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Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by clontaago, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    I just had a bizarre thought, when I do laps, it is always in an anti clockwise direction. It only really came to my attention last night when I was running around the lake near my place, and most people seemed to be running or walking clockwise.

    The thought of running clockwise seems a bit strange to me, it just wouldnt feel right.

    I know some horses have trouble running in a particular direction, the term being that they get on the wrong leg, but they obviously run differently to us.

    Just ne interested to know if you guys do the same. Is it a left/right handed thing maybe?
     
  2. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe its a physcological effect depending upon what hemisphere you were born in & how you watched the water go down the drain in which direction.

    Definitely a left/right handed thing. Same as goofy footers & orthodox.
     
  3. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    I go running and bike riding around centennial park a couple of times a week and I always go clockwise, maybe because thats the way it is set up for biking but most people also run that way.

    Running either way is fine with me, dont see it as strange at all running clockwise or anti clockwise.
     
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    your just weird clon, simple as that
     
  5. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I'm not saying its a strange thing to do, but for me it feels strange to run clockwise.

    You may be right Fluffy.
     
  6. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    When you watch the olympics or whatever.. they always run anti clockwise.. maybe from watching that.. you just naturally do it
     
  7. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    too much time at the track might have donw it - might see clon lining up for the cup next year.

    lol
     
  8. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Which brings to me my next question Nutz, why do they run anti clockwise?
     
  9. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey Clon....just make sure you dont run anticlockwise or clockwise in the Stawell Gift ;)
     
  10. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Clon.....google is your friend!

    the basic consensus is that it is a throw back to roman chariot racing where they raced anti-clockwise. This lead into the Olympics and all your athletics as a child would have followed suit. The rest is all psychology and association. (possibly to do with your mother)

    Other thoughts on the subject are that the majority of people in the worl being right handed, they have more strength on this side so running on a bend that tends to the left (anti-clockwise) provides more power off of your stronger leg.

    But it is pretty much one of lifes great mysteries. There is other thoughts that the coranis?? or whatver effect to (the thing that makes people believe that water in the southern hemisphere spin in a different direction) has something to do with it.
     
  11. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    a link for you

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/query/0,,-65364,00.html
     
  12. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    The funny thing about the way water spins is that in a normal sink, bathtub etc there is more effect from the friction of the vessel and the turbulance already in the water than the coriolis effect
     
  13. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    in actuality flufster coriolis effect has no effect on water and the way it spins.
     
  14. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Yep, maybe I could ride your mum
     
  15. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    Yep, maybe I could ride your mum

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    again??
     
  16. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    mate she has better taste than to let you near her.

    Dan - they havnt been able to confirm that for certain, a guy once went to conduct an experiement where he let water (like 10,000 litres) sit in a sealed room at constant temperature for an extended period of time - weeks to months in order to get it to be still. It was sitting in a specially designed high quality container that was as even in friction as possible in order to negate any effect.

    Problem was his actuation of the "plug pulling" caused recordable effect on water.

    There is an effect but it is only seen in huge masses like cyclones etc
     
  17. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Which is why Fluffy it is a myth! If it were not a myth then enough simple controlled experiments would be able to be performed.

    Plain and simple it may have some effect but the general myth is exactly that...a myth.
     
  18. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    I took the avatar of Dan's cartoon cowboy & Fluffy's photographic bird image & whilst i had both in hand I created a Coriolis effect by running counterclockwise really really really fast (almost cyclonic) and you would never guess what happened ?

    Dan & Fluffy turned into an Australian version of the mythbusters !
     
  19. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Jatz, lay off the Ice mate, its not good for you.
     
  20. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    and the comedown is a bitch, especially when I pull out the banhammer.

    just kidding

    Science is cool ok?
     

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