Shower thoughts in The Lounge Posted Wednesday at 08:18 AM · Edited Thursday at 12:08 AM by Hotel26 Here in Oz, where I live, toilets work differently. Maybe. tl;dr the difference between the Big Button and the Little Button is only psychological. Starting with the obvious, when you flush them, the water spins in a different direction. That might just be federal law, like the side of the road we drive on, although I recall long ago in a physics class something called 'coriolis'. I dunno. But we (most people) don't know much about these ingenious devices and we certainly take them for granted. For example, what should we do if the water gets shut off for any extended period of time (3 months, say)...? The modern device was invented by Sir Thomas Crapper and the Queen was so pleased with her first installation of his device that she ordered him beknighted[sic]. (The fact checkers squeal about this one; pretty much confirmatory, though, in my book. Real facts would pretty much put them out of business. (What even is their business model??)) Moving forward, I recently ran the first in a series of simple experiments (remniscent of that dude dropping projectiles off the roof of a high-rise in Pisa, Italy, for which he got arrested, after being reported by a couple of alarmed tourists in the square below, who narrowly missed being struck). We have here in Oz (and I feel very sure this is federal law) two buttons on the master console of our toilets (at least, if you're a city dweller). I pressed each, counted out 1-1000, 2-1000, 3-1000 while it irrigated... allowed the 'cistern' to refill and repeated a number of times (almost certainly in violation of federal law!?). So, guess what? 'Little button': six-1000s. 'Big button': six-1000s. Visual observation roughly indicated the same volume of water dispensed by each. Hmmm... OK, second experiment, with everything primed and ready to go: I pushed the 'little button' and let the contents completely expel. As soon as it had completely 'flushed', I then pressed the 'big button', expecting to get the second half... And guess what? Spoiler Nada. You knew it! OK, so my conclusion so far is that we may have a defective toilet. So, third experiment proposed will be to repeat the same on the other two toilets in my house. My wife will likely veto this due to already-mounting concern about our water bill. (She also thinks I have way too much time on my hands these days.) Open disclosure: I've always used the Big Button. Only now, under pressure (of the water bill), have I made the resolution to find out what the Little Button does. Depending upon the result, I may then have to consider a decision to "go public" with my findings. Or ask a professional "fact-checker" to investigate... Spoiler Sorry this is long, but Science is exhausting.