Why does the vortex created by water being drained through a plug hole always seem to rotate clockwise?

It is a long standing myth about the vortex being clockwise in northern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in southern hemisphere due to Coriolis effect.

In reality it is influenced to a much much larger extent by the surface of the container, the shape & surface of the hole, the prevailing air current if any, other external disturbances by the immediate environment, and so on before the Coriolis effect can play any part.

How can the war of political ideologies be avoided and how can these servants be made more serious and taught to be more focused towards real issues instead of their petty desires to remain in power?

Assuming that you are talking about Indian Politics the question really is that should this political war of ideologies stop?
The very essence of a democracy is the diversity of thoughts and that is why we have so many parties claiming that they are the true representatives of the people (though most don’t mean it).
But the real deal is that today every party has a similar ideology-to remain in power somehow usually using any issue that divides the people and then gets them the support of the majority.
As far as them working for us is concerned, we cannot hope that they will work for us until the day arises when a party will win only due to the work it has done or promises to do for us.
In the ideal world a politician is an angel from heaven working for the “GREATER GOOD”.
But in the real world we cannot hope them to be so. And that is the reason why we have Elections every 5 years – in the hope that at least for the sake of remaining in power the Government (Ruling Party) would work for the sake of people.

If God does justice, then why do good persons who have deep faith in God suffer so much?

The main point is about the real love. The father in this world is not having real love towards his children. The real love is always recognised in the purification of the soul. If the defects of the children are not given punishments impartially, such love is not real. If the father saves the child from the punishment, the love is false. The father generally scolds and punishes his children for the wrong deeds. But if the son committed a murder, will any father hand over him to the police? In such case, the father will hide him and tries to save him from the punishment. But, God is not like that. God gives punishments to his children as per their sins without any partiality. Both father and God reward their children for their merits and this context cannot differentiate God and father.

God is having the real love towards His children since His aim is always to uplift the soul through purification rendered by punishments. Punishment for the sin is not for revenge. It is only for the transformation and development of the soul. Punishment should be treated as reward. In fact, reward may introduce ego. But, punishment destroys the ego and imparts purification resulting in progress. Hence, punishment is a better reward. The kindness behind the punishments is more than the kindness behind the rewards. A friend, who praises you is always dangerous since he is trying to push ego into yourself. An enemy is the real friend, who always criticizes your sin since he is developing the careful attitude in you. Hence, God is the real father, who is always a real friend.

Basically you must develop the attitude to avoid blaming God in any matter because logically and legally it is untenable. How can you blame God, who is unimaginable? The creation including the human beings is imaginable phase. The relationship between the unimaginable creator and imaginable creation must be also unimaginable. In this world all are imaginable items. Both the father and child are imaginable and therefore the process of generation of the child from the father is imaginable. The relationship between two imaginable items is also imaginable. Even if you take the unimaginable God as imaginable since the unimaginable God identifies Himself with an imaginable medium, you cannot blame God as you have seen in the above explanation. People lacking the patience to analyse impartially and deeply always try to blame God. Even theists and devotees blame God in the occasions of excess tragic grief. They do not understand the infinite kindness of God in giving the punishments in order to transform the soul for better development. Therefore, you should always thank God more in difficulties.

Just before the arrest of Jesus before crucifixion, Jesus stated that the will of God should happen. This is a clear submission of Jesus to the will of God. Jesus, a special human being, being the human incarnation of God submitted Himself to the will of God. This special occasion of crucifixion happened in the case of this special human being. In such case, all the ordinary human beings are not having such special occasion like undergoing the crucifixion to save the humanity from its sins. Does this mean that the ordinary human beings are not having the possibility to submit to the will of God? It means that the ordinary human being need not submit to the will of God due to lack of such possibility. This is not correct.

You cannot escape so easily. Every human being is having the golden opportunity to submit to the will of God. What is that? In the life of every human being, both rewards for the good deeds and punishments for the bad deeds appear as per the ethical constitution or the scriptures written by God. If you accept them without any resistance, you are submitting yourself to the will of God. People do not submit themselves to the will of God especially in the case of facing the punishments. They resist and try their level best to avoid these punishments. This means that you are trying to oppose the will of God on many occasions. Shri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa did not allow any medication for His throat cancer.

We should keep such highest level as our goal so that at least we may avoid blaming God in difficulties. You always say that you wish something good to happen to yourself or to your friends. You also wish a speedy recovery from some damage in the case of others. Damage means punishment given for the sin committed, which is the will of God to uplift the soul. Such situations clearly imply that you are not only opposing the will of God but also desiring for the opposite to the will of God to happen. When a human being is subjected to some difficulty, which is the punishment given by God, God knows the duration of that difficulty to purify the soul. When you expect a speedy recovery from that difficulty, you are opposing the will of God that prescribed the duration. Therefore, a true devotee must always express that the will of God should always happen either in his case or in the case of the others. Jesus was frightened about the arrest and its future consequence.

