We just had a massive rainstorm. I mean, like buckets of water every square feet. Now, know this, I am currently a student at college studying engineering, majoring in electrical and minoring in enviromental.
The point I was getting to is that all engineers have to be resourceful. I walk out into the atrium and see that it's absolutely pouring out there. I look around and i see a bunch of discarded pizza boxes (the nice kind where they put wax paper below the pizza so it doesn't stick to the box itself. I think, "eff yeah, I can do this." I dig through the trash, find a bunch of discarded string, pulling out all of the pizza boxes that I could find. I weave the string through the holes on the boxes and fill in the gaps with the wax paper. It was looking beautiful then I found a discarded wooden dowel. I stuck it through the middle and sealed the gap around the rod and secured it with the remaining string.
End result? I had a pretty badass umbrella constructed from 9 pizza boxes, 9 sheets of wax paper, about 20-30 ft of string and a wooden dowel. It smelled pretty awesome too. I took a bunch of girls back to their dorms under the umbrella and then got back to my dorm. I was absolutely dry the entire time, it didn't break or deform because of the wax paper repelling all that water. Unfortunately, I could not take a photo of it because it had to be left outside since it couldn't fit through the doors and by now, it'd probably been mangled because there was strong wind which could easily pick it up and expose the non-wax papered side to the elements.
Engineers are awesome