POOP DECK  7:44 am November 16, 2011

Toilets Fail On Fancy New George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier

by Wonkette Jr.

Just poop in a chair!America’s greatest president was George H.W. Bush (the old one), because he bombed a lot of Mexicans somewhere, Panama maybe? Oh and one time he had a war in Iraq, but that was lame because it only lasted a few days and didn’t kill a million people and there was no Abu Ghraib torture pornography. Also, he said “read my lips,” which is gross, and then he raised taxes a little teeny tiny bit on the billionaires even though mostly they had their taxes cut. So, in many ways, George H.W. Bush was a dismal failure, just like the new U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier George H.W. Bush, which has no working toilets for like 5,000 dudes and some ladies too, who are holding it in so long they’re having “health problems.”

The Navy Times reports on this important story:

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has a messy problem. Since deploying in May, the Norfolk, Va.-based carrier George H.W. Bush has grappled with widespread toilet outages, at times rendering the entire ship without a single working head.

But it’s no laughing matter. Sailors tell of combing the ship for up to an hour to find a place to do their business, if they can find one at all. Others have resorted to urinating in showers or into the industrial sinks in their work stations. Some men are using bottles and emptying the contents over the giant ship’s side, while some women are holding it in for so long that they are developing health problems, according to sources on the ship.

The sailors blame the ship’s vacuum system. But the Navy is blaming sailors for flushing “inappropriate material” down the toilets.

And what would be “inappropriate material,” for the fancy new toilet ship? Osama bin Laden? Tampons? Hashish because there’s about to be a search? We bet it is “hashish,” as every Navy dude we’ve ever known who comes back from “that part of the world” is all, “Oh my god, we were so high on hashish for like three years.”

The important thing is that the U.S. Military is now literally shitting all over the world, too. [Navy Times via a Wonkette tipster who threatened to stop reading Wonkette forever if we failed to post something on this Crucial Story]

 
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dduke45 November 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

Yup, up shit's creek without a toilet..

robertsgt40 November 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

How fitting. Anything related to Bush, full of shit.

OccupytheDashboard November 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

Strange…a boat names after a piece of shit won't let its crew take a shit.

cheetojeebus November 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

It's like a turd wrapped in a …oh never mind

OccupytheDashboard November 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Sorry folks…should be "named" after a piece of shit. My early morning type-fu is weak.

Biff November 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

Every time they named a ship after some piece of shit republican president, my boss would get all puffed up and say "See? They'd never name a ship after Bill Clinton!" This is somehow fitting.

OccupytheDashboard November 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I think a ship named after Bill would rock.

Infrogmation November 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Name a ship after Bill Clinton? But he was nowhere near Dealey Plaza that day!

Um, I mean, neither.

Come here a minute November 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

Rick Perry will solve this problem, because it only goes up to number two.

snackypants November 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

I see what you did there.

freakishlywrong November 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

Republic, thy name is banana.

emmelemm November 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

And yet, each toilet cost the U.S. government $200,000. From a private contractor.

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

Halliburton?

It wouldn't be the first time Americans were up to their ears in crap thanks to Cheney cronies.

GunToting[Redacted] November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

If it was from Halliburton, the sailors would also experience a lovely ass-electrocution.

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

True. And when they flushed, the excrement wouldn't just sit there – it would blast out on top of whoever was showering in the next room.

So it must have been some other contractor.

weejee November 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

It's because they would not go the extra mile and get the $150,000 seat for the toilets from Boeing. Those poor sailors whose buttocks were being subjected to such extreme abuse started flushing-down their charming sailor's hats to protest their assault. Anchor's away.

PuckStopsHere November 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

What the fuck? They got an entire ocean to piss into. What's the prob? I'm tired of people expecting govt to solve all of their little problems.

Negropolis November 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

Many a brave sailor has been lost trying to shit over the side of an aircraft carrier.

Oblios_Cap November 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

And no small number of drunk ones, either.

Negropolis November 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

That's redundant, isn't it?

CapeClod November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Simple solution. Everyone is required to take their dumps just forward of the steam catapult that launches the planes.

tcaalaw November 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

What's the over-under on a conservative commentator blaming this on the repeal of DADT leading to large numbers of used prophylactics being flushed after gay orgies on the ship?

starfanglednut November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

Bareback or GTFO.

riverside68 November 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

The good news is that if they don't have condoms they are using breadbags for protection.

