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10-11-2004, 09:51 AM
:p O.K. Here it is. You guys DO SHOW US YOUR LOOS'S..

Continued from My Trip Diary (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2790646#post2790646) here is the Show us your TOOT thread..


Andrea, insert your links here.. :p

PAT. do put Jamies' pic in here and your explanation of how the water goes in the oposite direction.. :D :p


10-11-2004, 10:21 AM
Well it has been a long time, but when I was just a child, this is what our's looked like



10-11-2004, 10:40 AM
Bob, we had a two-seater at home!!! My Father built a "water closet" on the main floor of our home in the pantry... euuuuw... :eek: When I was about 10, he had proper bathrooms installed on the main and second floors of our house... That pantry became a full fledged bathroom with a sink and vanity, too... I mean, who could store their food in there??? :D

Andrea, here is the raspberry coloured bathroom I mentioned a long time ago... This is our "Pussyfoot" toilet... it's about 75 years old and I painted it as all the surface was worn and scratched... Then I affixed the wallpaper border that I had put on the walls... That little powder room, just off my office, isn't a great deal wider than what you see!!! :D


10-11-2004, 02:41 PM
Ok here we go - moved from JJ's trip thread.

Because the earth rotates, a fluid that flows along the earth's surface feels a "Coriolis" acceleration perpendicular to its velocity. In the northern hemisphere, Coriolis acceleration makes low pressure storm systems spin counterclockwise; however, in the southern hemisphere, they spin clockwise because the direction of the Coriolis acceleration is reversed. This large-scale meteorological effect leads to the speculation that the small-scale bathtub vortex that you see when you pull the plug from the drain spins one way in the northern hemisphere and the other way in the southern hemisphere.

But this effect is VERY weak for bathtub-scale fluid motions. The order of magnitude of the Coriolis acceleration can be estimated from size of the "Rossby number" (1) (see below). The effect of the Coriolis acceleration on your bathtub vortex is SMALL. To detect its effect on your bathtub, you would have to get out and wait until the motion in the water is far less than one rotation per day. This would require removing thermal currents, vibration, and any other sources of noise. Under such conditions, never occurring in the typical home, you WOULD see an effect. To see what trouble it takes to actually see the effect, see the reference below. Experiments have been done in both the northern and southern hemispheres to verify that under carefully controlled conditions, bathtubs drain in opposite directions due to the Coriolis acceleration from the Earth's rotation (2).

Coriolis accelerations are significant when the Rossby number is SMALL. So, suppose we assume a Rossby number of 0.1 and a bathtub-vortex length scale of 0.1 meter. The Rossby number is defined as

Rossby number = U/(2*L*w)

where U is the velocity of a fluid element, L is the scale of the fluid motion, and w is the earth's rotational velocity ( = 1 rotation/day). In conventional units, the earth's rotation rate is about 10-4/second, so solving the above equation for the fluid velocity, we get that Coriolis acceleration in your bathtub is significant for fluid velocities of less than 2 x 10-6 meters/second. This is a very small fluid velocity. How small is it?

Well, we can take the analysis a step further and calculate another, more famous dimensionless parameter, the Reynolds number.

The Reynolds number is = L*U*density/viscosity

Assuming that physicists bathe in hot water the viscosity will be about 0.005 poise and the density will be about 1.0, so the Reynolds Number is about 0.04.

Now, life at low Reynolds numbers is different from life at high Reynolds numbers. In particular, at low Reynolds numbers, fluid physics is dominated by friction and diffusion, rather than by inertia. That is, at low Reynolds numbers the time it would take for a small piece of fluid to move a significant distance due to an acceleration, is greater than the time it takes for that piece to break up due to diffusion.

Ideas about which way a bathtub will drain have also been cited for giving the direction water circulates when you flush a toilet. This is surely nonsense. In this case, the water rotates in the direction in which the pipe points, that carries the water from the tank to the bowl


10-11-2004, 02:42 PM
And here is the pic of Jamie and his 'shy bladder' using a loo in a restaurant up a mountain in Xiann in China.....lol.



Up to a few months ago our loo at home was one of the oldfashioned pull chain ones but it has been replaced by a low level cistern with a 'proper' handle.....lol. I can remember my grandparents having an outside loo in the back yard - I hated it - full of spiders - oh and of course the ripped up newspaper instead of toilet roll. :eek:

Oh and who remembers that rough clinical type toilet paper - I think they still make it - oooooh what was it called.....Sanatex or something??? :confused:

Never ceases to amaze me what you find on the internet......here's a website dedicated to Thomas Crapper ancient loos......ROTFL.


Later folks

Pat xxx

10-11-2004, 02:59 PM

This link to ..toilets of the world..might be of interest!


There are public toilets in London with goldfish in the water cistern!



10-11-2004, 03:42 PM
well, not a picture of a toilet, but I snagged this from our room at the hotel when we visited the Grand Canyon in 1996 - it cracked me up...


