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(Science Daily)   Good news: Science may soon be able to tell if you have Maple Syrup Urine Disease by smelling your earwax. At least, that's what I got out of this   (sciencedaily.com ) divider line
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2014-02-14 01:33:19 PM  
I hate maple syrup but I love to pee. I feel very conflicted about all of this.
 
2014-02-14 01:37:24 PM  
It sounds painful to pass a liquid of that viscosity out your urethra.
 
2014-02-14 01:39:33 PM  
It's the first time I've heard of this disease. Apparently it can be controlled by keeping to a rigid diet.
It would include bacon, though, right?
 
2014-02-14 01:40:10 PM  
If you want to smell like maple syrup, just take fenugreek supplements. No deadly genetic disease required!
 
2014-02-14 01:43:47 PM  
I bet you could learn the same thing by picking through a stool sample.
 
2014-02-14 01:46:42 PM  
I have an urge to make an animated gif of myself blinking.

A coworker walked by and asked me what was wrong.
 
2014-02-14 01:49:35 PM  
Have they used this on a CSI show yet?
 
2014-02-14 01:50:15 PM  
FTA: "Odors in earwax may be able to tell us what a person has eaten and where they have been," said Preti.
You can tell where I have been from my earwax? What the... I don't even.... huh?
 
2014-02-14 01:50:50 PM  
aforgrave.ca

This is in no way what I was seeking on the internet when I started out.
 
2014-02-14 01:51:17 PM  
PSA: Do not confuse the side effect of taking Fenugreek herbal supplements with having MSUD, as you will think you have it after taking Fenugreek.
 
2014-02-14 01:52:17 PM  
 
2014-02-14 01:55:35 PM  
"Woman using a cotton swab in her ear."

Great, now Science Daily will probably get sued and it will be all our fault...

because nobody would have read this crap without it's being linked to Fark.
 
2014-02-14 01:56:34 PM  
Here's one clue: if you're not Amish, then someone may have poured syrup in your ear.
 
2014-02-14 01:58:59 PM  
If you really want to frighten yourself, try eating fenugreek, asparagus and beetroot.
 
2014-02-14 01:59:54 PM  
"I smell your earwax!"
 
2014-02-14 02:05:24 PM  

Animatronik: Here's one clue: if you're not Amish, then someone may have poured syrup in your ear.


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2014-02-14 02:17:24 PM  
One of the most disgusting things that I ever saw. I was at a ball game and the teenaged boy seated right in front of me had a glob of earwax the size of a marble visible just outside of his earhole.

earhole.
 
2014-02-14 02:22:40 PM  
What about pee that smells like bacon, that would be cool.

Just as long as tehy find a way to get rid of asparagus pee stink.
 
2014-02-14 02:32:03 PM  
What if I pee like grits?
 
2014-02-14 02:44:53 PM  

mesmer242: If you want to smell like maple syrup, just take fenugreek supplements. No deadly genetic disease required!


I take Fenugreek and was amused by the warning that it might make my urine smell like maple syrup too.

Warning? More like a good enough reason to take it all by itself.
 
2014-02-14 03:10:46 PM  

cgraves67: It sounds painful to pass a liquid of that viscosity out your urethra.


Real maple syrup isn't much more viscous than water. It's the "pancake syrup" in clear plastic bottles that's really thick.

Semen is pretty thick, though. I wonder how it might feel to ejaculate maple syrup. It would make cleanup after masturbation more fun, but then women would have to worry about their vaginas getting ants.
 
2014-02-14 03:38:27 PM  

cyberspacedout: I wonder how it might feel to ejaculate maple syrup. It would make cleanup after masturbation more fun, but then women would have to worry about their vaginas getting ants.


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2014-02-14 03:45:10 PM  
I thought everyone was joshing... MSUD is real. And real farked up. That being said, the thing that piqued my interest was this line:
"Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status," said study lead author George Preti, PhD, an organic chemist at Monell.

My takeaway? Dude. You smell gay.
 
2014-02-14 04:07:04 PM  

cyberspacedout: cgraves67: It sounds painful to pass a liquid of that viscosity out your urethra.

Real maple syrup isn't much more viscous than water. It's the "pancake syrup" in clear plastic bottles that's really thick.

Semen is pretty thick, though. I wonder how it might feel to ejaculate maple syrup. It would make cleanup after masturbation more fun, but then women would have to worry about their vaginas getting ants.


You need to hydrate better.
 
2014-02-15 09:32:33 AM  
I'm not real sure an Earwax Test is going to be one of the gold standard tests for MSUD in future, seeing as it tends to be one of those genetic diseases they test your kid for at birth (it can have some quite nasty effects much like PKU or other issues with metabolising amino acids, and much like PKU the treatment is to keep the kid on a strict diet from birth) as it is one of those "Askhenazim and Amish" heritage diseases, probably the best known of the amino acid disorders besides PKU itself.

(Here in KY, they do test for a fair number of genetic diseases--not just because we have a large population in the Eastern part of the state that has had a history of being isolated and thus developing some medically interesting genetic conditions (cough cough ahem Blue Fugates cough ahem) but we DO have a non-negligible Amish population in the western part of the state.)

That said, it IS a neat bit of info (in the same line as "if your sweat is extra salty get tested to see if you are a cystic fibrosis carrier" sort of thing). It might also be useful for detecting carriers if they produce a bit of the chemical that makes earwax smell "a bit more maple-y than usual".
 
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