Kicker: Proof of the pudding

NICK EICHER, HOST: Anglian Water is a public utility in the UK. It has to deal with something like 30,000 sewer blockages a year. That works out to about once every 15 minutes.

So you might say Anglian’s seen it all—all manner of underground briar patches of wet wipes and hygiene products.

But for Anglian water-workers late last month, here was a first: a load of Yorkshire puddings backing up a sewer in Ipswich. I’m talking a thick batter of flour and eggs that someone thought ought to be tossed down the loo.

REICHARD: Just think of all those phages!

EICHER: The proof of this pudding was in the flushing. Anglian posted a photo of the surprisingly intact coagulation of the English dish.

Utilities in Britain really do work hard to train the public to treat England’s Victorian-era drain pipes with a bit more care.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/Anglian Water, SWNS ) A sewer overflowing with human waste and soggy Yorkshire puddings in Ipswich.

WORLD Radio transcripts are created on a rush deadline. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of WORLD Radio programming is the audio record.

Like this story?

To hear a lot more like it, subscribe to The World and Everything in It via iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, or Pocket Casts.







Pocket Casts

(Requires a fee)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.