Since ancient times the umbrella has resided just above our heads in rain or shine. The umbrella first introduced itself to us over 2000 years ago in parts of Europe and ancient Egypt. In those times the umbrella population was dwindling to near-extinction numbers. It’s scarcity made its presence in public life a rare sight, and it gained a reputation of exoticism and a sign of cultural refinement. It’s functionality in human life, as a portable object able to be used to protect against rain and excessive sunlight, prompted its domestication. Across the world many species of umbrella flourish, reflecting their local geography and culture.
The umbrellius polysporus is a particular umbrella species found primarily in urban environments. Laying dormant underneath the city’s underground, umbrellius polysporus comes to the surface as the first drops of rain fall on the ground. Humans have come to use them as protection against the rain, but their fragile bodies are easily broken with prolonged use. Most end up discarded into garbages where their bodies continue to feed on nearby electricity sources in order to grow and sporilate. These large umbrella colonies grow up lamp posts and produce new umbrellas that can eventually be picked off and reused.
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