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The Aussie Loo

December 22, 2010

Greetings, Bathroom Reader fans around the world. BRI Thom here, reporting from the field, which, barring deportation or a fatal shark attack, I shall be doing so henceforth. I’ve flown the bathroom-reading-headquarters coop in our sleepy little Oregon hamlet, and am currently reporting from a picnic bench a few yards from the South Pacific Ocean just north of Sydney, Australia—one block or some from my new home. Leaving Uncle John and the crack staff at the BRI was heartbreaking…until I got here. (I mean come on! I practically live on a tropical beach, for goodness’ sake!)

Fortunately Uncle John forgot to change the locks here, and I’ll still be posting on the UJ Blog!

My first exclusive: The Aussie Loo, and how it perfectly fits Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. Just take a look at this beauty:

Those are the flush buttons. The one on the left, the half moon, is for a small flush, for those short visits, as it were; the one on the right is for a full flush for longer, more substantial stops—just like the Bathroom Reader and its short- and long-visit articles! Brilliant! We should have these in America! We should start a movement! (Oh, wait, that didn’t come out right. Oh, I did it again!)

• Now on to the great Australian myth: The water in Australian sinks, tubs, toilets, and whatnot swirls in the opposite direction – counter-clockwise – that it does in the Northern Hemisphere. Something to do with the Coriolis Effect, so the story goes. Well, is it true? No. That’s a myth we conked on the head years ago in the BR. But…I’ve taken a video of water draining from a sink. It’s a bit hard to see, but you be the judge:

Aussie water draining

Now call me crazy, but you can tell by that bit of flotsam in the water that it is clearly swirling, unprovoked, counter-clockwise. I think we have a bit of a mystery on our hands. Further research will be necessary. I’ll get right on it, and report back…

Until then, Happy Christmas – Australian for Merry Christmas – from the Great Down Under! Be well, and I hope your enjoying the brand new BR!

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December 25, 2010 5:52 am

G’day BRI Thom, and a Happy Down Under Christmas to you. Welcome to OZ. Did you catch a squiz of surfing Santa up there in Mosman – or wherever you are? I was researching Hitler and found an interesting site with an excerpt from one of your books, clicked on the link and, blow me down, I read that you’ve left sleepy Oregon for OZ! Did you hitch a ride with Oprah? LOL I’m curious why you’re here. Is this a posting for a BRI foreign correspondent or are you in OZ for love? I keep on meeting Yanks and… Read more »

December 26, 2010 7:11 pm

Thank you very much Kazaa. My story, short: I married an Aussie lass in Oregon some years ago – the delightful Tin Tin – and she wanted to go home and be by her family. And I was up for an adventure. So here we are. And I love it. Thanks for the Bruce Thompson info, I ‘m going to have to see if we’ve covered that before. And if I’m in the Blue Mountains, which I’m sure I will be – I will give you a holller. Thanks for the invite – and a very good new year to… Read more »

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