Poop Splash Elimination - Smarter Every Day 22 | Summary and Q&A

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September 8, 2011
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Poop Splash Elimination - Smarter Every Day 22

TL;DR

This video discusses the science behind poop splashes and provides a simple solution to eliminate them.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is a Worthington jet and why is it called a poop splash?

A Worthington jet is the splash of water that occurs when a solid object is dropped into water. It is called a poop splash because it commonly happens with feces in the toilet bowl.

Q: How does surface tension contribute to poop splashes?

Surface tension is the force per unit length on the surface of a liquid. When a solid object is dropped into water, it creates a cavity filled with air. The discontinuity in pressure causes the cavity to collapse, resulting in a splash.

Q: How can you eliminate poop splashes using toilet paper?

By placing a few pieces of toilet paper on the water's surface before defecating, you can vary the surface tension. This prevents the formation of a Worthington jet and eliminates poop splashes.

Q: Why is it important to discuss the science of poop splashes?

The topic affects billions of people worldwide, yet it is rarely discussed in an intelligent and respectful way. By understanding the science behind it, we can find practical solutions to minimize its occurrence.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The video introduces the concept of Worthington jets or poop splashes that occur when a solid object is dropped into water.

  • The narrator explains the science behind poop splashes and how surface tension plays a role in their formation.

  • The video demonstrates a simple solution to eliminate poop splashes by using toilet paper on the water's surface.

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