"The faucets are dripping in old New York
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity,
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York"
-- Malvina Edwards, "The Faucets Are Dripping"
So, the night comes rolling in and it's time to go to bed. You brush your teeth, put on your pajamas, and get all snuggled nice and warm in bed. You then close your eyes and begin to drop off to sleep...
You suddenly hear a loud dripping sound from the bathroom and go to see what it is. You see that the faucet is dripping because you apparently didn't turn it off all the way. Once you turn off the faucet, you go back to bed, but as you get back in the bed, the faucet starts dripping again, even when you turned it off!
One of the things that can result in a Do It Yourself Plumbing Project
This is a Comedy
trope that can be Played for Laughs
or Rule of Funny
in any form of media. Expect to see it in Western Animation
Anime and Manga
- At the beginning of the Bount arc in Bleach Orihime has this before an impostor disguised as her brother shows up and kidnaps her (the rest of the cast also notice it when they search her empty house).
- In the film musical Chicago, a dripping tap is one of the noises Roxie hears as she tries to get to sleep on her first night in prison. It turns into part of the rhythmic accompaniment to "Cell Block Tango".
- Showed up in Exile's Valor. Selenay is already having trouble sleeping due to grief over her father's death, and the drip in the royal suite's bathing room isn't helping matters.
- This is one of the ordinary noises played with in The Twilight Zone episode "Sounds and Silences".
- An episode of House, M.D. has a patient who has been incapable of falling asleep for several days. When we first see her she is in bed, eyes wide open, as the sound of the faucet seems thundering to her.
- The novelty song "Bloop, Bleep," written by Frank Loesser.
- The Tex Avery short "Doggone Tired" had this done deliberately by the rabbit, as one of the tactics to keep the hunting dog awake at night.
- Also denoting the Garfield example above, the Garfield and Friends episode, "Peace And Quiet" also had Garfield annoyed by a dripping faucet while trying to get some rest.
- One Donald Duck cartoon took this trope Beyond the Impossible.
- The animated short based on "The Tell-Tale Heart" uses a dripping tap as the sound the murderer thinks is his victim's accusing heartbeat.
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