Origins: Whatever you've stuffed down your toilet, rest assured someone has topped it.
From a 1994 news article:
But the Roto-Rooter guys rooting around in average house drains find everything from Barbie Dolls to rattlesnakes.
Every year, the Roto-Rooter Corp. surveys its folks about the goodies they find on house calls in the United States and Canada. So far this year, tree roots are still the most common obstruction.
Which you have to figure is pretty tame compared to a
Some of the survey items boggle the mind as well as the drain. How do you suppose was someone able to flush a complete bedspread down a household drain? Women's lingerie, sure, even long underwear (two sets) or assorted automobile parts. But a bedspread?
There were no details about the reported roto-rootings of three pigs, three possums or three skunks. Neither were there any specifics about who found the piranha or how many fingers he had left.
One Roto-Rooter in Fort Collins, Colorado, was unclogging a
Some things you expect to go down the drain, like contact lenses and toothbrushes. But the survey also uprooted
And once in a while, things go down that drain that should... like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle doll, someone's beeper/pager, a television remote, and an alarm clock. And yes, before you even mention John Cameron Swayze, one Rootarian found a Timex watch still ticking. Personal items, everything from keys to vibrators, comprise 65% of all drain-clogging things found by Roto-Rooter folks.
Upscale and down-drain were a Rolex watch and a $4,000 diamond.
Hahn, John.   "Rooters Reveal Unusual Findings About Nation's Clogged Drains." The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette. 27 August 1994 (p. EV6).