Is it true that the water in toilets and bathtubs spins clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern?

No, the water in toilets and bathtubs don’t spin clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern. It’s a myth.

There is something that’s called the Coriolis force, which affects huge bodies of water and tends to make them want to spin in response to Earth’s rotation.

But what works with huge oceans doesn’t work on the much smaller scale of bathroom fixtures.

Good thing, too—otherwise you’d have to worry about your toilet overflowing twice a day at high tide.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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