On those cold, rainy days when you forget
your rain jacket or umbrella and you want to stay as dry as possible… should you walk
and spend more time in the rain? Or should you run, which means you’ll be smashing into
more raindrops from the side? Assuming you haven’t been fully soaked yet
and you aren’t jumping into puddles, the answer is simple. As you move out of the way of one
falling raindrop, you move into the way of another. So the amount of rain hitting the
top of you is constant, regardless of how fast you’re going. Alternatively, you can
picture that the raindrops themselves are stationary and you (and the earth beneath
you) are moving upwards through the rain! And since the volume of a parallelepiped (that’s
a 3D parallelogram) doesn’t depend at all on its slant, then no matter how fast you’re
moving horizontally the same amount of rain will land on top of you each second. Now, if you’re not moving, the rain from the
top is all you’ll get. But if you ARE moving, you’ll also run into raindrops from the side
and you’ll get wetter. So in any given second, you stay driest by standing still, and the
faster you move the wetter you become. But if you’re trying to get from point A to
point B, then standing still won’t do you much good. And en route from point A to point
B, the total amount of rain you run into from the side has nothing to do with how fast you’re
going – just like how a snowplow will plow the same amount of snow from a stretch of
road regardless of the exact speed it drives. In the case of running through the rain, you
can figure that out using parallelepipeds again. So over a given period of time, the same amount
of rain will hit you from the top, regardless of how fast you’re going. And over a given
distance, you’ll hit the same amount of rain from the side – again, regardless of how fast
you’re going. So your total wetness is equal to the wetness
per second for rain from the top times the amount of time you spend in the rain, plus
the wetness per meter for rain from the side times the number of meters you travel. So to stay driest getting from one point to
another, you should try to minimize the amount of water falling onto you from above. And
quite simply, that means getting out of the rain as fast as possible.

Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?
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100 thoughts on “Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?

  • July 15, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Run you’re welcome

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  • July 15, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Apparently scientists have discovered an alternative solution it goes by the name of an umbrella(whatever that may be)

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  • July 15, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    If you slip and fall on your ass your ass is gonna be wet and you'll spend more time getting your hurting ass up.
    My opinion is to stay calm walk with speed in mind but with sure footing as the rain makes it easy to be the next funniest person alive.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    Okay youtube, Ill watch it.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Okay rain ain’t the real question here

    What about hail??? If u run faster you’d get hit by the side harder RIGHT

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  • July 16, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Or you could just give a shit cause it's literally just water falling from the sky

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    They proved on Mythbusters that you actually DO get wetter if you run in the rain than if you walk.
    This is partially because when you run, you splash more in the water and you also splash higher. That's how and why you get more water on you when you run.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    It looks cooler to walk in the rain

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  • July 16, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    If you turn sideways and walk like a crab in the rain you will squeeze between the water droplets.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    Wandelen is lopen….

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  • July 16, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    Stop translating random video titles u dumb youtube!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    Either way your getting wet

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    ok but can you do it on a cold rainy night in stoke?

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    А по русски?

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm
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    True answer: yes

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  • July 16, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    Easy, just blow upward really hard so the rain doesn’t touch you

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    pointless

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  • July 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Practice your rain dodging skills! Get Touhou VR today!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Please your speed is too fast

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  • July 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Were you bored?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    Solution=Run thats it

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  • July 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Reasons I run because the rain might get more stronger

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  • July 19, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Yeah. . . That’s what I thought

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Myth Buster actually copied them

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  • July 19, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Nothing you said supported running yet that’s your conclusion?

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    If you Naruto run, your arms will be at the same angle as the falling rain.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    If you walk the raindrops will run in you!
    If you run the raindrops will walk in you!
    Do you get it!?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    So were the mythbusters wrong?

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    It's a hot day, you're in a hurry, but you want to reduce sweatiness. Do you run in the sun and walk in the shade?

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  • July 25, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    A path you've chosen will always be constant. So it doesn't matter how much rain hits you from the side and the whole solution is just get home quick.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Nobody:
    Dumb people: just get an umbrella

    It literately says it at the start of the video what if you dont have anything.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    I would jog a little not walk or run. Cause if u run then ur gonna slip. If u walk ur gonna waste time. Soooooo jog lightly.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Well yes but actually no

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  • July 26, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    of course, i cant expect a different answer than to run as fast as you can. That was fun. 5.3K are still probably standing still so they wont get more wet…

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Stop recommending me YouTube. Please

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Incorrect, you have neglected wind despite even showing rain falling diagonally.

    If the wind is blowing from behind you, the answer changes because your head 'collects' some of the rain that would hit you elsewhere so you cannot simply add them together.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Moral of the story is don't faile in maths

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  • July 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    The mythbusters tested this and found that running is better. Duh!

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  • July 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    but i might slip 🙁

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  • July 26, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    As much as i love running, I never do so in the rain. I'd rather get drenched than to fall.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    I like he doesn't give a straight answer he does all this math and in the end I'm just confused meanwhile if you asked me this I would just say:
    Run cause the longer you stay in the rain the wetter you get

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    What a tangled suggestion we weave

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  • July 27, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    fly you fools.
    gandalf the grey

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  • July 27, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    I shall dodge every raindrop

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    1:37 gandalf, lord of the rings reference

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  • July 27, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    Is it better to run or walk in the rain?
    Minutephysics: Well yes, but actually no.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    There is one way to avoid the rain just grow wings and fly over the clouds 🤣👍

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    If we naruto run we can avoid the rain drop

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    You're assuming the rain falls vertically. However, because of the wind, it might fall diagonally. What would be the answer then?

