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Synchronised Toilet Flush To Clear City Sewer
Sky News HD ^ | September 23, 2012 | Sky News

Posted on 10/01/2012 3:34:19 PM PDT by Makana

Residents of Zimbabwe's second-biggest city have been asked to flush their toilets simultaneously on Monday at 7.30pm.

Up to a million people will take part in a synchronised toilet flush in an attempt to unblock sewers in Zimbabwe.

Authorities in Bulawayo - the country's second-largest city - have appealed to residents to flush their toilets at 7.30pm on Monday to clear built-up waste.

Water is rationed in the city for up to 72 hours each week, which has led to waste accumulating in the sewer network.

The city's mayor, Thaba Moyo, said the mass flush will become a weekly event.

"We are going to have a big flush every Monday to push all the waste that would have accumulated during the water rationing.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


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KEYWORDS: africa; sewers
In the 1970's, the NE Patriots opened a new stadium. At Half-Time, the plumbing literally blew up. Simultaneous flushing was deemed the cause.

Zimbabwe remains undeterred.

1 posted on 10/01/2012 3:34:23 PM PDT by Makana
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To: Makana

I’m guessing a few missing enemies of Mugabe may show up after the flush.

Let’s hope Obamugabe doesn’t get any ideas...!


2 posted on 10/01/2012 3:36:07 PM PDT by ssaftler (With apologies to Gene Kranz: "Obama is not an option")
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To: Makana

so flushing the 4 working toilets at the same time is going to help?


3 posted on 10/01/2012 3:36:13 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Makana

Things are bad over there. Some people are never seen again...

4 posted on 10/01/2012 3:40:00 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Makana

They’re going to blow manhole covers sky high with $#!t geysers, at least where the manhole covers haven’t been stolen and sold for scrap.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 3:40:34 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Makana

What kind of a situation might we call this?


6 posted on 10/01/2012 3:40:48 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Makana
If the Zim government thought up this synchronized flushing plan, what could possibly go wrong?
7 posted on 10/01/2012 3:41:51 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Makana

It’s going to happen en masse on November 4th.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 3:43:29 PM PDT by Track9 (Ego undermines moral courage.)
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To: Makana

Can we do this to the Senate and WhiteOutHouse?


9 posted on 10/01/2012 3:44:00 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Makana

Authorities in Bulawayo - the country’s second-largest city - have appealed to residents to flush their toilets at 7.30pm on Monday to clear built-up waste.


The best laid plans...........


10 posted on 10/01/2012 3:47:41 PM PDT by deport
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To: Makana

If it doesn’t work, I predict they are going to have an awful big mess on their hands. . . .


11 posted on 10/01/2012 3:48:36 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: MasterGunner01

I see a new Olympic event synchronized flushing !!


12 posted on 10/01/2012 3:54:01 PM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: Track9

“It’s going to happen en masse on November 4th.”

Don’t count on your polling place to tell you to show up two days later.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 3:55:43 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Makana

The USA will do a syncronized flush of our Kenyan turd on November 6th.....


14 posted on 10/01/2012 3:57:42 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Makana
There's a college dorm joke in here somewhere ... (e.g. "Flush twice, it's a long way to the cafeteria")
15 posted on 10/01/2012 3:59:55 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: treetopsandroofs

Ahh, you see. I’ve been telling dimocRats to vote on November 8th.. and now I’ve got myself messed up.. ;)


16 posted on 10/01/2012 4:01:03 PM PDT by Track9 (Ego undermines moral courage.)
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To: YHAOS

Constipation.

Sounds like a bunch of crap to me.


17 posted on 10/01/2012 4:02:01 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Makana

Back in 1977 - when there were only 3 networks - the series “Roots” had such a large share of viewers each night it was on, the water companies had to hire extra personnel to handle the load during each commercial break.


18 posted on 10/01/2012 4:02:20 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Makana

Synchronised Toilet Flush

someday, they may have this kind of thing in the Olympics.. as an actual event.. medals and all. ooooh the pressure..


19 posted on 10/01/2012 4:02:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: canuck_conservative

Season 2 (I think) of Prison Break, in the Panamanian prison, SENA, Michael (Wentworth Miller) blew out the obstruction in the prison plumbing, thus earning himself respect from the “head honcho” there. And made the water flow.

What a great series that was.


