I have great news for all you cool and interesting people in the market for a fashionable rainstick under $100. Free People has begun selling them for $68! Though some people believe the sticks were invented by the Aztecs to summon rainstorms by simulating their sounds, others believe they were invented for “impromptu jam sessions.”

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Though we may never know the true purpose of rainsticks, the Jezebel staff managed to think of a few ways to use them.


  • Directing auto traffic.
  • Directing airplane traffic.
  • Performing baton routines.
  • Pointing at things on high shelves at the grocery store and saying things like, “Sir, would you mind grabbing me the brown rice from up there?”
  • Inserting into your b.
  • Inserting into your v.
  • Crafting it into a gravity bong.
  • Propping open a window.
  • Breaking a window.
  • Threats.
  • Pranks.
  • Buying two and using them as musical stilts.
  • Buying thousands and constructing a musical cabin.
  • Using it as a very narrow stool.
  • Planting it in the salted earth of your front yard so people think a tree stump grew there.
  • Making fake static while on the phone with a friend so you can hang up and claim the signal was bad.
  • Returning, and spending $68 on something else.
  • Pairing with this and losing all your friends.