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Old 11-17-19, 02:00 PM
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Question for Australia-NZ friends

This is a silly funny question but my drunk redneck/bogan friends were arguing about this Ok here it is.
Question: When you flush a toilet in Australia does the water swirl in the opposite direction than in the US or northern hemisphere?
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Old 11-17-19, 02:39 PM
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Of course it does and it's easy to prove right there in TX.

Get a good size hand mirror and hold it over the toilet so you can see the ENTIRE bowl. Looking up at the mirror simulates the way you look at a toilet bowl down under, okay? So flush and *crikey* you see the water spins the other way!
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Of course it does and it's easy to prove right there in TX.

Get a good size hand mirror and hold it over the toilet so you can see the ENTIRE bowl. Looking up at the mirror simulates the way you look at a toilet bowl down under, okay? So flush and *crikey* you see the water spins the other way!
And think of the money saved on plane tickets to go watch this !
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This also means, if you have directional tire treads you need to put them on backwards.
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Old 11-17-19, 05:15 PM
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This also means, if you have directional tire treads you need to put them on backwards.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
This is a silly funny question but my drunk redneck/bogan friends were arguing about this Ok here it is.
Question: When you flush a toilet in Australia does the water swirl in the opposite direction than in the US or northern hemisphere?
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Old 11-17-19, 06:07 PM
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AC/DC wrote a song about this very thing. Sadly, it never made it onto an album sold in the USA.
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Hate to spoil your funning but there are nearly 100 bushfires burning mostly uncontained in mainly Queensland and New South Wales, and with massive evacuations I don't think many down there care which way the commode flushes, they want that water on the GROUND.
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Toilets are a poor way to do (doo?) this; the water coming into the bowl can be forced in sideways by the toilet's design. Better is just to fill a sink then remove the drain plug. I've been to South America a few times and we always tried this when below the equator. IT aways swirled down the drain the other way than it does up here. Its called the Coreiolis effect (sp?).
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Old 11-17-19, 08:28 PM
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Hate to spoil your funning but there are nearly 100 bushfires burning mostly uncontained in mainly Queensland and New South Wales, and with massive evacuations I don't think many down there care which way the commode flushes, they want that water on the GROUND.
C'mon, don't be a Debbie Downer. Everywhere has its disasters. Humor is one way to lighten the misery.

Here in Southeast Texas, we tend to have the opposite problem. Flooding, flooding, and more flooding. Hurricanes, tropical storms, regular heavy thunderstorms. Water's gonna come in the house and your gonna find your car underwater.

Now back to lightening the misery. Yee gads, she touched that thing with her hand. That's what shoes on your feet are for!

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Hate to spoil your funning but there are nearly 100 bushfires burning mostly uncontained in mainly Queensland and New South Wales, and with massive evacuations I don't think many down there care which way the commode flushes, they want that water on the GROUND.
Yes I saw that on the news. In no way Iím making fun of Australia. AC/DC is my favorite band. Iím making fun of my friends that argue over the flow of a toilet
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C'mon, don't be a Debbie Downer. Everywhere has its disasters. Humor is one way to lighten the misery.

Here in Southeast Texas, we tend to have the opposite problem. Flooding, flooding, and more flooding. Hurricanes, tropical storms, regular heavy thunderstorms. Water's gonna come in the house and your gonna find your car underwater.

Now back to lightening the misery. Yee gads, she touched that thing with her hand. That's what shoes on your feet are for!

https://youtu.be/UnssdF_CmYs
You have said youíre wife is Cajun and that is cool. The Cajun Navy rescued many people trapped in the the Houston flood. Plus Cajun food is delicious the spices are great. And donít mess with Coonass people they are tough and resilient.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Toilets are a poor way to do (doo?) this; the water coming into the bowl can be forced in sideways by the toilet's design. Better is just to fill a sink then remove the drain plug. I've been to South America a few times and we always tried this when below the equator. IT aways swirled down the drain the other way than it does up here. Its called the Coreiolis effect (sp?).
Yup I tried that here but as you said the toilet shoots the water out to make it counter clockwise so that ainít a workin. Be right back. OK Iím back I just checked my northern hemisphere toilet and it swirls counter clockwise but the jets shoots that way. So the experiment was a failure
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Just carried out a controlled experiment here in Auckland NZ and unfortunate the results are inconclusive. Flushed the loo and the water seemed to just go down straight, no swirling! Will try a sink and report back...
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Just carried out a controlled experiment here in Auckland NZ and unfortunate the results are inconclusive. Flushed the loo and the water seemed to just go down straight, no swirling! Will try a sink and report back...
That's the result of the "loo" in post 10! Just straight down!

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C'mon, don't be a Debbie Downer. Everywhere has its disasters. Humor is one way to lighten the misery.

Here in Southeast Texas, we tend to have the opposite problem. Flooding, flooding, and more flooding. Hurricanes, tropical storms, regular heavy thunderstorms. Water's gonna come in the house and your gonna find your car underwater.

Now back to lightening the misery. Yee gads, she touched that thing with her hand. That's what shoes on your feet are for!

https://youtu.be/UnssdF_CmYs
I've seen those toilets here in the USA, too, but only in public buildings (usually the government promoting water saving lo-flush toilets). They're 'dual flush' water saving toilets that use one button for flushing a #1 , while the other button gives a more 'substantial' flush for #2 .
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Toilets are a poor way to do (doo?) this; the water coming into the bowl can be forced in sideways by the toilet's design. Better is just to fill a sink then remove the drain plug. I've been to South America a few times and we always tried this when below the equator. IT aways swirled down the drain the other way than it does up here. Its called the Coreiolis effect (sp?).
So what about ON the equator? 50/50 chance of swirling either way, depending on random initial perturbations? How far do you have to go from the equator to get to, say, 99% swirling all the same way?
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So what about ON the equator? 50/50 chance of swirling either way, depending on random initial perturbations? How far do you have to go from the equator to get to, say, 99% swirling all the same way?
I can't remember what it did in Quito or the Ecuadorean highlands back in the late 1980s. But it did spin in the opposite direction when I was in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay (all in the 1990s).

Here's the YouTube version, directly on, south of, and north of the Equator.


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What a show. Ha ha.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
This is a silly funny question but my drunk redneck/bogan friends were arguing about this Ok here it is.
Question: When you flush a toilet in Australia does the water swirl in the opposite direction than in the US or northern hemisphere?
When you flush a toilet in Australia, the water goes straight down. There's no swirling.

Different toilets entirely here.
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Australia and New Zealand aren't real, that's just TV. Come on, WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!1
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I can't remember what it did in Quito or the Ecuadorean highlands back in the late 1980s. But it did spin in the opposite direction when I was in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay (all in the 1990s).

Here's the YouTube version, directly on, south of, and north of the Equator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IIVfoDuVIw
OK I'm not sure I buy that demonstration 100%. The first test, she waited a good long time and the water was quite still before pulling the plug. Very impressive that the leaves did indeed go straight down, no swirling.

But for the other two tests, she poured the water in from the appropriate side to pre-swirl the water in the appropriate direction. The leaves still in the basin are already moving in the correct direction before she pulls the plug.

So I'm not convinced 10m is enough to create the effect, I'd want to see a more careful experiment where the water comes completely to rest before unplugging, and the drain is opened by a non-swirl-inducing-mechanism (for instance, not dunking your hand in there and disturbing the water)
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Of course it is a show.
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When you flush a toilet in Australia, the water goes straight down. There's no swirling.

Different toilets entirely here.
There's also very little water involved.

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