Fact is, ONLY physicists intuitively understand that bigger is easier when it comes to hula hooping. What I didn’t know was that the 2004 IgNoble prize for physics went to a paper about the science of hula hooping,
Kinetics of hula hooping: An inverse
T. Cluff, D.G.E. Robertson *, R. Balasubramaniam
School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
It’s dry. Here’s the most engaging illustration from the paper:
2004 was a good year for the IgNobles; other awards went to the teams who tested a) the five-second rule about food dropped on the floor and b) the effect of country music on suicide.