I Suggest Bubblegum And…

maybe, er, how do I delicately put this, feminine products

TEPCO workers were using a polymer mixed with shredded paper and sawdust to try to close off pipes through which the water has flowed into a cracked concrete pit at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, from where it has run into the sea. An earlier attempt to seal the crack with cement failed to stop the leak.

“From the afternoon, the workers began pouring polymeric powder, sawdust, newspaper – things we could think of to clog up the holes,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency.

“So far, there has not been any clear indication that the volume of leaking water has been reduced.”

More pipes in college dorms and apartments have been blocked by those things than by newspapers or concrete.

7 Responses to “I Suggest Bubblegum And…”

  1. Ave says:

    Kitty litter also blocks pipes quite effectively.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    They could also higher small children to flush toys down the drain.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Actually, in all seriousness kitty litter is a great idea, given how it expands when wet.

    Ave, you could be a nu-que-lahr engineer!

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    (Your oink is showing, yet again…)

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Schmaybe it’s an after effect of the 11 pounds of pork butt I schmoked yesterday?

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    You should know buttHEAD.

  7. Mori says:

    My husband insists they can also be used for bullet wounds.

    Why not diapers? The tiny, ultra-absorbent jellylike blobs absorb 400 times their weight. Throw a bunch on, scoop them up, dispose in a bunker.

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