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Tumble driers dry clothes.
Tumble driers date back to the original 18th century method of drying clothes in which a woman (it was strictly a female profession) would strap the garments to herself with rope and then roll down a hill. Items of clothing on the outside would tend to get dirty and damaged, so it was common for a large sheet to be wrapped around them. As technology advanced the women were placed in barrels when rolled down the hill - this eventually led to the woman being taken out of the barrel, though they were still needed atop and abottom the hill. At this point the name was used for the mechanism rather than as a job title.
edit Modern day tumble driers
Modern day, electric tumble driers utilise the same basic principle as the "down the hill" method; they spin clothes quickly. They are commonly twinned with washing machines and form part of a kitchen, wash house or utility room. Not everyone has a tumble drier, so they use other methods of drying clothes.
Tumble driers are an excellent illustration of gravity. While spinning, the clothes are flung to the outside of the drum, and stay there even when nothing is holding them up. As the drum slows, they fall in a heap, much as an steven p. jobs would.
edit Spin driers
Spin driers dry clothes by driving them around the countryside in an aimless manner on a Sunday afternoon.
- Hanging out to dry
- Hanging on radiators
- Leaving in a pile
- Not getting them washed
- Having that one dude bring them back to K-PAX.