Friday, July 29, 2005

Solving the Umbrella Problem

It's a rainy day, and you use your umbrella as you return to your car. By the time you reach the car, the umbrella is dripping wet. What would be a good place to toss that umbrella inside the car? "The front seat floor," you may say. Or "the back seat floor." Wrong! Floors are for suckers!

The engineers at VW have devoted considerable efforts to solving this problem that none of us even recognized as a problem. Wanna guess what sort of space they've designed for a wet umbrella? Go ahead. I bet you won't come up with the right answer.

6 comments:

Mona Buonanotte said...

Hmmm...I'm gonna say a little pocket in the door that drains the umbrella by way of suction and shoots it out from the undercarriage, like pee.

But it's probably something more farfernuggin', like overhead, or in the cupholder.

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I'll go with a slot in the dashboard, beneath the radio/AC area, that taps into, and runs heat from the firewall across the damp umbrella. Probably totally wrong, but it's the first "solution" I could come up with.

the nut said...

The trunk? I carry a large umbrella so I don't think they have that one in mind.

Orange said...

Mona, you're pretty close. There's a hidden compartment accessed at the edge of the driver's open door. Close the door, the umbrella is gone, the water drains outside the car.

Of course, after seeing that "Saturday Night Live" sketch with, I think, Rob Schneider, I love the concept of any hidden compartment. "You put your weeeed in it," of course.

Charlie said...

That was one of my favorite SNL sketches. "And here's where you put your weeeeeeed."

The Lioness said...

A Portie taxi driver, tired of having is taxi all wet and moldy, invented a sort of funnel years ago. Porties are great inventors but they can never afford to patent said inventions. Sad really.