Many horror/sci fi movie fans will remember “The Blob,” the 1958 classic about a gelatinous goo that eats human flesh by absorbing it into itself and growing to the size of a movie theater. The movie spawned remakes and spin offs, and now London is fighting its very own blob, according to Yahoo News.
While this “sewer war” that British engineers say they are going to battle is not from outer space (that we know of), it is just as disturbing. It is clogging up the whole sewer system and has now reached a point where something must be done. If not careful, this blob won’t be feasting on bodies, but rather, tax dollars.
Thames Water officials have seen the horror and report that it could “take three weeks to dissolve the outsize fatberg,” so massive has it grown. Now, the attack on the blob is underway.
As for getting as large as a movie house, this creeper in the sewers is well on its way.
It is said the clog is a gargantuan “250 yards long and weighs as much as 11 double-decker buses.”
Turning the yuck factor up to ten is the nauseating fact that this mess consists of “wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil.”
Yahoo quoted Thames Water’s Matt Rimmer when he said that the vile mixture was “a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.”
This real life blob is “basically like trying to break up concrete,” which makes it even worse than the cult film when it comes to how hard and expensive this could ultimately be.
Eight workers have the very unenviable job of “using high powered jet hoses to break up the blob before sucking it out into tankers for disposal at a recycling site,” it is also reported.
Once again, truth proves to flirt with fiction and while not in this case stranger, it certainly is as disgusting.
Source: Yahoo News