The bad news is that they fit.

(Adapted from an old prison rape joke, it's okay I have done my time and can make the joke.)

Chet Kincaid November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Sailors have never been particularly choosy about teh gay. They have a special dispensation, like prisoners, so any old port in a storm.

WootInTarnation November 17, 2011 at 2:07 am

Tampons or gay condoms.

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

"rendering the entire ship without a single working head."

So in other words, just like his son W.

OccupytheDashboard November 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

well done

teatarded2012 November 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

oh, you beat me to it….

Nostrildamus November 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I'll always remember where I was when I heard that joke.

GunToting[Redacted] November 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Bravo/a, Sir or Madam!

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Thanx. (It's "Sir" – Russian patronymics are marked for gender. I'm Chichikovovich, Chichikovna is my wife.)

Terry November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

"The sailors blame the ship’s vacuum system. But the Navy is blaming sailors for flushing “inappropriate material” down the toilets."

Response of the engineers who misdesigned the toilet system: Yeah, if that tiny percentage (10% maybe) of the crew wasn't female, the toilets would work. It's the chicks fault.

Oblios_Cap November 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

It's the little people's fault. Dumb bastards don't use the heads properly.

You would think they would teach them how during Basic Training. So much for that "Best and Brightest" members of society crap.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

I have zero doubts that this is the problem. Same as it is on airplanes.

You do have to wonder why they need a vaccum system on a carrier … does gravity not work?

DaRooster November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

The system gets all confused when crossing the Equator…

weejee November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

…does gravity not work?

Yowza, it do, but on the sea uphill can quickly become downhill and then the shit hits the fan the flushed turds unflush themselves, often like a fountain.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

On a sailboat, sure … but an aircraft carrier? If your carrier is getting tossed around that badly, you have much bigger problems than messy toilets.

weejee November 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

Tales from my dad, a swabbie in WWII, that in the men's room you never, ever stood at the shallow end, high end if you're level, of the urinal because downhill could become uphill quickly. That was on the Saratoga, obvs a smaller carrier than the Bush but not a PT boat.

Nostrildamus November 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Aircraft carriers are big. Oceans are bigger. Oceans win.

Biff November 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

Once upon a time, ol' Biff here had a small yacht. The head had a hand-operated macerator which quickly rendered even the biggest dump into fish food with just a few pumps of the handle. You'd think such a system might still work, if only as a back-up, but noooo

HogeyeGrex November 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Backup plan?

Please. This is a Bush we're talking about.

Hell, Jr. didn't even have a Plan A.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

It would be a titanium/tantalum alloy macerator with redundant hydraulic systems and a maintenance manual the size of War and Peace … but yeah, it would work. Most of the time.

Biff November 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Unobtanium ftw!

Terry November 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Oh, just imagine what water in and around San Diego harbor and the docks at Norfolk be like.

I love the smell of coliforms in the morning. It smells like victory.

WunkRocker November 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

So let me get this right. We've had aircraft carriers since well about 100 years. And people have been shitting for, well forever. ALL OF THE SUDDEN it is the sailors' fault? In 100 years they've not had a problem but NOW the paradigm has shifted? How about we just make Dick Cheney eat it all?

RadiosTyrone November 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

It's the piece of shit dividend.

Schmannnity November 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

Bring back the poop deck.

lefty74 November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Military saying: 'Steam goes up, shit goes down, and payday is Friday"
Well 2 outa 3 ain't bad.

neiltheblaze November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

At long last! Someone is covering Toiletgate.

Chillwaver November 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

Isn't it ironic that something named "Bush" can't send things down the shitter?

Mahousu November 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

I thought you had to be dead first to have things named after you. Was the Navy trying to hurry Bush Sr. along a little bit?

mavenmaven November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

I don't need to know about sh#$, when I get there I'll know.

chascates November 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

Plumbing by Halliburton?

GorzoTheMighty November 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Send in the Norovirus. Shit will really hit the fan.

MARCdMan November 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

Just declare the starboard side for the ladies and have the gentlemen use the port side and you have this problem fixed.

Guppy November 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

Wind.

