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I Can Pee A Rainbow: The Colours Of Urine Explained

by | 22nd, November 2014

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What colour is your urine?

Take a look at the picture of colourful urines from the Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Heather West, the laboratory scientist who took the image, tells Live Science:

“My picture was intended to illustrate both the incredible and unexpected things the human body is capable of, the curiosity in science, and also the beauty that can be found in unexpected places. A mix between art and science.”

We are all, are we not, piss artists. All together now:

Red and yellow and pink and green… I can pee a rainbow, pee a rainbow…

West adds:

“When I posted the picture [on Flickr], people thought that we did something magical to it. They did not believe it was actually urine.”

But what do the colours mean?

This urine wheel was used to diagnoses patients in the 16th Century:

The Urine Wheel for diagnosing metabolic diseases, from Epiphanie Medicorum by Ullrich Pinder in 1506

The Urine Wheel for diagnosing metabolic diseases, from Epiphanie Medicorum by Ullrich Pinder in 1506

The Cleveland Clinic brings it up to date:

PeeInfographic



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