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This Post is a Piece of Piss

Postby Nick » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:30 pm

The ancient Romans would collect urine from communal toilets and sell it to cloth merchants and cleaners. Medieval Brits would collect it and supply it to weavers and saltpetre manufacturers.

It can be used to fix vegetable dyes, so that the colour stops developing at a set point. When fermented for a while, urine makes for an excellent floor cleaner. Urine was the Flash of its day.

Lanted Ale would be flavoured with stale urine – something for a microbrewer to try again?

Wattle and daub can be stabilised with urine. Animal hides would be soaked in urine to weaken the hairs on the skin prior to being scraped off.

Not to forget that Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while trying to extract gold from urine.

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Re: This Post is a Piece of Piss

Postby Nick » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:05 am

From a girl who does leeches & bloodletting?

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Postby Lynda » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:06 am

I believe it's still used as a fertilizer for tomatoes.

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Postby keith » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:19 pm

female urine ( has to be very fresh ) is apparently the best thing for show leeks

and I believe white dog poo was much prized for tanning leather
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Re: This Post is a Piece of Piss

Postby Lynda » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:57 am

clottie wrote:

= the healthier your kidneys the paler your pee... so have a look !!!


That isn't always the case. If you take diuretics it's very pale but that doesn't mean your kidneys are doing their job properly.
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Postby Rob H » Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:04 pm

Urine is also good for stings.

And, when I was much younger, an invaluable way of putting out small fires lit adjacent to the many 'dens' we built up in the fields!
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