Brigham Young University's Splash Lab
produced this slow-mo simulation of what happens when a man pees into a toilet bowl while standing up. They write:
The amount of splash is considerable and should make one reconsider standing up to urinate. The repeated impact of the droplets opens up a large and interesting cavity with multiple ridges. Each droplet forms a small cavity wherein the next droplet can pass through and form a cavity an additional cavity creating a chain of small cavity structures. Splash is formed both from the initial impact as well as the collapse of this large cavity. The process repeats itself over and over creating a real mess.
The latest news of Justin Bieber is that while staying in Toronto, he leaned off his hotel balcony and spat on fans gathered below. This isn't his first spitting incident. He's recently been reported spitting at a neighbor, a DJ, and a woman at a gym.
Fans don't seem to mind his spitting. One posted on twitter: "IF JUSTIN BIEBER SPIT ON ME ID SAVE IT AND NEVER COMPLAIN." [cbc.ca
This brings to mind the Irish singer Dickie Rock
from the 1960s who was known for spitting on his fans, and his fans loving it (begging him to do it). I'll just repost part of Dr. Mark Griffiths' observations on spitting fetishes which I previously posted with regard to Dickie Rock:
much of the online literature on spitting fetishes (as opposed to saliva fetishes) appears to be rooted in BDSM and is usually referred to as 'spitting domination'. The dominant partner may spit into their submissive partner's face and/or mouth. The submissive partner may also be forced to swallow the liquid spit if their mouth is spat into. Many of the online articles about spitting fetishes see parallels between the act of spitting and the act of ejaculation – particularly in relation to 'facials' (i.e., the act of men ejaculating onto someone's face) and the practice of bukkake (i.e., the act of many men simultaneously ejaculating onto someone's face and/or body)...
I'm not sure if the point of this is to hide your booze, or to make your friends think you're drinking pee.
Urine-powered batteries have been around a long time, but have been lacking in practical applications. But now researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have souped one up enough to get it to charge a mobile phone. Looks a bit big, but if they could shrink it down enough to fit in a briefcase, you'd never run out of juice.
A little bit of old-time medicine. Reported in "A Collection of Saliva Superstitions" by R. Selare, Folklore
(Dec 1939), 50(4).
Special properties were attributed to fasting saliva. Pliny refers to the curative properties of the local application of such saliva. "A woman's fasting spittle is generally considered highly efficacious for bloodshot eyes; it is also good for defluxions of those organs, the inflamed corners of the eyes being moistened with it every now and then." In Madagascar the first spittle in the morning is called rora mafaitra, bitter or disagreeable saliva, and has medicinal virtue in healing a sore eye or ear. Among the Irish peasants fasting spittle is considered of great efficacy for sore eyes, especially if used mixed with clay taken from a holy well. This is made into a paste and applied to the eyes, and it is said that "nothing beats the fasting spittle for blindness."
A worker in a hospital lab collected colorful urine samples from patients in order to create a urine rainbow. All the samples were unaltered, straight from the patients. The NZ Herald
explains what conditions might cause you to pee these colors.
Urinal cakes given makeovers to look like real cakes. From the Carmichael Collective
The week of April 21-27 has been declared "Go Diaper Free! Week."
Next week will be "Scrub Your Carpet Clean Week."
has perfected a process to plasticize breast milk and enclose it in "pendants, special keepsakes, and more." You're probably thinking, "but surely the milk will discolor, turn yellow or spotty." This may happen to other breast-milk pendants, but not hers. She guarantees it!