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Sarah St. John 4 years, 5 months ago

Here is a TwitPic of what Sean Connery's keyboard should look like.

Hee!! They forgot "Eshhhhc," "Shhhcroll lock," and "Print Shhhcreen," though. :-)

LadyJ 4 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't there a story in the LJW some years back about a guy who fell in a toilet out at Clinton lake and was trapped? Need Sarah St. John to look that one up. Wasn't he trying to retrieve his wallet?

Sarah St. John 4 years, 5 months ago

Here ya go, LadyJ!


Lawrence Journal-World, Aug. 4, 1989 By Ric Anderson, J-W Staff Writer

A rural Lawrence man literally found himself in a mess overnight when he got caught in the pit of an outdoor privy at Clinton Lake for nearly eight hours.

Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson reported that the 28-year-old man entered the restroom, which is located on the south side of the lake, shortly before 11 p.m. While he was in the outhouse, more than $200 in cash fell out of his pocket and through the hole in the concrete commode.

Anderson said the man took off his shoes and socks and tried to reach the money with his toes, but lost his grip and fell in. Anderson said the man struggled through the hot, muggy night to get out of the pit.

Dave Rhoades, park manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the lake, said the concrete pit is six to seven feet deep and is designed to hold 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of refuse. Currently, he said, the pit is three-fourths full. If his estimates on depth and the amount of refuse are correct, the man was immersed in as much as four feet of refuse overnight.

The pit was shallow enough that the man, who was 5-foot-8, could get his hands outside the hole, but he couldn't get enough leverage to pull himself up, Anderson said.

Shortly before 6 a.m., sheriff's officers reported, a passer-by and another person who was collecting aluminum cans each called authorities after hearing the man yelling for help. Officers arrived at 6:10 a.m., and summoned Douglas County Ambulance Service workers to help extricate the man.

When officers arrived, they radioed back to the sheriff's office, "We've got a pretty messy situation out here."

Once emergency workers arrived, the rescue proceeded quickly. An ambulance service spokesman said workers arrived at the scene at 6:30 a.m. and had the man out of the pit by 6:48 a.m. The spokesman said rescuers had to pry the commode from the floor to lift the man out.

The spokesman said the man didn't appear to be injured. However, authorities said, he was suffering from embarrassment.

"I think he just wanted to get away from there," Anderson said.

In addition to being humiliated, the man suffered in another way. He didn't find his money.

Rhodes said the cash probably won't ever be recovered. Because of the consistency of the refuse, he said, sanitation workers who pump the pit cannot put screens on their equipment that would catch the money.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 5 months ago

I remember thinking at the time how considerate they were to not release his name!

Also that the writer did a fine job finding lots of synonyms for "outhouse." :-)

(Sorry about the headline -- I forgot that it wouldn't come out in all-caps.)

LadyJ 4 years, 5 months ago

Great job Sarah, thanks. I can't believe it was over 20 years ago. I wonder if he admits to it today.

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