10 Things You Need to Know About Going #1

What color should you aim for? How much does the average bladder hold? And what happens if you hold it in too long?

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The pleasure, pain, and persistent myths and misconceptions about peeing—debunked and expounded on, below.

Return To Splash Mountain

A 90-degree angle of stream to urinal leads to the greatest splashback, according to new research from Brigham Young University. Stay dry by standing closer: Beyond six or seven inches, your urine stream breaks into droplets, which are more likely to bounce back onto your pants.

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Paruresis: The fear of peeing in the presence of others. (About 7 percent of people have this problem.)

Urotherapy: The use of human urine (either applied topically or swallowed) for its perceived detoxification, health benefits, or disease-fighting properties. Rumored proponents include the late J.D. Salinger, Madonna, and ex-Yankee Jorge Posada.

Urolagnia: The sexual arousal associated with the sight or thought of urine (think: an affinity for golden showers, something Ricky Martin has admitted he's a fan of).

Retromingence: The ability to urinate backward—hippos and raccoons are particularly skillful; it's much trickier for humans to perfect.

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Water Colors

Decode the tint of your tinkle.

Clear: You're likely overhydrated, which can cause symptoms like nausea, bloating, and headaches.

Pale Yellow: A perfect piss looks a lot like lemonade.

Neon Yellow: Usually a sign of healthy but high levels of vitamin B.

Dark Yellow: You may be dehydrated, so there's too much waste product (and not enough water) in your urine.

Pinkish: You're likely eating rhubarb, beets, or blueberries, which is good—but a consistently rosy hue after beet consumption could indicate low stomach acid, affecting digestion.

Orange: May signal healthy doses of carrots and high doses of vitamin C—or a possible liver problem.

Red: could mean blood is in the urine, a result of a urinary-tract infection or kidney stones.

Dark Brown: Could be a sign of a kidney or liver disorder, melanoma . . . or too many fava beans. In any event, see a doctor.

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8: Times a day the average person pees.

15 Ounces: Amount of liquid a typical bladder can contain. The longer you hold it, the more the bladder becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Regularly fighting the urge can stretch your bladder muscles, possibly causing incontinence.

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Urine Usage Through The Ages

Gunpowder: Before the mass synthesis of potassium nitrate, fermented urine was used to create saltpeter, an ingredient in the explosive.

Soap: The early Europeans used pee to clean their homes and clothes.

Mouthwash and teeth whitener: The ancient Romans swished with urine because it contains ammonia, a natural brightener and cavity fighter.

Harris tweed: The textile was originally soaked in urine to soften and strengthen the fabric.

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Coming Soon: Pee-Powered Robots

Scientists from the U.K.'s University of Bristol and University of the West of England have invented microbial fuel cells designed to power self-sustaining robots called EcoBots by using urine pumped through the cell, like an artificial "heart," to generate electricity that could run the bots. The researchers hope that these urine-fueled robots will someday be able to perform environmental-monitoring tasks.

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Peeing on a jellyfish sting can actually worsen pain. Vinegar and salt water are both better bets.

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