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The fatberg has arrived at the Museum of London (and it’s tiny)

By Stephanie Hartman

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: The fatberg has finally reached the Museum of London.

Thankfully it’s not the entire 130 tonnes of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet wipes, condoms and sanitary products that were found last year in the Victorian sewers beneath Whitechapel. If that were the case, the museum would have a whole load of queasy visitors to contend with, not to mention a gallery extension on its hands. The foul monster in its entirety stretched over 250 metres (six metres longer than Tower Bridge) so this is just a tiny slice of it.

If you’ve got a strong stomach you get an eyeful of the rancid blob from today as part of the ‘City Now City Future’ exhibition, which explores life in urban environments. The rest has been cleverly converted by Thames Water into environmentally friendly biodiesel. Move over Rosetta Stone, you’ve got nothing on the fatberg.

The Fatberg exhibit opens today (Fri Feb 9) at the Museum of London. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. Free.

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