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Title: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: RD on 12/09/2017 14:45:59
"Monster Fatberg" is not just Melania's pet-name for Donald  ;) ...

(https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/-/media/Site-Content/Corporate/Media/News-Releases/Whitechapel-Fatberg-2.ashx?h=434&w=626&la=en&hash=0AE366714CE0E5E14F46983452E1787648FA1A0B)
Quote from: thameswater
Monster fatberg longer than two Wembley football pitches clogging up Whitechapel sewer
https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Media/News-releases/Monster-fatberg-longer-than-two-Wembley-football-pitches-clogging-up-Whitechapel-sewer (https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Media/News-releases/Monster-fatberg-longer-than-two-Wembley-football-pitches-clogging-up-Whitechapel-sewer)
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: chris on 14/09/2017 08:35:26
I showed this to my kids - they were horrified and intrigued in equal measure!

We actually made a programme about sewer fatbergs and an pumping engine in London designed to run off fuel made using oil recovered from sewer fat (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/super-sewers-and-fatbergs)

PS - I hope you don't mind my moving this to the mainstream part of the forum - I think it's really interesting and people might like to debate about it!
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: RD on 14/09/2017 14:27:38
If the fatberg is the size of a bus, surely it can't just be the one kebab-shop ?.

(https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=71371.0;attach=23943;image)
https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Media/News-releases/Monster-fatberg-longer-than-two-Wembley-football-pitches-clogging-up-Whitechapel-sewer (https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Media/News-releases/Monster-fatberg-longer-than-two-Wembley-football-pitches-clogging-up-Whitechapel-sewer)

There must be a confluence of kebaberies , ( I think I just coined a collective-noun there  :) ).
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: chris on 16/09/2017 09:18:09
There must be a confluence of kebaberies

No, you  are definitely wrong there. In a kebab the fat definitely goes IN the "food", not down the drain... (note the use of the quotes around "food", since that's a loose definition of the word when it applies to kebabaries in Whitechapel, based on then time when I lived there...)
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: SeanB on 16/09/2017 21:54:05
With most fast food the fat goes out largely unchanged, as part of the "Vindaloo reaction" from exposure to the hot and spicy flavour, used to mask all sorts of ills.
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: chris on 17/09/2017 10:32:47
Good point, although I'd expect that to happen by the time the victim gets home, or at least to a more remote geography, rather than in the kebab shop itself; although, based on what I've seen sold in some of these places, amidst conditions that would give a food hygiene inspector a heart attack as well as salmonella, anything is possible...
Title: Re: Where did this monster Fatberg come from?
Post by: Bored chemist on 17/09/2017 16:16:48
With most fast food the fat goes out largely unchanged, as part of the "Vindaloo reaction" from exposure to the hot and spicy flavour, used to mask all sorts of ills.
If that was true, a lot of people would weigh a lot less.