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153496.  Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:01 pm Reply with quote

95% of Britons admit to urinating, vomiting or defecating in public because there were no toilets available near by.

80% of women ‘hover’ over the seat when using local lavs because they don’t think they are clean enough to use.

Typically the ratio of toilets in town centres is 70:30 – in favour of men.

Over 30% of councils have a major problem with human fluids hitting their town and city centre streets. Puke, poo and pee are faced on a daily basis by the street cleaners handed the dirty deed to wipe it away.

ENCAMS - Keep Britain Tidy

153499.  Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:11 pm Reply with quote

I don't think this is really usable, but it's almost Gen Ig if true: I recall being taught in O level Biology that faeces aren't technically excrement because they never form part of the organism from which they come - they were just passing through, so to speak. Whereas urine and sweat and various other things are actually produced by physiological processes.

165642.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:00 am Reply with quote


People who suffer from clostridium difficile colitis occasionally develop a strain which is resistant to normal procedures. Using antibiotics kills off very important bacteria in the colon which makes the body unable to fight the infection.

Fortunately there is a novel new treatment, effectively a poo-transplant. The doctor will take the poo from a healthy volunteer (generally a loved-one), put it in a blender with water and create an extract which is fed into the body through the nose or mouth.

Here is an article from the Washington Post in which a reporter interviews the brilliantly named Dr Johannes Aas, who has written a paper on the topic. Interesting is the fact that the doctor claims that excrement is an organ of the body, and his turn of phrase - referring to bacteria as "colonic flora".

165673.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:05 am Reply with quote

The proximity of that article's date to April 1, coupled with the name of the doctor makes this a little hard to, er, stomach...

Still, it probably would work quite well. I don't think Dr. Aas's use of the word 'organ' is generally accepted, though. An organ needs to have a permanent structure in the body, so the gut is an organ, together with its symbiotic bacteria colonies, but not the stuff it creates.

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165675.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:06 am Reply with quote

I thought that, but I googled the guy's name and he certainly exists.

Molly Cule
167211.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:32 am Reply with quote

Skatole, the chemical producing the primary odour note in human faeces, is a valuable addition at lower concentrations to the taste of vanilla ice-cream.

Molly Cule
167221.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:40 am Reply with quote

The streets under Paris are an exact replica of those above, the sewers are a mirror image of the streets above.

Every corner within the sewers has a street sign on it that mirrors the one on the surface. Where a wide boulevard runs on the surface, a wide sewer tunnel (or two) runs beneath; smaller streets have smaller sewers, and even side streets and alleys are duplicated underground. In all, there are about 1,300 miles (2,100km) of sewer tunnels underneath Paris.

I have photos of the signs inside the sewers and the same sign above on the street.

picture researchers

Molly Cule
167229.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:46 am Reply with quote

How would you flush the sewers of Paris ?

With giant balls and a five-ton "flushing boat" . You would also use ‘Machine Guns’ to blow the sand out of the sewers.

Flushing boats are used to navigate through the large sewer tunnels to clean and do maintenance work. For smaller pipes and tunnels they use huge balls, some are about 10 foot in diameter. The balls are hollow and float on the sewerage, they are slightly smaller than the tunnels they float in. You put one at the mouth of the tunnel, flush the tunnel with water, and the ball floats along, scraping the sides of the tunnel as it goes.

I took some photos of these. But here is one from google images...

Picture researchers.

Molly Cule
167231.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:50 am Reply with quote

From 1920-1975 Parisians could sail down the sewers in a punt, they sailed from la Madeleine to Place de la Concorde on the last Thursday and Saturday of every month.

Between 1892-1920 on the last Saturday of every month sewer visits were made in a locomotive drawn wagon in Sebastopol sewer.

What question did you want to put here Flash? Something about being caught up shit creek....

(Flash says: the line I was suggesting was something about where Parisians find themselves without a paddle)

Picture researchers
this relies a lot on getting hold of the photos which are inside the sewer museum in Paris, I have postcard of tourists in the wagon, I think the boat one would be good to use for the show.

Molly Cule
167232.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:51 am Reply with quote

Out of all the water on earth only 3% of it is fresh water.

You need 300 litres of water to make a newspaper and 80 litres for 1 kg of sugar.

You can get into the sewers from any one of the 26,000 inspection covers on the pavements of Paris which you will come across every 50m.

Sewer working has become a tradition passed on from father to son, the workers there are called the ‘Keepers of the Environment.’

More than 50 films and short films are made along the river Seine each year.

Sir Richard Wallace, UK guy put 50 drinking fountains in Paris. They had white iron cups with them on a chain until 1952 when they were said to be unhygienic.

167235.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:53 am Reply with quote

"Who dung it?" game. Can you match the coprolites with the species?

Molly Cule
167236.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:54 am Reply with quote

There is a sewer help team on call 24/7 who you can call on if you drop something down into the sewers - so, if you should drop your keys into the wastewater system les egoutiers will drive over and retrieve them. In the museum there is a film of this happening, a lucky lady got her keys handed back to her fresh from the sewers without them being washed...

179235.  Thu May 31, 2007 2:22 am Reply with quote

Here is a good site with pictures of underground tunnels in the UK.

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Frederick The Monk
179239.  Thu May 31, 2007 2:37 am Reply with quote

I'm not sure this is the picture you intended......

181973.  Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:03 am Reply with quote

The bonnacon was a mythical mediaevel beast which... oh hell, I'll just let Pliny explain:

It has the mane of a horse but otherwise resembles a bull. It has horns that curve back so they are useless for fighting; when attacked, it runs away, while releasing a trail of dung that can cover three furlongs. Contact with the dung burns pursuers as though they had touched fire.


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