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Bill Gates gets Jimmy Fallon to drink sewer sludge

Technically Incorrect: As part of publicizing his support for the Omniprocessor, which takes sewer sludge and turns it into clean water and energy, Gates offers the comedian the ultimate "taste test."

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Such a big decision for Jimmy Fallon, as the master trickster looks on. The Tonight Show/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Jimmy Fallon is the ultimate participator.

You'd always want him at your party because he's the one who'd be first onto the dance floor, miming to, oh, who knows, "Hi-Ho Silver Lining" or something.

Last night, however, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates challenged Fallon's participatory particles.

No, he didn't ask him to eat dung. He did, however, suggest he drink it.

Gates, who has in recent years expanded his publicly playful side, offered Fallon two glasses. Choose one, he said.

This was after Gates had explained about the Omniprocessor, a device that turns sewer sludge into energy and drinkable water. (I wonder if it can turn that water into wine later on.)

Built by Janicki Bioenergy, this device could be extraordinary helpful in parts of the world where these resources are scarce.

Gates told Fallon that only one of the glasses contained sewage. He toyed with Fallon's slightly obsequious feelings. They drank. Fallon regurgitated. Then he drank more, convinced by now that his glass contained regular bottled water.

In a stunning turn of events that surely no one could have foreseen, Gates then declared: "It was rigged. It was all poop water."

Honestly, who can you trust these days?

Fallon fell to the ground, was rushed to hospital where his stomach was pumped and he is said to be, for once, stable. Actually the only part of that sentence that is true is "Fallon fell to the ground."

Gates explained that boiling and filtering water is something that engineers simply know how to do. Because engineers are often a touch smarter than, say, comedians.

This wasn't Gates' greatest comedic performance. That will always remain his brilliant and severely underrated Microsoft ads with Jerry Seinfeld.

How heartening, though, that he continues to offer aid to the less fortunate, when some other famous business personalities merely drink their own Kool-Aid.