Friday, May 30, 2008

Mercaptan puts the "Ass" in Assparagus

Friday May 30, 2008

You all know what I'm talking about right? Or maybe you don't. I'm talking about that skunky smell in the urine brought upon by the sulfuric breakdown of asparagus. Statistics say that only half of you know what I'm talking about.

Here's the scoop - it's in the genes. Whence the asparagus is ingested, some of us are lucky enough to produce a digestive enzyme that breaks asparagus down quickly enough to produce a gas called Methyl Mercaptan. Methyl Mercaptan doesn't exactly smell like flowers. It's got a pungent woodsy rotten eggish aroma.

Are you in the mood for a science experiment? Do you need to know if you're a stinker or a non stinker? Go get yourself some asparagus. Eat it then "relieve" yourself after 15 dash 30 minutes.

If it stinks (more than normal), you're a stinker. If it's smells like plain jane vanilla urine, you're not a stinker.

For the record I'm a stinker.


Vera said...

I am VERY hurt and concerned that you did not consult me-the urination authority-on such matters.

I will be forced to keep my results to myself-you stinker!

Becca said...

For the record--I am too, And I am a bit curious as to where and possibly more importantly why you stumbled across this information.

rabidrunner said...

Okay so it's out. I'm a stinker in all the ways one can be a stinker.

I don't think that "stumble" is the right word for this. It was more dig up the notebook, poll the neighborhood then use that fun tool called "google".

Next week I shall report on why some of us stinkers yellow the armpits of our finest white clothing. (We probably yellow the pits of other colored clothing but it's only shown on the whites. Maybe I should look at my blue clothing to see if the pits are green. AND... I have a hunch it's related to urine somehow... would the Urination Authoritarian care to comment? Maybe asparagus stinkers are the only ones who yellow the pits?)

The McMillans said...

I am in a panic, my hands are sweaty, heart is beating really fast, and I feel absolute fear.

"Does PEE usually smell good?"

I am a stinker, thus proof, we have the same baby daddy.

The McMillans said...

Very clever by the way, you stink stinka stinkermeister.

Anonymous said...

How do you know that everyone does not produce that bad smell and only 50% of us have the ability to smell it? I can smell it, but I am not volunteering to smell anyone else's stuff.


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