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Thread #19851   Message #2275417
Posted By: Ross Campbell
29-Feb-08 - 12:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My baby got washed down the plughole
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My baby got washed down the plughole
Passengers will please refrain is on mudcat. (UK trains too, up to a few years ago).

More seriously, there have been a series of accidents involving children being badly injured or drowned when caught by the suction from bathing-pool drainage ducts. This link describes one such case.

In the days of communal wash-houses, sinks and drains were built on a much larger scale than you would find in a modern house. Somebody in the case linked above suggests that these accidents are so bizarre-sounding as to be thought "urban legends" - sadly they are all too real, and similarly there may indeed be some incident that preceded the "gorn dahn the plughole" song.