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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The places Bart calls include Santiago in Chile, Antarctica Naval Research Station, New Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Unnamed Settlement, and Disputed Zone. See more
The main premise, which is that the "Coriolis effect" causes all drains in a certain hemisphere to rotate a certain way, is in fact not true. 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 vessel and the way it was filled. Ironically, the "hemisphere determination" urban legend is still widely believed because of its use in several fictional works including this very cartoon. See more
Hey guys, just so you don't hear any wild rumors, I'm being indicted for fraud in Australia.
Pfff. That's no reason to block the TV.
References Crocodile Dundee
The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Hummed by Nancy Cartwright See more