Before chemical tests, doctors used the taste of urine to detect diabetes. Sweet urine meant the person was diabetic.
- People incorrectly used a urine test involving pee and nails in corked jars determine if someone was a witch. If the cork popped out of the bottle they were guilty of witchcraft.
- A genetic enzyme disorder called alkaptonuria makes urine turn black in air.
- Blue or green urine can be caused by the substance methylene blue, used to treat methemoglobinemia or bladder spasms and irritation or by Viagra.
- Porphyria can change the color of urine to purple or possibly blue. It’s thought that King George III suffered from this.
- Dark urine is a sign of dehydration.
- Orange urine may be sign that you have eaten blackberries or rhubarb.
- Red urine may be due to beets but it’s usually blood!
- Dark purple urine is often seen in kidney failure and with people who have frequent use of catheters.
- For a full list of urine colors and their causes, visit http://www.urinecolors.com/ or here.
- No matter how big or small, most mammals take 21 seconds to pee.
- Can you smell asparagus pee? It’s genetic.
- In the past, urine was used to tan animal hides and poor people sold their urine, unless they were too poor to have a pot to piss in.
- The element phosphorus was first isolated from urine in 1669.
- There’s a musical called Urinetown.
- Urine may be either acidic or alkaline depending on your diet.
- Urine is considered a bodily fluid and is not sterile and the bacteria vary from person to person.
- Urine, piss, pee–what word came first? According to the on-line etymology dictionary, it’s urine!
- Most people do not wake up to urinate at night. It might be worth a trip to the doctor if you do.
- Being “pee shy” is a social phobia that affects a little less than 10% of the population.
- Urine is over 90% water.
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