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Horses drive traffic on London's Oxford Street in 1890. According to author Lee Jackson, by the 1890s, the city's horses produced approximately 1,000 tons of dung a day. London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images hide caption

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'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

In the 1800s, the Thames River was thick with human sewage and the streets were covered with horse dung, the removal of which, according to Lee Jackson, presented an "impossible challenge."

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'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

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Everything About It Is a Love Song Paul Simon
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How Can You Live in the Northeast Paul Simon
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Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

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