20 posted on 10/01/2012 4:04:56 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Makana
I seem to recall that in many USA cities during a SuperBowl commercial, would experience a serious water pressure drop and other drainage issues due to the simultaneous flushing. Perhaps that's what they call a RoyaleFlush.
21 posted on 10/01/2012 4:08:23 PM PDT by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: The Duke

The story was told, back in fluid mechanics class in engineering school in the 60s, that the simultaneous flush was done as a prank at West Point.

And it didn’t go well, and the perp was expelled....


22 posted on 10/01/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Joe the Plumber was representative of our efforts to clean the crap of out Washington. In 2010 it did get rid of a lot of Democraps and some RINOcraps. Unfortunately the shit is piled so high and deep at 1600 Pa. Ave and 900 Pa. Ave (DOJ), that it’s gonna need a MILLION PLUNGER MARCH to unplug the cesspool that is the Obama Administration.

Let’s have a TENS OF MILLIONS OF PLUNGERS MARCH/VOTE ON NOV. 6TH AND KICK THE CRAP OUT OF DC.

Our symbols will be a “large plunger and a large box of Ex-Lax”.

Remember -VOTE, then DUCK!!!


23 posted on 10/01/2012 4:11:16 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Makana

The government created the problem by not having enough water capacity for it’s residents. Now the government’s proposes a solution. What could go wrong?


24 posted on 10/01/2012 4:18:16 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Makana

I don’t remember Rhodesia having these problems...


25 posted on 10/01/2012 4:35:40 PM PDT by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: donhunt

LOL!


26 posted on 10/01/2012 4:50:23 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Makana

Post number 3’s point is salient. How may toilets at the same time. There is a concept of something called a “water hammer” which is created when toilets in a sealed plumbing system are flushed at the same time.

This causes a back pressure/vacuum of sorts to be created. The water in the pipes rushes back to the various toilet “heads” and the impact of the pressure shatters pipes/fixtures.

The, uh... fecal matter literally would hit the air movement device if not some poor fool standing nearby. Not a nice picture.

Sort of like what happens when socialism “runs out of other people’s money”. BAM!


27 posted on 10/01/2012 4:51:33 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Makana

IMO that mass flush is goin to end up in someones home.

In Zimbabwe, they probably won’t even notice the difference.


28 posted on 10/01/2012 4:51:56 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: John S Mosby

may=many


29 posted on 10/01/2012 4:56:19 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Venturer

Home? We don’t have no stinkin’ homes in Zimbabwe.

Hey, next door in Kenya, Obama’s half-brother lives in a paper box. Boy does he have it good.


30 posted on 10/01/2012 5:07:12 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Makana

now, a critical question.....is this a government operation?


31 posted on 10/01/2012 6:46:31 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Makana
Residents of Zimbabwe's second-biggest city have been asked to flush their toilets simultaneously on Monday at 7.30pm.

It may not be a coincidence that this report should pop up in the public consciousness while daily articles about the breakdown of society, and the preparations for it are also common.

I have no idea of what the landscape of Bulawayo Zimbabwe looks like but the interaction between the drinking water supply (normally used for flushing) and the sewer system is a complex one. Just try to get stats on the problems caused by "low-flow" toilets. You can't. Because the problems created by the "save water" zealots far exceed whatever imagined problems were addressed.

The most likely result with this proposed "solution" is possible ruptures in the line due to pressure the sewer system was never designed to support, blown manholes and sewage in lots of surface areas they never expected to see.

It would be curious to hear about see the results either last week, tomorrow or a week from tomorrow. Morons who write stories can't see the ambiguity created by saying "Monday," instead of a date certain.

I'll be on the lookout.

32 posted on 10/01/2012 7:26:43 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Makana

Big Flush Update October 2

“Now that the initial flush has taken place, the BBC reports that most of the million residents of Bulawayo did actually flush on the hour. Whether it works or not, only time will tell.

Activist organization leader Magondonga Mahlangu told the Associated Press that the citizens of Bulawayo have enough going on in their lives and don’t need a mandatory evening flush to get in the way. Unemployment and poverty are much more real issues than trying to keep pipes wet and unclogged.

“It just goes to show that someone in the council has lost touch with the real issues on the ground and is failing to deal with real problems,” she told the source.”


33 posted on 10/02/2012 11:30:38 AM PDT by Makana
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