Massive “fatberg” unearthed in London sewer

Gross: A bus-size mass of congealed fat and baby wipes has been dislodged from a sewer drain

Topics: fatberg, , ,

Massive "fatberg" unearthed in London sewer (Credit: CCTV)

A London utility company announced on Tuesday that it successfully dislodged a 15-ton mass from a sewer drain, a massive blob of congealed lard and baby wipes that engineers dubbed a “fatberg.”

OK, everyone together now: Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. No. No. Nooooooo.

Gordon Hailwood, a waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water, told the Daily Mail that while he is no stranger to the occasional “fatberg,” the sheer size of this one was a first: “We’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before.”

The mass, approximately the size of a school bus, is believed to be the largest ever unearthed from a London sewer.

 

 

 

 

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    jkrebs04, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 1

    Niagara Falls, U.S./Canada

    akvarog, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 2

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

    iMAGICations, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 3

    Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, U.S.

    jhgraphicsusa, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 4

    Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

    Robert R., DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 5

    Colosseum, Rome, Italy

    Anythingoes, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 6

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Sergio Coelho, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 7

    Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

    Anythingoes, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 8

    Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    iMAGICations,DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 9

    Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

    iMAGICations, DesignCrowd.com

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 10

    Lost City of Petra, Jordan

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...