"A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tons of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower." [Yahoo News]

17 Responses to “Church tower holds tons of pigeon crap”

  1. TheMudshark says:

    Shame it wasn´t cow droppings, that would have made for a much better metaphor.

  2. sqyntz says:

    full of sh*t…  irony beyond words

  3. Cory Trevor says:

    whew, holy shit

  4. gastronaut says:

    I wonder if there already plans to use all that guano as fertilizer.  In Iran, they actually build towers for the sole purpose of accumulating pigeon droppings for this reason. http://atlasobscura.com/place/pigeon-towers-iran

  5. Hamish Grant says:

    here in Toronto we have a former railway station (Summerhill) that was converted to a full service liquor store a few years ago.  The clock tower was a full-on hazmat situation due to bat guano and bird droppings, accumulated over several decades of abandonment.  The poop was a foot deep in places.  Just amazing.  9000 lbs was removed, apparently.  

    • GregS says:

      Do you remember that the clock was missing from the top of that tower, and is now there again, and working? I remember reading that no one knew where the missing parts of the clock were, until they cleaned out the bird droppings and found them buried under it. (If someone could confirm that story it would be great).

  6. Ipo says:

     Churches pigeonhole on a massive scale. 
    Have you heard about this church’s child abusing priests? 
    No?  See it worked. 

    Interestingly, Heliga Trefaldighets Kyrka in Gävle, Sweden looks entirely different from the picture in the article. 

  7. Daemonworks says:

    I’m intrigued that nobody went into the tower in over 20 years.

  8. brandonmwest says:

    Very nice of the article to warn the reader against the poisonous effects of breathing pigeon shit fungus. Knowing is half the battle.

  9. Poor Quasimodo has a lot of work to do…

  10. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Those birds are goin’ to HELL!!!

  11. Halloween_Jack says:

    I’m imagining the discovery involving a really gross version of that scene in “The Trouble with Tribbles” where Kirk opens the overhead hatch on the space station.

  12. sean says:

    Two tons? Big deal! That’s NOTHING compared to what the preacher leaves there every week.

  13. margaretpoa says:

    What’s the difference except now they are shoveling sh*t in the top of the tower as well as the bottom?

  14. Dlo Burns says:

    For a church you get rid of pigeons and bats the same way you get rid of teens: bless and confirm them and they lose all interest.

  15. Charlie B says:

    That’s money, baby!

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