"In the analysis the Augean stables, cleared by Hercules, came to my mind at once"

   In Greek mythology King Augeas was a powerful ruler whose famous stables had for many years housed a huge number of cattle but, due to administrative oversight, had never been cleaned.  Washing the filth away in a single day was assigned as one of the less glamorous labours of the hero Heracles (Latinised as 'Hercules'), who accomplished the task by combining his great strength with lateral thinking and diverting two rivers to run through the stables. 


Online overview of mythical sources detailing Heracles' labours, at Theoi.com