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33 Responses to How Does Water Drain At The Equator?

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    gary8162 Male 40-49
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    April 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    Link: How Does Water Drain At The Equator? - I`d always thought this was an old wives tale. Well, here`s proof that it`s true.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:05 am
    Sure. It has nothing to do with what side of the tub he poured the water on.
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    Caretta Male 18-29
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:13 am
    What a scam.
    It`s a pity we couldn`t see the thing being filled the first time, but I`d be willing to bet the water had been standing a little while.
    If you look at which side he pours it in for the other 2 demonstrations you can see that it`s poured to one side of the plug such that the water still has some rotational movement when he lets it out.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:14 am
    Your standard of proof is much too low.

    In case anyone cares - it`s an urban myth. The coriolis effect is real, but not significant in this context.

    It`s even on Snopes:

    False
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:15 am
    So cool. I always thought it was one of those wives tales too.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:16 am
    First (on the equator) Still water. Basin made to flow with no vortex.

    Second (south) Poured the water in and current was still turning clockwise when he pulled the plug.

    Third (north) Same thing, but counter clockwise.

    Street merchants do this all the time for tourists in equatorial countries. They make a nice little profit from panhandling.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:17 am
    To be fair, the coriolis effect does have a slight influence, but not this close to the equator. It gets stronger the closer you get to the poles.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:18 am

    There must be someting they can do to make the water go the correct way south of the equator.
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    G0T0Guy Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:23 am
    Fake. It would be the same everywhere.
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    zeebeedee Male 50-59
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:25 am
    Exactly right auburnjunky, it`s all hucksterism.
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    blackcatseye Female 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Saw this on the live submission page a few days ago, I`ve been waiting to see if it would come up. It`s fake, because he TURNS THE SINK ROUND to face the other way, and encourages the water to swirl the way he wants it to with his hand. The Coriolus effect does not affect water at the equator, water always goes straight down. Why do you think there are so many of these guys all along the equator in Africa?? Gullible. snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    April 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
    doesnt everyone on the internet by now know that its just the shape of the sink?
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    Stonecoast Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 8:24 am
    it`s where he pours the water into the sink. the water is still spinning in the direction from which he poured it. The first drain, the water was calm because he poured it a while before draining.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 8:35 am
    It`s caused by the location of Russians around the bowl.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
    There is no god.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 10:08 am
    "doesnt everyone on the internet by now know that its just the shape of the sink?"

    That doesn`t explain why it is still on the equator, clockwise to the South and counter clockwise to the North.

    It`s a simple magic trick that either employs different drain inserts that get left behind based on how he pulls the plug, or maybe which plug he puts back in, or it`s how the water is poured back in, as Stonecoast points out.

    Even if the effect were true, 10 feet one way or another, across the 65,113,500 from the North pole to the South Pole is not going to have that kind of affect.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 7, 2012 at 10:23 am
    This is total bull$#!+. In the second trial, he poured the water in on the left side and started it swirling clockwise. That angular momentum was conserved and formed a clockwise whirlpool. You can make water go in in either direction in either hemisphere by starting the water spinning in a particular direction.

    The Coriolis effect is extremely small and easily overcome by deliberately setting the water in motion in the opposite direction. If you want to do a proper experiment, you need to let the water stand for an hour, then pull the stopper out from the bottom.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    It`s caused by the location of Russians around the bowl.

    No, it`s caused by the location and number of idiots around the bowl.

    I live in the northern hemisphere and the water in my toilet spins counterclockwise, which is only supposed to happen in the southern hemisphere (if you`re an idiot who believes that nonsense).
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    I live in the northern hemisphere and the water in my toilet spins counterclockwise, which is only supposed to happen in the southern hemisphere
    Wrong. Water in the northern hemisphere has a SLIGHT tendency to spin counter-clockwise because that`s the direction the earth is rotating when viewed from above the north pole. Therefore, the water is already spinning in that direction at 1 revolution per day. When a water molecule faces the center, it is moving sideways to its right. As it moves toward the center of the basin, it misses to the right causing it to turn to the left.

    Toilets, however, spin in that direction because they force the water into the bowl at an angle. Toilet manufacturers decided that it was better to go with this natural tendency rather than work against it, although because the Coriolis force is so weak, it wouldn`t really matter.
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    CaneTrain Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    Coriolis Effect
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    April 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    Witchcraft.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    The Earth`s greatest radius is south of the Equator, not actually on the Equator - the Earth is slightly pear-shaped. If Coriolis effect was to affect such a small body of water it would be clockwise at the Equator - although it is weakest at low latitudes.

    The zero Coriolis latitude is south of the Equator, because it relates to the change of radius of the parallel of latitude.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    IF thats real... thats awesome. If its not then... sad face
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    NOOOOOPE! It`s all about how he pours the water in creating a current in the water. This guy is a scam artist and he knows it. I`d throw his stupid sink off the cliff if I was there.
    The Coriolis Effect is way too weak to cause this.
    Fact.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    It`s not the shape of the sink. It`s where he pours the water, it`s so simple.
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    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm
    @Dingdingdong please explain how pouring the water would make any drating difference when there is a plug in the sink that he doesn`t even touch until the water is still.
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    ilfg Male 18-29
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    It drains downward. Whoop de fricken doo.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
    626 posts
    April 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm
    It doesn`t matter where you are, it only depends how the water is poured in. The force that causes different rotations in the south and north hemispheres is so weak it can only effect things like cyclones/hurricanes.
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    cjklepp85 Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 9:34 am
    The best part of the video is when the girl trips over the equator line.
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    Pyrosisflame Male 18-29
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    April 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    f*ck that bullsh*t i uploaded this the other day what the actual butt nugget is this bull crap.
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    Laran Male 40-49
    467 posts
    April 9, 2012 at 12:29 am
    OMFG!PLEASE tell me you guys are trolling.
    I honestly thought every schoolkid learned this stuff at about year 8. I know I did.
    It IS caused by the coriolis effect.I suddenly feel worried for the future.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    April 9, 2012 at 1:55 am
    Laran

    So your idiot school teacher when you were 8 is brighter than my meteorology instructor? This is fake. I have personally seen two sinks, side-by-side, draining opposite ways at about 51 degrees North, when I worked in an hotel.

    The Coriolis effect does not influence bodies of fluid that size significantly. Near the equator the Coriolis effect is weak anyway, and immediately either side of the equator it is the same direction, clockwise as the radius of the Earth is NOT greatest at the Equator.

    I worry for your future.
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    oshta Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2012 at 5:14 am
    this is such crap, nothing to do with the Coriolis effect, when he pours the water in the left side the water spins clockwise, when he pours it in the right it spins anti clockwise, it looks like it was standing ready on the equator, which could have given the water time to settle, so that it drained straight out, nothing to do with its position on the earth.....

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