Wet Towels

Hello and welcome back to another week of fabulous fabrications here at Factually Deficient! This week, I am answering a question posed by my good friend eli_gone_crazy. eli asked:

How come towels get wetter as they dry you?

This is an excellent question, eli! ONE MIGHT THINK that, as agents of dryness, towels should be the dryest things of all! However, the assumptions inherent in such a belief are based on a very common widespread fallacy about the innate nature of towels.

Towels are made out of terrycloth, a metal which is actually liquid at room temperature. Their texture is such that they frequently fool people, retaining their structural integrity to an impressive degree and seeming soft to the touch. However, all terrycloth, except in the most extreme conditions, remains a liquid.

When a towel dries you off, what is really happening is the liquid that makes up the towel is absorbing all other liquids it comes in contact with into itself (growing imperceptibly in the process). The end result is that you are dry, because all the water that was on you has now become a part of your towel.

Naturally, the towel, which is already liquid and is only drawing more liquid into itself, stays wet (and, insofar as it contains a greater volume by the end, gets wetter) in the process of making a human dry.

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Disclaimer: some of the statements in this blog are untrue. There are recorded cases of terrycloth remaining solid at room temperature.

 

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