Pictured above are the Giannakos family of Ontario. They shitstorm survivors. Literally. Last week, they were just sitting in their backyard enjoying some family playtime when the mother, Emma Gilfillan-Giannakos, heard what she described as a “loud splash” followed by tons of small, hard, brown pellets floating in her pool.
“I had no idea what it was. I thought maybe a rainstorm, but it only lasted a second or two … I stuck a finger in the water and I smelled it. It was poop,” she said.
This was no biblical plague. Turns out, the family lives dangerously close to Pearson Airport. Not making the connection? Yeah, me neither. Hint: have you ever wondered where your waste goes when you use an airplane restroom? I know I have spent a great deal of time pondering that very question.
Apparently, airplane bathrooms have a waste tank, which they empty once they land. However, sometimes these tanks can malfunction causing poop and pee to leak out. This is known in the airline industry as “blue ice.” “If this happens, the liquid seeping from valves freezes and adheres to the outside of the aircraft when the aircraft is flying at high altitudes. As the aircraft starts its descent and the atmosphere gets warmer, the [blue] ice will start to melt and pieces [of poop] will detach themselves from the aircraft,” explained an airport spokesperson.
Authorities are looking into which airline accidentally dumped poop onto the Giannakos yard. And the Giannakos’ are hoping said airline will pay the $5,000 cleaning bill they were stuck with. How crappy. [The Star]