Jorge Posada does it! Moises Alou did it, too!
"Steroids? Growth hormone? Is he on the juice?"Nope--they both pee on their hands to keep them ready for baseball!
A see one of my athletes slouch in the back, sheepish grin on his face--"yeah, I do it, too..." He'll regret admitting that until he goes away to college.
Not only that, back in the olden days, when I was a kid, some mothers wiped their babies' faces with a wet diaper.
"Like wet from pee?"Indeed...
"That's GROSS!"And then I talk about urea--a simple compound, really, and the major one in urine (besides water). I draw the structure on the board, pause, then ask if anyone else in class rubs urea on their skin.
"Dr. Doyle, STOP!"I ask them if they have any skin softeners--and, of course, everybody does, rubbing emollients onto your skin during class has superseded knuckle-cracking.
Look at the ingredients.
And then I wait for it; in a moment is comes....
Sometimes followed by a bottle of lotion flying across the room. Yes, that fancy bottle of skin softener has urea in it. I let the children fathom where it came from....