- Apr 2, 2006
OK so i've always been kinda curious, Does the toilet-water really swirl the other direction when you flush? I've never been south of the equator to try. Up here it flushes clockwise.
I can confirm this. I've seen water drain both clockwise and anti-clockwise here - it depends on the type of drain/direction of the water flow.WildCowboy said:I'm not below the Equator, but the answer is no...the direction of swirl is determined by the direction from which the water enters the toilet bowl. That has many orders of magnitude more effect than the Earth's rotation.
I'm curious...where do you live that's 15 minutes from the Equator?xsedrinam said:We live 15 minutes from the Equator. This has been addressed from time to time in various, past threads. It's called the Corriolis Force. While true that toilet shapes and mechanics will influence the flow, weather patterns are probably a better observation of how things swirl in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
yeah, we have 6 and 3 litre flushes, and i believe Canadians have 12 litre flushes. *waits for someone to make a smart reply...*Abstract said:Australian toilets don't use up as much water as Canadian toilets, and I think flushes downwards rather than in a circular path.
i'm from virginia, but i tested this out when i was in melbourne last fall. it definitely doesn't make a difference. the myth says that its related to the coriolis effect, but the coriolis effect is something quite different.Xander562 said:OK so i've always been kinda curious, Does the toilet-water really swirl the other direction when you flush? I've never been south of the equator to try. Up here it flushes clockwise.
Hmm! some disparity in experiment results,maybe a Macrumors large double blind study is necessary.Nermal said:I tried this once when I went to the US. I filled up the sink and let the water settle, then drained it. In the US is went anticlockwise and here it goes clockwise
Yeah but those 3 and 6 litres come into the bowl at a great rate of knots, rather than the slow fill and drain of US/Canadian toilets that overflow all the time. I have never, ever seen a toilet overflow here.Scarlet Fever said:yeah, we have 6 and 3 litre flushes, and i believe Canadians have 12 litre flushes. *waits for someone to make a smart reply...*
I think my toilet water tends to just move around a lot rather than spin. i think my sink goes anti-clockwise, though.
Toilets in the EU have to have long/short flushes nowadays as well. I can't stand German/Dutch toilets with that weird shelf in them. A good solid poo just stays put when you try to flush it away.Chundles said:blah blah blah.
I HATE US/Canadian toilets.
Most of the results above say that it depends which way the water was moving in the first place. That's why I let the water settle before draining.Peterkro said:Hmm! some disparity in experiment results,maybe a Macrumors large double blind study is necessary.