Created By: CaveCat on November 1, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCat on November 9, 2011
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Dripping Disturbance

A dripping faucet is very annoying when you\'re trying to sleep.

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"The faucets are dripping in old New York city
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...

Drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip!

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.


Examples

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).

Film
  • 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".

Newspaper Comics

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Music
  • The novelty song "Bloop, Bleep," written by Frank Loesser.

Western Animation
  • 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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Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • November 1, 2011
    Prfnoff
    The novelty song "Bloop, Bleep," written by Frank Loesser.
  • November 2, 2011
    Frank75
    One Donald Duck cartoon which took this trope Beyond The Impossible.
  • November 2, 2011
    Arivne
    One of the things that can result in a Do It Yourself Plumbing Project.

    This has been on YKTTW before: one of the proposed names was Chinese Faucet Torture.
  • November 2, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    This is one of the ordinary noises played with in The Twilight Zone episode "Sounds and Silences".
  • November 2, 2011
    LeeM
    • 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.
    • Might this troper suggest the following song as a page quote?
      The faucets are dripping in old New York city
      The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity,
      The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
      The faucets that drip in New York

  • November 2, 2011
    Bisected8
    • 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).
  • November 2, 2011
    CaveCat
    ^^I'd use that song as the page quote, if you tell me what the song is called.
  • November 2, 2011
    Antigone3
    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.
  • November 2, 2011
    Fiwen9430
    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".
  • November 2, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^^ Surprisingly enough, it's called "The Faucets are Dripping", written by Malvina Edwards.
  • November 8, 2011
    CaveCat
  • November 8, 2011
    AndersK90
    An episode of House MD 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.
  • November 8, 2011
    Folamh3
    • There's a Creepypasta featuring this, where a girl is woken up the sound of water dripping in her shower. She goes to investigate, and sees her dog hanging upside down in the shower with its throat slit - the dripping sound was the dog's blood dropping on the shower floor.
  • November 8, 2011
    Darkmonkey13
    ^ That's exactly what I was going to post. It's actually an urban legend about the Jersey Devil. I've also heard it told as a random serial killer. The whole story is worse, it involves a thunderstorm, her parents being away, her dog being under her bed, the dog licking her hand, her going to sleep, waking up hearing the dripping (assuming it was water from the storm), her hand being licked, waking up ~noon and still hearing the dripping, finding the dog, and the mirror has the message "The Jersey Devil can lick hands too"/"Humans can lick hands too" depending on the version. Creepy as heck.
  • November 9, 2011
    Arivne
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