30 Dec '12, 2am

It's okay to pee in swimming pools because urine doesn't contain germs, according to scientists

LONDON - It may not be what everybody wants to hear but swimming star Michael Phelps was right when he said it was OK to relieve yourself in the pool, scientists claim. Phelps, the most successful Olympian ever, caused ripples of concern during London 2012 when he admitted that many swimmers "pee in the pool" especially during long training sessions. But he said that it was okay as the chlorine killed any germs. The revelation may have been slightly distasteful but now scientists have confirmed that at least his facts are right, the Daily Telegraph reported. Sense About Science (SAS), a charity which aims to dispel commonly held myths, especially those promulgated by celebrities, congratulated him on being scientifically correct. Stuart Jones, biochemist, said: "In fact Michael, urine is essentially sterile so there isn't actually anything to kill in the first place. "Urin...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Quirkyworld/EDC121230-00...

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