Studebaker Hawk November 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

The sailors should just carry their aborted poop around in a jar.

WootInTarnation November 17, 2011 at 2:12 am

There's a substantial revenue stream in this for the Franklin Mint. Soldiers already have to buy a bunch of their own gear, why not their own chamber pots? Aside from the popular politician line, think of the personalization opportunities. I'm tellin' ya, it smells like a win-win for some guy with a buddy in high places. Cost basic chamber pot = $3. Government price basic chamber pot = $100, without design.

weejee November 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

We all knew Bush the Elder was the shits.

HobbesEvilTwin November 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

Dear Troops,
You're Welcome!

Love,
Northop Grumman

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

If you let the flyboys design the navy's toilets, you have to expect they're going to pull a prank. Nothing they can't fix with an extra billion dollars, so it's all in good fun.

DaRooster November 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

So… Mexican food Friday is out?

DaRooster November 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

I have never heard of this happening. You would think by now they would have this shit figured out. Did someone try to reinvent the wheel… or the porcelain bus in this case? Sounds like a pretty stupid thing to do… but considering the source namesake…

Baconzgood November 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

That's a pretty shitty ship.

mrblifil November 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

I would say it's shit-shape.

Goonemeritus November 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

We bet it is “hashish,”

Exactly how large a chunk of hashish does it take to stop up industrial grade plumbing? Being a well respected applied scientist I would be willing to put my shoulder to the wheel and do some much needed testing.

starfanglednut November 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

I was thinking bricks of cocaine, but hash works too.

riverside68 November 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

industrial grade?

No one said anything about industrial grade, These shitters are only for twice a day use.

Industrial grade is gonna cost extra.

Monsieur_Grumpe November 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

It’s like the Love Boat only shittier. I didn’t think that was possible.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

Given that Cunard and Carnival (heck, even the White Star Line) got this figured out years ago … maybe the Navy should ask them for a bit of advice?

Negropolis November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

Toilets Fail On Fancy New George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier

Someone really needs to confront Babs about her diet.

But, seriously, that family is so full of shit they could sink the entire United States' navy.

weejee November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

BTW OT – warning: graphic photo if you click the clickie

The brave poleeze in C"Addle bagged an 84-year-old lady occupier yesterday. A preggers 19-year-old too, also.

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

We have to pepper-spray peacefully demonstrating old ladies here so we won't have to… oh, wait, there actually is no justification for ever doing that.

starfanglednut November 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

Oh, that is so sad.

neiltheblaze November 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

She must have really intimidated those strapping, manly cops, huh?

Biff November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

Jesus Christ…

Boojum_Reborn November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

Madeline Albright's looked better.

Isyaignert November 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Most cops are useless teenie weenie bullies. Who's going to protect us from them?

WootInTarnation November 17, 2011 at 2:22 am

We decided that a rally outdoors was no safe place for a senior to be. Therefore, it was necessary to employ pepper spray to safely extricate her from a dangerous situation that might have injured her. Also, unaccompanied seniors exercising their First Amendment rights can now expect such respectful assistance from all police assigned to keep the peace and prevent unnecessary injuries.

Many argue that seniors are no longer capable of making political decisions or verbalizing their rights, so as the guardians of public safety and democracy, in future, we shall provide a pick-up and drop-off service for any seniors we see wandering into an area that might be used by pinko agitators.

Seniors will have first priority when it comes to arrests and seats in the police van. We are honored to provide this service free of charge even to dementia-addled oldsters who probably think FDR was a good president.

Negropolis November 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

Which defense contractor designed the plumbing on this puppy, and how many zillions of dollars did we overpay them for their shitty service? **pun fully intended**

johnnyzhivago November 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

It's too bad this Aircraft Carrier isn't near a large open body of water so everybody could just pee off the deck or something.

MOG2410 November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

1000 sailors peeing off the deck, great visual. But then, what about the other?

TeaNuts November 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

Two handed salute, just stand up wind.

DahBoner November 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

I am fluent in Farsi:

Kish kosh ish hash ish?

Does anyone know what I just said?

Oblios_Cap November 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

This gives a whole new meaning to the term "scuttlebutt"!

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 9:16 am

Read my ships?

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

No new crapses.

DaRooster November 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

Read my ships shits.

Like tea leaves!

