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Aussie Toilets

These brain teasers rely on your ability to recognize groups of common attributes. For each of these puzzles you'll need to figure out why the words or letters are grouped as they are. Sometimes you will be asked to pick the odd-one-out or to place a new word into the correct group.

 

Puzzle ID:#19522
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:*** (2.32)
Category:Group
Submitted By:AXTONAau****!!
Corrected By:elentir

 

 

 



What word does not belong to the group below? Why?

Earth
CD's
Clock
Venus
DVD's
Watch




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Comments

andyjk*
Nov 26, 2004

I tohught Earth spun clockwise
hotchickattitude*
Nov 27, 2004

gud teaser. would've neva thout uv it
goldmare**
Nov 28, 2004

Huh. I knew Venus was the oddball when it came to orbits, but I didn't know which direction it went in.

That was a good riddle. The only thing I can correct is that the word is counter-clockwise, not anti-clockwise. Sorry, I've always been picky about those things. *shrug*
AXTONAau*
Nov 29, 2004

in tdepends where you live! the correct word in Australia is anti clockwise
Mad-AdeAhu*
Nov 29, 2004

same here in the UK, anti clockwise
it the correct term.
I_am_the_Omega**
Dec 01, 2004

I would think (though I've never heard anti-clockwise before), that either term would be fine, since they both describe the motion in a perfectly understandable way, and are separate words.

It's kind of like saying "no, it's not 'reverse,' it's 'backwards.'"
pupluver10*
Dec 10, 2004

That was ez!
pigpen978
Dec 17, 2004

Of course once again I did not get it but I guessed it right!! I didnt know that u said anti clockwise in Austraila. thats a cool word
darrenkhu
Dec 21, 2004

Well.. I thought it was earth bcoz its the only word that began with a vowel..
supernetz
Dec 22, 2004

Geographical location does not have any definite effect on the rotational direction of spiraling water. Water spirals due to a phenomenon known as the coriolis effect which deals with centripital force in water. Though it is more common for toilets to spin clockwise above the equator and counterclockwise below due to the Earth's rotation, it is not definite - other gravitational effects often play a role.
AXTONAau*
Dec 24, 2004

SUPERNETZ ; The coriolis effect has everything to do with what hemisphere you live in, and subsiquently is crucial to your argument.
roseblood003**
Jan 06, 2005

don't "Aussie" toilets spin counter clockwise because they are below the equator?
bookworm696**
Jan 17, 2005

very cool, thought the title confused me, and i never realized the water went clockwise in aussie toilets... but i faintly remember something like this on the simpsons. lol. great try!!
bbbz*
Feb 15, 2005

Uranus and Pluto also have retrograde rotation. They rotate in the opposite direction of which they revolve around the sun like Venus does. I've always been curious about using the words "counter-clockwise" or "anti-clockwise" in describing Earth's rotation, because one must assume that your point of view is from above the North Pole looking back "down" at the Earth. These terms require a point of view reference to be meaningful like the words "right" and "left". If you were looking at it from the South Pole the Earth's rotation would appear to be "clockwise" from that perspective.
cornfused*
Mar 31, 2005

Thank you. Learned a couple of things today.
phrebh*us*
May 12, 2005

I forget where I saw it, but somewhere online I saw a write up of the whole theory of the coriolis effect affecting toilets. Essentially it doesn't affect the toilets at all. In order for it to do so, you would have to have a toilet with a bowl was perfectly circular at the rim and hyperbolic in cross-section. The hole would have to be at the very center of the bowl and at the bottom-most part, and there would have to a stopper at the hole that would have to disappear instantaneously when the toilet was flushed. After the bowl was filled with water, you would have to wait days for the miniscule currents in the water to settle down. If all of that could happen, then you could see the coriolis effect in the toilet when it was flushed. In reality, the direction of spin has more to do with the shape of the bowl than it does with the Earth's spin.
Princeford93*
May 27, 2005

