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(BBC-US)   "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes, but not tennis ball. How on earth people managed to flush quite so many tennis balls I don't know, but this is just one example of amazing things we find blocking the sewers"   (bbc.com ) divider line
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2014-07-03 09:57:44 AM  
offleashk9training.com
Tennis balls? In the sewer? Really?
 
2014-07-03 11:00:24 AM  
The hardest part is swallowing the tennis balls. No wait, that's the second-hardest part.
 
2014-07-03 11:24:26 AM  
Any soiled budgies down there?
 
2014-07-03 11:33:10 AM  
news.bbcimg.co.uk

Hey!  Somebody worked really hard cramming that many tennis balls up their ass.  Let's at least give some acknowledgment to this effort.
 
2014-07-03 11:56:56 AM  
Yes, the only way things get in sewers is via toilets. No one ever lost anything in one of these:

latimesblogs.latimes.com
 
2014-07-03 12:03:10 PM  

DeaH: Yes, the only way things get in sewers is via toilets. No one ever lost anything in one of these:

[latimesblogs.latimes.com image 640x427]


It's my understanding that cities try very hard to keep storm drains and sewers separate.  They don't always succeed-- especially after flooding or a heavy rainstorm but usually they manage.

I could be wrong on this.
 
2014-07-03 12:27:39 PM  
I think that's the CHUD's favorite sport.
 
2014-07-03 12:34:01 PM  
We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes, but not tennis ball.

I cannot help but read this sentence in a funny accent.
 
2014-07-03 12:34:29 PM  
Septic tanks up here in the township.  I hope I never have to look down there.
 
2014-07-03 12:36:47 PM  

revrendjim: The hardest part is swallowing the tennis balls. No wait, that's the second-hardest part.


A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink, and while he's drinking, the monkey jumps all over the place, eating everything behind the bar. Then the monkey jumps on to the pool table and swallows a billiard ball.

The bartender screams at the guy, "Your monkey just ate the cue ball off my pool table -- whole!"

"Sorry," replied the guy. "He eats everything in sight, the little bastard. I'll pay for everything."

The man finishes his drink, pays and leaves.

Two weeks later, he's in the bar with his pet monkey, again. He orders a drink, and the monkey starts running around the bar. The monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his ass, pulls it out and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted. "Did you see what your monkey did now?" he asks.

"Yeah," replies the guy. "He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that cue ball, he measures stuff first."
 
2014-07-03 12:37:46 PM  
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2014-07-03 12:38:18 PM  

Riche: It's my understanding that cities try very hard to keep storm drains and sewers separate.  They don't always succeed-- especially after flooding or a heavy rainstorm but usually they manage.


In some places they're completely separate. In others they're more or less the same thing- the storm drains dump into the sanitary sewers (they're called combined sewers). Combined sewers are more common in large cities... they didn't used to be an issue but with all the concrete that's in a modern city there can be a bunch of runoff in the case of heavy rains- that leads to real trouble as things overflow and raw sewage gets dumped into streams and rivers.

I believe most cities that have such things are working on separating them but the cost is astronomical.  upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-03 12:39:36 PM  
Some places like Boston mingle storm and sewage together due to the age of their system.
 
2014-07-03 12:39:45 PM  
In my first year dorm we were playing toilet basketball with a tennis ball. it went in and we flushed it, laughing like madmen. the thing almost didnt go down but did at the last second. two days later the area in front of tuttle was being dug up for unrelated reasons.

Anyway, we delivered the ball.
 
2014-07-03 12:47:06 PM  
Is it common to see non-highlighter-yellow tennis balls in England? Seeing that many blue/purple tennis balls would lead me to think somebody had to get rid of a farkton of tennis balls and dumped them in the sewer (either through the toilet or popping a manhole cover) as a quick solution.
 
2014-07-03 12:48:10 PM  
 
2014-07-03 12:51:09 PM  
Scott Burgin, sewerage network manager said with Wimbledon in its second week it was a timely reminder not to put things down the toilet.

He has a job like that and thinks they were all flushed?
 
2014-07-03 12:53:55 PM  

Roman Fyseek: http://www.americanstandard-us.com/video/html5/single.aspx?pdid=X0OWT Z OM&vw=960&vh=540&vs=/assets/videos/FlushForGood.mp4&utm_source=Champio n&utm_medium=Collection&utm_term=Champion%20b&utm_content=Video_FMA_Fl ushForGood_v2.jpg:10&utm_campaign=siteFMAs


I have those in two of my bathrooms. They're farking awesome. Damn near impossible to jam (my brother did that once, but that guy seems to jam everygoddamtoilet he's ever come across).

As a bonus, they're incredibly easy to install- not that a regular toilet is hard, but they're designed to go in quickly and easily. Just really well made; easily worth the money.
 
2014-07-03 12:56:19 PM  
Speaking of clogging up sewers, I heard Kelly Clarkson BEEFS.
 
2014-07-03 01:01:06 PM  

GanjSmokr: revrendjim: The hardest part is swallowing the tennis balls. No wait, that's the second-hardest part.

A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink, and while he's drinking, the monkey jumps all over the place, eating everything behind the bar. Then the monkey jumps on to the pool table and swallows a billiard ball.

The bartender screams at the guy, "Your monkey just ate the cue ball off my pool table -- whole!"

"Sorry," replied the guy. "He eats everything in sight, the little bastard. I'll pay for everything."

The man finishes his drink, pays and leaves.

Two weeks later, he's in the bar with his pet monkey, again. He orders a drink, and the monkey starts running around the bar. The monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his ass, pulls it out and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted. "Did you see what your monkey did now?" he asks.

