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Zimbabwe City Residents Synchronize Toilet Flush
Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 23, 2012 | Gillian Gotora

Posted on 09/23/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — City authorities in Zimbabwe's second largest city said Saturday they were appealing to home owners to flush their toilets at a specified time as a way to unblock sewers after days of severe water rationing. Bulawayo City Council has asked its more than 1 million residents to flush their toilets simultaneously at 7:30 p.m. when water supplies are restored. City officials say "synchronized flushing" is needed to clear waste that would have accumulated in sanitary facilities which will have been affected by days of water outages.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: africa; drought; toilets; zimbabwe
Let's hope their sewer system is not clogged with useless Zimbabwe currency
1 posted on 09/23/2012 6:48:05 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty
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To: SeminoleCounty

There’s a million toilets in Zimbabwe?


2 posted on 09/23/2012 6:51:25 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SeminoleCounty

Wealth re-distribution at its finest.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 6:52:31 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Soon to come to a country near you.


4 posted on 09/23/2012 6:52:47 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: SeminoleCounty
McLean Stevenson did a synchronized toilet flush joke across two nights filling in for Johnny Carson.

I'd suggest calling the local version of Roto-Rooter just to break up any beginnings of sedimentary rock just before the "flush".

5 posted on 09/23/2012 6:59:42 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SeminoleCounty

We need to do this in early November. Clear the baffles!!


6 posted on 09/23/2012 7:01:59 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Synchronized Flushing. Sounds like a new Olympic event.


7 posted on 09/23/2012 7:06:04 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: SeminoleCounty

Can we expect “synchronized flushing” to become an Olympic event in the near future?


8 posted on 09/23/2012 7:13:15 AM PDT by varon (I remember when America was American.)
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To: varon

I don’t know about the Olympics, but it happens during just about every NFL game.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 7:16:51 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Third World engineering solution. The streets of Harare will be ankle deep in ordure by 9:00 PM. Reminds me of the time I witnessed several dozen Nigerians and a tow truck attempt to roll start a dead Boeing 707 by hauling it down the runway as fast as they could go.


10 posted on 09/23/2012 7:20:46 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey
Reminds me of the time I witnessed several dozen Nigerians and a tow truck attempt to roll start a dead Boeing 707 by hauling it down the runway as fast as they could go.

Now I don't care who you are...Thats funny!...:)


(I've seen the same thing attempted with a big fan...another country)

11 posted on 09/23/2012 7:24:25 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: SeminoleCounty
There are three possible outcomes. 1: the gunk does flush away. 2: the pipes will explode all over the city. 3: The water backs out.

Surely, there is a better idea out there?

12 posted on 09/23/2012 7:32:03 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: PowderMonkey

tow truck attempt to roll start a dead Boeing 707 by hauling it down the runway as fast as they could go.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
That is insane.

Don’t they know they have to push it?

Like the guy was dragging a chain and another says
“Why are you dragging that chain”?
Guy #1 “Ever tried to push one”?


13 posted on 09/23/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: SeminoleCounty
Here's a much easier way to clear the sewers and saves water.
14 posted on 09/23/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: PowderMonkey
Reminds me of the time I witnessed several dozen Nigerians and a tow truck attempt to roll start a dead Boeing 707 by hauling it down the runway as fast as they could go.

Loaded with passengers?

15 posted on 09/23/2012 7:33:37 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: SeminoleCounty
Photobucket Oooops, no flush handle.
16 posted on 09/23/2012 7:35:13 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: John123

See #14.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 7:35:51 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I remember in college there were stories about synchronized flushing on a college campus causing the plumbing to erupt. Probably an urban myth, but we might have the ultimate test in Zimbabwe.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 7:38:49 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: The Great RJ

Probably an urban myth, but we might have the ultimate test in Zimbabwe.
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Maybe ‘not’ an urban myth.
Remember Al Bundy and his ‘Ferguson’, when he finally got it installed he flushed and the water in the City Square Fountain receded.


19 posted on 09/23/2012 7:52:07 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: SeminoleCounty

As they say on Wall Street, this is a “pump and dump.” Or, perhaps a “Dump and Pump.”


20 posted on 09/23/2012 8:16:34 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: poobear

another one one of obama’s heros and african mentors demonstrating the power of marxism , racism, ignorance and corruption.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 8:42:05 AM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: SeminoleCounty
i wonder if those at the lowest end of the line are in for a big surprise???
22 posted on 09/23/2012 8:53:28 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Americans need to do a synchronized flush on the first Tuesday in November.


23 posted on 09/23/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Synchronized toilet flushing? Great, another new Olympic event.


24 posted on 09/23/2012 10:14:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: PowderMonkey

...Reminds me of the time I witnessed several dozen Nigerians and a tow truck attempt to roll start a dead Boeing 707 by hauling it down the runway as fast as they could go


LOL....was one of them inside trying to pop the clutch...LOL


25 posted on 09/23/2012 12:28:52 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: Chode; All

...I wonder if those at the lowest end of the line are in for a big surprise???


At least they will have a plentiful supply of fertilizer for their gardens....


26 posted on 09/23/2012 12:32:20 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: SeminoleCounty
pretty much...
27 posted on 09/23/2012 2:00:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeminoleCounty

28 posted on 09/23/2012 2:03:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: The Great RJ
I remember in college there were stories about synchronized flushing

Our dorm's toilets had great down draft. Some smarty figured out that if you stuck a foot or so of TP in the water and unwound the rest of the roll out the door and down the hall, you could flush and get the TP to move ahead about 6 inches at a time

TP races between two flushers became an nightly event .... until the dorm manager did not refill our TP supply one morning.

29 posted on 09/23/2012 3:35:12 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Calvin Locke
I had heard somewhere that the same sort of thing happened during the commercial breaks during the prime time run of Bonanza
30 posted on 09/23/2012 4:38:16 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: himno hero

Late response, but you’ve got that right!


31 posted on 09/24/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

In the early 1950s, sewers began breaking in New York City. The civil engineers spent some time trying to figure out why. The sewers had been designed to service a much higher capacity than the buildings were generating ...[assuming “random” flushes].

Finally, the civil engineers discovered that the breakage was occurring in the evening ... during the new TV Series “I Love Lucy”, which had become a terrific hit. As more TVs were sold, more and more people watched the program, and more and more people “synchronized” their flushes during commercials, resulting in a “water hammer” effect, breaking the sewers. As a result, the entire New York City sewer system had to be redesigned and rebuilt.

This came to be known as the “I Love Lucy effect”.


32 posted on 09/24/2012 12:13:26 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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