Equator Gringos

May 15, 2008

Our toilet flushes twice

Filed under: Ecuador — lstollin @ 6:06 am

I bet YOU don’t have a toilet that flushes twice!  Everyone is always asking if the toilet water spins the other way here, 20 km south of the equator, but usually the person asking can’t remember which way their own toilet spins, and neither can I.  On that issue, I think it has more to do with the design of the toilet, but I’m not sure.

We have a more interesting phenomenon.  Sometime in the last couple of months the toilet in our main bathroom started flushing twice.  You know how some people can’t sneeze just once?  Our toilet flushes, pauses, then flushes again.  It’s perfect for when you flushed, then suddenly remembered that you wanted to blow your nose and were hoping to also get that flushed down before it’s too late.

I was thinking about trying to video it, but unless I dyed the water it would be right up there with a video of a snowstorm at night for clarity and drama.  If you want to check it out, come visit!



  1. Luke, are you admitting to using a whole toilet bowl of water to flush down one Klenex? Besides, don´t you know you can´t flush paper here, you´re going to clog up the sewer system for the whole city!!!! I thought my toilet wasn´t working well last night…

    Comment by Tim — May 15, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  2. Maybe it’s flushing twice *because* it’s so close to the equator! Does it reverse spin with each flush?

    The Coriolis Effect works on large fluid structures like atmosphere and oceans but toilets? Measureable, perhaps, but not a cause for spin direction. Oh, and it also affects navigational observations via sextant observations.

    Say, d’ya think a 6th grader wouldn’t go nuts over the question? maybe extend it from toilets to the atmosphere?


    “DONKEY, you HAVE the right to remain silent.
    What you lack is the capacity.”
    —– —–

    —–Ockham’s Law—–
    “Never increase, beyond what is necessary,
    the number of entities required to explain anything”
    ~William of Ockham (1285-1349)

    —–OK, that’s it!—–

    “Cannot find REALITY.SYS…Universe Halted.”
    ~God on phone with Microsoft Customer Support

    Comment by DJ — May 15, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  3. Hi Joy and Luke-
    I am having a great time reading about your travels. Just wanted to say HI! (seems like a million years since EDS)

    Comment by Theresa Leckbee-Hornung — May 27, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  4. Oh BTW, I’ve discovered that *my* toilet howls when I flush it because of some kind of harmonic vibration in the float valve. And since I live in an apartment, I try to avoid flushing after 10:00 pm because it’s loud enough to wake the dead – not to mention the other tenants.

    Not that it compares with a toilet that flushes once for each hemisphere!


    —– —–
    So who is this “General Failure” guy…
    and what’s he doing reading my hard drive?

    Comment by DJ — June 5, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  5. Hi, Luke and Joy….I am enjoying getting caught up on all your experiences that you have published. Would love to come visit, and am getting my visa ready so be prepared. Lexi needs some rock climbing info so look for her email coming….with the new name of a year ago of meece added.

    what happened to composting toilet love?


    Comment by liz mealy — June 18, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

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