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A River (Of Urine) Runs Through It

January 31st, 2012 2 comments



Yes, chalk another one up for the greens and their silly ideas.  This latest green fiasco involves the “waterless urinal,” a disgusting thought if there was one.  The basic idea is that a disposable odor absorbing cartridge is placed inside a waterless urinal.  The cartridge is intended to absorb the urine odor, thereby replacing the need to use water to flush the urinal after each use. 

The only problem is that this Florida school’s sanitary pipes were made of copper and because there was no water used to flush the wee-wee out of the pipes, it remained in the pipes and created a strong, corrosive gas.  The gas corroded the pipes, leading to a river of  disgusting urine and odor that flowed from the walls into the school’s hallways.  GROSS!

I wonder how sanitary these urinals actually are.  If there is no water to flush the urine from the urinals, does the urine from the previous user remain on the walls and floor of the urinal?  If that were the case, would there not be “splash back” risk for subsequent users?

From The Daily Mail

Students step over ‘rivers of urine’ after green bathrooms plan for waterless urinals turns a high school yellow… and it will cost $500,000 to fix

Students at a high school in Boca Raton, Florida, must step over rivers of urine and endure the stench of rancid waste after a plan to bring ‘green’ waterless urinals into bathrooms backfired.

School officials at Spanish River High School thought they had found an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution for their bathrooms when they installed Falcon Waterfree urinals in their boys bathrooms.

But with no water moving through the school’s copper pipes to flush the urine into the sewer system, the waste produced noxious gases that ate through the metal, leaving leaky pipes that allowed urine to drip into walls and flow onto floors.

‘It was pretty disgusting,’ school board chairman Frank Barbieri told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

‘The girls had to step over a river of urine. I could smell it as soon as I walked into the hallway.’

Now, the school district, which was hoping to save $100 a year in water costs for each waterless urinal, must pay $500,000 to repair the damage and replace the appliances with the traditional flush variety in four high schools.

Neither the school, nor Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the Los Angeles-based maker of the urinals, thought to check the pipes before installing the new urinals.

Instead of water, the company’s urinals use disposables cartridges that trap urine odors. They use no water and the company claims the only maintained needed is regular cleaning and changing the cartridges four times a year.

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Fragrant Fouls – Something Stinks

January 6th, 2012 9 comments

Below is a video of a Washington state high school basketball game which was recorded by a spectator to highlight complaints of poor officiating and uncalled flagrant fouls.  The person who recorded the video and posted it on several social media sites had intended for it to be used to make parents and school officials aware of the frequent uncalled and dangerous unsportsmanlike behavior which he felt was the result of poor officiating at these games.  

As with so many of these types of videos, it has gone viral and produced some strong emotions, much of it directed at the school and the two players who appear to be committing most of the fouls.  According to You Tube blurb, the videographer claims that was not his intent and has regretted the personal attacks directed at the players, team and school.

The accompanying story is included for more detail and worth a read.  Personally, I’ve never thought it was a good sign when a coach defends a player’s behavior by claiming how much the coach’s young child loves him.  I have a feeling that if  the coach’s kid was on the receiving end of those fouls, he might feel differently. 

Anyway, maybe now these players will clean up their on court behavior which would be a good thing.  Or maybe the NBA will draft them.




Connell (Wash.) High’s Cole Vanderbilt was a relative unknown in the basketball world, but all that changed two days ago, when a viral YouTube video turned him into one of the most hated players in Washington.

As the Tri-City Herald reported, Vanderbilt turned into public enemy number one when Michael Christenson decided to film a game between Connell and Highland (Wash.) High to prove to parents at Highland that the basketball league needed better officials.

As it turns out, the clip did more than just spotlight an officiating problem; it also made seniors Cole Vanderbilt and teammate Kennan VanHollebeke look like the dirtiest players on the court.

Someone apparently didn’t appreciate the fouls — the fifth foul is definitely of the flagrant variety — because before anyone could blink, the video had gone viral, with one website proclaiming Vanderbilt to be “the dirtiest basketball player in America.”

While Christenson certainly proved his point with the video, what he didn’t expect was the outcry on YouTube from commenters who viewed the clip. The negative and sometimes hurtful responses to the fouls forced Vanderbilt’s coaches and family to go into damage-control mode.

“[Cole Vanderbilt] a tough kid, but those that know him know he’s a teddy bear,” Connell coach Oscar Garza told the Tri-City Herald. “My 7-year-old son loves him and lights up when he’s around. But on (YouTube) he’s the world’s meanest, ugliest kid. It’s not fair, but I just want him to know his teammates and coaches are behind him.”

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