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Apr. 16th, 2004

05:35 pm - Asparagus and Popcorn

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Ever eat asparagus then notice that your urine smells funny? If so, you're one of the people who can break down asparagus into it's particularly smelly parts, and who also have the olfactory receptors for detecting said smelly bits. I'm one of those people.

Recently, I've discovered another food that causes the same phenomenon: popcorn. I've found that if I eat a large bowl of popcorn, my urine will smell like popcorn the next day. Anyone else notice this in themselves?

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From:kindofstrange
Date:April 16th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I was kind of wondering if that was just me.
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From:crasch
Date:April 16th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Nope. The funny thing is that I didn't really notice it until recently--I guess I never ate that much popcorn as in the past.
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From:radiantsun
Date:April 16th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Coffee. If I drink coffee my urine smells like coffee. Even if I drink coffee flavored soy milk.

Also, cherios. My urin will smell like cherios.

There is also a vitamin I take that turns my urine green and makes it smell like the asparagus smell with brunt rubber I am not sure if it is alpha lipoic or ibendium (sp?)
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From:crasch
Date:April 17th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
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Huh, interesting. Must try out Cheerios.
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From:daphnep
Date:April 16th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I was just going to say "Coffee, too!"

But now that I think about it, I think Cheerios is oddly right, too. Although it's been a long time since I've eaten Cheerios. What could possibly be in Cheerios??
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From:chronicfreetime
Date:April 16th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I didn't realize that the asparagus thing wasn't universal.

If I eat or drink a whole lot of anything, it's possible my urine or sweat will smell of it. I've definitely noticed this with coffee, for example.
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From:radiantsun
Date:April 16th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
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if I eat lots of garlic and onions that is what my sweat smells liek for a few days too, yuck!
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From:evilgoddess
Date:April 16th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
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From:polyanarch
Date:April 16th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
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no, no, NO! that is NOT asparagus! Those are white PENISES! Asparagus never looked like that coming out of my garden!
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From:halleyscomet
Date:April 17th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
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The picture implied everything we needed it to. You HAD to go and point out what everyone was thinking.
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From:polyanarch
Date:April 17th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
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I wasn't hungry for THAT right now! Maybe later. I guess I was really in the mood for asparagus. I should go out and see how it is doing in the garden!
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From:crasch
Date:April 17th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
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Sometimes an asparagus is just an asparagus!

And just what does "traditional" taste mean? How do non-traditional asparagi taste?
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From:jenarael
Date:April 18th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Is the plural of asparagus asparagi in English? And what unit defines "an asparagus"?

I never noticed the popcorn thing. But now I fear I'll have to try it. Just in the name of scientific pursuit.
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From:crasch
Date:April 18th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Is the plural of asparagus asparagi in English?

If it isn't, it should be. "Asparaguses" just sounds wrong.

And what unit defines "an asparagus"?

Why the Asparagus Nomenclature Unit, of course.

I never noticed the popcorn thing. But now I fear I'll have to try it. Just in the name of scientific pursuit.

Sometimes, science does have it's perks.
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From:perfection1144
Date:April 16th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I don't really like asperagus so I can't say much about that. I have a freakishly sensitive nose and can detect the odors of almost anything I eat that is fairly fragrant in my urine.
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From:crasch
Date:April 17th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
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Interesting. I notice fluctations in the way that my urine smells, but I've only noticed a connection between asparagus, popcorn, and maybe broccoli.
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From:halleyscomet
Date:April 17th, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
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Other people have had similar questions but answers are not always easy to come by.

Other people have questions about Food Dye and fecal coloring (Since we're on the topic of urine, I thought I'd take the conversation one step lower)

Of course there are aspects to this kind of question that may disturb some people.

We are what we eat, and this frightens me.
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From:crasch
Date:April 17th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
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Gotta get me some purplesaurus rex. If you could somehow sneak it into someone's food, it would make a great practical joke.
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From:elsewhereangel
Date:April 17th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
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cheerios. once my exboyfriend told me about the cheerios thing when i was at his house eating cheerios. a couple of hours later i went to pee, came back, and, utterly astonished told him he was right. he was completely repulsed and told me he never needed to know that. i was quite bewildered by his reaction. was he being weird or was i?
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From:msmichelle
Date:April 19th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
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Yes, I've only noticed it with asparagus though, not popcorn. With asparagus though, every time. I thought it was kind of freakish when I first noticed.
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