Before blood glucose tests were available, doctors would taste the urine of their patients to diagnose Diabetes. A sweet taste meant the patient was diabetic.
Ancient Romans used ammonia from urine to wash togas in a manner similar to modern day dry cleaning, and the collection of urine was taxed.
Doctors before the eleventh century would drink the urine of their patients to determine whether or not they had diabetes. A sugary taste indicated the person was diabetic.
In WWI Canadian soldiers used urine-soaked cloths as primitive respirators against chemical attacks. The ammonia in urine would react with the chlorine, neutralizing it, and that the water would dissolve the chlorine, allowing the soldiers to breathe through the gas.
Aztecs took two showers a day and used flowers as soap and cleaned their mouth with them as well. The Spaniards at the time avoided water because it was thought water on your skin made you more susceptible to the plague and they used urine to clean their mouths and teeth.
In 1669, Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus by boiling down urine and heating the residue to very high temperatures. He was trying to make gold though, and he hoped that the yellow color of urine meant there was gold in it.
A universal law of urination means that elephants, cows, goats and dogs all take roughly 21 seconds to empty their bladders.
Red, blue, violet and green – a whole spectrum of colors regularly show up on urine tests in hospital labs. 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. “A mix between art and science.”
Robert Downey Jr. pissed in jars and left them lying around the set of “Zodiac” to protest not having enough time to go to his trailer and relax.