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Re: Re: Re: Meeting People Is Easy

by Maclir (Curate)
on Jan 11, 2001 at 02:27 UTC ( #51002=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Meeting People Is Easy
in thread Meeting People Is Easy

True. I was there for a month last September / October. I arrived there in the middle of their longest dry spell on record, during weeks of days with the temperature over 100 degrees - coming straight from a Sydney winter. (Ok, I know that most of you people in the north of the US wouldn't even consider Sydney as having weather that even remotely approaches a true winter, but still . . . )

And then there is the coriolis effect - the water does swirl around in the opposite direction when you flush the toilet.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting People Is Easy
by merlyn (Sage) on Jan 11, 2001 at 03:20 UTC
    And then there is the coriolis effect - the water does swirl around in the opposite direction when you flush the toilet.
    I presume you know that's a myth, and you just forgot to put a smiley by it. Just in case, you don't, read the Urban Legend Debunking FAQ.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

      True - but that depend on the size of your bath / toilet / whatever :)

      But of more importance to me, it does affect the rotation of winds around high pressure systems.

      As a side note, it has often been said that people lost in the desert tend to walk around in circles. Would that rotation direction also be coriolis determined?

        Of course not. Which way you circle in the desert depends on which leg is shorter.

        *sheesh* I thought everyone knew that! :-)

      Don't believe everything you read there, either :)
      I noticed that in language/year abbreviations it says A.U.C. somewhere and explains it like so :

      "(_anno urbis conditae_, "in the year of the building of the city" i.e., Rome, in 753 B.C.)"
      This is not true, the abbreviation was always used in the following way, which makes more sense linguistically. :
      "ab urbe condita", which means : From/after the building of the city. IE this many years after april 21th 753 B.C.
      References? Read some Caecar/Plinus/Cicero/Livius, untranslated. Especially Titus Livius.

      Hmm..I think I'm going to mail this to those guys. I was just browsing some of the stuff there, but this irritated me somehow.
      "Let's not include text here.."

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