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Frozen Block of Urine Crashes Through House

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the potties-from-heaven dept.

Idle 17

A 1-square-foot block of frozen urine crashed through Hans and Irene Schueler's roof this weekend, and they are pissed. The couple has asked air traffic controllers to leak details of flight movements over their home. So far the stream of information has been weak at best. One neighbor said, "They're lucky it didn't hit them, and they don't see why an airline should get away with it."

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ISS (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 4 years ago | (#28426449)

why dont the airlines also recycle their piss like the ISS??

they would save on takeoff weight then, as they would not have to carry any water

ask for water and you would be told to take a leak first...

Re:ISS (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 4 years ago | (#28429603)

they would save on takeoff weight then,

Filtering equipment has mass, too. The machinery to separate urine from feces would be particularly large.

as they would not have to carry any water

No potable water until someone takes a piss? And even then you'd only get 250 ml.

(Did you think through your comment before posting?)

Re:It could have been worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28434941)

Those incidents all deal with engine loss, not taking potshots wih frozen piss.
OK, bad lavatory maintenance was a factor but..
Aww...Piss Off!

Frosty Piss (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28427611)

Now that is some Frosty Piss.

ATC response: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28432579)

The ATC has released a statement in response to the couple's request:


But the contents are stored in a tank. (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 4 years ago | (#28434621)

Airlines don't dump toilet waste.

This was something else.


Re:But the contents are stored in a tank. (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 4 years ago | (#28436477)

It is indeed stored in a tank. What tends to happen, as I understand it, is that the drain valve leaks and all that lovely blue liquid builds up behind the hatch. It freezes at altitude, expanding and eventually opening (or removing) the hatch. On descent, it starts to thaw, and the whole block falls out.

Nope. Don't buy it. (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 4 years ago | (#28441153)

Where on earth did you read that?

If that's true, then all I have to say is. . . Well, actually, I can only blink in stunned silence. (And type here on slashdot, natch.)

Basically, if I understand it correctly, the media claim is that in a passenger jet plane, one of the few devices in this day and age which are safety tested and numbered down to each individual pop rivet, that when it comes to the plumbing, standards and oversight are thrown, (literally) overboard so that hatches can accidentally 'blow' on a fairly regular basis and it's not seen as a particularly big deal.

Even with as little faith as I have in humanity, this I cannot buy. Human error is obviously at fault, but I'm willing to bet that it lies at the feet of the public relations and press corps and not at the feet of air craft engineers.


Re:But the contents are stored in a tank. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442843)

Right. Because it's easier and cleaner to remove it on the ground through a hatch rather than a valve. I mean rather than connect a pipe hookup and let the goo go down it into a drain, it's much easier to blow the dam and let loose a piss and shit tsunami.

And also, a big bastard door[1] weakens the structure much less than a tiny little pipe.

And it has the advantage that you have to waste time & money to put some kind of mechanism between the cabin and that hatch to avoid decompression when it pops off.

[1] OED definition of a hatch.

That's true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28435305)

No airline dumps urine from their planes. It gets stored in a tank like the previous poster said. I would like to know what it was! Maybe a big bird made a big pee-LOL. I am not a Anonymous Coward, just don't have time to register now. I am here: www.planespotter.co.za

I'm glad cows don't fly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28437947)

Maybe they should be grateful it was not an ICBM. ICPISS is bad enough I guess..


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