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According to the only book I currently have on my desk, everyone poops and that’s okay. What’s less okay though is when there’s nowhere for that poop to go- something people in Victorian era London found out first hand when all of the sewage they’d pumped into the Thames dried up and caused a stench that spurred London’s City Press to note- “Gentility of speech is at an end—it stinks, and whoso once inhales the stink can never forget it and can count himself lucky if he lives to remember it.”

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Sources:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/archives-highlights/archives-parliament-and-the-thames/
http://www.choleraandthethames.co.uk/cholera-in-london/the-great-stink/
http://www.choleraandthethames.co.uk/cholera-in-london/the-big-thames-clean-up/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/victorian_britain/social_conditions/victorian_urban_planning_03.shtml
http://publichealth.artsci.wustl.edu/great_stink
http://www.thameswater.co.uk/about-us/850_2611.htm
http://www.victorianweb.org/science/health/thames1.html
http://www.history.co.uk/study-topics/history-of-london/sir-joseph-bazalgette-and-londons-sewers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Stink
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Snow_%28physician%29

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