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Old 02-15-06, 02:28 AM
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Are there any uses for urine?

Yeah this sound weird, don't I know it. Here's why I ask. One of my neighbors walked around the hood and asked people if they wouldn't mind collecting it. He's a chemist at a lab and is doing some home research - ie stuff he doesn't want his work knowing about. I thought it was one of the weirder things I've been asked so I decided that I should do it, and now I'm just curious what he is going to do with it. Any ideas?
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Most likely he wants to use it to pass a drug test. I don't buy the "home research" angle.

He could also be wanting a source of white phosphorus. (White) Phosphorus was discovered by Hennig Brand by distilling urine. His theory was that there was gold in the urine (hence the color) and thought that by distilling it, he would get gold. Instead he got elemental phosphorus which ignites spontaneously in air. It's not stuff you want a neighbor playing around with.

If he's a chemist, there are better ways to get at 31-P if that is indeed his plan. Either way, I'd be leery. Chemists (myself included) wanting to do some "home research" just doesn't sound like a good idea at all.

EDIT - I found this on Wikipedia:

Nothing suspect. Composition is everyday chemicals (for a chemist).

I continue to think either he wants to pass a drug test or wants to repeat Brand's discovery of phosphorus. If it is the latter, he seems poised for a Darwin Award winner.

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Maybe he wants to drink it thereby inheriting his neighbor's powers. Odd indeed.
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During the Civil War, the women of Richmond and Selma, AL and other cities in the Confederacy used to collect their urine for the government for the creation of niter, which is used in the manufacture of gunpowder.
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I know for sure he is a chemist but I have no idea if he is a doper. That would be funny, though. Thank god we don't live in an area where houses share walls.
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Well, you can use it to keep deer from eating your shrubs but I can't see where he would need the whole neighborhood to contribute.
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Just pee on his lawn and call it a day.

If you was stranded out to sea, alone and in trouble
Survive dehyrdation, guzzle your own cup full
Some day, you may even show your son how
to use it to make potassium nitrate for gunpowder

- Dangerdoom, "Vats of Urine"
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Maybe he's into golden shower practical jokes. He's going to fill a bucket above the bedroom door and when his love comes in. SPLASH!!!
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Jellyfish stings?
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Eat a shitload of asparagus before you give him your urine.
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Originally Posted by Morf
Eat a shitload of asparagus before you give him your urine.
Cruel.
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I have heard that urine is a folk remedy for ear infections. However, I think this guy is probably trying to pass a drug test somewhere, and I think you should eat poppyseed muffins for three meals a day and then give it your all.
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The ancient Romans used it to clean clothes. The acid helped the cleaning process.

As mentioned, it was also used in the production of gunpower in the middle ages.
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I think he has an uncontrollable jellyfish fetish.....
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I've always heard it cures Athlete's Foot.
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Either he's into alternative porn practices or...

http://www.hps-online.com/hurine1.htm

What exactly are the effects of urine therapy?

Briefly, if urine is ingested and/or rubbed into the skin, it purifies blood and tissues, provides useful nutrients and sends the body a signal about what is in or out of balance. This last effect is called (oral) auto-immunization. This brings us to a last important feature of urine. Urine itself is, as said, not a toxic waste product. It does contain however minute particles connected with possible disease processes in the body. These minute particles are mainly antibodies, which upon re-ingesting can help the body to react on specific pathological situations.

Urine therapy has proven helpful in a great number of various diseases, ranging from a simple cold and a throat-ache, to tuberculosis and asthma, from minor skin problems such as itching, to more serious skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and even skin cancer.
Urine therapy has been practiced for thousands of years and has merely fallen a bit into obscurity in the last century.
After the invention of soft drinks and beer?

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Originally Posted by Vibiana
eat poppyseed muffins for three meals a day and then give it your all
Even better.
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You could process all the minerals out of it and drink it, ala Dune.
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My first thought was gunpowder. But 16th C gunpowder makers got their nitrate crystals from the bottom of dung heaps behind the cow barns. Asking your neighbor for urine is a pretty inefficient way to do it.
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All the supposed health benefits of urine are from your OWN. I suspect he wants gallons of the stuff, not to pass drug tests, but to sell to people who want to pass drug tests.

Give him slightly diluted apple juice.

Either that, or ask for a cut of the profits.
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Maybe he's just "yellow hanky, right pocket?"
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More than you can imagine......
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Originally Posted by VinVega
The ancient Romans used it to clean clothes. The acid helped the cleaning process.

As mentioned, it was also used in the production of gunpower in the middle ages.

didn't the Romans also use 'come' as a facial moisteniser - oh wait, that was in 'Caligula'
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I think I've also heard that prison inmates find urine very useful for retaliating against guards and each other for real or imagined slights.
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