No, Your Urine Is Not Sterile

There's a widely held belief that urine, except in cases of kidney or urinary tract infections, is sterile. It's a myth that won't go away — but a recent study linking bacteria to the bladders of healthy women should finally put this tired notion to rest. » 5/20/14 1:40pm 5/20/14 1:40pm

Fin Whales Produce An Impressive Amount of Pee

Fact: Fin whales produce an average of 974 liters of urine each day. Let's put this in perspective. That's 487 2-liter bottles of Coke. If you had that much gas (257 gallons) you could completely fill twenty 2014 Ford Focuses, and still have a bit leftover. » 3/28/14 6:06pm 3/28/14 6:06pm

Peeing in swimming pools isn't just gross—it may also be hazardous

While some people are disgusted by the thought of human pee in their pool water, others figure there's no harm in letting loose a little urine while swimming. It turns out, however, that when urine reacts with chlorinated water, it may be creating chemical byproducts hazardous to everyone in the pool. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Shocking discovery: All mammals take about 21 seconds to go pee

That's right, all of them — and the shape or size of the animal doesn't matter. Scientists are calling it the Law of Urination, and it's a process driven by the way mammalian urinary systems evolved to eject fluids from the body in the quickest and most efficient way allowable by physics. » 10/18/13 11:40am 10/18/13 11:40am

Can peeing in a lake really kill fish?

There's been a story kicking around in the news recently about a fight in Hamburg, Germany, where recreational swimmers have supposedly killed fish by peeing in Eichbaum Lake, making fishermen really (get ready) pissed off. Reading this set off my potential-Internet-baloney alarm bells: short articles, coming from a… » 5/12/12 4:10pm 5/12/12 4:10pm

Midnight pee-breaks ruining your sleep? Your genes could be at fault.

When it's two in the morning, there's nothing in the world more frustrating than being awakened by the urge to pee. Now, for the first time ever, researchers have shown that urination patterns are regulated by circadian rhythms (the molecular clock that controls your sleep/wake cycle, among other things.) Plus a… » 5/01/12 11:33am 5/01/12 11:33am

And now . . . the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes

I'm standing amidst a throng of people in the entrance hall of Harvard University's historic Sanders theatre. Before me stands a man, wielding a flash light, who is coated from head to toe in gleaming silver body paint; he is wearing nothing, save for a pair of reading glasses and a tiny, aluminum-colored speedo. To… » 9/30/11 12:36pm 9/30/11 12:36pm

This is history's most important news story about Swiss psychics and…

When you read a certain kind of news, the words smash you point blank in the face like a projectile fired from a flaming trebuchet. And when you regain consciousness and examine said projectile, you realize it is actually a matryoshka doll...filled with live grenades. » 7/27/11 1:50pm 7/27/11 1:50pm