If you fart in the vacuum of space, does it still smell?

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Keriamon
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   Posted 5/27/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
 
An article on the toliet breakdown on the Space Station.  How crazy is that?  I feel a commraderie with them; both toliets in our house need their guts replaced and one it completely non-functional right now.  Have to take the tank off the back to replace the innards.  Crazy amount of work. 

Marsky
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   Posted 5/27/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
We have 3 toilets in our house and 2 have their second or third set of innards, since I had my colon resection in 1999! I've worn them out.......the one hubby swears fills faster than the other, but I know for a fact it doesn't. I don't know what he did to "make it flush better" but I prefer our first floor powder room. It's my safe haven! Trouble is if my daughters have friends over, I'm holed up upstairs, in my least fave john.....LOL And nearby each toilet I have plungers too since I struggle with D.

My dream house would be to stash working toilets all over the place. You know how years ago, builders would just add one near the furnace and hot water heater, sitting out in the open almost? Oh, I'd pay dearly to have my very own toilet in this section of our unfinished basement - no one would bother me down there! LOL

When a toilet isn't working, it really creates so many problems! I remember thinking how awful it was after Hurricane Katrina, in the Superdome and realizing if I was ever in an emergency situation like that, I would just fast - fast everything! Probably pay the price, but there's no way anything would go in my mouth, if I couldn't use a bathroom!

Thanks for the off beat article Keriamon, we need ones like this!

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   Posted 5/27/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Keri,
Nice to see you again. =) I see you've still got the most interesting articles to share. LOL
Hope you've been well...
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/27/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Marsky said...
When a toilet isn't working, it really creates so many problems! I remember thinking how awful it was after Hurricane Katrina, in the Superdome and realizing if I was ever in an emergency situation like that, I would just fast - fast everything! Probably pay the price, but there's no way anything would go in my mouth, if I couldn't use a bathroom!

Thanks for the off beat article Keriamon, we need ones like this!
ME TOO!  Sometimes I feel so guilty because that is the first thing I think of when a disaster hits anywhere in this country!  The Superdome, to me, was like being in the bowels (pun intended) of hell.  When they said that the toilets had all backed up and overflowed, I had a visceral reaction and almost had an attack of D just thinking about it! 

Marsky
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   Posted 5/28/2008 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I know my gut turned over when I heard that too. I selfishly imagined what I'd be going thru - the anxiety alone, coupled with an over-active gut, would have me in tears!

Right after my takedown and my initial attempt to fit in with the rest of the normal colon world, my family wanted to eat out. I had been on the low residue diet by then so I knew what to eat. We walked into an Applebee's but found out we couldn't have ice with our drinks. I asked why - water pressure was low. Their was a nearby water main break. The bathrooms were out too, the waitress said, ever so casually. My husband and my two daughters immediately looked at me, as if to ask - are we going home now? This is when the waitress said she'd be back with our drinks and then our order. I was freaking out! They were starving so I ordered a drink and that was it. The waitress looked at me as if I had an eating disorder. It was the first time I didn't eat around my family - heck, by now they're used to it. They all looked so guilty, offering their food. But there was no way I was putting anything solid in my mouth! They ate, we hurried home and the first thing I did was turn on the bathroom faucet and simultaneously flush the toilet. We had water pressure! This is when hubby said not to worry, I could have used buckets of water from our hot tub to flush the toilet. That helped ease my worry, but what if this happened out in public? OMG!

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I know for a fact if a bathroom/large facility had low pressure, I just would not eat! But so far nothing like this has ever happened. Knock on wood!

Marsky/Mary

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   Posted 5/28/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I try not to think about the Superdome after Katrina. It was bad enough the time I had to take my ex into work and the power was out. Campus security wouldn't let anyone in the building and his boss was there and said that he wanted to wait an hour before sending anyone home. I was ex's ride home. My intestines were already acting up and I had to go. Thankfully it wasn't a gotta go now type thing but it still stunk. I ended up bribing the security guard to go with me into the building so that I could use the ladies room. He checked it out to make sure no one was lurking( the whole reason they wouldn't let people in was in case a maniac attacked someone in the dark bathrooms) and then let me use the bathroom. Five minutes later we got to go home because the power wasn't coming back on. That was probably one of the few times I gladly baked about 6 dozen cookies.

A funnier story. When I was living with my inlaws my mother in law has an obsession with wooden toilet seats. Well when they replaced the old worn out seat she bought a seat and was dang proud of how cheap it was. Well the seat slowly started to fall apart. She kept gluing the dang thing back together instead of going out and buying a well made one. Well the one day father in law was once again complaining about the seat. But he was on his way out of town and was going to replace it with something better made when he got back. Mother in law was saying that the seat was perfectly fine. My guts decided to do their thing and went into Gotta Go Now mode. I went flying into the bathroom, landed on the seat and the thing split into two pieces! I landed in the toilet water and got stuck. The shock of that made my tummy go dormant. So after prying me out of the bowl she had to go out and get a new seat. Problem was neither of us could replace it because the other seat was screwed on so tight we had to wait till hubby got back from school. The new seat was a heavy duty plastic one.

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/28/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband and I happen to have two friends who work for NASA. Well, actually, the wife used to work for them, but she took time off to raise their family. My husband told me that she helped design the waste systems--can't remember if it was for the shuttle, the suits, or the space station. But, anyways, that was some years ago. I can't help but think she shouldn't have left her job! She's got a job again with them, but I'm not sure she's back in waste elimination or not. Hope so; she's a clever woman. I know she could fix the toilet!

Marsky
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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG - LadyFrog - that is indeed a funnier story. I liked - Gotto Go Now - too! I think I will borrow that phrase.....oh thanks for the laugh but you poor thing. Sounds like something out of a movie. I still howl at the scene in Dumb & Dumber, where the guy who took ex-lax but didn't know it, sat down on a toilet that was out of order. I am laughing and cringing all at the same time, thinking of that scene.....LOL

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   Posted 5/28/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Like most things in life I can see the funny side to this. My husband can see it too which makes things much easier. When I see the hand reach into the bathroom with the lighter I can't help but laugh. He doesn't say a word, you just see the hand waving around. I always forget to leave one in the bathroom.
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