Fact & Metaphor Of The [Plughole]
Many of us will have had an unfortunate experience with a plug hole at
some point in our lives. This was brought to my attention by a guest on
one of my radio programmes recently (http://www.foundry.tv). Both her
and her partner are hostile-environment trained photographers and recently
covered the Labour party conference in Brighton U.K. Whilst staying in
Bed and Breakfast accomodation, her partner took a shower after using
the toilet and experienced the raw sewage that he had flushed down the
toilet swirling around his feet, gurgling up out of the shower plughole
.... They just forwarded a poem
In the dead of morning..the eve of the day.
Preparing to do battle with the dark side, dismay!
- it splurged through the plughole submerging the feet
- all shades of shit, warm and wet, swilling around the feet.
The stench was foul, the turds still steaming.
What to do? Where to go?
He was covered in shit from toe to toe..
The plug hole was detached and eventually cleared of brown clotted water
it was disappeared.
But what of the feet?
Washed thoroughly now they still hummed with confidence..
a B+B metaphor for life covering the con-fer-ence.
(c) jeff hard 2005
Bolton Evening News
Tuesday 10th Oct 1995
Lisa's finger trapped in plughole for two hours
A YOUNG mum got into "hot water" when she trapped her finger
in a plughole as she prepared to bath her baby.
It took firemen two hours to release Lisa Sollinger, who had to be taken
to hospital with the plughole's metal surround still on her finger.
The accident happened last night as Lisa, 21, was cleaning the bath, ready
for 15-month-old Michael's wash.
But her finger slipped into the hole and became stuck.
"It was stuck past the joint and I couldn't get it out," said
Lisa, of Cartleach Grove, Little Hulton.
Her friend, 18-year-old Shelley Knight, and mother Flo Knight tried to
release Lisa, but without success.
"They used lard and washing up liquid, but it wouldn't move,"
Firemen from Farnworth station were finally called in. "By this time
I was sitting in the bath because it was a more comfortable position for
my finger," said Lisa.
The firemen had to dismantle the plughole from underneath the bath. "They
tried to get the metal surround off my finger with a hacksaw but it wouldn't
move. By now my finger had swollen really badly," said Lisa.
She was taken to Bolton Royal Infirmary and given injections to numb her
finger. Firemen then sawed the metal away.
Lisa said: "I feel much better today, but when it was happening I
was scared to death. I thought I would never get my finger out."
Spiders do not come out of plugholes in the bath ....
The reason spiders can't get up the plughole is because the plumbing just
below the plughole goes through a U-bend which always has some fluid in
it. Similar U-bends can be found on handbasins and on kitchen sinks. These
"traps" aren't primarily a counter-arachnid measure but are
mainly to inhibit the smell rising from the sewer and for stopping objects
such as cotton buds and teaspoons from going down the plughole and bunging
up the drain. You can verify the existence of U-bend traps by inspection
of the plumbing or by checking to see if any draught of air comes up through
Extract from the 1962 Halley Comet. From the BAS Archives.
Document reference: AD7/Z/3/1962/1 25 May 2004
The Flow of Water or other Fluid through a Small Orifice, or the Plughole
Recent investigators have suggested that the direction of the vortex produced
by the flow of a fluid through a small orifice, depends on the hemisphere
of the globe on which the said flow takes place. That is to say it depends
on Buy's Ballot Law as does the Geostrophic Wind.
It must be pointed out however that the rotation of the earth does not
effect the rotation of a fluid passing through a small orifice. The factor
governing the rotation is the magnetohydrodynamic effect, caused by the
action of the earth's magnetic field on the pressure gradient across the
boundary layer of the moving fluid.
One recent investigator in dealing with water going down the bath plugholes,
suggests that the amount of 'crut' in the water has a considerable effect
on the circulation. (Halley Bay Express, No.1, Vol. 1, June 21st, 1962).
In the opinion of this writer this could well be true and furthermore
if this 'crut' is of a ferrous material it could well upset the whole
The effect of non-ferrous 'crut' is to change the density and viscosity
(and thus the Kinematic viscosity) of the fluid, and in doing has a considerable
effect on the preessure gradient across the boundary layer. In some cases
the extent of reversing the direction of rotation of the vortex. It has
been noticed by previous investigators that sometimes the circulation
will start off in one direction and will then completely reverse. This
is because of the thick dirty water is always the last to go out of the
bath and there is so much 'crut' in this water that it completely reverses
the direction of rotation.
An important point revealed by the magnetohydrodynamic theory is that
a magnetic storm can have a devastating effect on the plug hole, and in
fact during investigations at Halley Bay has even been known to completely
freeze up the orifice thus stopping any kind of circulation. It is therefore
advisable that, before having a bath, base members should check with Doug
to make sure that there is not a magnettc storm in progress. It should
be noted that the vortex motion of a certain bird which is reputed to
fly around in ever decreasing circles has nothing to do with the magnetohydrodynamic
theory mentioned above.