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Exploding Toilet Injures Two Government Workers

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the where's-mario-when-you-need-him dept.

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RedEaredSlider writes "Two toilets exploded in the General Services Administration building, hospitalizing two workers (who were in separate bathrooms, evidently). The physics is sort of interesting: older water systems operate using air to force the water through at the right pressure, but if there is some problem in the system enough pressure can build to cause the commodes to crack. Plumbers: please weigh in."

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Shit.. where is Mario when you need him! (1)

James McGuigan (852772) | more than 2 years ago | (#37590114)

Shit.. where is Mario when you need him!

i'm a plumber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37608916)

i'm a plumber and it's all true, those toilets are death traps. If i had a penny for every exploded toilet i've fixed i would have atleast a $100.

Re:i'm a plumber (1)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619120)

i'm a plumber and it's all true, those toilets are death traps. If i had a penny for every exploded toilet i've fixed i would have atleast a $100.

I applaud your courage in sharing that you have been fixing at least one toilet a day for the past 25 years! It's impressive.

On a related note, why has this made it's way to Slashdot (especially considering that it happens all the time to all sorts of people)? I suspect this was an attempt to get people trolling about government employee's explosive back-end qualities...

Re:i'm a plumber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37660620)

Because the people need to know. I've seen people shot 12 feet in the air of these porcelain cannons, but the government doesn't want you to know. Why, because they don't have another solution for the incredible amount of feces a city produces.
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