One of my biggest bucket list items is to see the Coriolis effect at the equator.
Uganda lies on an equator so I was excited to be traveling there and having the opportunity to see this effect in person. Until I googled it that is and discovered that my favored bucket list item could be a hoax.
To understand why I first need to explain what the Coriolis effect is.
What is the Coriolis effect
When a mass rotates, there is a force that pushes on it perpendicularly to the direction of motion. This force is known as the Coriolis force. This force is what makes hurricanes, cyclones, and flushing water rotates clockwise in the southern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the Northern hemisphere. As demonstrated in the video below.
Great right!? Except it could all be bullshit.
The Coriolis Hoax
A Google search has unearthed numerous articles disputing the validity of this and other videos. The demonstrators are accused of doctoring their funnels to show an effect that is too weak to have an influence on the water rotation.
I am gutted. Does Google know how long I have had this on my bucket list? I don’t buy it. I am not letting this one go without seeing it with my own eyes.
So I have devised a plan.
The Control Experiment
As soon I touch down in Entebbe, Kampala, I will go find a hardware store, look for their largest funnel and repeat the experiment using my own undoctored funnel.
I am not looking to embarrass the guides there, I m not even looking to create a video that gets hundreds of views. The truth is that I don’t know what I am looking for, all I know is that I have a bucket list item that needs to be checked and I intend to check it.