The battle of the pit


Graham Chambers, meteorologist; 1974-1975

In 1975 Andy Allman famously volunteered to descend into the loo pit. The loo was a 40 foot hole dug by the marines with two cubicles over it, which some wag had designated by painting a flaming sword on the door of one and a bleeding rose on the other. The results of our collective labours froze quickly and accumulated in a vertical direction. The resulting turdicles (or stalagshites) had grown so high they risked entering the bum zone so someone had to go and cut them down!

Andy was lowered into the 40 foot pit and heroically sawed off both, saving the base from an evil fate. His clothes were ritually burned afterwards!

27 May 2002

See also: More Stalagshite, More on the loo pit and Bottom of the World

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