[Offtopic] 'Water down the plughole' international experiment

Royce Williams Royce.Williams at billanook.vic.edu.au
Tue Aug 19 00:23:28 EST 2008

I am sure that this has been tested to death already and is an urban

Royce Williams
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On 18/08/2008, at 5:28 PM, "Bill Oldham" <billo at kew.hotkey.net.au>

> First thought, how about if the bowl is plugged. Flushed, then the
> plug
> removed? Hopefully this is done without added extras.
> Second thought, How did you find the Simpson's episode? That
> requires a lot
> of dedication just to know about it. After all, I think the Simpsons
> have
> been going for 20 Years?
> Regards, Bill Oldham
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> Subject: Re: [Offtopic] 'Water down the plughole' international
> experiment
> On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 9:43 AM, Bill Oldham <billo at kew.hotkey.net.au>
> wrote:
>> Just a thought - could this be done by watching the direction of a
>> toilet
>> being flushed? Save water, save energy, but not exactly green.
> In an American-style toilet, perhaps, but Aussie toilets work on a
> different principle, so no. US (and Japanese toilets) fill the entire
> toilet bowl with clean water before you do your business, and the act
> of flushing drains the contents of the bowl away, then re-fills it (in
> Japan most toilets have a hand-washing tap above the cistern that
> turns on as you flush, so the water you just used to wash your hands
> ends up in the toilet bowl - brilliant!). So there is the possibility
> to study the Coriolis effect with these types of toilets. But the
> Aussie/European style loos dump a heap of water from the cistern into
> the bowl, but it drains away as fast as it enters, leaving no build-up
> and drain-away of water.
> There's a Simpsons episode about it:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_vs._Australia (likely the original
> impetus of this experiment?)
> Phew; lucky we're on the off-topic list!
> vik
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