Turns out we're still best at doing something as a nation. That thing is putting fat and wet wipes into the drains, as Thames Water has discovered what's presumed to be the largest known fatberg in the world beneath streets in Whitechapel. They should make putting things down the drain an Olympic sport.
It's a long one too, with water experts saying it's around 250 metres in length, and should weigh something in the region of 130 tonnes once fully... sucked out. That's 130 tonnes of plate-scrapings, condoms, congealed butter and whatever else the people and businesses of East London wedge down their plugholes instead of scraping out with their hands and putting in the bin, all put in lorries and taken to be recycled into school dinners or whatever they do with it.
Thames Water says it's going to take three weeks for men to manually dig the thing out, with the company's Matt Rimmer saying: "This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard. It’s basically like trying to break up concrete. It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo." [Standard]
Image credit: Thames Water