The Great Stink of 1858

The River Thames has been a hub of commerce, agriculture, and recreation since before recorded history. It was also once filled with a lethal volume of human shit.

All it took was several years of cholera and exploding cesspits for Parliament to spring into action and save their precious river!

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The Great Stink was the peak of reek on the River Thames in 1850's London. After decades of human feces and industrial runoff building up in the riverSource

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This sh*t was literally killing people. The filthy water Was responsible for: -3 separate cholera outbreaks - Methane-filled cesspit explosions -The f

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The Stink was personified in satirical cartoons of the day. They would often depict Dirty Father Thames CRACKED COM

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Scientist Michael Faraday would test' the shit content by dipping white paper into the water FARADAY GIVING HIS CARD TO FATHER THAMES; And we hope th

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Father Thames Introducing His Offspring TO The Fair City Of London Diphtheria Scrofula Cholera CRACKED COM

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For years, lawmakers were able to ignore the stench, or mask it with lime chloride. IME But that summer's record heat forced them into action by the

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Joseph Bazalgette: The Hero of The Great Stink This is how they drew people they liked. Bazalgette was tapped to design a new sewer system that ensure

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