For over fourteen years (until about an hour ago), I’ve believed in the apparent lie that the famed Coriolis Effect was responsible for toilets and sinks draining one way in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. My seventh grade “Earth Sciences” teacher Mr. White told me this. Lisa Simpson confirmed it. I saw it reflected serenely each morning in the face of the Porcelain Goddess. And now I have been informed over a plate of mediocre lasagna and awesome pumpkin pie that it’s all a big fabrication.
(Note: the water in my toilet and the events in this picture are entirely uncorrelated)
Is it shocking that my middle school teacher got it wrong? Not so much. Do I really care which way the water goes down the drain? Not in the least. Do I feel like this is another reason for disbanding all academic institutions and preaching education from the street corners? Yeah, a bit.
This reminds me of when my friend Jasmine found out that islands don’t float.