Here’s a riddle for you: What’s made up of oil, grease, wet wipes, fecal matter, and condoms, smells like death, and frequently plugs up the sewers underneath major cities? Give up (on ever eating again)? It’s a fatberg! And there’s currently an 820-foot-long one as massive as a blue whale really cloggin’ up ye olde pipes underneath London. But make no mistake about it, at one point or another, the fatberg comes for us all.
Report of this particularly phenomenal fatberg comes from
The origin story of the monster fatberg is really a retelling of the classic villain origin story. That is to say, it all begins with the dark side of humanity. Or at least in this case, the side of humanity that flushes oil down the sink and wet wipes down the — we’re talking about London here – “loo.”
The problem is twofold. First, room-temperature oil and heated fats that are poured down the drain eventually hit the cold sewers where they both begin to congeal and harden. Second, people keep flushing wet wipes down the toil-
Don’t look down your sump pump at London as the only place where fatbergs lurk, however. A little digging reveals fatbergs underneath many major cities, including New York City, which, according to
As for what you can do to help prevent fatbergs, the advice is pretty simple: “Bin it, don’t block it,” London water management says. Or you can just take Leela’s advice.
What do you think about this hulk of a fatberg? Clog the comments section below with your thoughts!
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