Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
February 2024

Crossing the Equator

Sue is traveling by ship from south of the equator to the north. She has a nice little cabin with a bathroom, but no window. Sue has neither a compass nor any other instruments. Just the general luggage one brings on board a long cruise. Yet, without leaving her room or talking with anyone, Sue will be able to tell when the ship has crossed the equator. How?

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4 guesses to Crossing the Equator

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  • Paul

    When she flushes the toilet in her bathroom, the water will rotate the other direction.

  • You’re right, Paul.
    As they cross the equator the water will begin to drain in the opposite direction.
    You’re today’s winner!

  • Yes, we capitulate to Geoff. Theoretically, the influence of changing hemispheres on the flow of water down a basin is too minute to affect it one way or another. The RiddleDude concedes this point. It is such a widely-believed myth that we think the riddle still has merit. Hope you did to.