Are personalized umbrellas a fashion accessory?
Maybe you have a personalized umbrella or your friends have personalized umbrellas. Whatever the case, your plain old rain umbrellas just are not looking up to date with the styles of umbrella wear being seen out in the rain these days. How did umbrellas go from being a luxurious necessity to being a style accessory? The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra which means to shade or shadow. An umbrella, essentially, is a device that shades, shadows, or protects you from either the rain or from the sun. When being used as a form of protection from the sun, an umbrella can be referred to as a parasol. Parasols, however, are not waterproof, whereas, umbrellas are made out of a different material that will protect you from water. Other words for umbrella are brolly, rainshade, sunshade, gamp, or bumbershoot. The word brolly is a slang word for the word umbrella and the word brolly is used in the countries of Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. The word bumbershoot, another word for umbrella, was used in America in the late nineteenth century.
History of the personalized umbrella
Throughout history, and in many various countries, nobility has been depicted with servants holding large palm tree leaves as a shade over their head from the hot sun. There are many ancient drawings of this sort. These are probably recognized to be the first umbrellas or parasols. While slaves and servant had tougher and tanner skin, the nobility was protected from harsh elements by leaves or other shading devices. Most of these pictorial historic artifacts, however, show umbrellas over people in the warmer regions like in Africa and in Asia.
In Europe, on the other hand, umbrellas or parasols were not seen for many, many years. There is even a story in which a jester makes fun of someone for leaving home on a rainy day without wearing his cloak. It appears that cloaks were the main form of rain protection in Europe. It wasn't until about the middle of the seventeenth century when umbrellas started to be seen being carried by servants to protect the heads of noblemen in England. Around this same time, the English also began to describe a "canopy" device that the ladies would use to shield themselves from the sun on very hot days. According to the writings of Europeans, it seems that the wealthiest used umbrellas and that the women used umbrellas.
Rain umbrellas aren't going away (unless the rain does!)
Ideally, most of us would like to never have to need to use rain umbrellas, personalized umbrellas or otherwise. Walking outside to a grey, dreary day is not enjoyable to most people. There are those people who really get a thrill out of a good thunderstorm and there are many people that are happy to see a wintery snow storm, but in general, people would rather that the sun be shining when they open their blinds on their windows each morning. Unfortunately, the weather does not care how much you love the sun shining and how much you may hate seeing those rain drops outside.
However, it isn't possible for rain to just go away completely. Water from the earth gets evaporated into the sky by the heat of the sun. Therefore, if the sun was just shining all of the time, than warmth that the sun puts off would just continue to evaporate water up into the sky until there was no water left. Luckily, this doesn't happen because the water that gets evaporated has to go somewhere. The evaporated water in the sky sits in the clouds. Eventually the clouds get too heavy and full from all of that evaporated water and the water then begins to trickle or even pour out of the cloud and back down onto the earth in the form of rain. However, there have been periods of time where the water stays stored in the clouds for awhile and we have a drought. Without the rain, our crops can die, leaving us limited food sources. We may also be forced to limit water for other daily uses like showering and doing our laundry. In a severe desert climate, there may even be a shortage of drinking water.
That's why we must have rain. The alternative would not make any of us happy. Try to remember all of the reasons why rain is so important for us the next time that you see it raining outside. We can put up with a couple of wet days in exchange for dinner on the table every night. If we must get through these dreary days, why not make the best of it. Get a personalized umbrella for your personality. Get your name or your school printed on your umbrella. Get one that comes in hot pink or polka dots. Your umbrella is an accessory that can be a reflection of you just like any other accessory you wear. So have fun with it. Maybe you'll even start wishing for rain.
Once you have bought your personalized umbrella you're going to want to use it all the time, right? So you don't get into that "sunglasses have become my headband because it is not sunny" territory, let's make sure you have plenty of places to travel all over the world where personalized umbrellas are a way of life.
You'd better have your personalized umbrella in these cities:
- Tavoy, Myanmar - Tavoy, Myanmar has an average rainfall of 214.6 inches or 545.1 centimeters.
- Kikori, Papua New Guinea - Kikori, Papua New Guinea has an average rainfall of 232.9 inches or 591.6 centimeters.
- Henderson Lake, British Columbia - Henderson Lake, British Columbia has an average rainfall of 256 inches or 650.2 centimeters.
- Andagoya, Colombia - Andagoya, Colombia has an average rainfall of 281 inches or 713.7 centimeters.
- Bellenden Der Range, Queensland, Australia - Bellenden Der Range, Queensland, Australia has an average rainfall of 340 inches or 863.6 centimeters.
- Quibdo, Colombia - Quibdo, Colombia has an average rainfall of 353.9 inches or 898.9 centimeters.
- Debundscha, Cameroon - Debundscha, Cameroon has an average rainfall of 404.6 inches or 1028 centimeters.
