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Wee bit of pee in OSU lake after 'jump'
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ^ | THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER 19, 2009 | DOUG CARUSO

Posted on 11/20/2009 1:36:13 PM PST by Willie Green

During the big Michigan Week jump, Ohio State University's Mirror Lake and a baby pool have a lot in common.

The jump, which will take place tonight, is one of many student traditions. But Ohio State also is a research university, so it was inevitable that someone would apply a little science to this ritual.

Last year, students in the College of Earth Sciences tested the water in Mirror Lake before, during and after thousands plunged in to psych themselves up for The Game.

"Interesting results from last year's study include a lake-wide temperature increase of approximately 3 degrees Fahrenheit during the course of the night and an ammonia spike around 1 in the morning," said Steve Goldsmith, a postdoctoral research associate.

The temperature increase could be chalked up to warm-blooded people standing in a cold lake, Goldsmith said. But, yes, that ammonia spike means exactly what you think it means.

Urine.

"It went from a background of 5.2 parts per million to a peak of about 42 parts per million," Goldsmith said. "So it was an eightfold increase."

Claire Mondro, a senior majoring in geology and English, helped with the research last year and plans to jump in with her friends tonight.

"It's nothing dangerous," she said. "It's just kind of icky."

Then she'll dry off and take water samples around 2 a.m.

The project has grown this year. Goldsmith said the sampling will continue every half-hour into the wee hours of Friday morning, and biology students will test for bacteria and other microbes.

It's a fun project, said Anne Carey, an associate professor of earth sciences who is overseeing the research. But the students take it seriously.

"We treat this as rigorously as any other research study we've done on natural water bodies," she said.

Goldsmith said he doesn't want to stop anyone from jumping in, though he does advise taking a shower afterward.

"Have fun, but don't open your mouth."


TOPICS: Education; Local News; Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ohio; pee

1 posted on 11/20/2009 1:36:13 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

2 posted on 11/20/2009 1:38:07 PM PST by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: Willie Green

Icky? I thought urine was sterile...


3 posted on 11/20/2009 1:39:22 PM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Our analysis of your water shows it is 99% pee. Health retulations require no greater than 85% pee.


4 posted on 11/20/2009 1:40:38 PM PST by DManA
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To: Willie Green

“...into the wee hours of Friday morning.”

Well there’s the problem!


5 posted on 11/20/2009 1:41:11 PM PST by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: Willie Green

Well it is cold in Ohio this time of year.....so if you are going to jump make sure you are in the front of the line!


6 posted on 11/20/2009 1:42:58 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Willie Green

...all wee-wee’d up!


7 posted on 11/20/2009 1:46:58 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Willie Green

Ann Arbor is a Whore.....

Excuse my language


8 posted on 11/20/2009 1:48:10 PM PST by Dacula (Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Lets do something.)
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To: Willie Green
A little off topic, but I have always wondered:

If the entire population of the world was dumped into the middle of the ocean, would it cause enough water displacement to notice it on the shorline?

Yes, I have a lot of time on my hands.

9 posted on 11/20/2009 1:51:30 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Pharmboy

ping


10 posted on 11/20/2009 1:53:35 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Willie Green

Not poopy pool but pee-pee pool.


11 posted on 11/20/2009 1:53:39 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Willie Green
Ohio State - 38
Michigan - 10
12 posted on 11/20/2009 1:54:57 PM PST by gdani (I just want to be left on this block of ice...)
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To: Willie Green
Go Bucks!
13 posted on 11/20/2009 1:58:49 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: GSWarrior

The level of the ocean would rise, but if the entire population of the world jumped off the land, the land, relieved of the weight of all those people, would rise by a similar level as the rise in the ocean level, and therefore the rise would be un-measurable.


14 posted on 11/20/2009 1:58:51 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Willie Green

15 posted on 11/20/2009 1:58:59 PM PST by historyrepeatz
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To: icwhatudo

LOL out loud. Classic. I wish I could find that old thread.


16 posted on 11/20/2009 1:59:56 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Willie Green

“Dang this water is cold.”

“Yeah, and it’s deep, too!”


17 posted on 11/20/2009 2:01:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: thefactor

Ha! I just saw this and emailed the article to Ira and Liz...


18 posted on 11/20/2009 2:02:08 PM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: gdani

w00t!!!


19 posted on 11/20/2009 2:02:46 PM PST by Mugwump
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To: Willie Green
It needs a sign.

"Welcome to our ool. Please note that there is no 'P' in it. Please keep it that way. Thank you, The Management."

20 posted on 11/20/2009 2:07:27 PM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: savedbygrace

For real? Ur a smart feller!


21 posted on 11/20/2009 2:15:47 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: DManA

There was an episode of South Park that dealt with too much urine in a water park pool. And they had percentages of allowable levels in the water. Geez, who knew somebody would take measurements in a lake after groups of people were in there.


