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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Save Your Umbrella.... Here's how you should let it dry.

One of the common sights you'll see this coming Christmas, if it's raining, is the sight of people putting their umbrellas on the ground. Here's a picture of what I mean:

I'm going to need you to concentrate on the umbrella on the left. It's open, maybe it's wet, and it's been left on the ground to dry. Most people think that it'll dry up nicely and once they're out of the house, they can take their nice umbrella and go. The umbrella on the right, on the other hand, is how an umbrella looks like when it's dry and it's been rolled up.

Here's the problem you might find when you leave your umbrella to dry like the one on the left. The wind might blow, because it's still raining. And when the wind blows, the umbrella moves. The umbrella, if blown from the direction of the handle, effectively becomes a sail. Even if it's just one second, that a sail with the wind in the right direction. And it's bound to move. It moves in the direction that the handle tip is pointing.

The problem is that, when it moves, the thin, pointy leg of the umbrella on the ground might not move with it. It stays put. So the umbrella gets blown, it moves, and the leg stays put. Remember, that leg is thin, and likely made of metal. What do you get with that combination?

You get an umbrella with a bent leg. And sometimes it can get bent up to 90 degrees, at a right angle. It's really bad. If you try to unbend it, good luck to you! Sometimes it can backfire, and cause you to get an umbrella with a broken leg!

My preference these day is to close up the umbrella but not button it up. Hang it somewhere to dry... After 2 hours of Christmas day visiting, it should have dried up nice and proper. And there's about 0 percent chance of getting an umbrella with a bent leg.