Saving the best until last

I can really relate to this little conversation in comments below about this Melbourne drinking fountain. So I included it in.

Is it just me, or when you were little did a water fountain never actually ever quench your thirst? too much work for too little pay off? And always a kid behind you pressuring you for their turn…

Oh, absolutely… it was often discussed how much nicer it would be if a soft drink or juice came out of them instead!

And at school, if the water pressure was too low, enterprising students would jam a piece of stick into the tap, thus creating a high-pressure jet. I am sure no Australian child has missed out on experiencing a blast of water to the eye or up the nose when innocently trying to have a drink from one of these “modified” taps.

Thanks for your comments, Megnificent :) it’s funny the design is basically the same as it was when i was a kid. I was one of those kids who broke off sticks in these.

I didn’t go to school here so I woudn’t know this was the design ‘back then’ and ‘now’. I am more used to the kind one sees in the American movies. Anyway, without the tap, this would have passed as a macro shot of my Mac G5. :)

In high summer, Rome is a hot town. Really hot! But unlike London or Manhattan, cool natural spring water trickles from drinking fountains on nearly every Roman street corner.

Some of the fountains in Rome are centuries old, while others, although not so old, perhaps appear the more venerable underneath their layers of modern graffiti. Some are push-button operated, while others flow continuously into ornate bowls and cisterns carved from stone or marble. The correct way to drink from the type shown above is to block the stream by putting your finger over the end of the brass pipe, which forcibly diverts the water into a strong, narrow jet shooting up from a small hole on the top side of the bend in the pipe (which will hit you right in the face if you’re not ready for it). You then simply lower your mouth towards the jet. An efficient and hygienic system, considering that stray dogs also lap around the end of the pipe on hot days.

In summer, drink plenty of water when sightseeing in Rome – It’s free, fresh, cool and clean from the public drinking fountains – And especially make sure your kiddies drink a lot as well, and wear sun hats as protection against sunburn, sunstroke, and rapid body dehydration in the intense heat. Take full advantage of these wonderful drinking fountains.

Gypsies and workmen who are out on the street all day drench their hair under the flow as a precaution against sunstroke, while more genteel be-suited businessmen and women discreetly stoop for a quick cool sip as they pass by.

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