If You Pee Outside In -17 Degree Weather, Will It Freeze and Go Up Inside Your Body?

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If You Pee Outside In -17 Degree Weather, Will It Freeze and Go Up Inside Your Body?

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | January 8, 2014 | Comments ()


That headline is actually a partial quote from Gene in Bob’s Burgers from the phenomenal “Christmas in the Car” episode a few weeks ago. I only watched it this last Sunday, and like most people in America, I’m experiencing record breaking colds in Maine, and when I heard that question, part of me (the dumb part) was legitimately curious. Would it freeze up and go inside me?

A guy in Minnesota, who peed outside in -17 degree weather, answers the question.

One guy on YouTube (via Gawker), however, suggests that the video is rigged.

This can’t be real. I live fairly close to the artic [sic] circle (where it was MUCH colder) and this only happens with near-boiling water thrown in the air. The guy is hold a squirt-bottle, and not peeing. “Heuhuehue IT’S YELLOW” Yeah, because it’s colored, very warm water.

I think I prefer to believe that it’s actually real, so please YouTube, stop dispelling cool myths. The important thing to note, however, is that it does not appear to go up inside you, which I’m sure is a relief to many of you who have contemplated peeing into the Polar Vortex.

(via Gawker)

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  • Belphebe

    Alaskan female. As a girl who has peed outside in below zero temps, the goal is not to accidentally hit any of your snow gear while attempting to maintain balance in the snow and button everything up without removing your gloves. Additional difficulty points if you are wearing snowshoes.

    being this damn cold is kind of fun huh?

  • As a native Minnesotan, I suggest these boys take a bow. Fake or no, you've entertained on this week of frigidity. Plus, science! How many people are learning about the things that happened in bitter cold?

  • basse buus

    I've lived right below the arctic circle for most of my life, and I've never thought about this. Maybe since I don't fancy squatting outside in the cold. But I did once try to pee outside in a warmer climate. The Arctic doesn't prepare you for the burning feeling of nettle..

  • Tyler Brown

    Also agree with the commenter. I live in Edmonton and have worked much further north than that in the dead of winter. - 35 C° which is - 31 F to our friends south of the border and I joked with a coworker that I want to see if my pee would freeze right away. It melted the snow and appeared to freeze fairly quick. It did have a bit of steam but more like the type you see hovering over a lake on a cool fall morning. Not that energetic.

    One more observation which also lends me to believe it's a squirt bottle the stop/start stop to the "pee". Cause if that's him he's probably got a prostate problem. Lol

  • As it turns out I've got personal experience in this matter. I can confirm that one's urine does freeze quite quickly and there's a good bit of steam but it isn't quite like in the video. As for why I know this: I was up in the woods near Ely for work two years back on a -22 day and I had to de-coffee after an hour or two. It wasn't a decision I made lightly.

  • Ted Zancha

    Actually, what is quite funny is the guy that posted on twitter "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome. Do it, people." and seeing a bunch of people falling for this, standing under the water and burning the shit out of themselves.


  • Bert_McGurt

    From decades of personal experience in this winter wonderland I call home (and where the ambient, non-windchill temperature is a balmy -30 Celcius today), I can confirm the YouTube commenter's takedown of the video.

  • Untamed

    Why would you pull it out in that kind of weather when it takes just a few minutes to suffer frost bite? RESPECT THE DICK!

  • Jiffylush

    Minutes? How big is your bladder?!

  • Untamed

    Let's see you try it. Pain starts early. BTW, judging from my dog, there is no steam.

  • Guest

    I won't be convinced until Jamie and Adam do it on Mythbusters.

  • Mrs. Julien

    My life is the Polar Vortex.

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