On Saturday night, Britta and I noticed something interesting about our men: bald spots.
our baby boys had little bald spots, as infants often do. Their hair
is so delicate and fragile that laying on their backs literally rubs it
And their daddies had similar bald spots, too, although really these were just the "eyes" of their respective cowlicks.
This called for further investigation. Could the direction of a boy's swirl in the back of his head be the same as
Michael's cowlick swirls in a clockwise
direction, and so does Liam's. It appears that Steve's also swirls in a
clockwise direction, and so does Luke's. Haha! Great men think alike!
The Coriolis Force, remember, teaches us that toilet water swirls counter-clockwise when you live north of
the Equator, and it swirls clockwise if you live south of it. So why does toilet water always drain
counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the
The Coriolis Force is an acceleration
imparted by the Earth’s rotation. The influence of the Coriolis Force on
spin direction is real, and it is observable on very
large scales (such as trade winds and hurricanes) and also in small scales (such as water in a flushing toilet bowl).
Could the Coriolis Force also affect men's cowlicks at birth?
Both of these daddies and sons were born above the Equator. So, from this very small-scale study, we shall boldly conclude that men will always have cowlicks that swirl in the opposite direction of their toilets. Everything just depends on where they live. :)