That was interesting most people don't equate technology with planets.
smarty_blondy*ro*
Sep 05, 2005

Briliant, great teaser!
SunroseAus*
Sep 22, 2005

Great Teaser!! Good Job
drussel3*us*
Jun 14, 2007

Good Teaser - I knew it was related to rotation, but wasn't sure which one was the answer.... I like learning something new.
SweetPotatoAus*
Jun 15, 2007

I guessed "watch" because it's the only thing on the list of which the entire thing doesn't rotate (only the hands). Add: Eddys in South American toilets (being below the equator) also spin counter.
cooltigerr1Aus*
Jun 15, 2007

NO WAY I GOT IT RIGHT!!!!
YAY!
u did a good job on this one
ADrunkenMan
Jun 15, 2007

Well to tell you all the truth, Aussie toilets dont really spin much at all
Trishgal*us**
Jun 15, 2007

Who Knew.. about the toilets , i mean . great teaser.
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

Another difference in the items listed, is that DVD's is the only term that doesn't have another meaning. Earth can also mean 'dirt', CD's can mean 'certificate's of deposit', Venus can also refer to the statue, watch can also mean to 'look at', and clock can refer to the act of timing something.
DVD stands for 'digital versitale disk'.
cloughmeAws*
Jun 15, 2007

Great Teaser! Any teaser that gets this kind of action in the comments is OK in my book!
solotravlrA**
Jun 15, 2007

LET ME SEE IF I GET THIS, :

ARE YOU SAYING URANUS SPINS COUNTER CLOCKWISE IN AN AUSSIE TOILET??? ouch... Hmmmmm, teehee
bradon182001*us*
Jun 15, 2007

I learned something new today. This is something I truly never thought about. So I have to say, this is a great teaser.
doeheadAus*
Jun 15, 2007

Got my head spinning,but I'm not sure in which direction.But really wasn't that hard to figure out.
katamaster*
Jun 15, 2007

I voted for watch. The reason, all the other things are circular. A watch does not have to be.
katamaster*
Jun 15, 2007

I thought of another reason for watch if we take the spin angle. All the other items spin in their entirety. A watch's hand move only and that is assuming it is not a digital display.
saxman*us*
Jun 15, 2007

I wanted to say watch, because it is the only word in the group that is both a noun and a verb.

I thought of the rotation bit, but then thought of the possibility of a watch being digital, rather then analog.
Spammy*
Jun 15, 2007

http://www.snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp
Fredonia2k
Jun 15, 2007

Saying you picked the watch because it doesn't rotate would mean that you have a rotating clock. Can I see it?
CaleythiaAus*
Jun 15, 2007

Good trivia question, but not really a teaser.
cecepeach83
Jun 15, 2007

All those in favor of the "watch" answer: couldn't all of yoru arguments also hold for "clock"? It too does not necessarily have to be shaped like a circle, nor does any part but the hands spinning. Just wondering.

Great teaser!
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

I didnt get this one, not even close
adarcur
Jun 15, 2007

I said "Earth" only because it started with a vowel instead of a constanant
galomanng
Jun 15, 2007

IT MAKE MORE SENCE THAN I THOUGHT, GOOD WORK
lilredc5*
Jun 15, 2007

If you view the Earth from underneath, would it not appear to rotate clockwise?
lmurray*cn*
Jun 15, 2007

WITHOUT THE TITLE, I WOULD HAVE HAD TO THINK, BUT THE TITLE WAS AN IMMEDIATE GIVE AWAY.

RENAME IT AND IT WON'T BE SO OBVIOUS.

AN OLD PUZZLE REFERS TO THE DIRECTION OF THE WATER FLOW DOWN A TOILET IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, AS DID OUR 9th GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER.

