25th November 2019

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Do toilets flush the opposite way in Australia?

The effect makes objects on the Earth curve when they should go straight, and it's why some people insist that toilet bowls flush in the opposite direction on the southern hemisphere than in the northern hemisphere. But if you've tried to make that happen when visiting Australia, you've probably been disappointed.

Similarly, you may ask, do drains go counterclockwise Australia?

Objects not attached to the surface of the earth (water in a sink going down a drain) will create a vortex going the opposite direction. So in the Northern hemisphere, it moves clockwise. In the Southern hemisphere, it moves counter clockwise. On the equator, water goes straight down.

Which way does the toilet flush?

Likewise, the rotation of the earth gives rise to an effect that tends to accelerate draining water in a clockwise direction in the Northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern. Here's the catch, though. Coriolis forces are best observed at a large scale; toilet water, in so many ways, is small-scale.

Do toilets spin backwards in Australia?

Because of the rotation of the Earth, the Coriolis effect means that hurricanes and other giant storm systems swirl counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. In theory, the draining water in a toilet bowl (or a bathtub, or any vessel) should do the same.
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