Sometimes, the closest bathroom at the beach is too far away for you to reach in time. This leaves you little choice but to go right where you are. Beaches are public places and are often filled with people.
I stood there, peeing on the eastern edge of the Sahara desert, looking off into the distance. The reason I was looking off into the distance was to intentionally avoid looking at the various men and women in the same general area, squatting or kneeling and doing their own business. Welcome to a bus stop restroom in Sudan.
If you've been to the beach this summer, chances are you probably had to pee, decided not to get out of the water, and just peed in the ocean. Don't worry, you're not alone. And after doing the deed, you may have had second thoughts because, at some point during your childhood, someone probably told you that pee attracts sharks.
Dyllon Randall, a senior lecturer in water quality engineering at UCT, has been leading an effort to turn human urine into the zero-waste building material of tomorrow. While about 90 percent of urine is made of waterthe remainder contains vital nutrients — like phosphorousnitrogen and potassium — for anyone brave enough to retrieve them. And that's just what Randall and his team did: They placed portable urinals in men's rooms around the campus to capture pee.
If you're having a hard time persuading your cat to use the litter box, it may be time to draw a line in the sand. Most cats are happy to use a litter box because their instinct is to bury their urine and feces. But when their burying preferences include the laundry basket, the bed or the Persian rug, you've got a problem.
When you go to the beach, though, there are a lot of things to think about. From applying sunscreen correctlyto not swimming too far out, to keeping your kids and pets safe in the sand and water, going to the beach comes with a lot of preparation work. Urine contains nitrates and phosphates, which can negatively impact coral — and coral reefs all over the world are suffering.
The uncivilized nature of travels into a wild country that can only be reached by boat are what draw people in, and it is also what keeps people away. Dealing with the decided lack of modern facilities was high on my list of questions, leading me to more than one late night Google session. While in my head, I was mostly ready to accept the adventure of remote wilderness living, I still had some burning questions about going to the bathroomstaying clean, and claiming some standard of civility while river rafting.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Human urine has been used to create environmentally friendly bricks by university students in South Africa. They combined urine with sand and bacteria in a process that allows the bricks to solidify at room temperature.
Your urine contains many chemicals. Sometimes these chemicals form solids, called crystals. A crystals in urine test looks at the amount, size, and type of crystals in your urine.
Look, we all need to go sometime. That, and there are many different peeing habits in every country. In Malaysia, most toilets come equipped with a hose for rinsing down the seat, walls, and floor as far as I can tell by the amount of puddles I step into. In Southeast Asian airports, about half the public restrooms are squat-potties which, interestingly, I find way easier than hovering over a regular toilet seat.