Newser - Peeing in the pool: gross, sure, but no real harm done? Think again. Researchers at Purdue and China Agricultural universities recently studied what happens when urine meets water containing chlorine and other chemicals—and they found that two potentially dangerous chemical byproducts are formed, Discover reports. The uric acid in urine reacts with the chlorine to form cyanogen chloride and thrichloramine, which can affect the lungs, heart, central nervous system, and other organs if inhaled. io9 reports that the researchers also dosed water already containing those compounds with more uric acid, and found the cyanogen chloride level rose as a result. Per the study, “Uric acid … accounted for 24% to 68% (depending on temperature, water pH and chlorine condition) of the byproduct cyanogen chloride in the pool water samples.” Both chemicals have been linked to health problems experienced by swimmers, lifeguards, and pool staff, reports Quartz, which points to a 2012 survey that found 19% of adults cop to having peed in a public pool.
What malarky will scientists come up with next? You really can’t trust any study from those guys anymore. One study will say red wine is good for you, the next is saying it’s bad for you. One study will talk about how much sleep you need, the other will say you don’t need sleep at all. So you really trust them saying you are supposed to get out of the pool to use the bathroom because your lungs might explode? What’s next, getting out of the shower? Leaving the ocean and walking back to the beach house? Insane, I say. Look, I’m not sitting here suggesting you pee in your friend’s pool, but we all know you’re going to do it anyway. This is more about the principle behind it. If you’re in the lazy river at Splash Town, or worst yet, the wave pool, you’ve already admitted you have zero qualms about swimming in a cesspool of filth. There’s no way anyone is leaving to use the bathroom unless it’s to drop a deuce. Nobody should be dropping logs in the lazy river. That’s a no-no. But your every day pool? Call a spade a spade. You’re peeing in it, I’m peeing in it, we’re all peeing in it.