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The History of Asparagus Pee..

Ok.. Fess up!! Who has it? You know your urine smells! Just admit it!

Yup, thought of this one while I was on the can earlier this evening.. So I decided to take a historical look at the odor of asparagus pee. The below is taken directly from Wikipedia. Well the paragraph AFTER the paragraph below is taken directly from Wikipedia. Sorry for the confusion. Cut me some slack, I am enjoying quite a bit of beer right now.

I am so glad that one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin wasted parchment talking about the odor of urine. Fantastic. Oh and did you see Marcel Proust’s admissions below? What? Come again? Asparagus pee smells like perfume?

Urine effects

The effect of eating asparagus on the eater’s urine has long been observed:

“[Asparagus] cause a filthy and disagreeable smell in the urine, as every Body knows.” (Treatise of All Sorts of FoodsLouis Lemery, 1702)[33]
“asparagus… affects the urine with a foetid smell (especially if cut when they are white) and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys; when they are older, and begin to ramify, they lose this quality; but then they are not so agreeable.” (“An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments,” John Arbuthnot, 1735)[34]
“A few Stems of Asparagus eaten, shall give our Urine a disagreable Odour…” (“Letter to the Royal Academy of Brussels,” Benjamin Franklin, c. 1781)[35]
Asparagus “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” Marcel Proust (1871–1922)