Fear The Fatberg, So Trash The FOG

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British utility company Thames Water revealed that it found a fifteen ton blob of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and other trash items; or what it terms a huge “fatberg;” which clogged a 19×28 inch (48-70 centimeter) sewer by approximately 95 percent of its capacity.

Residents, please alleviate strains on municipal sewers by trashing your FOG and other trash items like baby wipes instead of draining or flushing them.

For lovely photos from Thames Water and its often thankless job of keeping sewers operational, see its flickr page.

[photo via walt74/flickr]

Must Be Bold To Use Crosswalk In Vietnam

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For residents and visitors of Vietnam alike, one must be bold to walk in a crosswalk.

Fortunately, the man in the video successfully crosses the very busy street. Many others are not so fortunate as “road traffic injuries were the leading cause of injury death with a mortality rate of 15 per 100,000 population” (2007).

It will only get worse as more residents gain access to motor vehicles. Adherence and enforcement of traffic laws would do wonders at keeping drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe. Otherwise, one must be diligent when crossing the street.

UPDATE: Below is a cool two minute video of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam played to Looper’s “Mondo’77”.

[photo via Automotive Traveler]