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Offline zebadee

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« on: 15/05/2009 12:19:27 »
On a trip to Ecuador last year, visited a museum at the equatorial line. A demonstration of a sink being drained 2m north of the line and again 2m south of the line demonstrated that the water drained in the opposite direction each side. The coriolis effect. I have since been informed that the forces involved are weak and easily disrupted even far from the equator and that there is no way this was a genuine truth 2m from the equator. Please help. The tooth fairy is dead and so is Santa .... was this lies too??????


 

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« Reply #1 on: 15/05/2009 12:25:19 »
Yes. Lies, all lies.
« Last Edit: 15/05/2009 12:27:39 by dentstudent »
 

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« Reply #2 on: 15/05/2009 12:34:10 »
I think they took you for a spin.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/05/2009 14:37:24 »
SANTA!!!! DEAD????
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/05/2009 19:53:33 »
Another myth down the plughole...
 

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« Reply #5 on: 15/05/2009 21:06:11 »
See wikipedia, the holy grail of information:

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In reality the Coriolis effect is a few orders of magnitude smaller than various random influences on drain direction, such as the geometry of the container and the direction in which water was initially added to it. Most toilets flush in only one direction, because the toilet water flows into the bowl at an angle.[23] If water shot into the basin from the opposite direction, the water would spin in the opposite direction.[24]

So popular culture is misconceived in stating that water in bathtubs or toilets always drains in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the other direction in the Southern Hemisphere as a consequence of the Coriolis effect. This idea has been perpetuated by several television programs, including an episode of The Simpsons and one of The X-Files.[25] In addition, several science broadcasts and publications (including at least one college-level physics textbook) have made this incorrect statement.[26]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriolis_effect
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/06/2009 20:27:52 »
ha ha ha
 

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