BigDumbRedDog November 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

It's nice to see that somebody finally gave Joe the Plumber a job.

elviouslyqueer November 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has a messy problem. But it’s no laughing matter.

Oh, but it is, Blanche. It most certainly is.*

*Okay, this is lame, but y'all already took all the good poop and shit jokes. YOU BASTARDS.

Mumbletypeg November 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

That's o.k. EQ — you got in a pretty good one yesterday.

Dudleydidwrong November 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

In the days of sailing ships those who served "before the mast" simply went up to the bowsprit/dolphin striker and straddled the rigging to take a shit. May have to return to those days. George H W Bush: original intent US Navy warship.

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

We need further investigation to ensure that this aircraft carrier is a floater, not a sinker.

starfanglednut November 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

Something about hash?

Man, those were the fuckin days…..

ifthethunderdontgetya November 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

Join the Navy!

They're looking for a few wise cracks.
~

SorosBot November 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

Yvan eth nioj.

Indiepalin November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

If there were this sort of toilet emergency on an aircraft carrier named after a democrat president, Wonkette would've buried this story like a turd on a playground. I smell double-standard. No, really, smell something…

Negropolis November 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

No, really, smell something…

It's not our fault that you have an aversion to showering.

weejee November 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

I thought that smell was Indie's badge of courage from earning all those wondrous downfist points while sharing the word at those Brietfart sites.

Oblios_Cap November 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

So Wonkette has graduated to being a member of the "respectable media" , much like Faux News?

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

This scandal is nothing to sniff at!

Biff November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

TF?

Redhead November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

Wow, that boat is close to being more full of shit than the Bush administration! That's an accomplishment.

SorosBot November 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

Wait, I thought everyone already knew that George Bush was full of shit.

arihaya November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

“inappropriate material”

they can save ink by printing it for what it is: Condoms

BigDumbRedDog November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

What is it with engineers? Some system is obviously royally screwed up and they just throw up their hands and claim "operator error". It has become a running joke at my company. "Oh my, that lightbulb burned out. You must not have been using it correctly."

SorosBot November 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

They're engineers; they can never admit they fucked up, it's always somebody else's fault, as is also the case with computer programmers and IT guys. Most engineers seem to consider themselves scientists, even though they're not, and think they're smarter than everyone else, even though they're not; it probably correlates with how so many of them are Libertarian cultists

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

As somebody on BoingBoing (Cory Doctorow, I think) pointed out, most "mad scientists" in the movies are actually mad engineers.

user-of-owls November 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

And most "mad engineers" are actually "prolific posters on Wonkette."

Biff November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

As someone who spent a lifetime in the building trades (operating engineer) trying to figure out wtf the engineers designed, I can only say if they were half as smart as they thought they were, there'd be no need for as-builts.

LiveToServeYa November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

In its decline, the US navy falls from 'blue-water' to 'brown-water'.

riverside68 November 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

actually the stuff from the toilets is 'black-water' which I guess is now named Xe.

Biff November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Win!

arihaya November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

also compared to his son,, Papa Bush is a paragon of virtue and intelligence

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Compared to Bush Jr., Wile E. Coyote is a paragon of virtue and intelligence.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Why are you damning W.E.C. with faint praise?

MrFizzy November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

They should get the millionaire CEOs of the shipbuilders out there with plungers.

NorthStarSpanx November 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

My outrage depends on how much we paid for those toilet seats.

Also too, keep in mind that when Governor Palin took helm as the State of Alaska's Chief Executive in 2006, 34% of Alaska Native villages still did not have modern water and sewer services.

Afghanistan, Iraq and broken ships are getting more infrastructure investment from the US than [American] Indian Country.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

"when Governor Palin took helm as the State of Alaska's Chief Executive in 2006, 34% of Alaska Native villages still did not have modern water and sewer services. "

I'm sure Her Griftiness claims credit for any improvements. Never mind the details:
Alaska Native Villages: Recent Federal Assistance Exceeded $3 Billion, with Most Provided to Regional Nonprofits (02-AUG-05, GAO-05-719).

