Okay, you don’t want to talk about Tornadoes, so what will a Macintosh do for you?

I guess I’ve written all you want to read about tornadoes, so how about Macintoshes? Truthfully, in my part of Ohio, I never heard them mentioned.

Fisherman figurineBut thanks to the local weather guy, I know what they are now. Do you?

A Macintosh was invented in 1823 as the first ever raincoat! They have lasted 195 years…not the same ones, but if they could stand up to raging waters, they must be sturdy and waterproof.

Did you ever watch a black and white movie where sailors and fishermen wore the dark coats while the ocean pummeled them? I did, but did not know what they were wearing were called Macintoshes.

Now of course, I want to know why are they called “Macintosh?” Who invented them and what are they made of?

We here in North Florida are watching the weather forecasts cautiously, as “Alberto,” makes its way to our shores.

I’d love to see our local television weatherman make his weather report wearing a Macintosh!

Fisherman boat

Those clear plastic head covers and coats don’t really do much of a good job and umbrellas can get turned inside out, if one doesn’t leave it in the car or at home, but a sturdy Mackintosh might be worth keeping in the car trunk, just in case a person wants to go on a fishing trawl, or out in a tropical storm sans lightening.

Anchors away, my friends, Anchors Away!

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  1. We need Charles Macintosh to invent some type of lightning-proof rain coat that we can use in florida! I dont mind getting wet, but it feels unsafe with the rumbling thunder!

  2. O.K. So you aroused my curiosity. I, too, had no idea what a Macintosh was. Who would have imagined that the raincoat has been around so long? Sometimes very useful items we just take for granted. And, nowadays with Alberto and all the rainy weather, a raincoat and/or an umbrella is indispensable. Of course, I have no idea who invented the umbrella or when. So, Wikipedia here I come again.

  3. O.K. You left me in the lurch. Now I will have to go look up why they are called Macintosh. But now that we have made up our rainfall deficit, enough of this weather talk already. O.K. LOL

  4. Alberto hasn’t offered much in weather mayhem that an umbrella couldn’t handle but we have had other weather that would have tested the protective attributes of a Macintosh. I wore a Macintosh (with mid-calf galoshes) as a youngster while delivering newspapers in central New Jersey during the all too common “nor-easters.

  5. Charles Macintosh was the Scottish inventor. Interestingly, when one looks it up online, the first definition is a long raincoat and the next million describe Apple’s computer, the Mac! Now, how did the computer get that name?