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The copper pipes leaked so badly that an entire jungle of paisley and ferns grew up between the machines. Someday there would be plumbing everywhere, creating cement ponds in backyards, and machines that washed dishes and clothes all by themselves. Someday people would not have to brave the cold and rain to pee. There would be water closets inside the house to wash wastes odorlessly away. But right now there was a horrible leak. The plumber got out his wrench. Looked at the puzzle like maze of pipes and more pipes, and despaired "where do I even begin?"