Fare la Volpe November 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

"Inappropriate material" is pass-the-buck code for poop.

smitallica November 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Do you see, people? Do you see? THIS is why we can't cut the military budget! Because if we did, then all those ships we build might not work properl–

Oh, wait. Nevermind.

mrblifil November 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

I think it was a commemoration of the anniversary of the Bush Family Fetus Flushing Incident. We'll miss you Jar-bara.

mrblifil November 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

Toilets. How do they work?

freakishlywrong November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

The shit goes in, the shit goes out?

Naked_Bunny November 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Apparently neither.

ManchuCandidate November 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

A thousand bursting bladders and sphincters.

Sharkey November 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

Cool, maybe there'll be a cholera outbreak!

Chichikovovich November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Shit goes in, shit just sits there. You can't explain that.

actor212 November 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

Mike Bloomberg stands ready with an army of riot police and bulldozers to clear the messy dirty effin' hippies out so they can clean up.

OccupytheDashboard November 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

I have a hard time getting my head (heh) around this. How many ships and how many crews are out there floating around transporting oil, defending our coastline, projecting American power overseas, smuggling drugs? And this ship has a fucked up toilet? Is the Bush using an untried toilet technology…stealth shitters?

El Pinche November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

All it needs now is a hit on the starboard side from a shoe torpedo to complete the circle of life.

James Michael Curley November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

Holy Shit! 5,000 people full of navy beans. Send that into some hostile port and they'll surrender in a New York Minute. And, please, please, don't send it up the Hudson on the next 'Fleet Weel."

Sharkey November 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

This is good news for the port-a-john industry.

Blueb4sunrise November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

OCCUPADO!!

Dok-cupy Everything November 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

"Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the shits at sea."

hagajim November 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Maybe Bloomberg and the other mayors ought to send their goon squads to the carrier to clean it out forcefully – for health and safety reasons. Wait – I guess those guys (and gals) are armed – might not be such a great idea after all.

El Pinche November 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

Rename the ship after Dubya, the S.S. Shithead.

HedonismBot November 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

Your avatar frightens and disturbs me.

user-of-owls November 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

In other words, all the world's seas are being shit on by professionals.

slowhansolo November 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

When I was kid, I used a decrepit shack in the woods near my parents' house as a base of operations whenever the neighborhood kids used to play their little war games.

It didn't have a bathroom, either.

lowaltflier November 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

They'll have their very own shit river without having to go to Olongapo City.

Crowe2011 November 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

Really? They don't have buckets available as backups? Then how do they swab the decks?

Guppy November 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

And still no mention of P points?

BZ1 November 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

toilet outages? they call it "outages"? conjures up some colorful images …

Bill_Mars November 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

Which Republican President was George H.W. Bush? Was he the terminally stupid one or the one with Alzheimers? Sorry – I always get them confused.

DahBoner November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

If you think that's stupid—listen to this:

People called "collectors" buy a one ounce coin made of silver worth $34, for $48, or more…

meatlofer November 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

You think a broken toilet would've stopped Blackbeard? FUCK NO!

johnnyzhivago November 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Science offers a solution: The Naval Centipede!

Callyson November 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

But the Navy is blaming sailors for flushing “inappropriate material” down the toilets.
If this were correct, you'd see this problem on other aircraft carriers as well. The least the Navy can do is say "we're doing everything we can to address this problem."
Why does the Navy hate our military?

Naked_Bunny November 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

If I flush "inappropriate material" down the toilet, it doesn't plug up my entire apartment complex.

owhatever November 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

How can not having a working toilet on a ship at sea be a problem? Peeing over the side has worked for every navy in history.

fletc3her November 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

They address this in the article. Depending on the wind the pee makes a mess on the side of the boat, other decks, or other sailors.

Naked_Bunny November 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Vacuum system? Is this our first orbital aircraft carrier? But even zero-G toilets aren't new….

Nostrildamus November 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

"Inappropriate materials" = Bill O'Reilly books.

GunToting[Redacted] November 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Well, National Airport was renamed Reagan Airport long before Ronnie shuffled off this mortal coil. Granted, his brain had left the building a couple of decades previous, so there may have been a special dispensation.

fletc3her November 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

What are we spending our billions on again?

ttommyunger November 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Never had that problem in the olden days: slightly tilted drainage floor with water running over it. Top hole could make a TP float, light it on fire and singe every arse over a hole downstream. Fun times! 'Course a ten-hole facility only cost $1.39.

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