Don’t pee in the pool – apparently we need to hear that
Do we really need the government to remind us to wipe our kids' butts before they go swimming?
Apparently we do. According to cnn.com, 17 percent of Americans admit to relieving themselves in the pool. Count Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps among them. He estimates that Americans are the nationality most likely to pee in the water.
And you thought itchy skin and green hair from pool chemicals were the only hazards. Wrong.
Illnesses caused by chlorine-resistant germs and spread mainly through - how to put this delicately? - body fluids are a big danger, too, the CDC says. The most common source of contamination is diarrhea.
To make it even worse, unavoidable sweat and not so accidental urine can combine with chlorine to irritate eyes and noses. There's also head lice. And pinworm. If I keep reading, I'm going to take my chances and tell the guys to dive into the nearest canal to cool off. Letting the sprinklers run all summer also is sounding like a viable option, drought be damned.
I'm still tripping on the 17 percent statistic. That's almost one in five.
So if you see a handful of people already in the water, know that there's a statistical chance one of them was too lazy to get out and go. Don't rely on a relieved look giving them away. There are guides online to peeing in the pool without getting caught, and No. 4 stresses the need for a casual expression.
Don't count on magical urine-detecting dye pointing out the culprit either. That's a myth. I might try pulling that one on the guys this summer, though. Anything to keep them out of the canals.
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