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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Scotland Tip of the Day 4

I picked this tip up from an actual Highlander, and yes, I know there are easier and less smelly ways to do this now a days, but if you feel like going old school...a way to clean and waterproof your kilt is to wash it in human urine! Yes, it's true. Back in the old days of the clans of Scotland, kilts were only washed once a year. The winter kilt was washed in the spring and the summer kilt was washed in the fall, and the were indeed washed in urine. I'm sure glad I wasn't visiting Scotland back then!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

Waterproof?!? Who knew?

20 September, 2007 09:10

 
Blogger Blair said...

lol I hope they at least boil it to get rid of the bacteria.

20 September, 2007 19:44

 
Blogger Pete said...

This sounds like a great Scottish joke that they play on Americans.

20 September, 2007 20:38

 
Blogger Citizen Grim said...

The waterproofing part, mostly. Here's what Wikipedia has:

"The ancient Romans used urine as a bleaching agent for cleaning clothes, and, supposedly, a few people in what is now Spain used it as a teeth whitener. In Scotland, it was used to wash wool to prevent it from shrinking."

Also:

"In cases of kidney or urinary tract infection (UTI), the urine will contain bacteria, but otherwise urine is virtually sterile and nearly odorless when it leaves the body."

And:

"Urban myth states that urine works well against jellyfish stings, although in reality it is at best ineffective and in some cases may actually make the injury worse."


**Knowledge!**

21 September, 2007 09:09

 
Blogger Jay said...

Ah, urine. The panacea of our time™. I had thought urine was sterile. Remember that line from "Dodgeball?"

Patches O'Hoolihan: Necessary? Is it NECESSARY that I drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway. It's sterile and I like the taste.

21 September, 2007 10:23

 
Blogger Jules said...

EXCELLENT timing on the Dodgeball quote. there's never been a more perfect opportunity to reference it.

21 September, 2007 14:18

 
Blogger Jay said...

Jules, it's true. And I must say, I am continually amazed at the word "urine"'s ability to garner more comments on TodD. :-)

21 September, 2007 18:13

 
Blogger Amanda said...

"nearly odorless" - how can this be?!? I've been in houses where animal urine is certainly not nearly odorless.

22 September, 2007 10:04

 

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