Inside Out: Umbrellas Gone Wild : The Picture Show Has your umbrella ever been flipped inside out during strong winds? And have you ever learned the lesson?
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Inside Out: Umbrellas Gone Wild

Here's one thing that continues to elude me: the fact that we humans have literally been using umbrellas for centuries — and we've still yet to engineer a windproof rain-shielding device. And even though we know this, we continue to buy, and use, and break them. Constantly.

Or, giving the masses the benefit of the doubt: Maybe the nefarious umbrella manufacturers realize that we will keep buying crappy contraptions because we have no choice.

But in the battle of umbrella versus storm, umbrella clearly doesn't stand a chance.