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    "Nightsoil" was in great demand as a fertilizer and urine was sent to tanneries and woolen cloth makers as part of the processing. So much so that it was not really necessary to pay for its disposal.

    Until about the middle of the last century the House of Lords was exclusively comprised of hereditary peers, many of who travelled up to London for important votes wearing their country tweeds. Scottish tweed makers continued the traditional dyeing practices so on warm or wet days the chamber smelt mildly of pee.

    For those who know London a little, the Embankment (the major road that runs along the north side of the Thames) was constructed as part of Sir Joseph Bazelgette's great sewerage scheme for the capital which has probably saved as many lives as all the hospitals put together. His rather meagre monument is on the Embankment.  

    One of his great-great grandsons, Peter Bazelgette founded the TV production company Endemol which, among other programmes, introduced "Big Brother" to the UK.  (Provoking the comment that the family has gone from removing shit to shoveling it into homes in four generations)

    "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:33:24 PM PST

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