preference
http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2096
“The leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant, known as cilantro or coriander, are widely used in many cuisines around the world.”

Watch More:
6 Times Animals Fought Drunk People
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KzZwJfNQNU

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