Category: urine

Russian cosmonauts pee on the rear bus tire before a space launch. The tradition was started by Yuri Gagarin who did it out of necessity and Russians have since emulated him. Female cosmonauts bring along their urine in vials ready to dump on the tire so they can be part of tradition too.

In Singapore, some elevators are equipped with Urine Detection Devices that detect the scent of urine, setting off an alarm and closing the doors until the police arrive to arrest the offender.

Human kidneys can only make urine that is less salty than salt water. Therefore, to get rid of all the excess salt taken in by drinking seawater, you have to urinate more water than you drank. Eventually, you die of dehydration even as you become thirstier.

There is “urine-repelling paint,” a special paint that repels pee back onto the public urinators. Cities use it in an attempt to reduce public urination on walls.

Astronauts in space lose on average 1% of their bone mass a month. Most of which is excreted in their urine. They literally pee their skeleton out.

Did you ever wonder why we’re not supposed to drink sea water? A kidney can’t make urine from a concentration of salts of more than 2%. Seawater is made of 3% salt, so if we drink it, the kidneys have to use existing water from our body to dilute and absorb the extra salt, which in turn makes us even thirstier. This keeps happening until we die of dehydration.

All mammals weighing more than 2.2 pounds take roughly 20 seconds to empty their bladders. That includes everything from domestic cats to elephants—and an elephant’s bladder holds several bathtubs worth of urine.

The average, commercial-sized public pool contains about 20 gallons of pee.

Mike Tyson was addicted to coke and alcohol, getting high before some of his major fights. He used a fake penis with another person’s urine to avoid detection.

Photo : Abelito Roldan / flickr

Portland drained and discarded 38 million gallons of treated water because a drunk teen urinated in it.

Photo : Reuters/ Steve Dipaola