- Waialeale, Hawaii, United States of America - Waialeale, Hawaii, United States of America has an average rainfall of 451 inches or 1146 centimeters.
- Mawsynram, India - Mawsynram, India has an average rainfall of 467 inches or 1198 centimeters.
- Cherrapunji, India - Cherrapunji, India has an average rainfall of 498 inches or 1265 centimeters.
There are the top ten rainiest cities in the world in order from ten to one. If you decide to visit Cherrapunji, India you can expect to see rain umbrellas everywhere. Here are the top ten wettest cities in the United States of America in order from ten to one.
Pack your rain umbrellas if you're visiting any of these:
- New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans, Louisiana has an average rainfall of 50.72 inches or 128.8 centimeters.
- Miami, Florida - Miami, Florida has an average rainfall of 59.55 inches or 151.3 centimeters.
- West Palm Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida has an average rainfall of 59.72 inches or 151.7 centimeters.
- Pensacola, Florida - Pensacola, Florida has an average rainfall of 61.16 inches or 155.3 centimeters.
- Tallahassee, Florida - Tallahassee, Florida has an average rainfall of 64.59 inches or 164.1 centimeters.
- Mobile, Alabama - Mobile, Alabama has an average rainfall of 64.64 inches or 164.2 centimeters.
- Blue Canyon, California - Blue Canyon, California has an average rainfall of 67.87 inches or 172.4 centimeters.
- Astoria, Oregon - Astoria, Oregon has an average rainfall of 69.6 inches or 176.8 centimeters.
- Quillayute, Washington - Quillayute, Washington has an average rainfall of 104.5 inches or 265.4 centimeters.
- Hilo, Hawaii - Hilo, Hawaii has an average rainfall of 128 inches or 325.1 centimeters.
We all know that our umbrellas are used to shield us from the rain. Did you ever wonder how else umbrellas can or have been used? Those little canopy devices can come in handy in your life in more ways than you would think. Here are 12 alternative uses for your umbrella.
- A Club-Umbrellas, when closed, can easily double as a club. Many people carry their umbrellas with them all the time anyway; just incase they were to ever get caught off guard in a storm. God forbid, you were ever to be approached by an attacker; your umbrella could aide you in self defense with either the heavy handle or the pointy tip.
- A Clothing Hanger-- Do you have a broken umbrella? That broken umbrella's life is not yet over. If all of the metal ribs are still in tact, you can take off the protective rain cover. Once the water proof cover is off, turn the broken umbrella upside down and hang it by its handle hook. Now you can hang clothing off of the ribs.
- A Child's Ponco-- Maybe your broken umbrella has broken on a metal part but the water proof cover of the umbrella is still in great shape. Remove the rain cover off of the metal ribs of the umbrella and cut a hole in the center that is the size your child's head. Now you have the perfect rain poncho for him or her to wear to protect their clothing from getting wet.
- A Leak Cover-- Do you have a leak that you just haven't had time to fix? Fasten a hook next to the leak and use the hook to hang your umbrella upside down. Now the umbrella will be there to catch puddles of water that would otherwise ended up on your floor.
- A Walking Stick-- If you have some sort of injury or just desire to look like an Englishmen with a top hat and cane, you can use your umbrella for walking support. Good umbrellas can support the weight of most adults and an umbrella is a much more practical item to have than a cane if it were to begin to rain during your walk.
- A Fishing Rod-- If an umbrella can hold the weight of a grown human; it can surely hold the weight of a fish. A little bit of remodeling will need to be done, but an old umbrella can be transformed into a quality fishing rod in no time.
- Home Ornaments-- Some umbrellas are made to look decorative. Open them up as decorations in your house. Momma's rule of "no umbrellas in the house" is no more.
- A Lampshade-- Once again, using a decorative umbrella, you can save money on a lampshade. A little handiwork is necessary but the outcome is an original way to light up your room.
- A Mobile Crib Toy-- Tying toys onto the ribs of the umbrella can create a makeshift mobile for your baby. Spin the umbrella around and watch your little one's eyes light up.
- A Chair Parasol-- Of course there is nothing wrong with using an umbrella that is made for rain in the sun. Search for large golf umbrellas and attach one to your chair to avoid the purchasing or rental fees of beach umbrellas.
- A Practice Putter-- If you have one of those umbrellas with a hooked handle it can work as a cheap golf club. Just remove all of the top pieces of the umbrella and you have the perfect golf practicing tool.
- A Lightsaber-- We have all had the experience of shooting our umbrella up and open. Whether we love that moment or hate it, it is sure to amuse our kids. Remove the ribs and cover from the umbrella for safety and attach a colored, but blunt end onto the umbrella rod. Your kids will be in another galaxy.
