yellow snow.

February 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’ve learned some things about winter living since moving to Minneapolis, including how normal it is to encounter yellow snow on a daily basis.

Of course there are other things to report about an authentic winter, but I just so happen to have already developed a super classy photo of some golden slush.

Every day I become increasingly aware of how much public wee there is in the city. I’m not all that grossed out by it, it doesn’t bother me. I just notice yellow snow. And as far as I can tell there’s no way to discern what sort of creature produced the piss. Since I’m on the topic already, here are some friendly urine facts:

-Babies typically begin to urinate in the womb fourteen weeks into development.
-45% of Americans report urinating in the shower.
-Some 17 million Americans have paruresis, a fear of urinating in public.
-The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association has initiated a campaign to prevent public urination.
-The fuel of the future? U.S. chemists have found a way to produce hydrogen from urine.
-The first world conference on urine therapy met in 1996.
-The typical adult human bladder holds sixteen ounces of urine.

Live well. Be well. Pee well.

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§ One Response to yellow snow.

  • The Romans used urine to wash clothing and linens, owing to its high ammonia content. Shops specializing in this (the name escapes me) had large vats outside where passersby were welcome (and encouraged) to urinate, facilitating collection.

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