During the Summer Olympics I became obsessed with watching the diver competitors dry themselves off with their towel, then drop it off the diving board onto the wet poolside.
The Back Story to My Diver Obsession
I’ve always loved the Olympics but this time around I went a teeny bit overboard if I do say so myself.
So I watched a lot of Olympics. All the sports I have no desire to understand. And the sports I don’t actually believe should be called sports. I watched whatever was on, at all hours of the night.
And…I watched repeats. Also news about the Olympics. Then I found stories on Twitter. I streamed it at work convenient times.
What was I watching for? Diving. Also divers
I know, right?
And no, it wasn’t because of the diving toilet photos floating around social media joints. Although I really like them.
It was because of their towels.
Over and over I watched the divers dry themselves off with their towel, then drop it off the diving board onto the wet poolside.
Then they’d dive. Then they’d get out of the pool and retrieve their towel.
But here’s the crazy part. They’d take this towel and dry themselves off with it. I’m pretty sure it had just been in water, as had the diver. Yet, the towel worked. And when they went into the hot tub or whatever it was “post dive” most of them would just drop the towel in there. AND THEN DRY OFF AGAIN!
It boggled my mind.
I mentioned this to everyone who was silly enough to watch the Olympics with me, but no one seemed to be as gobsmacked so I went to the Internet and asked what these magical things were.
Turns out, I should have been watching less Olympics and more commercials.
It’s the stupid ShamWow. Except probably the ShamWow wasn’t a participating Olympic sponsor so everyone had to cover the branding with duct tape.
Anyway, someone sent me a link to Shammys for Beginners (well, it was called something else but I like my working title better) and it was extremely informative. Basically this is a synthetic blend of polymers, which is why it doesn’t act like typical fabric. Cause it’s not. It’s basically wicking like polypropylene but, like, a whole other level.
And I learned you don’t have to buy eight ShamWow’s for $20 plus shipping and processing on each item. Nope, just go to your local diving store and grab one for $7. Then hopefully you can choose something other than orange.