Dear God. A hunk of "festering food fat" the size of a bus has been removed from a sewer beneath southwest London.
According to the BBC, the 15-ton "lump of lard" is the largest ever encountered in the Thames Water sewage system. The unholy coalescence of congealed fat and – let this be a lesson to us all – wet wipes slowly glorped its way into wretched existence in drains situated beneath London road in Kingston, Surrey, where residents had begun to notice that their toilets were having trouble flushing. Because FATBERG.
“Given we’ve got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we’ve encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history," said sewage system supervisor Gordon Hailwood in a statement.
"If we hadn’t discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston. It was so big it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks."
Need proof? Here's footage of the fatberg in all its glory. Fair warning, this is not for the queasy:
The moral of the story? “Homes and businesses need to change their ways," says Hailwood. "When it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: ‘Bin it – don’t block it.’"