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Carrying an umbrella during a flood

September 26, 2009

manilaThe Philippines suffered tragedy and death as heavy rains flooded the country.

Watching this BBC video, Rocky observed dozens of Philippinos carrying umbrellas amidst the flood.   He asks, “If you are waist-high in flood waters, why carry an umbrella?”

Click here to watch this bizarre BBC video clip:

In one scene, people grasp for a safety rope with their right hand — yet keep their umbrellas erect with their left hand.

Any theories or explanations to explain this seemingly odd behavior would be greatly appreciated.

[Disclosure: Rocky is neither callous nor insensitive to the obvious human suffering in the Philippines. He simply is puzzled by this widespread, seemingly irrational behavior.]

  1. Warren Murdoch
    September 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    This epic flooding in Manila is the Philippine’s Katrina. Hopefully, aid will be rendered without the stench of corruption that plagues country.

  2. September 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    It’s very different to have your feet wet than your head wet. I mean, it just feels different somehow. I would probably do it too. Up until the time I needed both hands to grab something to keep from being carried away. Then it would be goodbye umbrella. But as for a theory, I believe that people underestimate or don’t understand the power of rushing water. They treat it as if it is merely “standing” water, and that is entirely different. When you see 18 inches of moving water in the street pick your car up, as I did in New Orleans in 2005, you gain a new appreciation. Floods scare me to death.

  3. September 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Fakename is correct. The umbrella keeps the part of you not wet from getting wet. Being completely wet is not a good feeling.

  4. October 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Perhaps also there is a degree of comfort in having control over SOMETHING in that kind of devastating situation – even if its just fighting back in some small measure against the weather.

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