Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore. Well, actually, please don’t let it go. Our next tale should make it clear why…in a case of the worst Frozen thing since that mind-numbingly catchy number by Idina Menzel, a family in Wiltshire woke up to the loud crash of a frozen poo-bomb hitting their home. A frozen poo-bomb. I never thought I’d type those words. But it’s true. The Slush Poopie arrived onto their home after being flushed down from an airplane’s toilet. Or so it seems.
The thing with this story is that we can’t quite believe that planes actually eject frozen turd lumps. Well, we can’t believe it for two main reasons. Firstly, if this is a common thing then why have we not heard or seen any poo-bombs before? Have they just not been reported because of embarrassment? Whatever it is, we’ve got a weird case of FOMO on this one. Secondly, do planes really eject frozen blocks of poo onto countries? We need to investigate the case of airplane toilets more closely.
Flushing Airplane Toilets
Okay, so, how do we Google this? Well, yep, we just typed ‘flushing airplane toilets’ and found an incredible piece in Aviation Global News that recounts the evolution of airplane’s toilets. It also includes this nugget about the first flight by Orville Wright, with the quote:
“[the flight was] hardly long enough to get worked up from a bladder perspective, although one may surmise that a number two might have been on his mind.”
Although, when turning the focus onto poo blocks, it seems that there was a time when people were subjected to these nefarious ice blocks quite frequently. Just go ahead and Google ‘blue ice’. Dare you. It was a time in the 60s and 70s before Boeing started using the now universally favoured vacuum toilet. At that time, a blue liquid formula consisting of formaldehyde and bleach was used to sanitise the toilets, but had to be shelved after it lead to many, ahem, leaks. Those leaks would leave the fuselage and form ice blocks, that would rain on local populations when the air got warmer. This often led to broken windows and roofs around the world. These days, any waste is collected by the vacuum toilets, and is later vacuumed out by ground staff. So that news story from Wiltshire seems to be a one-off. Thank god for that.
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