Peeing in the pool like an Olympian is no big deal, scientists say12/28/2012
Scientists are offering comforting words for those grossed out by Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps' revelation that they pee in the pool – and their contention that everyone does. Phelps insisted it was no big deal, because "chlorine kills it.” Turns out, biochemist Stuart Jones agrees. He told the U.K. nonprofit Sense About Science: "Urine is essentially sterile so there isn't actually anything to kill in the first place … Peeing in a swimming pool, even if all swimmers do it simultaneously, has very little impact on the composition of the pool water itself." Even if all the swimmers do it simultaneously? OK, now we're really grossed out. Parents, please don't relay this info to your kids. [Source]
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Peeing in the pool: no big deal or totally gross?