WATER IN A SINK OR TOILET (AN OLDER ONE AT LEAST) IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE FLOWS OUT COUNTER/ANTI- CLOCKWISE.
locutus13dsus*
Jun 15, 2007

all these comments, have my head spinning...Counter clockwise of couse!!
mondayschild59Aus**
Jun 15, 2007

I had to really think this one out, but I got it in the end. That was harder than I thought. Thanks for the post.

Monday~
soccermissy29A**
Jun 15, 2007

Ummmmm... what is an aussie toilet???

Well... it was a great teaser! I didn't get the answer though. I thought it was things that rotate, but then i looked at the things and they all rotated. Well that shows you just how smart I am.
cheeny13Aus*
Jun 15, 2007

The title told me that it had something to do with direction of ratation but I didn't know which way any of those rotated (except the clock and watch of course.. ). Anyway, great teaser!!
fishpike*
Jun 15, 2007

I knew it had to do with spinning, but that,s as far as I got/
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007


If you're going to post to a list that intelligent people subscripe to, then learn how the difference between a plural and a possessive s. The plural of DVD is DVDs.
phyllisa*us*
Jun 15, 2007

Great teaser, I learned something and got a laugh out of it too
Ashboo
Jun 15, 2007

is anti-clockwise a word? I always say counterclockwise, lol, but, this was still a very cool teaser!
suganue*us*
Jun 15, 2007

I really liked this teaser. The title did give the answer away. I only knew the answer b/c it.

It is amazing how much you learn reading the comments. I would have never known that "anti-clockwise' was a term in other parts of the world.

Also the whole "reason behind water rotation in toilets" debate is a little interesting, and also a little ridiculous after 3 or 4 comments.

As for the whole possessive or plural 's' issue...Stop being so angry. You can make a comment without being ugly. It wasn't even something worth commenting on regardless to how intelligent you deem yourself.

Again...really loved the teaser
donfrench*
Jun 15, 2007

It is incorrect to say that Earth or Venus rotates clockwise or counterclockwise (or anticlockwise). This is based only on a particular viewpoint. When viewed from above the north pole, Earth or Venus rotates in one direction. When viewed from above the other pole, it rotates in the opposite direction. This is similar to saying that New York is to the right of California. Rubbish! If you are facing south New York is to the left of California. While with clocks and CD players there exists a functional top, there is no functional top of Earth or Venus. North pole or south pole, they are equivalent.
natriv
Jun 15, 2007

i got the right answer bot for the wrong reasons Earth is the only word that starts with a vowel
hockeyfan94us*
Jun 15, 2007

I said Venus. It is the only item on the list that is NOT found on Earth.
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

To aantenna;
DVD's is singular possesive, which is how I used it in the sentence. It could be read either way, DEPENDING on how it was punctuated.
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

I did in my haste mispell 'versatile' in my first post,sorry.
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

And I misspelled 'misspell' on purpose
(user deleted)
Jun 15, 2007

'donfrench' has a good point.
jabdrAus*
Jun 15, 2007

I think you either 'know it' or don't know it. I'm of the latter, but enjoyed the answer and how it related to the title.
Quincess
Jun 15, 2007

I have read all the comments and "corrections", but aside from the spelling mistakes nobody corrected the use of the word AXES that should have been AXIS!
breathesunshineAus**
Jun 15, 2007

Some people have so much to say about toilet water rotation. I'm just happy if mine works!!! Fun teaser by the way.
POPSca*
Jun 15, 2007

