What can I say? I’ve got it, and I’m proud of it.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, write asparagus on your shopping list right now.
It’s always weird to notice the smell, but it reminds me that I ate something good! There’s not many foods that do that.
It makes me think that it’s too bad that there aren’t more foods that provide evidence of their consumption on their “way out”. After all, most of the time we’re just mindlessly putting food in our mouth holes. Despite putting so much emphasis on getting food that tastes good, we still seem to always be preoccupied while both making our food decisions and while eating… (whether it’s talking to other people, or watching TV, or daydreaming).
In other words, swallowing means “out of sight, out of mind”.
It’s not so obvious what direct effect food has on our body, so when I eat something healthy like asparagus, it kind of gives me a little reminder later.
Wikipedia says that asparagus can effect urine smell as soon as 15-30 minutes! Apparently the vegetable has specific compounds like asparagusic acid, which metabolizes to create the smell of sulfur.
It reminds me of something I heard about regarding the military, and hydration.
Supposedly in their outhouses, they have PEE CHARTS to help them determine their levels of hydration in hot and dry environments. They probably look something like this:
It’s too bad that noticing our waste has such a stigma.
This got me thinking that it would be cool if we had “smart” toilets that told us things, like if we have too much salt in our diet, or not enough iron, or (if you’re a woman) you’re pregnant. Heck, if some little stick you buy at the drug store can detect hormones in urine with 99% accuracy, it should be easy to program an electrical device to detect nutrient levels.
It could talk to us too…
In a robotic voice (male or female, your choice):
EAT MORE BROCCOLI. LESS BEER.
Yeah, yeah… leave me alone! CAN’T I WIZZ IN PEACE???
These are things I think about when I pee.