Lisa tells Bart that toilet water swirls in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Determined to find out if this is true, Bart makes a collect call to Australia. When the father of the boy he called finds out about the charges, it sparks an international incident. The Simpsons must travel to Australia to repair relations with the United States. Written by
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Bart calls South America prior to calling Australia, and the man who attempts to answer his call resembles an aged Adolf Hitler
. This is a reference to numerous Nazis fleeing Germany at the end of the Second World War to find refuge in South America. See more
The plot revolves around the idea that water rotates in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere due to so called "Coriolis effect". This is in fact a common misconception - the Coriolis force is too weak to cause any visible effect, and the water can rotate in any direction anywhere on Earth. The direction is primarily determined by the shape of the sync and the way it was filled. See more
I can't get a straight answer out of this crazy hemisphere.
[tries another number
[as his car-phone's ringing
Eine minuten, eine minuten!
Ach! Das wagen phone ist ein... nuisance phone!
Man on Pennyfarthing
Buenos notches, mein fuehrer.
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