Ever had a shower in a shower stall that has a shower curtain and wondered why the shower curtain seemed to develop a life of its own, wanting to attack you and cling all over you?
Spoiled younger people probably don’t even know what a shower curtain is.
Anyway, great minds are trying to work out why.
This Mental Floss article contains some of the latest theories.
It seems like folk have been wondering for a while.
Liners have a tendency to billow inward during showers, enveloping themselves around our calves and forcing us to swat them away. As problems, go, it’s fairly innocuous. But that doesn’t mean science hasn’t tried to understand the physics behind the phenomenon.
Back in 1938, Popular Science theorized that liners were behaving badly as a result of air currents. When hot air from the warm water rises, cold air around the tub seeks to replace it, causing the liner—which is in between—to grow agitated. This explanation seemed to satisfy people for a while, until someone pointed out that the liners tend to move even during a cold shower.