Take a Leak!

Groggily as I crept towards conciousness today, with sunlight streaming through the blinds and 98-Rock’s morning talk show, Kirk, Mark & Lopez on the radio, I blinked my eyes and thought, “No, I didn’t hear Lopez say that, I’m dreaming.”

Twenty minutes later, sitting nearly naked at my computer, I laughed again. “Hah, a bridge collapsing because people peed on it. That’s funny.”

Then I went over to USA Today, and from there linked to the Manila Times International. And I stopped laughing.

A landmark bridge in Indonesia’s Sumatra island may collapse because too many people are fond of urinating on one of its steel pillars, a report said Saturday.

Public works officials have found that the Ampera Bridge, the landmark of Palembang City, the capital of South Sumatra province, has begun to lean on an angle and rocks slightly when traffic is heavy, the Jakarta Post said.

An official at the public works department in Palembang, Azmi Lakoni, was quoted as saying the bridge had deteriorated because people often took a leak on one of its piers, corroding the structure.

I’m just sort of sitting here with my mouth agape.