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(io9)   A field guide to urine color - especially handy when you're out peeing in a field somewhere   (io9.com) divider line 41
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2014-06-26 12:04:25 PM  
Some multivitamins, particularly those with lots of B vitamins, will also turn your pee green.  They use copper compounds for something or other, and metabolized end up bluish, so combined with your normal yellow makes green.
 
2014-06-26 01:20:03 PM  
Orange
Again, this can be a problem. Bilirubin is a yellow-orange, and it's normally in urine. It's the product of the natural breakdown of the heme in hemoglobin. Too much, though, can indicate liver cancer. Alternately, you could have just taken some phenazopyridine. This is a drug given to people who have had procedures done on their urinary tract, or have some urinary tract irritation. When it makes its way through the body, it breaks down into components that kill pain in the mucosal lining of the urinary tract. Those components also turns your pee to orange sports drink, but this is harmless.

But the effect is SO farking awesome! It is a ridiculous red-orange that paints the entire urinal. Freaks out the next person to use the thing.
 
2014-06-26 01:26:22 PM  
I had some kind of yellow/orange dye injected into me for retinal photos. It also turned my pee that color for about a day.
 
2014-06-26 01:28:32 PM  
If red, your name might be Malvert.
 
2014-06-26 01:34:48 PM  
It should also be mentioned that excessively foamy pee generally indicates that you have protein in your urine.

If your urine attracts ants, you have diabetes.
 
2014-06-26 01:39:47 PM  
weknowmemes.com
 
2014-06-26 01:39:57 PM  

GWSuperfan: It should also be mentioned that excessively foamy pee generally indicates that you have protein in your urine.

If your urine attracts ants, you have diabetes.


I did not know that about foamy pee. Er... How do you define excessive?
 
2014-06-26 01:44:43 PM  

cgraves67: How do you define excessive?


More than half the water surface covered by foam? (assuming you're peeing into a regular toilet rather than a urinal)

If you're worried, see a doctor.  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/proteinuria-protein-in-urine
 
M-G
2014-06-26 01:57:44 PM  
www.wearysloth.com
 
2014-06-26 02:10:32 PM  

GWSuperfan:
If your urine attracts ants, you have diabetes.


s16.postimg.org
 
2014-06-26 02:14:20 PM  
when I took Ritalin as a kid my pee was bright orange.

I remember trying an "all natural" stay awake type med and it was mostly a vitamin bomb and that stuff made it look fluorescent yellow which was odd yet cool.
 
2014-06-26 02:30:15 PM  
I had orange pee, but it was from a kidney stone. My heatlthy yeallow mixed with the blood and it was a darker yellowish orange. Man that sucked.
 
2014-06-26 02:52:19 PM  
There are a few causes of purple urine, porphyria being the one I fear.
 
2014-06-26 02:53:14 PM  
Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?
 
2014-06-26 03:10:40 PM  
The best man at my dad's second wedding somehow got barium or something into my dad's drink turned his pee blue, they were wearing white suits. Hilarity ensued
/c'80sb
 
2014-06-26 03:13:25 PM  
CS,B:

Some drinking buddies came over one evening and I knew they'd be crashing there for the night, so I dosed their beers with methlyne blue just so I could hear the wails of anguish the next day... Sure enough, 8:00am... "WHAT THE fark?!?!?" from the bathroom. Poor guy was in a panic.

Then there was the time I was packing to move on a 100F day and had all the windows open because of the dust. Around 10:00pm I noticed "Hmm... I've been guzzling water all day, but I haven't peed once."

I had sweated it all out. When I finally did whiz it looked like I was dispensing coffee.

Also, "Phat Boy" malt liquor has something in it that makes your pee foamy... Alarmingly so, like you had been drinking dish soap. Not trying that brand again.
 
2014-06-26 03:13:47 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?


They were in every Army basic combat training bathroom back in 2000.
 
2014-06-26 03:22:58 PM  
Urine that looks like maple syrup could mean that you have Rhabdomyolysis, which happens when your muscle tissue starts breaking down and leaching into your bloodstream.  Of course, it's usually as a consequence of blunt trauma, like being in a car crash or crushed under something or whatever, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise if it happens to you.
 
2014-06-26 03:38:29 PM  
Clear.  Which just means I drank too much coffee this morning.
 
2014-06-26 04:06:40 PM  
I'm not always peeing, but when I am, I'm outstanding in my field.
 
2014-06-26 04:19:25 PM  
The article was clear as beer piss.
 
