There’s no controlling Mother Nature. Say it’s raining cats and dogs, and you just got your hair did. You want to get from the parking lot to the grocery store entrance without wrecking it. The question at hand: Should you walk and spend more time in the rain, or should you run (which means you’ll be hitting more raindrops from the side)?
Henry Reich, the guy behind MinutePhysics, creates videos using time-lapsed drawings to explain physics related topics in around one minute. In this installment of MinutePhysics, we learn that running in the rain keeps us drier than walking.
The video breaks down the age-old question by way of parallelograms and total wetness equations (…get your mind out of the gutter). But this isn’t the first attempt at bringing science into the rainy equation.
MythBusters aired an episode a few years back stating it’s better to walk than run. Viewers called in and said the MythBusters crew should test the hypothesis with real rain and not resort to sprinklers on the ceiling of a giant warehouse. The Discovery Channel show waited for cloudy skies and conducted the experiment yet again (this time with real rain). The second go found that on average, the runner collected 4 grams less water than the walker.
So what’s the point? We probably don’t need physics, television experiments, or stick figure diagrams to encourage a little exercise (especially if we’re talking super short distances). But, maybe this quick little video will put a little hustle in our step.
What do you do when it’s raining cats and dogs? Walk, run, or stick to an umbrella? Let us know in the comment section below or tweet the author @nicmcdermott.