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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Urine Isn’t Actually Harmful

posted by on September 23 at 17:27 PM

It’s sterile. Still

A Castle Rock Middle School student is accused of urinating in a teacher’s drink container…. The 13-year-old was arrested and held in juvenile detention for investigation of placing a harmful substance in a container designed for human consumption.

…gross. When I was in the 10th grade me and a friend stole a teacher’s car. Well, moved it. Never got caught.

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Actually my doctor parents have it that although it is often sterile, that isn't necessarily the case.

They might have been referring to bladder infecctions which I guess was probably not the case here. But I am not sure.

Posted by John | September 23, 2008 5:36 PM

Lots of harmful things are sterile, like plutonium, or bleach. Or urine.

Posted by elenchos | September 23, 2008 5:46 PM

Please note that YOUR urine is sterile to YOU only. You have heard of hepatitis?? And cholera? and all those charming illnesses that come when field workers harvesting our veggies don't have access to handwashing facilities????

Posted by Karl Schuck | September 23, 2008 5:57 PM

When I was in elementary school I peed in the liquid soap dispenser. I got caught but my parents and the teacher had a good laugh about it behind my back.

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | September 23, 2008 6:04 PM

As it is excreted, urine can easily become contaminated with bacteria other unpleasant life forms that live in the genital area. Also, the body disposes of many problematic substances via the urine, some of which can be harmful if swallowed. Drug residues, for example. So even if it is sterile, it isn't necessarily safe.

Dan, may I suggest that you take a 9th grade health refresher course? ;)

Posted by Laurel | September 23, 2008 6:12 PM

For #3, I'm sure we're all aware of the raging Castle Rock Middle School cholera epidemic. (Despite that cholera and hepatitis are transmitted along with fecal matter (ick) not urine.)

Healthy people have sterile urine. I suspect your average middle-school boy does not have a bladder infection. The kid was 13. He must be a good two, three years away from his first venereal disease.

So, yes, the field workers should wash their hands. They also should be given adequate access to hygienic restroom facilities. But let's be clear not to implicate urine here.

And no one should be peeing into beverages. Unless it's consensual, I guess.

Posted by John D | September 23, 2008 6:12 PM

Someone in high school had one of those tiny euro cars, and once a group of 6-8 guys picked it up and moved it either onto the sidewalk or in front of a fire hydrant. Poor guy ended up with a parking ticket.

Posted by w7ngman | September 23, 2008 6:15 PM

What happened to the cat?

Posted by Ayden | September 23, 2008 6:29 PM

The way schools are today, the teach was probably a 23 year old hottie who had grown tired of her 28 year old husband, and the 13 year old was her lover who thought he was giving her a golden shower -- in a bottle.

Posted by John Bailo | September 23, 2008 7:04 PM

Besides I drink my own urine everyday and I haven't felt better. I've even come to enjoy the taste.

Posted by John Bailo | September 23, 2008 7:36 PM

"He's been swigging his for ages. He says he likes it. Actually, come to think of it, he started before the water ran out."

Posted by leek | September 23, 2008 9:16 PM

John has had me squat over him and pee in his mouth for years. It's always a battle to get him to let me change the sheets, and he flat out refuses to buy a new mattress. That's part of the reason why we sleep in separate rooms.

He also has the words "human toilet" tattooed on his bottom. He told me it was a fraternity joke, but I'm no so sure.

Posted by Mrs. John Bailo | September 23, 2008 9:18 PM

when I was in 10th grade my friend put soap in the teacher's tea, and he got arrested for poisoning her.

she was fired the next year for making inappropriate racial comments.

Posted by modern day flapper | September 23, 2008 9:39 PM

Sterile? I've never understood this.

If I piss all over my shower, does that make it "clean"?

If I am forced to operate on myself and I commence by pissing on the scalpel, does that make it sterilized???

Dear Science, tell me please.

Posted by pp | September 23, 2008 9:48 PM

A college friend pissed in his hated-roommate's cologne bottle. The hated-roommate was an asshole, but the piss-cologne never seemed to have any effect nor was it discovered.
Does all cologne smell like pee?

Posted by pp | September 23, 2008 9:53 PM

Urine is not sterile (that is, free of microorganisms). Urine from healthy, non-symptomatic individuals may be unlikely to cause disease, but it is not necessarily free from microbes.

For example, almost everyone is infected with human polyoma viruses JC or BK in childhood and continue shedding virus from their kidneys into their urine for the rest of their lives. Urine from those healthy, non-symptomatic carriers of JCV and BKV will contain polyoma viruses and is non-sterile by definition.

Posted by Rhoda Skidmark | September 24, 2008 12:04 AM


Savage again.

Urine is a harmful substance if you have a disease. Period.

Also... stealing a car? Jesus. What a jerk.

Posted by God | September 24, 2008 6:42 AM

Bleach is sterile too.

Posted by kevin | September 24, 2008 8:35 AM

My Friend and I, Dan. Not my friend and me. .

Posted by mkyorai | September 24, 2008 8:41 AM

Yeah, when it's fresh, it's sterile
Some say digestible, even edible
If you was stranded out to sea, alone and in trouble
Survive dehydration, guzzle your own cup full

so sayeth the Doom.

Posted by K | September 24, 2008 9:10 AM

Just the other night I watched Bear Grylls (um, on TV) pee on his lacerated hand because the ammonia in his urine would *kill* bacteria that might get in the cuts.

So. And.

Posted by K | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM

@7: we did that to a teacher's MG midget, but it was out of love. and because it was possible.

Posted by max solomon | September 24, 2008 9:17 AM

@21: Bear is a cool guy, but he doesn't always know what the hell he's talking about. Urine is fine for washing your cuts with because it's not going to infect you and it can flush out bacteria, but urine doesn't have much ammonium in it when it comes out of your body. Most of the nitrogen is tied up in urea, which later breaks down into ammonium.

Posted by Greg | September 24, 2008 11:09 AM

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