As explained by Ziya Tong in The Reality Bubble: how science reveals the hidden truths that shape our world
In Finland, the indigenous Sami people have a very special unit of measurement. It's called a poronkusema, which is defined as the distance a reindeer can travel before it needs to stop and urinate. The Sami, who have lived alongside reindeer for centuries, attentively noted that the animals won't walk and relieve themselves at the same time. And so, once approximately every 7.5 kilometres, a poronkusema, they stop and empty their bladders. While this measurement may seem a touch absurd to non-reindeer herders, it should be said that before the metric system came along, many countries and cultures had their own rather peculiar systems. It's likely that people of the future will find it just as weird that we described the unfathomable loss of our rainforests in terms of "football fields."
I found a Finnish-language book titled Poronkusema
, but the google-translated blurb is somewhat incomprehensible and doesn't mention anything about urinating reindeers.
Poronkusema is a humane, unadorned and dramatic story about acceptance, forgiveness, equality and growing up. Poronkusema is a series of events with a flavor of the life of the main character and his close circle, not too salty smoothed, where treatment and head and tail are missing. Mother's forgiveness and acceptance of loved ones as they are. How can the death of a child change and shape the future of family members and close friends. This is the countdown for this story. You'll jump like a fly on a moldy ceiling and juice up juicy coincidences like peeking into locker rooms in elementary school. We were kind of the usual The Usual Suspects, like from that classic Yankee movie directed by Bryan Singer. The only difference. We weren't that good looking.
The Argus reports
that "A builder was knocked unconscious when he was hit with a bottle of pee which dropped from a 50-metre crane."
The story reminds me of a viral image that circulated widely about 20 years ago, claiming to show a woman "pierced by a shaft of frozen urine." (The image was a hoax
'Lactation Cookies' are cookies that supposedly help to boost milk production in nursing mothers. Recipes vary, but the main ingredient seems to be oatmeal. So, they're essentially oatmeal cookies.
I heard about them for the first time yesterday, but they've been around for a number of decades. The oldest reference to them I could find was in a 1974 zoo keepers journal discussing ways to increase milk production in orangutans
. However, interest in them has spiked in the last decade, and there are now bakeries that specialize in making them, such as here
Do lactation cookies actually work? The jury is still out on that question. Wikipedia, in its article on galactogogues (lactation inducers)
, notes that "Herbals and foods used as galactogogues have little or no scientific evidence of efficacy." But on the other hand, what harm can an oatmeal cookie do? And maybe they'd work via the placebo effect.
Incidentally, Guinness beer has also long been rumored to induce lactation
and was often given to nursing mothers in Ireland.
I doubt you'll be able to buy this new cereal at your local grocery store anytime soon. It's raspberry-flavored, uterus-shaped, and turns the milk red when poured into the bowl.
It's the creation of health brand Intimina who are hoping to "fight the stigma around menstruation." They note that 77% of the people they surveyed had "never talked about anything to do with menstruation at the place where the whole household regularly sits down and talks together: the kitchen table." This cereal aims to change that.
More info: Intimina.com
Race-horse trainers teach the horses to urinate when they hear a whistle, in order to make the process of post-race urinalysis easier.
Source: Equitation Science, 2nd ed.
Source: The Blue Collar Thoroughbred
In her 2007 article "Eating Snot - Socially Unacceptable but Common: Why?", Spanish researcher Maria Jesus Portalatin posed the question of why french kissing is considered less gross than eating one's own snot:
As I have already observed, I found hardly any articles written about 'snot eaters'. So I resorted to asking children and adults directly about this 'transgressional' behaviour. I questioned ten adults, aged twenty to sixty, five men and five women. When asked, 'Do you pick your nose and eat the snot?' all the adults emphatically answered that they did not, showing aversion at the idea. However, when asked, 'Do you kiss your partner introducing your tongue into his/her mouth?' the answer was absolutely affirmative and it was accompanied by positive remarks. Clearly these responses relate to what are considered to be appropriate answers in relation to socially acceptable norms. Isn't consuming another person's saliva more disgusting than picking one's own nose and eating the snot? I wonder.
She seems to imply that french kissing is actually grosser than snot-eating.
Later, in the same article, she explains the appeal of snot-eating:
It should not be forgotten that among human preferences concerning food texture, crunchiness is highly significant, and as regards flavours, salty and sweet tasted are the favourite ones. It so happens that dry nasal exudations possess both characteristics, as well as proteins and traces of lipids.
Her article can be found in the book Consuming the Inedible: Neglected Dimensions of Food Choice
, which you can read on loan from archive.org
The Wet Pants Denim
company is hoping to capitalize on a new fashion trend "wherein [people] pee their pants because they like the way it looks". The company is offering jeans that give the appearance of urinary incontinence, without the uncomfortable wetness of actual pee.
They're even offering a "white label" urinary incontinence jean, featuring a bright yellow crotch stain.
I'm suspicious that the company is just an elaborate joke. Although they really do seem to be selling these jeans. So maybe not.
These jeans would pair well with those urine-collecting shoes
I posted about two days ago.
More info: MEL Magazine
you're out in public and really need to go to the bathroom, but there are no toilets around.
the urine-collecting shoe, patented by Ran Rahimzada in 2008.
As described in his patent:
An embarrassing situation may arise, when people sometimes need to urinate and there may not be toilets readily available, for example when a person is driving a car on a highway, while touring a city with not public toilets readily accessible, while traveling in a bus, etc...
According to the present invention, a new shoe includes a container to store a person's urine. The person may use a standard catheter, which is connected to the container in the shoe.
This is an unobtrusive device, there is no bag attached to one's foot, etc. The device may be used discreetly, without attracting undue attention.
Rosecroft Components recently (Dec 2019) was granted a patent for a glue-on "sweat diverter"
. From their patent:
When undertaking an activity causing sweating, a person can suffer from the effects of sweat dripping into his eyes. Many devices have been developed to address this problem, such as absorbent sweatbands. Such devices fail to prevent sweat from reaching the eyes once they become saturated, and must be dried or wrung out in order to restore their effectiveness...
Described herein are sweat-diverting devices which may be affixed to a wearer by an adhesive, such as a pressure-sensitive adhesive...
A sweat-diverting device may be reusable, with an adhesive reapplied for each wearing, or may be single use and disposable, with the adhesive integrated with the device during manufacturing.
Davenport Quad-City Times - June 14, 1959