Male visitors to the massive Sail maritime festival in Amsterdam later this month are being asked to pee at special locations so their urine can be turned into fertiliser.
The city’s water boards hope to collect 100,000 litres of pure urine which can be distilled to extract phosphates, the Parool reports on Friday. Phosphates, which can also be mined underground, are used to help plants and crops grow more quickly.
If anyone wants my urine for fertilizer, they have to pay me for it.
Inspired by an ancient beauty secret, a group of Icelandic students are hoping to cash in on people’s love of all things organic with a bizarre shampoo made from cow urine.
The six students from the University of Reykjavik said that they had come across historical records of women adding cow urine to their bathwater to clean their hair and give it a shiny look. This discovery inspired them to revive the tradition by making a urine-infused hair cleaning product. If their claims are to be believed, the urine-infused ‘Q Shampoo’ is chock full of vitamins and minerals, which do wonders for the hair.
“Despite the critics, some people will think it exciting and want to give it a try,” said co-creator Anton Reynir Hafdisarson. “Icelandic history tells us that girls used to mix urine into their washing water to clean and beautify their hair.”
Now they’ve launched a full range of cosmetics (cowsmetics?) made with cow urine and dung. Not only do they believe that these have medicinal value, but also that these are better than the things you get in the market.
“The use of gau mutra in medicines and beauty products will help farmers and prevent them from selling cows. Ayurveda talks about use of cow dung to prevent pimples. But people are reluctant to use dung, which is why we are making beauty products out of it,” VHP leader Venkatesh Abdeo told the Asian Age.
This is the definitive list of what you can get your bhakt friends this Christmas:
Nandini beauty soap: (aloe vera, almond oil and gau mutra)
Lal Dant Manjan: (pudina ka phool, Babool Chhal (cow dung ash)
Harde Churna laxative: (harde soaked in fresh gau mutra)
Snannadi Vilayan bathing liquid: (gau mutra arka, hau maya bhasma)
Nandini skin cream: (gau mutra rasa, gau maya rasa, yellow beeswax)
Nandini dhoop sticks: (cow dung, and various herbs)
As the saying goes, one man’s bullshit (or cow dung) is another man’s moisturizer.
What he didn’t know was that his wife was two months pregnant. Before revealing the news, officials asked the driver to confirm the sample was in fact his own, according to Tamer Amin, a presenter on the political talk show Bottom Line. After the driver said it was, the officials reportedly responded: “Congratulations, you’re pregnant.”
“This story despite being funny has several lessons,” Mr Amin says. “First, that drugs have become available to many and have become as common as cigarettes. This is a calamity.” In future, the transport authority will require a blood test as well as urine tests to prevent people giving fake samples, a source at the Public Transportation Authority Hospital tells Al-Yawm al-Sabi.
James Gilpin is a designer and researcher who works on the implementation of new biomedical technologies. He’s also got type 1 diabetes, where his body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
So he’s started a project which turns the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetics into a high-end single malt whisky, suitable for export.
The source material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including Gilpin’s own grandmother. The urine is purified in the same way as mains water is purified, with the sugar molecules removed and added to the mash stock to accelerate the whisky’s fermentation process. Traditionally, that sugar would be made from the starches in the mash.
Once fermented into a clear alcohol spirit, whisky blends are added to give colour, taste and viscosity, and the product is bottled with the name and age of the contributor.
Which means, contra the story, it isn’t a single malt, it’s a blended whisky. And I don’t know whether since the sugar is external to the process, i.e. not from the mash itself, whether if it was meant for commercial production, they could call it whisky.
But hey, it’s for art, or medicine, or awareness, or something.
This story is from four years ago; I’d love to read something more recent; whether he’s still making it, whether bottles of it are being auctioned on eBay for ridiculous amounts, etc.