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July 22, 2009

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Ben

This is a parlor trick to make money, not a demonstration of science. The Coriolis Force is far too small to affect little amounts of water in a drain over a short period (and six feet of difference between drains is also insignificant). See, e.g., Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/coriolis.html); College of Earth and Mineral Science at Penn State (http://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/Bad/BadCoriolis.html); and Snopes.com, which even mentions "hucksters who set up rigged demonstrations along the equator for the amusement of gullible tourists."(http://www.snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp).

Kathy Bergin

No, no, Ben - please say you jest!!

I had heard it might be a hoax before I left, but saw it for myself and was wholly convinced. I told my friends, I told my family. I took pictures. Good God, I hesitate to click any of those links. I want to believe . . . I want to believe!!

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