    There is still a part of rain which always falls on you and depends on time, although it is not only on top of you. If you run against the wind, there is an added horizontal amount of rain you run into, so the problem is the same as before.

    However, if you have to run in the same direction as the wind, when you walk, less raindrops would hit you horizontally: if you ran in the same direction as the wind at the same speed, it would be as if you stopped with no wind, so rain only hits you vertically, so you should get faster until you reach the wind speed which moves the raindrops. Nevertheless, once you reach that speed, should you get even faster? If you did, you would sepend less time, so you would hit less raindrops vertically, but you would hit more raindrops horizontally, so I guess it would depend. I'll study the problem further on… I'll edit this if I find something out.

    (I have assumed the speed of the wind is the horizontal speed of the raindrops. Otherwise, simply substitute "speed of the wind" by "horizontal speed of rain", which I assume to be constant.)

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  • July 29, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Or u use an UMBRELLA

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    It's running, you are welcome!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    same video but the sound in arabic https://youtu.be/bOG–nqNCVc

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    Wasted 2 mins of my time.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    Many researches have proved that wearing a raincoat or using an umbrella can help you!!
    🙂

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:07 am
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    everyone: saying this was on their recommendations

    Me who actually wanted to know: ಠ_ಠ

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    I think if we focus our chakra into our legs we can stand on water, so if we put chakra all over our bodies like a shield. We can't get wet

    ~someone who doesn't even have chakra powers

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    run so you can get dry faster despite not hitting less water

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    Except rain rarely falls straight down…

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  • August 4, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Did you not noticed that the speed you run does make a difference on the area you get wet from the side? Running with bigger staps makes my legs expose more to the rain. Also sometimes you have horizontal rain. I mean your calculations are based on standard and an simplified situation. Not that you are wrong.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Or you can accept your destiny and take a free bath outdoor.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    I agree with all of the math shown here, but I think that one factor is being overlooked. When walking, a person's posture is mostly vertical; their head and chest are directly above their feet and their legs are not swinging back and forth very much. However, when running, a person tends to lean forward, their legs swing back and forth a great amount, as do their arms. This causes their horizontal surface area to be greater, which means that when running, the rate at which water hits the person from overhead will be greater than the rate for when the same person is walking. I'm not sure how significant this would actually be in practice, but its something to think about.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Evacuate the city, engage all defenses, and bring this man an umbrella

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  • August 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Well people here talking about umbrellas and I am actually trying to use this shit practically because I literally forget bringing my umbrella…like everytime.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Literally just wasted 2 minutes of my life…

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    My anxities just reached a whole new level

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    The right way is actually Naruto running to dodge the rain

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  • August 10, 2019 at 8:30 am
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    No shit Sherlock

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    On cold days I think of this aswell, if I go faster more cold air hits me so I feel colder, but I'll get home quicker. Walking means I feel a bit warmer but have to stay in the cold for longer

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    I don't think the snowplow analogy works. The amount of rain you run into as you run faster is going to be less, because each differentially box you run into will have less and less time to refill with more raindrops. The error is adding that your accumulation of raindrops as you move through each differential slice is a process of the same order as the velocity with which youove through it

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    This is why i hate physics.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    I walk 😊

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    Everyone is talking about umberella,but the formula at 1:30 was really helpful for physics student 👍

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    I remember that!
    I think they were lapping very similar lap times – in the tenths! – for 2 or 3 laps then that BAR showed up and Hakkinen did that crazy maneuver to overtack Schumacher.
    Zonta himself – the BAR driver – said after the race he couldn't believe how crazy it was!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    This long mathematics just to prove you get more wet if you spend more time in rain.
    Lol.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    Myth Busters said the opposite,right?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    wetness per second (w/s)…🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • August 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    Awesome physics class I ever had🤪🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💥

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  • August 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Hence, we can't do anything!

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    kide logic re ? 😂

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    Sir can you Please tell me what softwre you use for animation like that……Thank you..

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    Thunderstorms joined the chat

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    What about if the rain is at an angle because of wind?

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    thank u ,, but i will use an umbrella 😒

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    i remember in 2012 our physics teacher introduced us to this phenomenon , that time we came to a conclusion that running would get us more wet 😛 but he was an incredible teacher.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    How can you get wet from rain, it's the clothes that gets wet, not your body, look closely, your body is actually waterproof

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Love your Lord of the rings reference

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    As a climate change denier, I say the rain doesn’t exist.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    How about the air beacuse rain has different directions though

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    U dodge em like a boss at 999999999.99999999% speed of light it gets you at the destination in a flash!

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Yep, you might consider this before lightning hits you.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    ‘Umbrella has joined the chat’

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    And what about simply moving between the rain drops?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Did I just brain fart?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    So i become dry when i stand up..🙄
    I mean Speed = 0

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  • September 1, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Rice

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  • September 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Some say:It's better to walk in the rain
    Some say:It's better to run in the rain
    But deep down we all know that

    It's best to use an umbrella in the rain

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  • September 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    1:20 are you fucking kidding me

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