He tried to pray God to save Him from that future tragedy. But, finally He prayed God stating that His will should finally happen. This split personality shows the dual behaviour of the two components existing in Human incarnation. The behaviour of the human being is exhibited by the fear and initial prayer and this represents every human being. The final prayer represents the behaviour of God. This dual behaviour is shown to represent the ordinary human being and the God. The Human incarnation is a system of these two components mixed in a single phase.

Some people often blame God that they are punished unnecessarily even though they are very pure without any sin. This is only hypocrisy based on the ignorance. Generally, people commit sins thinking that those are good deeds. The judge has to decide who is sinful between the petitioner and the respondent. Both claim that they are correct. Self certification is not valid.

Is being educated the same as being intelligent? Why?

Of course not. Intelligence only improves speed of learning.
Although A.C.Clarke defined intellectual as "someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence", I don't even think intelligence puts cap to learning.
And education, it's a totally different thing. Often it has nothing to do with intelligence, only with memory.
Remember that teacher who only wanted you to repeat the lessons?;)

How to hint to someone that you like them

Jumping from "I like you" to an immediate kiss is the equivalent of jumping from a handshake to a back massage.

I wouldn't do any kissing just yet. That comes soon, but first you're missing the critical first steps of going on a date.

The best "hint" you can give her is buy nutting up and asking her out on a date. Some good examples of phrases that show your nut powers include:

  • Want to grab a drink Thursday"
  • Hey there's this great dessert place around the corner. Let's go this weekend."
  • There's a party this weekend that I think me and you should absolutely go to.
  • You. Me. A picnic under a big oak tree.

Remember, the man with the bigger nuts (not physically) always ends up getting the girl.

Patrick Loki
a.k.a Loveable Geek
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What will happen if a person with an extremely high IQ meets someone with an extremely high EQ?

This happens!

When Albert Einstein met Ravindranath Tagore!

On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the poles of that time: Science & Religion.

These are one of the most fruitful talks between 2 great minds; in analytical & another philosophic!

The dialogoue:


I am a 19 year old living in India.I haven't been following current affairs and political news as actively as I'd like. I want to start over. Where do I start, and how do I approach this?

Many of the folks have suggested reading newspapers. I would start by suggesting the same – Hindu, Indian Express etc.

Read editorials. They are mostly based on the hottest current affairs topic. If you do not understand a topic do a quick Google search to understand the summary of the issue. We all do – like not all of us knew about the background in Crimea etc.

I am sure you would be active on facebook. 'Like' and 'Follow' as many official pages of newspapers and magazines as possible – Hindu, Indian Express among mainstream newspapers. Livemint and Outlook India carry good offbeat articles too. Try following international media too on facebook – BBC, The Guardian, NY Times etc. Caravan Magazine is good but makes for heavy reading. Try and follow popular blogs too – I would not suggest any here, as most of which I follow are personal choices. You could follow the ones you like

This is not a suggestion but something I do. I unfollow most acquaintances on facebook. I get updates from only people I know well. And my facebook feed is lesser of photos and check ins but a good feed from all the pages I have liked. This way I effortlessly expose myself to many interesting articles, regularly and instantly.

If you like an article do share it for others to read too.

Hope this helps.

Relationships: What does it mean when you are talking to a girl at the club or bar and she starts playing with her phone?

It is a new trend. Believe it or not, as recently as twenty years ago, most people did not carry around a phone in their pocket. They also didn't carry around a computer upon which to read their email. Tweets were non-existent. To take a picture and share it, you needed a camera and film and you had to take it somewhere to have it developed. If you wanted to share it widely, you would have to ask for multiple copies to be made, and then hand them out to your immediate circle of friends and put them into envelopes and affix postage and drop them into a mailbox to share them to more distant friends. To shoot video, you had to own or borrow bulky equipment, carry it with you everywhere. For sharing your video, you had to have other bulky equipment upon which to play it.

It used to be considered the height of rudeness to answer your phone if you had guests. Of course, the only place you could answer your personal phone was in your house. Now, everybody expects to interrupt in-person conversations to tend to the multimedia device in their pocket. Still, it feels disrespectful when you are talking to someone and they reach for the irritating buzzing thing in their pocket, doesn't it?

What are some unexpectedly delicious food combinations?

  • French fries dipped in Ice Cream

Warm, salty and crispy fries oddly go perfect with chilling, sweet ice cream.

  • Sausage dipped in Maple Syrup

I discovered this accidentally when pouring maple syrup onto my pancakes and accidentally soaked the sausages on the side. I tried it and it was surprisingly delicious.

  • French fries dipped in Mayo

I was getting lunch one time when I was 9 and the cafeteria had run out of ketchup. All that was left was salad dressing, ranch and mayo. I took some mayo and squirted some on my fries and chewed tentively. I had never tasted anything like it.

It was so good that my class mates saw it and wanted to try some too. I had to get more mayo because I was sharing with 20 other eager children.

  • Chopped Shrimp with Siracha and Mayo

When I was five I remember my sister making the weirdest tasting but suprisingly delicious sushi. Years later she told me she took mayo and the hot sauce Siracha and mixed it into chopped shrimp and that was the main ingredient. Amazing combo.