I have noticed that water, when falling will rotate. Looking closely at a thin stream from a faucet and placing a flat object mid stream you will see the water is rotating. The further down the stream you go you will notice the rotation is much quicker. Am I confused at this occurrence or is there a reason? I can only come up with the rotation of the earth taking into affect.
I think the simplest answer to this question would be that the stream of water has a number of forces acting on it (gravity, air drag) from many directions. Some torque is bound to be produced as the stream falls through the air. If you throw a ball or any small object from a height, it rotates, no matter how you drop it. Same logic applies here.
As far as the speed of rotation increasing as it goes down is concerned, the reason has to be that the stream is getting narrower, so it has to rotate faster to account for the decrease in the radius due to Conservation of Angular Momentum.