22 posted on 11/20/2009 2:16:08 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: GSWarrior; Slings and Arrows
If the     entire population of the world      Michael Moore     was dumped into the middle of the ocean, would it cause enough water displacement to notice it on the shorline?

 

Yes 

23 posted on 11/20/2009 2:26:42 PM PST by grjr21
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To: GSWarrior
(He believed that? Maybe I should try to sell him something.)

Did I say that out loud?

24 posted on 11/20/2009 2:32:37 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: savedbygrace

IF Texas were flat and featureless, there would be enough for the whole world’s population...

And everyone would have a space bigger than my first post-home residence...

Yes, I can show you my math...


25 posted on 11/20/2009 2:44:35 PM PST by ExGeeEye (P.U.M.A.--BC/BG!)
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To: Willie Green
My son was walking past Mirror Lake during the festivities last evening. I asked if he was taking the plunge this year; he did two years ago, and was home during last year's swim. His reply?

"I'm too old for that kind of stuff now."

I wonder if he'd heard about the test samples, though. :)

We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan!

26 posted on 11/20/2009 2:45:49 PM PST by TonyInOhio (I hate Illinois Nazis.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Mirror Lake

27 posted on 11/20/2009 2:48:14 PM PST by TonyInOhio (I hate Illinois Nazis.)
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To: ExGeeEye

I’ve done that math myself, and I concur. The only problem is, where would they build the restaurants and the bars?


28 posted on 11/20/2009 3:01:36 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: savedbygrace

Second floor, silly :)


29 posted on 11/20/2009 3:07:47 PM PST by ExGeeEye (P.U.M.A.--BC/BG!)
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To: jonno
Icky? I thought urine was sterile...

I had just hit reply to say the same thing when I saw your post. So much for "scientists", huh?

30 posted on 11/20/2009 3:07:51 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Willie Green

If i went up to a clean toilet bowl and took a massive morning pee would the ammonia level in it go up?

I think we need a multi-million dollar study on it, Just to know the facts.


31 posted on 11/20/2009 3:09:49 PM PST by mowowie
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To: savedbygrace
The only problem is, where would they build the restaurants and the bars?

Restaurants in Oklahoma and the bars are already in Louisiana.

32 posted on 11/20/2009 3:10:22 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: TonyInOhio

Mirror lake looks HUGE.
Like my bathtube.


33 posted on 11/20/2009 3:10:58 PM PST by mowowie
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To: jonno
Icky? I thought urine was sterile...

Like she said, not dangerous, just icky. Ammonia is dangerous in high enough concentrations, which these weren't, but the source doesn't matter. If the lake has fish, frogs, etc, it has ammonia.

34 posted on 11/20/2009 3:12:02 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: GSWarrior
If the entire population of the world was dumped into the middle of the ocean, would it cause enough water displacement to notice it on the shorline?

Estimate 70 kg per person (a little more than 150 lbs). If people are close enough to neutrally boyant in water to assume that they have the same density as water (1 kg/liter) and you have 6.5 billion people then the total volume will be 455 million cubic meters. Spread that evenly over 335,258,000 square kilometers of ocean surface and you get 0.0014 mm displacement. Nope, not enough to notice.

35 posted on 11/20/2009 3:14:01 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: mowowie
If i went up to a clean toilet bowl and took a massive morning pee would the ammonia level in it go up?

It all depends on whether you remember to lift the lid.

36 posted on 11/20/2009 3:15:00 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: mowowie

I didn’t mean bathtube.
That a private thing between me and the “Tube.
hehe

I meant our bathtub.


37 posted on 11/20/2009 3:19:14 PM PST by mowowie
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To: TonyInOhio

Beautiful!


38 posted on 11/20/2009 3:22:35 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: numberonepal

So, “I’m going out for a few beers with the guys,” means, “Don’t look for me ‘til next Tuesday.”

And going out to eat means, “Don’t forget to book a room.”


39 posted on 11/20/2009 3:22:38 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Willie Green

40 posted on 11/26/2009 5:44:31 AM PST by Rebelbase (Green bean casserole is a culinary curse upon mankind)
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To: KarlInOhio
Estimate 70 kg per person (a little more than 150 lbs). If people are close enough to neutrally boyant in water to assume that they have the same density as water

Actually buoyancy has nothing to do with it. You could take a cubic foot of rock and a same cube of wood and forcing the wood under water they would both take up the same amount of water.

So to get your answer, you would have total up the mass of all people, then........

Aw nevermind, I'll let you win this one.......I'm not about to get in any pond or lake or ocean thats filled up with people. I'll stand on the shore and watch

41 posted on 11/26/2009 6:02:33 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: Dacula
Ann Arbor is a Whore.....

What do you call a university that is made up of drunk college students jumping into a pond at night with their clothes on then peeing in it and calling it science?

OSU

42 posted on 11/26/2009 6:08:04 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: El Gato
Urine: The Natural Way to Clean Your Clothes
43 posted on 11/26/2009 6:09:55 AM PST by mewzilla (Voter fraud is treason.)
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