Ick-factor: London fatberg goes from sewer to museum

What looks like a plastic snack wrapper, bottom left, forms part of the only remaining piece of the 130 ton, 250 meter long fatberg, removed from the sewers in the Whitechapel area of east London in the latter months of 2017, displayed during a media preview at the Museum of London in London, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The sample is being displayed as part of the 'Fatberg!' exhibition, which opens to the public from Feb. 9 to July 1 and details the work involved in clearing a fatberg from a sewer. The Whitechapel fatberg was formed from a mass of oil and grease congealed with wet wipes and other sanitary products. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — London's newest museum attraction is greasy, smelly — and a glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life.

The Museum of London on Thursday unveiled its latest display, a chunk of a 130-metric-ton (143-U.S.-ton) fatberg that but was blasted out of a city sewer last year.

It took sewage workers with jet hoses nine weeks to dislodge the 250-meter (820-foot) -long mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes from beneath Whitechapel in the city's East End.

The museum has lovingly preserved a chunk the size of a shoe-box, whose mottled consistency a curator likens to parmesan crossed with moon rock. Close examination reveals the presence of tiny flies. Three nested transparent boxes protect visitors from potentially deadly bacteria, and from the fatberg's noxious smell.

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