Warning: Don’t Trip on the Banana Peel Caution Cone

banana peel warning coneA student sent me this.  Not sure where it was taken, but gotta love it.  A much better attention-getter than the usual caution cones.

It raises the larger question of “Do people really slip on banana peels?”  Yes.  While slipping on a banana peel is a comedic cliché, it happens.

The famous Prosser, Wade & Schwartz Torts casebook contains a trilogy of cases involving plaintiffs who slipped on banana peels.  In keeping with the comedic tradition, our discussion of the cases ends with this question:  “Before we move on, what do the three banana cases all have in common?”  Pause, bewildered looks.  “They all went up on … a peel.”  Drum roll.

Mythbusters found there’s nothing particularly slippery about banana peels, but Googling the issue brings up several recent instances of people falling on them.  In December 2013, a Staten Island man slipped on a banana peel and fell onto the subway tracks.

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