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Frozen falling faeces flummox Germans

The Local · 21 Feb 2012, 10:42

Published: 21 Feb 2012 10:42 GMT+01:00

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There have been at least three incidents of falling bodily waste in the last few weeks in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony, according to the daily Bild Zeitung.

Although chunks of ice have been known to fall from aircraft in the past, the string of recent incidents has officials scratching their heads, but thankful that no-one has been hurt so far.

In Rodersdorf, Saxony two weekends ago, an 81 year-old pensioner heard something hitting his roof. Upon further investigation he found 20-centimetre frozen balls in his garden that stank terribly.

And earlier in February a 1.5-kilo chunk of urine crashed into a family’s garden in Niefern, Baden-Württemberg.

A family in Nuremberg had a similar experience when a 2-kilo piece of ice smashed into its garden.

“I was relaxing in our living room. Suddenly there was a huge bang,” 59-year-old Erika Keil told Bild. “I thought our roof was caving in.”

Investigating officials said the ice is likely falling from leaky aeroplane toilets.

“When an aeroplane’s water tank is not closed, water trickles out, freezes and falls off,” a Nuremberg airport official told Bild.

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Falling ice – whether from human waste or ice that builds up on the plane and then drops to earth – is a common phenomenon. Though no-one is known to have been killed by it, there have been injuries.

In 2009, for instance, a British pensioner in Bristol was bruised after a block of ice fell from a plane and hit his thigh.

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Your comments about this article

11:11 February 21, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Something does not smell right about this story.
11:29 February 21, 2012 by Jibzy
Bigfoot: Maybe because they are droppings so fast?
11:39 February 21, 2012 by 1TruthTeller
"Poop occurs!" (to paraphrase the street vernacular.)
12:46 February 21, 2012 by freechoice
okay it's man made, there's nothing to see here. let's move on...
13:40 February 21, 2012 by jg.
Do the falling sh*t incidents coincide with overflights of Olympic Airlines aircraft?
14:21 February 21, 2012 by Wrench
Hey! Another use for the new german word "shitstorm"
15:25 February 21, 2012 by DOZ
Still Bombing Germany I see.
16:34 February 21, 2012 by McM
S..t happens so don't get p.....d off about it.
17:06 February 21, 2012 by Bigfoot76
I am so tired of this sh....
18:28 February 21, 2012 by Beachrider
... flummox the Fatherland... what is the matter with these headline editors?
19:43 February 21, 2012 by raandy
You gotta like this sh^t.
20:30 February 21, 2012 by Englishted
Bit like raining cats and dogs ,but ruder.
21:40 February 21, 2012 by Pip38
Is it a bird is it a plane no its s##t and pi##
09:31 February 22, 2012 by TheBigPhil
I always thought 'to be shat on from a great height' was a metaphor. Apparently not!
20:41 February 22, 2012 by LancashireLad
This urban myth is ancient. Faeces cannot fall from a plane. Any gap that would allow that would depressurise the cabin. Likewise urine or the aprons on the airports would stink.
15:42 February 23, 2012 by jg.
There have been some instances where fluid from a toilet tank has seeped out via faulty dump valve and frozen on the outside of the aircraft. In a few cases, chunks of ice from forward toilet tanks have broken off and passed through engines, sometimes causing failure.
17:15 February 23, 2012 by Joe Wutbürger
All good theories here - but I guess the Olympic Airways wins the golden toilet roll. Still clutching sides!
20:38 February 24, 2012 by moshe rosen
I do not see this article worthy of a news item when the people in Berlin allow their dogs to make a fecal deposit and then walk away. The sidewalks are evidence of a community that just does not care about anyone else.

What is so hard about picking up after your dog? Enlighten me, am I missing something?

I have learned to watch where I walk.
17:28 February 25, 2012 by BrianS256
It goes to show, no matter where you live, you might get hit by an icy B. M...
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