London Sewers Have Been Blocked By This Elephant Sized Ball of Fat
With Stephen King’s It absolutely killing it in cinemas at the moment, you might think there could be nothing worse than an interdimensional demon living in the sewers, sh**, you could even be forgiven for thinking it. You’d be wrong though.
Really wrong. There’s something far worse. Something far more gross. Something far more sickening. That something: a congealing conglomeration of fat, sanitary products and used contraceptives. A fatberg, if you will. A fatberg the size of two football fields and as heavy as nineteen elephants. 250 meters long and 130 tonnes to be precise. F*****g yuck!
Once you finish vomiting up whatever you’ve had for breakfast you might wonder where this thing is. Fortunately for everyone who doesn’t live in Whitechapel in London, the disgusting mass of grossness is blocking the sewers underneath Jack the Ripper’s old stomping ground. Who knows, maybe they’ll even find more victims in there when they’re done breaking it down with high pressure water jets – a process that’ll take three weeks to complete!
Now, if you’re wondering how this kind of thing forms, they usually develop when bits of fat stick to each other like the various parts of the liquid terminator in Terminator 2. Any wet wipes, rubber johnnies, cotton buds, tampons or clumps of hair between this congealing fat are sucked into the mass in the process. Of course, we can’t forget the turds, borries and craps that get caught in there too. Tasty.
These fatbergs block the sewers and as a result, the people of Whitechapel would find the effluent under their feet emerging from the sewers in a geyser of grey water, floating nards and whatever else those English b*****ds have flushed down the sink without even thinking about it.
And that’s really the lesson here. Have a think before you go flushing non-biodegradable items down the dunny. These items don’t disappear, they lie in wait for their opportunity to form fatbergs and come out of the sewers like Stephen King’s demented clown, Pennywise.
H/T: IFL Science.