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Minute Physics: Is It Better to Walk or Run in the Rain? [Video]

The rain is pouring down and you’re trying to stay as dry as possible moving from point A to point B. Do you walk or run? Minute Physics picks apart the dilemma.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/1/13

Comments (12)

  1. Mahmud

    Thanks for clarification, every time on rain I think of that and never had an answer

  2. Paul

    Walking only gets you wet from above? Bollocks. Your head doesn’t shield your entire body when walking. That’s what umbrellas are for. Running, and therefore spending LESS TIME in the rain, is the better option, as Mythbusters proved. And even if they didn’t prove it, it’s bleeding obvious anyway.

  3. Paul

    Like I always say: the longer and more detailed you have to explain something, the more likely that it’s BS.

  4. Larry Z

    Carry a bar of soap with you and solve your cleanliness problem,

  5. bedlamb

    2 Paul
    Watch the video again.
    This time, listen too.

  6. Ed

    It’s metre, not meter

  7. LadyFitzgerald

    @ Ed. It depends on where you live.

  8. Paul

    Bedlam, I did watch it. It’s false. Even MythBusters agrees it’s false. My own experience proves it’s false: my wife ran and I walked in the rain once, from our car to our front door (about 100 meters). She was relatively dry, I was soaked. It’s that simple.

  9. Jason

    @Paul
    I don’t normally waste time commenting on such things, but you’re an idiot. As Bedlamb said, “Watch the video again.
    This time, listen too.”

  10. Paul

    Okay, what part of the video do you think I didn’t listen to? Please tell me the in-point.

  11. Paul

    The video keeps implying that when walking, you only get wet from the top, and none from the side; which is total and utter bollocks.

  12. Paul

    This guy isn’t running, but hey, the physics video above says that only his head should be wet -> http://talkvietnam.com/uploads/2012/05/man-rain-ho-chi-minh-city-366414.jpg

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