Urine for some weird stories. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)
-By Justine Sterling.
Moisés Alou Pees On His Hands
Baseball players are known for their superstitions: some wear women's underwear, others have pre-pitch rituals. Former Major Leaguer Moisés Alou pees on his hands, claiming that urine is therapeutic and alleviates calluses, which allowed him to bat without the aid of gloves.
Howard Hughes Collected Urine in Jars
Library of Congress
During his declining years, famed aviator and consummate eccentric Howard Hughes was known to store his own urine in jars. His reasoning behind this behavior was not known but it should be noted that he wore Kleenex boxes as slippers.
Cleaning It Up
In the 1990s, an HBO documentary appeared to depict drug users peeing on chemicals hidden in their palms to dilute their urine and therefore pass drug tests. Jezebel.com and others dispute the effectiveness of this technique.
Suddenly found out a drug test is coming up? UreaSample.com offers samples of drug-free urine. Stressed about being observed while giving your sample? They have you covered — as long as you're male.
Clean Urine (Cont'd)
The company also sells a fake penis kit with which you can deliver the sample without suspicion. (truTV does not condone cheating on drug tests.)
You're alone in a cabin in the woods. Suddenly, bang -- a man in a hockey mask with a butcher knife kicks in your door. You totally wet yourself, right? Well, maybe.
Fear actually produces anti-diurectic hormones. Your body may release the urine that was already ready to go, but it won't produce any more until you're safely blockaded in from the psycho.
It's not therapy for your pee, it's therapy using pee -- and many claim it works wonders. From ridding skin of acne to curing athlete's foot (Madonna's admitted remedy) urine is thought to be an amazing cure-all.
Urine Therapy (Cont'd)
Many cultures (including our own) soak in, massage on, or ingest urine in an effort to cure any and all maladies. There is no scientific proof of urine's benefits but some of its chemical components are used in antibacterial medicines.
Want to know the sex of your future child but refuse to go to a hospital? There is a theory that if you mix a pregnant woman's urine with Drano crystals you will be able to tell the gender of a fetus. The only problem is that people have not come to an agreement on which color indicates which sex.
Baby Sex (Cont'd)
The Plain Dealer/Landov
Some claim that brown or black mean a boy while blue or green indicate a girl. However, there is no evidence that a woman's urine has the capacity to change in relation to a baby's gender.
Dyes were hard to come by back in the day, so many cultures used naturally occurring substances to dye fabrics. Some tweed makers in Scotland continue to die their yarn by soaking it in human pee.
What You Eat
We know what noxious effects asparagus has on urine, but what about substances that cause the opposite effect? Women used to drink turpentine in order to make their urine smell like roses and Benjamin Franklin was rumored to have indulged in the occasional swig of turpentine in order to remedy his odiferous output.
Technically, urine is sterile and primarily water, so drinking your own pee is safe (no crazy Waterworld contraption needed.) While that first pass of urine is probably safe to drink, every cup after that puts a serious strain on your kidneys and fills your body with the toxins it had already disposed of.
Thirst Quencher (Cont'd)
Drinking your own urine will allow you to stay alive an extra day or two at most. After that your kidneys will essentially fail and either dehydration or renal failure will kill you.
Pee In Your Drink
Some people start the morning with a cup of coffee -- Gandhi purportedly started his with a shot of his own urine. Elvis Presley's mother is said to have treated her urine as a cocktail mixer by adding eyedroppers full of her urine into her beer.