The most popular, of course, out of all these alternative options is the suggested option of using an umbrella for protection from the radiating heat of the sun. The shining sun is not only uncomfortable, but the sun can also be very dangerous. Staying out in the sun too long on a hot day can result in dehydration, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. Dehydration is when your body is extremely low on fluids. Heat rash is when someone sweats so much that they cause a skin irritation. A skin irritation from heat rash can either look like small blisters or the irritation can look like a cluster or little, red pimples. Heat cramps are when someone has muscle spasms caused by doing vigorous physical activity in very hot weather. Heat exhaustion is when the weather is so hot and the person is participating in a physical activity that causes that person's body to have trouble cooling itself. Heat exhaustion can escalate to become heat stroke. Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition. Heat stroke symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack. A form of hypothermia, heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature has become too high.
It isn't summer without golf umbrellas and beach umbrellas
Summer sports, especially, pose a risk to athletes for heat related conditions. This is why golf umbrellas were invented for the golfer to rest out of the sun with a water bottle for hydration. This is also why you see lifeguards spending their time on lifeguarding chairs equipped with beach umbrellas. The beach is a very dangerous place for heat related conditions and lifeguards spend their entire days on the beach in the scorching sun. Even if you aren't an athlete or someone that works outside in the summer, there are still risks to you and to your playful children. When kids get very involved in an activity they enjoy, they can lose track of discomforts like thirst, hunger, and being too hot. It's the parent's job to make sure that they take some breaks to cool off in the air conditioning, get a drink, eat lunch, and that they are always covered with sunscreen. Skin cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and getting sunburned as a child raises your risks of developing skin cancer. Adults and children should both try to wear hats, sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and rest in shaded or cooled areas. Summer is many people's favorite season. So don't let the heat hold you and your family back from doing the activities they love to do.
Summer presents heat risks for people all over the world, but some areas of the world, in particular, have more sun shining than other parts of the world and the sun keeps shining for a longer percentage of the year. Sun is a great thing. It gives us a dose of vitamin D that helps to keep away depression, which is why many people suffer from the "winter blues." If you feel your happiness draining away every winter, check out this top 10 list in order from ten to one of the sunniest places in the world for somewhere to move to or go to on a vacation.
Don't forget to pack beach umbrellas for these cities:
- Bilma, Niger
- Mariental, Namibia
- Atbara, Sudan
- Upington, South Africa
- Aoulef, Algeria
- Keetmanshoop, Namibia
- Bordj Omar Driss, Algeria
- Wadi Haifa, Sudan
- Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
- Yuma, Arizona, United States of America
Are you not ready to travel to Africa for good weather? If you prefer to only look for sunny cities to travel to that are inside the United States of America, than here are the top 8 cities, in order from eight to one, in the United States of America where you are most likely to see people carrying golf umbrellas for relief from the ever shining sun.
Golf umbrellas are popular in:
- Honolulu, Hawaii - Honolulu, Hawaii is tied with Grand Junction, Colorado for having the sun shining for 71% of the days of the year.
- Grand Junction, Colorado - Grand Junction, Colorado is tied with Honolulu Hawaii for having the sun shining for 71% of the days of the year.
- Lake Charles, Louisiana - Lake Charles, Louisiana has the sun shining for 72% of the days of the year.
- Key West, Florida - Key West, Florida is tied with Albuquerque, New Mexico for having the sun shining for 76% of the days of the year.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico - Albuquerque, New Mexico is tied with Key West, Florida for having the sun shining for 76% of the days of the year.
- El Paso, Texas - El Paso, Texas has the sun shining for 84% of the days of the year.
- Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada has the sun shining for 85% of the days of the year.
- Yuma, Arizona - Yuma, Arizona has the sun shining for 90% of the days of the year.
Logo umbrellas and promotional clothing are a fun way to market your brand
All this talk about the use of umbrellas should have you pretty excited to go get one. Even better than just getting yourself your own umbrella is to go get logo umbrellas for your whole company. As we've seen through many examples and scenarios, everyone needs umbrellas, so giving them out to your employees as an appreciation gift is satisfying because it is something that you know they will all be able to use. In addition, umbrellas act as a sort of promotional clothing during rainy weather that people will be wearing around and promoting your company name everywhere they go.
Umbrellas are used by everyone but it would be especially relevant if your company uses logo umbrellas or rainwear promotional clothing like ponchos for their marketing efforts and your company has something to do with water. Plumbing, roofing, rain gutter, pool supplies, or even a pet fish store could benefit from the water reference by giving out umbrellas for marketing. This gets your name out there and helps people to associate your brand with water or being wet, while keeping them dry from the weather outside.
For an even better response, you can give logo umbrellas out on rainy days. If another company is giving out promotional clothing like a t-shirt and you have umbrellas to hand out, people will be so thankful to get out of the rain that they will definitely use the umbrella and ultimately be a walking ad for you.