You really got me with that one,but it waws fun trying
anniebee*us*
Jun 15, 2007

I thought these teasers were supposed to be fun! I did'nt realize that some members were keeping score on mistakes! Petty Clever, and fun teaser Axton Aantenna, is there really such a word as subsripe as you used in your comment or did you make a simple mistake in spelling? If there is, then I am as dumb as they come
LeafFan4life*
Jun 15, 2007

quincess is right!!
CaleythiaAus*
Jun 16, 2007

Actually, 'axes' is right where it is used. It is the plural form of 'axis.'
siskiu*
Jun 16, 2007

tat was really hard...or im just stupid
Badger*us*
Jun 17, 2007

Loved the teaser, though I didn't get it! I was glad to see phrebh's comment above, so I didn't have to write it. Murray has learned alot in ninth grade science class, though his teacher was wrong on this one. He/she fell victim to the urban legend (and passed it on) re:which direction water goes down the drain based on hemisphere... That's a theoretical example, not real life. THANKS FOR SUBMITTING A FUN TEASER!
oddreyus*
Jun 19, 2007

very fun, very hard, very good.
ric815Aph*
Jun 21, 2007

I just thinking, everything except venus is on earth. so Venus is out of place. hehe
QrystalAca*
Jul 27, 2007

I know we're not supposed to suggest corrections here, but I think it serves to respond to all those people talking about coreolis and whatnot as well .. and I can't be bothered to find the appropriate method to submit a correction.

The only thing that could use an update is the mention of the spinning of water in Aussie toilets. It should just say that there is a common misconception that the direction of water swirling in the Southern Hemisphere is opposite to that in the Northern Hemisphere. That's all that's needed!
precious1026Aus*
Jun 16, 2010

GrossGross..............Gross.....Grosser
precious1026Aus*
Jun 16, 2010

iThe Terem is Counter Clockwise, not Anti.
LogicalRogerAus*
Jun 16, 2010

^ You're very ethnocentric, I see.

Decent teaser. Quite easy.
doeheadAus*
Jun 16, 2010

Stick to my comment in 2007
bluemage
Jun 16, 2010

I am annoyed the title of the teaser totally gave the answer away before I really got to think about it on my own.

I would have guessed watch because that's the only thing that does not necessarily involve turning, I was thinking of a digital watch.
jeRussell
Jun 16, 2010

The Earth appears to spin clockwise when looking at at from the perspective of the south pole-Venus would be roating anti-clockwise. The hint of 'Aussie Toilets' was appently to reference the notion that they rotate opposite to toilets flushed in the Northern Hemisphere-This is a myth. Also it is 'DVDs' and 'Cds'-The plural and not the possessive form. Sorry if I this nitpicking.
eclectric*
Jun 16, 2010

Coriolis effect is a myth. Shape of toilet and the configuration and introduction of the water determines flow direction. CDs' is not correct jeRussell. Its just CDs. Only use ' after "s" when the word ends in s and is possessive.
auntiesisAus*
Jun 16, 2010

I figured they all rotate, but never thought of which direction. Silly me.
patiencewithaP*us*
Jun 16, 2010

Got it right away! Fun...great teaser!
FatHeadAus*
Jun 16, 2010

Brilliant!
Babe*
Jun 16, 2013

People always argue over these minor things in the teaser. Strange nit-picking
HABS2933Aca*
Jun 16, 2013

I am guessing the person who said they would have answered watch as they thought of a digital watch is young.
I am not "old" and don't think I've ever owned anything but analog watches (so that even had to be wound). The term couner (or anti) clockwise is of course in reference to a clock and what is a watch really other than a clock you wear on your wrist?
I did however have a watch when Iwasa kid was backwards, the 12 and 6 were in the proper places but the rest of the numbers were reverse so the 1 was where the 11 should be, the 2 was where the 10 should be, and so on. IT ran backward - too a long time to be able to read it without thinking.
gaylewolfAus*
Jun 16, 2013

Interesting story, Habs! I've noticed your comments are always very thoughtful and thought provoking!
I liked this teaser! Have a wonderful day and Happy Father's Day, all!

HABS2933Aca*
Jun 16, 2013

Thanks Gayle, I try. I do write a lot of quizzes and have attempted teasers so I know how hard it is to do one that appeals to more people than it upsets.
jarmihius*
Jun 16, 2013

Define "anti-clockwise" for a spherical object. In what frame of reference do you consider clockwise from not clockwise?



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