2014-06-26 04:29:32 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?


Parris Island MCRD had them on every wall in every head.
 
2014-06-26 04:40:57 PM  

GWSuperfan: cgraves67: How do you define excessive?

More than half the water surface covered by foam? (assuming you're peeing into a regular toilet rather than a urinal)

If you're worried, see a doctor.  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/proteinuria-protein-in-urine


Think Guiness-level foam, not just a thin surface layer of bubbles.
 
2014-06-26 05:45:11 PM  
Mine glows in the dark. I live next to a nuclear plant and believe in the 5 second rule for floor candy.
 
2014-06-26 06:08:40 PM  
what if it's mountain dew/neon yellow?
/asking for a friend
//who doesn't drink mountain dew
 
2014-06-26 06:15:55 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?


We had those above the uninals at the police academy.
 
2014-06-26 06:17:43 PM  

clkeagle: Scrotastic Method: Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?

They were in every Army basic combat training bathroom back in 2000.


They are common in the steel industry also.
 
2014-06-26 06:18:12 PM  

GiveMeFiveDollars: Scrotastic Method: Every year HBO, with the NFL, does a show called Hard Knocks that documents one team's training camp (pre-season, basically). There was an episode when they were following the Chiefs, I think, that showed a Urine Color chart in the training room -- all the shades of yellow, from clear to brown, and what that meant for your hydration, i.e., "if you're this brown and this heavy drink this many ounces of water or gatorade." A quick google didn't show anything, anyone ever seen anything like that?

We had those above the uninals at the police academy.


Urinals that is
 
2014-06-26 06:54:50 PM  
Yet they don't tell me what to do about cloudy pee. Like a foggy little miasma in the toilet.
 
2014-06-26 07:02:32 PM  
Of course, if you're too dehydrated:

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-06-26 07:44:25 PM  
what if it's white and comes out in spurts???
 
2014-06-26 07:50:41 PM  

M-G: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]


Damn, I love Fark. I came to ask about a M*A*S*H episode where they made someone's pee turn blue. And, Lo! The answer doth appear. ;p

+1
 
2014-06-26 08:21:19 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Mine glows in the dark. I live next to a nuclear plant and believe in the 5 second rule for floor candy.


Whats your definition of candy?
 
2014-06-26 08:22:25 PM  

Panatheist: what if it's mountain dew/neon yellow?
/asking for a friend
//who doesn't drink mountain dew


B6/b12 in abundance
 
2014-06-26 11:36:11 PM  

Linux_Yes: what if it's white and comes out in spurts???


You are the chosen one.
 
2014-06-27 12:00:27 AM  

Linux_Yes: what if it's white and comes out in spurts???


You know why God made semen white and urine yellow?  So you know whether you're cumming or going...
 
2014-06-27 12:51:00 AM  

jtown: [weknowmemes.com image 650x705]


Tasting the rainbow?
Getting some splashback?
 
2014-06-27 06:50:02 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Mine glows in the dark. I live next to a nuclear plant and believe in the 5 second rule for floor candy.


FOOOL!

/The extra O is a mutation.

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-06-27 09:02:00 AM  

Robo Beat: Urine that looks like maple syrup could mean that you have Rhabdomyolysis, which happens when your muscle tissue starts breaking down and leaching into your bloodstream.  Of course, it's usually as a consequence of blunt trauma, like being in a car crash or crushed under something or whatever, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise if it happens to you.


Or over-excercising (like crazy). You won't notice from your pee though, the pure agony comes before that.
 
2014-06-27 09:10:03 AM  

palelizard: Some multivitamins, particularly those with lots of B vitamins, will also turn your pee green.  They use copper compounds for something or other, and metabolized end up bluish, so combined with your normal yellow makes green.


That explains a lot - every now and then I'll take one of those "energy pills" if I'm having a bad day. They have, among other things, megadoses of vitamin B.

Pee comes out looking like Mountain Dew.
 
2014-06-27 09:21:33 AM  

Robo Beat: Urine that looks like maple syrup could mean that you have Rhabdomyolysis, which happens when your muscle tissue starts breaking down and leaching into your bloodstream.  Of course, it's usually as a consequence of blunt trauma, like being in a car crash or crushed under something or whatever, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise if it happens to you.


My bout of Rhabdo was from a massive lung infection.  My body was crumbling apart from the inside under the stress of fighting the infection. Half a gallon of pus had crushed my lung out of place.
 
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