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American sinks - strange indeed to Aussie eyes.

Hmmm. Why don't you send me a pic of yours?

I might - but it won't be of the quality of your photos, by a long shot! :)

So what is the major difference between Yank and Aussie sinks?

The size and shape - and depth - of the plughole Yours are like pits! Ours are very shallow, a mere indentation. Taps are quite different too, and many of your sinks are much smaller in area.

And don't get me started on those toilets. Very disconcerting, the way the water at first RISES in the bowl after flushing. We Aussies gaze in horror, expecting overflow, until we realise it always does go down after getting just a millimetre from the top.

Interesting. There's a popular theory--bogus yet oddly plausible--that in the northern hemisphere water goes down the drain in a clockwise direction, whereas in the southern it goes counterclockwise.

BTW I have a distant connection to Australia. My great-great-great-grandfather named Jack Joyce was convicted of sheep stealing in Ireland during the famine and was transported to New South Wales. He had a son, who eventually went to America to work in the railroad.

Any relation to James Joyce? No, I guess you'd have said.

Water does go down the plughole counter-clockwise here. Truly, I promise. Does it not go clockwise where you are?

He's a distant cousin, inasmuch as all Joyces come from the same county in Ireland. I inherited a love of art and creativity from my mother.

As for the water draining, it can go either way, depending on the shape of the drain. See link:

http://bit.ly/26Vqg5



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Edited at 2010-09-03 12:04 pm (UTC)

I've only ever seen round plugholes, here or anywhere else in the world. Must admit I have not waited 24 houyrs before emptying the bath. (But of course that experimenter didn't see water going anti-clockwise in northern hemisphere; he got the directions wrong, didn't he? (I hate to give up my cherished ideas.))

In a free and open society, one is not obliged to give up cherished ideas. Thank god!

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