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This Story Brought To You By The Letter “P”

By Wyatt Earp | August 29, 2010

Stranded in a remote area without a gas station in sight? Caught in the ‘hood with an empty gas can? No longer a problem. Indian scientists are currently working on .

Yeah, you heard me. Pretty soon you’ll be able to pee your way to the supermarket – or the sperm bank.

Of course, I wouldn’t recommend going to one before the other. At least without washing hands.

Chemistry postdocs Shanwen Tao and Rong Lan at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences in Edinburgh are turning pee into electricity and clean water with a prototype fuel cell system. While fuel cells usually rely on flammable hydrogen gas or toxic methanol to generate electricity, Tao and Lan’s cheaper prototype relies instead on urea, an organic chemical compound produced as waste when the body metabolizes protein.

Urea, also called “carbamide,” has several advantages as a potential fuel source-it’s abundant, non-toxic, relatively straightforward to transport and rich in nitrogen, reports Discovery News.

Wow, if they can replace urine with oil and washer fluid, we men will be good to go! Of course, the womenfolk may have a problem reaching the gas cap, but that’s their issue, not mine. Heh.

Topics: WTF? | 15 Comments »

15 Responses to “This Story Brought To You By The Letter “P””

  1. Sully Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I’d like to be the first to nominate these men for a Nobel Peace Prize.

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I’m gonna need a bigger gas cap.

  3. Kim Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Womenfolk are more creative. Mustard squirt bottle. Pee in. Squeeze out.

  4. Sally Anne Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Great. Be-Pee will end up pissing in the Gulf now.

  5. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I take a water pill for hypertension.

    Road Trip here I come……………

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Sully – It would be more deserved than Obama’s or Gore’s.

    Randal – Maybe the cap from a Humvee?

    Kim – Well played, ma’am.

    Sally Anne – No worries. Just a lot more warm pockets out there.

    LDIV – Crank it up!

  7. Robert B. Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Regular or High-Test?

  8. proof Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Now if they could just relocate the gas cap below the steering wheel, or maybe a modified driver’s seat, those long distance trips would be a lot easier on the kidneys!
    And non stop!

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Robert B – All depends upon if you’re drinking Mountain Dew Throwback or not.

    Proof – We’ll need a hose . . .

  10. Ingineer66 Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Isn’t the stuff in the BlueTec Diesel motors urea? Here in the US we will somehow add a multi-billion dollar process to using urine to power cars.

  11. RT Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Men will leave the gas cap open.

  12. proof Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    RT: LOL!

  13. Rick Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Back in my hard drinking days,I could have supplied jet fuel.

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Ingineer66 – 1. Gather urea.
    2. ???
    3. Profit!

    RT – Ba-dump-bump!

    Rick – Yeah, me too – especially after vodka.

  15. proof Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Wyatt: Urine the wrong business!