Since it's so hard to read:

Caution!! Exploding Toilet
Water usage restrictions have necessitated the use of water conservation toilets. The Thunderous flush you hear is a result of Advanced Toilet Flushing Technology, which reduces the amount of water used with each flush. Thank you for your understanding

:D :D :D

10-11-2004, 05:17 PM
You asked for it JJ....

Here's the links:

Toilets of the World (http://www.cromwell-intl.com/toilet/)

More international toilets (http://users.bestweb.net/~bennetc/Toilets.html#Links)

Wold Toilet Info (http://worldtoilet.info/)

Char, your old toilet is really cute, and almost the same color that I painted my bathroom!

10-11-2004, 06:41 PM
I have two toilet stories from our travels, but no pictures.
In Okinawa, we would go to the bowling alley, where they had both American style and Japanese style, which looks like a baby's bassinette. What got me was there were instructions on the inside of the cubical door on how to use the American toilet! but not the Japanese. I always wanted to know which way you were supposed to face.
In Paris, in the train station I went to use the loo. I was tired and sad to be leaving, but when faced with their version of a toilet, I did have to laugh. I was a porcelain floor, complete with a foot print on each side a hole. Oh, and a chain dangling down from the ceiling. Eurostar is different now.
Thanks for the pictures.
The other Judy

10-11-2004, 06:55 PM

After looking at the above links......

Thank the Lord I live in a civilized and clean country :eek:


10-11-2004, 07:19 PM

After looking at the above links......

Thank the Lord I live in a civilized and clean country :eek:


Amen! However, living with 3 boys (4, if you include my husband!) I still have to sanitize the seat before I can sit down! :o :evil:

10-11-2004, 09:29 PM
You guys are great!!!!! :D

Bob we had one of those when I was a kid too.... ;) All I remember is the smell, a cross between affluent and discinfectant..

Char that is a flash looking cistern!!

10-12-2004, 12:44 PM

I think you mean "effluent" :p


10-12-2004, 01:53 PM
LOL, I was wondering what "affluent" smelled like.... I'm not likely to ever find out in my lifetime! :rolleyes: :D

10-12-2004, 06:32 PM

I think you mean "effluent" :p

:o :p

Here is a Canadian Toilet. Note by the cotton bud/tip floating in the water how high the water is.... :eek:


10-12-2004, 07:37 PM

JT...the water settles to a level at the top of the outlet pipe, the higher the outlet pipe the higher the water

In the UK the outlet pipe is low down on the bowl, hence the low water level, same in Oz I believe, why the difference.....I dont know :D


10-31-2004, 05:15 AM
So what happened.??? Are you all too embarrassed to photograph your loos'.. :D ;)

10-31-2004, 12:36 PM
JJ you are a howl!! :) Ok here are my two (toots)

Bonnie R


10-31-2004, 06:00 PM
WOOT. Look at that purdy Toot seat cover and all..;)

Thank you..:D

Do you feel a series coming on. need more toots tho'... ;)

11-01-2004, 02:42 AM
Well I didn't get time to photograph it :D but a few years ago I was at a restaurant and went to the loo.............I mistook the men's for the women's ..... :o :o I was as red as my dress when I came out :o

11-01-2004, 02:59 AM
Well I didn't get time to photograph it :D but a few years ago I was at a restaurant and went to the loo.............I mistook the men's for the women's ..... :o :o I was as red as my dress when I came out :o

Oh Lulu I did that in Calgary. I didn't realise until I was washing my hands and I looked at the box thing on the wall.. I thought HUH???? Why is there condoms in the ladies loo??? :o

11-01-2004, 08:49 AM
Interesting photos and links!

No pics from me, folks! However, I do have a "loo" story!

When I used the loo at Edinburgh Castle, in 1973, the toilet paper was stamped in red letters: GOVERNMENT ISSUE DO NOT REMOVE Of course, I immediately pulled off a couple of pieces and stuck them in my purse! LOL

Then, in 1989, when Ed (DH) and I returned from Scotland after 3 weeks in Britain, I almost killed myself when I sat down on the facility at Atlanta Airport!
It was so low compared to the British ones that I completely misjudged the distance!

Bob, my Mama about had kittens when she arrived from Scotland in 1947 and found that our "rich" American relatives had an outdoor privy (and a dirty one at that :eek: ) The first thing she did was clean it up! I hated using them!

Well, that was more than a story, wasn't it! :evil: :D


11-02-2004, 10:01 PM
Oh yes :o another wrong turn..:p Singapore..

03-18-2005, 10:25 PM
I recieved these pics from a friend today. Had to share..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2005/22284-tiolet_table.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2005/22284-toilet_tables.jpg

What a hoot having dinner here...:D


03-19-2005, 05:53 AM
....... What a hoot having dinner here...:D

Wouldn't be a curry house would it? How convenient :D :evil:


03-20-2005, 08:23 AM
Wouldn't be a curry house would it? How convenient :D :evil:


:p :D