Friday, July 11, 2014

Clockwise vs. Counterclockwise

We were posed a very interesting question in class today.  Which way does the water go down the drain in the women's restroom closest to our class today.  After observing the water go down the sink drain twice, I observed that the water descended the drain clockwise.

Then we were asked if we thought that the water goes down in the same direction in the southern hemisphere to which I answered yes.  I simply didn't see why it would go down in a different direction south of the equator.  However, after some research, I learned that there is actually no correlation as to which direction the water flows down the drain to the hemisphere.

According to the Huffington Post, there are many other components that determine which direction the water descends.  According to  Dr. Paul Doherty, senior scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco "water can swirl either way anywhere on earth--and that which way it swirls is effectively random".   (

In addition, I learned about the Coriolis effect which is what many people base their theory of water flowing clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere.  In's "everyday Mysteries section" an article reads, "One can find both counterclockwise and clockwise flowing drains in both hemispheres. Some people would like you to believe that the Coriolis force affects the flow of water down the drain in sinks, bathtubs, or toilet bowls. Don’t believe them! The Coriolis force is simply too weak to affect such small bodies of water". So why is it that many believe that hemisphere's determine the direction of the water flow?  Because hurricanes and tornados' cyclical flows follow a counterclockwise flow in the southern hemisphere and a clockwise flow in the northern hemisphere.

Lastly, I saw an amazing video on Youtube which proves that there are so many different elements that determine the flow of water: none having to do with the hemisphere.  For example, filling the sink from the left side of the sink determines which way the water flows.

Therefore, there is absolutely no correlation between which hemisphere the drain is located and the flow of the water going down the drain.

Stephanie Ruiz

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Who Was wrong

So I had no idea what to do my first blog about.  I even started one blog and lost interest by the second sentence but I guess the procrastination was well worth it because this morning I have so much to say about a story I saw this morning on the Fox 25 news.

This morning I saw a story about a motorcyclist who was ran over by an SUV and paralyzed.  At first when I saw the story, I felt so bad for the motorcyclist and his wife who was crying during an interview with a news reporter. During the story, the news reporter said there were no charges filed on the driver.  That is what caused me to investigate the matter more because I thought we had another Trayvon Martin case in our hands.

After researching the full story, my entire opinion on the matter changed!  Apparently the group of motorcyclists were riding down the highway intimidating people and motorists on the highway.  As a matter of fact, the police stated that they received over 200 calls of people complaining about the motorcyclists.

If you do not know the story, let me explain briefly what allegedly (although it was caught on tape) happened...

A bunch of motorcyclists were intimidating an SUV on the road by cutting it off and the SUV hit one of the cyclists by an accident (in my opinion).  After stopping, I assume the motorist was too scared to get out of the vehicle with hundreds of cyclists standing outside of his Range Rover yelling, screaming at him, slashing his tires and attempting to break his windows.  Not to mention that the man's wife and 2 year old child were in the SUV witnessing this entire ordeal.  Once the man was surrounded and had nowhere else to go, he stepped on the gas and ran a few cyclists over, putting one of them in a coma.

Does anyone feel sorry for the cyclist now? I sure don't.  My thoughts are, I would have done the same thing if I were in that situation.  The poor guy in the SUV had nowhere to go and probably had his daughter crying in the back seat with his wife on the passenger's side yelling at him to do something to protect their family. This act was nothing more than just simple self-defense.

The "victims" family are now alleging that the motorcyclists are being "stereotyped" because everyone thinks of them as bad asses with tattoos. They are also stating that the man driving the Range Rover is some rich white guy and that's why the police do not want to prosecute.

How about the police do not want to prosecute because this guy was going about his merry way minding his business with his family and a group of cyclists decide they want to torture him for absolutely no reason?  This case just bothers me and I hope no one tries to pull the "race" or "class" card in this situation.

That's my opinion.