Sunday, November 08, 2009

Bathroom Solutions in Space

I know you’ve wondered too. I certainly have. How DO they deal with the bathroom situation on these space vehicles?

Well…the same way that our ships and trains deal with them on Earth. They dump…

Let’s examine two popular space scenarios.

1. Star Wars.

Note the Death Star dilemma. A whole damn ship the size of a planet filled with bad guys crapping all the time. What to do?


Well, that genius Dark Lord designed a simple portal hole in which all bio waste vents out into space…until…

2. Star Trek

In the USS Enterprise, they had their own unique problems of human waste management that they solved with the help of their own technology.


Of course, this sometimes led to intergalactic relationship problems.


No wonder they were fighting with so many other species out there…

38 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Three and those are too funny.

God bless.

The Incredible Woody said...

Dang, I really thought I was up early enough this morning!

Must have been cleaning toilets yesterday like I was to get on this train of thought:)

Nessa said...

I always want to know how these practical problems are dealt with in fiction but no one ever says. Thanks for clearing up some of the mysteries.

You are kicking NaNo butt.

Sunny Sunday #5 - Paper Sol

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

When I was a very, very young child I used to think people just filled up with food until it got to the top then you went to the hospital to get it taken out. I'm not sure what I thought feces was. Maybe I was mostly constipated. I wasn't a very bright child.

Chris Wood said...

That's all very well and good, but where was the khazi in an X-wing?

Quirkyloon said...

Ah that is why right now even as we peek, erm, I mean speak, I am working on a patent for my latest invention: a black hole commode.

Now that's "industrial" power.

Chris C said...

dude a Logan's Run reference. Nice!

Elizabeth said...

I love the picture of that white armored guy sitting on the toilet reading a magazine!! Too funny!!

CatLadyLarew said...

That's a lot of crap. Just sayin'...

Janna said...

Does C-3P0 poop gold bars?
I should invite him over more often.

ReformingGeek said...

Surely the red matter will take care of this issue, VE.

Ronda Laveen said...

I never get tired of poop stories.

Gladys said...

Now I understand r2 d2he goes number 2 alot.

Uncivil said...

So, we're like the pigeons of the universe?????
Obama will have to make a new government department to handle all of this "Human Crap" and get one of his cronies to run it. The Poop Czar?
Al Gore has his Carbon footprint! I guess Obama will have a fecal footprint???????

Uncivil said...

If it flys, floats, or shits.....it's expensive!

VE said...

mrsupole - You're on a roll...just hope a hill isn't coming up...

incredible woody - Do you REALLY want to know what I think about to get inspiration? I didn't think so...

chris - Well now...they didn't have one. Those guys pissed their pants BEFORE getting in so it wasn't necessary...

quirkyloon - Ha! I like your thinking...make sure it doesn't suck too strongly though...

chris c - I was there in the theater when it came out. Still have it on DVD. One of my secret sci fi joys...

elizabeth - It's a classic for sure. There's so much humor it is used for and yet here's some more...

catladylarew - No BS, there!

janna - You can have him just as soon as I'm done with him. I've been feeding him lots of beef and the gold bars I've got as a result are HUGE!

reforminggeek - Red matter? Is that like a Russian slogan?

ronda - Well you've come to the right place. Spaz and moooooog35 are good sources of those too!

gladys - He didn't get that name randomly...

uncivil - Obama can do that. He needs to tax the gun and ammo purchases more though to do it...

uncivil - If it's expensive...I shit..it floats...and then I fly away...

Jeff said...

Holy crap... good one! But where on earth did get that pic of that stormtrooper on the toilet? Or maybe you didn't get it on earth.

Jaime said...

where do you come up with this stuff? i have enough trouble coming up with a creative theme thursday post every week...

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

so do they just crap in the bag? Cause if it means I never have to clean a toilet again, I am totally getting a crap bag.

Do they come in terracotta? You know, to tie in with my bathroom colour scheme...

Ronda Laveen said...

Hey, I'm with Kelley, if it means I don't have to clean the toilet again, I'm getting a crap bag and so is the wonder husband and all the wonder guests/pets.

Baino said...

Your mind works in juvenile ways . . but I like it.

Uncivil said...

That star trooper must be from California? Why else would he be readin' "Valley" magazine?
Beware.....shit rolls down hill.....from the mountains to the valleys!
Then again....he could be readin' "Volley" magazine?

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Moooooog35 said...

I'm totally using the Star Trek excuse the next time I forget to flush.

Candie Bracci said...

OMG!Thanks for the laugh!:D

Kurt said...

I don't believe Princess Leia craps.

VE said...

jeff - That ones been out there for awhile. The gnomes are good at finding what they want...

jaime - It helps not being distracted by a job...

kelley - Terracotta - Ha! You crack me up...

ronda - I wonder if we could just put out a crap bag curbside along with the other recycling and garbage?

baino - My mind is juvinile...

uncivil - It's probably Vaderly...as in all things Vader like

moooooog35 - Just don't tell the wifey-poo about the crap bag in the closet...

candie - You're welcome

kurt - I don't know...she starred in "The Cougar Club" and "Appointment with Death"...those movies were crap...

Roy Scribner said...

One of my few remaining joys of flying is flushing the toilet at 30,000 feet over Iowa. Sorry, Cedar Rapids!

Serena said...

I'm never going into space with a bunch of guys.:)

VE said...

roy - That's what they get for having more vowels than constinants...

serena - That's wise thinking...

Chris C said...

I always liked the quirky old guy with all the cats in the library.

Megan said...

When I saw that first picture, I was expecting a bit more from this post. But I'm glad now I didn't get it. :)

VE said...

chris - Yeah, that was pretty good...he'd mumble to himself a lot.

megan - If you'd like more, I can beam you some over...

Maureen said...

What do you really think was in that garbage disposal they all fell into on the Death Star? It wasn't all foamboard and rubber poles you know.

VE said...

maureen - I definitely saw a twinkie that had been in there a few years...

Anne said...

no comment.

but please count it for the blogroll seniority. :)

Carla said...

Guess someone's got to deal with all the crap.

VE said...

anne - Duly counted (when I get around to updating the tally that is)

carla - I send mine to Mexico...