The CDC Discovered Poop in Public Swimming Pools

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Everyone's worst public pool fears are true, and just in time for summer. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study showing that 58 percent of public pool samples taken from around Atlanta yielded E. coli (not the bad kind), which live in the gut. The frequency of E. coli shows that swimmers "frequently contaminate pool water when they have a fecal incident" or forget to scrub their tuchuses in the shower.

The takeaway? Chlorine alone can't protect you, so don't swallow the water when you submerge yourself in Hamilton Fish Pool. Also, from now on, no one is ever allowed to poop again, only deliver "fecal incidents."

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New York Harbor's In Deep Shit -- Three Billion Gallons, To Be Precise

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Just in case you needed another reason to not take a dip in New York Harbor, it's currently getting filled with billions of gallons of partially treated human waste.

During last month's hurricane, a 12-foot surge of ocean water crashed into a Newark treatment plant, causing a leak that is yet to be repaired. Since then, the plant has pumped more than three billion gallons of human waste into New York City waterways.

The plant is just east of the Statue of Liberty, and pathogens in the waste can be pretty harmful to humans.

Given the potential health risks, the Department of Environmental Protection has put a ban on fishing, crabbing, and shellfishing in the tainted waters.

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