Museum of Science and Industry


While real concerns about cyber-attacks on our water infrastructure continue to surface, here's a slightly more amusing scenario: what would happen if all the toilets in the United States were flushed at the same time?

Turns out, we don't really know. However, experts are assuming that things might gurgle a bit due to the extra air, perhaps take an extra second or two to refill, but in general there wouldn't be any major issues.

However, in the future, such a mega-flush might be more cause for worry. The American Society of Civil Engineers currently rates the U.S. plumbing system as a "D" (and not for "delightful") due to underfunding. But for now, you can flush away. Just wait for your neighbor to finish first.

Images: Flickr user scottfeldstein, Carnival Store

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