In 1964, P.L. Travers's Edwardian era fairytale about a no-nonsense nanny called Mary Poppins was brought stunningly to life in Disney's movie adaptation.
Starring Julie Andrews in the title role and Van Dyke (with his outrageous, yet endearing Cockney accent) as the jolly chimney-sweep tapping his feet all over London's rooftops, the film undoubtedly became one of the greatest musicals of the century — remind yourself of exactly why with the original trailer below:
For decades, we all kind of took Mary's magical shenanigans for granted — never before have we questioned how possible it was really to fit the contents of an entire bedroom in one carpet bag. Nor have we thought about how realistic it would be to fly around a city on an umbrella.
Thankfully, a smart Redditor going by the name of hilburn has taken it upon himself to dissect the science behind the latter, coming up with some pretty hefty equations about how much wind was really needed to make our favorite nanny float through the sky.
Assuming the fact that the umbrella could support her weight, hilburn went on to suggest the following — perhaps you guys and your mathematical brains could do a better job of making sense of it all:
So essentially, a hurricane-type gust would be crucial to one's navigation of the skies using an umbrella? Good to know.