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1440, 06 Oct 19

Fatberg Autopsy


“It was my first time analyzing a fatberg, and when you smell it, you think this is going to be the last time because the smell was honking,” Love said. “It was awful to do, it smelled gross.”

He explained that he and his colleagues wore stab-proof gloves and steel-capped shoes to protect themselves from any potential dangers within the samples. But after weeks analyzing Sidmouth’s fatberg, the scientists realized they had nothing to fear.

The results found no dangerous bacteria or chemicals in the lumps, which were composed of domestic waste glued together by fats used in home cooking.

“We were all rather surprised to find that this Sidmouth fatberg was simply a lump of fat aggregated with wet wipes, sanitary towels and other household products that really should be put in the bin and not down the toilet,” Love said in the statement.

But, the experts discovered, just as the analysis of London’s fatberg revealed some of its residents’ illicit habits, the contents of Sidmouth’s fatberg hinted at the town’s population — or more accurately, the kind of things they threw away or lost.

A set of false teeth was found within it. So, too, were a number of incontinence pads.

“Sidmouth is a small coastal community that is largely populated by retired people, so in a sense that explains it,” Love said. “This is not a hotbed of crime and drug-taking or anything like that,” he added.


1440, 06 October 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Clearly, a government/academic agency with too much time and money on their hands.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Scientific curiosity still baffles you, doesn’t it?

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    No, but the focus curiousity in this particular case does.

    Not a big fan of cesspool analysis. We could dissect a leftist Antifa rally for that.

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    You really don’t understand anything, do you?  It must be terrible to have such a tenuous grasp on real life.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    You can wade in cesspool analysis all you want.

    Just surprised time, effort, and money was spent on it here.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    I’m sure most things in life surprise you.

  7. jjf

    Wastewater treatment plant religion, obviously!

  8. Kevin Scheunemann


    In an era where the liberal cesspool is everywhere, I am constantly surprised by the depravity and evil that is lobbied under the guise of “tolerance”.

  9. Le Roi du Nord

    Isn’t it interesting that k can morph a story about improper discharge to a sanitary sewer system into a political attack on folks he disagrees with?

    And also note that the word “cesspool” isn’t used once in the article. That is k just making stuff up again.

  10. Jason

    Just as interesting as you and jif getting into arguments with him about it.  “Autistic Last Word Freak” is how I would describe each of you three.

  11. Kevin Scheunemann


    Here is play by play.

    1.) I made comment about academia/government agencies having too much time on their hands.

    2.) You directly challenged my scientific “curiousity”, which is code for “How dare you question those wonderful academics?”

    3.) I retorted that I question curiosity here and made a hilarious quip about Antifa.

    4.) Instead of laughing, you challenged my intellect and insulted my grasp on life.

    5.) Being as good natured as I am, I indicated you can wade in cesspool, I got back to topic and said I just questioned why one would take expense on analyzing this.

    6.) You and jiffy then made it about me again.

    7.) Since you did that, I accommodated helpfully by telling you what does surprise me.

    8.) You get all wound up, that I dare comment on subject you steered it to: the messenger and his thoughts.

    Relax, have some prune juice, or something.

  12. jjf

    I’d say it would be important to understand what a fatberg is made of, if you wanted to prevent them or learn better how to break them up.  Why you’d think someone else’s job is “too much time on their hands” I’ll never know.  And it’s even a job that you depend on!

    If there was a fatberg stuck downstream of the DQ, you’d be concerned and you’d be cursing the no-account public employees who are keeping the pipes clear and dangnabbit I pay taxes and therefore I’m your boss because I pay your salary.

    Of course the fatberg could not be blamed on your rinse water because DQ’s ice milk product doesn’t have much delicious milk fat, so clearly the fatberg would be someone else’s fault, too.

  13. Le Roi du Nord


    I don’t speak in code, I’ll leave that to you and trump.


    Well said.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann


    Since we don’t have any “fatburg” issue in Kewaskum, I am uninterested.

    Sounds like these things are rare.  Scrap them off the the 17th century sewer system and move on.

  15. jjf

    Ask your wastewater treatment people if congealed grease is a problem and get back to me.   Didn’t you once have some problems with dumping who knows what into your drains?

    DQ trivia:  Did you know that the first French fries weren’t first made in France?

    They were made in Greece.

  16. Kevin Scheunemann


    We don’t have issues like that.

    If sewer is clogged, we jet it, move on. No need to get liberal academic eggheads involved to tell us it is sewage.

  17. jjf

    I get it.  Once your grease blog is farther down the pipe, it’s someone else’s problem.  Problem solved!  When you “jet it”, where do the pieces go, and do they ever re-form into a new larger fatberg?

  18. Kevin Scheunemann


    Every municipality jets a sewer at some point.

    They just don’t waste much time analyzing every clog.

    Are you suggesting municipalities should hire an academic egghead to analyze every sewer clog to confirm its sewage?

    Would wasting money make you feel better?

  19. Le Roi du Nord

    “They just don’t waste much time analyzing every clog.”

    Actually they should so that it can be prevented in the future.  And it is part of your O & M plan.

    If a couple basements are flooded due to a preventable situation it is money well spent.

  20. Kevin Scheunemann

    Only basement in my memory ever flooded due to sanitary sewer was a water main that broke open and ran into sanitary direct when it breached the sewer pipe.

    No academics needed to discover that cause.

    You can waste money on nedless academics, to explain something is sewage in the sewer.

  21. Le Roi du Nord

    Determining public policy based on someone’s proven faulty memory is doomed to be poor public policy. Always be prepared.

  22. Kevin Scheunemann

    Oh Nord,

    “Proven faulty memory”.

    Have any examples? Or just false witness again?

  23. Le Roi du Nord

    Oh k, proving something to you is an exercise in futility as you deny anything that does stroke your ego.

  24. Kevin Scheunemann

    Since you, once again, have no specific example, I accept your apology.

  25. Le Roi du Nord

    Doesn’t, not does. My bad

  26. Le Roi du Nord

    For sake of simplicity: the Pope isn’t catholic, and the 6000 year old earth were claimed and later denied. But this certainly is the first time , nor will it be the last.

    But the heart of the matter is your lack of knowledge regarding the O&M plan for your sewer system .

  27. Kevin Scheunemann


    That was not  an apology, just more false witness.

    Awful. Just awful.

    I’d really like you to point out your evidence of the absurd Pope claim.

  28. Le Roi du Nord


    As I have pointed out on numerous occasions, I don’t apologize for your mistakes, or your selective memory.  That is all on you.

  29. Kevin Scheunemann


    You made false assertion just asking for proof.

    I guess proof is only gmfor others.

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