Bernoulli's Principle basically states that whenever a fluid is flowing, the speed of the flow is faster whenever the width of the conduit is narrow. And the speed is slower whenever the width is wider. That is why you see the river bank where the narrow portions have a sandy appearance while the wider portions have a rocky appearance. It is an application of Bernoulli's Principle.
It also applies in a number of other situations.
Including the toilet.
But what happens when the fluid of the toilet is carrying solid material, and that soild material happens to be too big for the conduit?
DING DING DING!!! You got it! Bernoulli's Principle will cease, and instead, you have your fluid static and stop moving.
That is the state of our second floor toilet right now. And it annoys be because it is the second time this has happened. And on both cases, it is not my fault, but my roommate's.
The first time it has happened was last week, I believe Saturday, or Sunday. I was out, and when I came back, the toilet was weird, it looked weird, because the water level was so low, unusually low. I flushed it, or rather, tried to flush it, and then, there I saw it, the water kept going high and high that I thought it would overflow, but thankfully it didn't.
I knocked on my roommate's door and asked if he knew about it, but he passively said that he did not use it. Ok. First time, just let it go. We didn't have a plunger at that time, so I knocked on the next door, and borrowed a plunger. After a few pumps, it was solved.
Yesterday, which was again, a Saturday, when I came back home, I saw the same problem again. This time, there is no denying that it was my roommate's fault, because when I came back, he was still in the bathroom, and the door was open and I asked what's wrong. There again. The failure of Bernoulli's Principle. So he said that he would buy a plunger now.
After a few hours, I saw the plunger that he bought. Oh no, it was so low-quality. The rubber was not stable enough that it would reverse its shape every time I pump it, and it just made the water splash all over. Horrible.
So the problem is still here. He already submitted a work-order to the apartment complex and hopefully they will come soon.
So for the meantime, we are using the first floor toilet but I don't prefer that because the bathtub is upstairs. Whenever I do my daily rituals, which is always in the morning, before I shower for school, I do it in one set. It is like a factory line. Brush my teeth - shave - sit on the toilet - shower. Easy as that. But now I have to brush my teeth and shave upstairs, then go downstairs to sit on the toilet, then go upstairs again to shower. Grrr.
I am partly blaming this on my roommate's diet. I have a good imagination, so I can just imagine what his by-products are. He feeds on instant noodles, microwave dishes, take-out and delivery food. His diet is not so varied (I can see that, we share the same refrigerator, and most of its contents are mine, and he never cooks.), so given the fact that he doesn't have a lot of fiber intake, he might be, well, constipated.
I'm stopping this rude behavior. Sorry but I just had to rant it out. It reminds me of our trip to Athens, where the travel books expicitly warned not to flush tissue paper in the toilet bowls. The Athenian sewer system is so narrow that even a small piece of tissue paper can clog it.
Speaking of Athens, I've posted a few pictures of our trip last May. Mind you, the pictures are not so dramatic. They're just simple, but intended to capture memories.
This was me on the foot of the Acropolis. It was around eight in the morning and the sun was already blazing high. After that we climbed the hill to reach the Parthenon and the Erechtheum, where the Caryatid statues are located.
This is me directly in front of the Western side of the Parthenon. It is the side that is the most intact. Other sides were damaged in historical events.
After viewing the Acropolis, we climbed the Areopagus, which is a difficult climb. It is a hill that is made of marble, so the footmarks of all the tourists that have climbed it made the steps slippery. It is best avoided during wet periods. You can see the two most important women in my life, my mother, in black, and my sister, in green. Overlooking the hill is the city of Athens.
This is picture of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which is near the Zappeio Gardens. It is simply amazing to watch this. I could take hours just gazing at those Corinthian columns, if the weather permits, that is.
Finally, this is a sunset picture I took. We went to the shore nearest to the city, that is, Saronic Gulf. That is the Meditteranean Sea in front of us. I took this picture around 8:00 pm. It wasn't really that dark yet, I just focused on the sun, and let the camera do the rest.
So there, I hope you enjoyed my pictures. Again, I am jumping in the bandwagon of bloggers who post pictures, but what's the harm in doing so? Everybody's doing it so why can't we?