"Yeah," replies the guy. "He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that cue ball, he measures stuff first."


Haha awesome!

Committed to memory for today's early office dismissal/downtown hammersaucing later
 
2014-07-03 01:01:20 PM  

akula: Riche: It's my understanding that cities try very hard to keep storm drains and sewers separate.  They don't always succeed-- especially after flooding or a heavy rainstorm but usually they manage.

In some places they're completely separate. In others they're more or less the same thing- the storm drains dump into the sanitary sewers (they're called combined sewers). Combined sewers are more common in large cities... they didn't used to be an issue but with all the concrete that's in a modern city there can be a bunch of runoff in the case of heavy rains- that leads to real trouble as things overflow and raw sewage gets dumped into streams and rivers.

I believe most cities that have such things are working on separating them but the cost is astronomical.  [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x363]



Interesting.  Thank you for the info.
 
2014-07-03 01:11:31 PM  
GIS for fat blocking sewer:
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-03 01:22:32 PM  
What's a fat?  Is this how they blocks a sewer?

informoverload.com
 
2014-07-03 01:23:15 PM  
I hear Serena Williams has been hitting quite a few balls down the crapper lately, so maybe that's your explanation.
 
2014-07-03 01:25:53 PM  
Huh, i wouldve expected golf balls, people are always flushing those in the commercials. 

Riche: It's my understanding that cities try very hard to keep storm drains and sewers separate.  They don't always succeed-- especially after flooding or a heavy rainstorm but usually they manage.

I could be wrong on this.


It depends on the city. For better or worse, Milwaukee has a combined sewerage system, it has its pros and cons.
 
2014-07-03 01:27:18 PM  
"We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?
 
2014-07-03 01:29:29 PM  

Fark In The Duck: "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?


Fats are a subset of poors.
 
2014-07-03 01:29:35 PM  

Buttknuckle: Speaking of clogging up sewers, I heard Kelly Clarkson BEEFS.


True, but when she heels it down the drain her turd bombs are sliced up into manageable strips o' poop.
 
2014-07-03 01:31:10 PM  

Fark In The Duck: "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?



Typically, hot bacon fat poured directly down the drain failing to maximize it's utility by frying eggs in it... for shame.
 
2014-07-03 01:31:54 PM  

tommyl66: Is it common to see non-highlighter-yellow tennis balls in England? Seeing that many blue/purple tennis balls would lead me to think somebody had to get rid of a farkton of tennis balls and dumped them in the sewer (either through the toilet or popping a manhole cover) as a quick solution.


They were probably yellow before they were flushed.
 
2014-07-03 01:39:31 PM  
But flushing 60 golf balls at once is still ok, right? My toilet manufacturer said it was fine.
 
2014-07-03 02:06:37 PM  
I bet there were 47 of them. Exactly 47.
 
2014-07-03 02:22:38 PM  

tommyl66: Is it common to see non-highlighter-yellow tennis balls in England? Seeing that many blue/purple tennis balls would lead me to think somebody had to get rid of a farkton of tennis balls and dumped them in the sewer (either through the toilet or popping a manhole cover) as a quick solution.


Nobody would be flushing blue water down into the sewer, would they?

Actually, some people used to connect their downspout to the sewer. There are several ways tennis balls can get in the sewer.
 
2014-07-03 02:41:58 PM  

Fark In The Duck: "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?


Cooking grease is a fat.  Trim from a steak or roast is a fat.  Olive oil is a fat.  Taken together these are all fats.
 
2014-07-03 02:57:25 PM  
I imagine an industrious toilet salesman demonstrating industrial-strength toilets by flushing three or four tennis balls at a time for each potential customer.
 
2014-07-03 03:50:48 PM  

oohpah: Fark In The Duck: "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?

Cooking grease is a fat.  Trim from a steak or roast is a fat.  Olive oil is a fat.  Taken together these are all fats.


I thought it was some slang term for an elephant's tampon or an over inflated condom or something like that.
 
2014-07-03 04:39:17 PM  

DeaH: Yes, the only way things get in sewers is via toilets. No one ever lost anything in one of these:


CHILDREN! They lose children! A man lives down there. My brother told me so when I was 7
 
2014-07-03 04:42:54 PM  

Unknown_Poltroon: Some places like Boston mingle storm and sewage together due to the age of their system.


Ahhh. Such a cute age. You wish they could live in it forever.
 
2014-07-03 05:58:07 PM  

DeaH: Yes, the only way things get in sewers is via toilets. No one ever lost anything in one of these:

[latimesblogs.latimes.com image 640x427]


Yeah, I'd be looking for an unknown sewer access near the tennis courts.
 
2014-07-03 09:17:58 PM  

whatdoyouexpect: Unknown_Poltroon: Some places like Boston mingle storm and sewage together due to the age of their system.

Ahhh. Such a cute age. You wish they could live in it forever.


Used to be worse. Everything used to drain directly into the harbor. And I mean everything. Thence into the Bay, and out into the wider world. I know a guy who made sculptures out of the tampon applicators that would wash up on the beach in Provincetown.
 
2014-07-03 09:58:14 PM  
"i shaved my balls for this?"
 
2014-07-04 03:28:19 AM  

Fark In The Duck: "We expect sewers to get blocked with fats or baby wipes..."

WTF are "fats"?


Cooking oil, drippings (bacon grease, fat left in pan after roasting meat), etc. It doesn't just clog up your household drains, but builds up in city sewer lines too.
 
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