steepholm (steepholm) wrote,
steepholm
steepholm

Asparagus Syndrome

I dreamed last night that a relative of mine was taken forcibly to hospital on account of his strange-smelling urine. I was running after the doctor, shouting "You don't understand! It's just that we ate asparagus for supper!"

The doctor turned and in my dream he looked at me with a dreadful blankness. And it came into my mind that he didn't know about the asparagus-and-urine thing.

My dream arose from eating it myself last night, of course, and also reading the asparagus Wiki page a few months ago, where I learned that the ability to detect the change in odour was not universal. Apparently it's a genetic thing, limited to about 22% of the population.

Which leads me, naturally, to ask:

Poll #1830587 Asparagus Syndrome

Does your urine smell different after eating asparagus?

Yes
18(66.7%)
Not that I've noticed
5(18.5%)
I don't eat asparagus
4(14.8%)
Some other answer that I will give in the comments
0(0.0%)

If you answered Yes to the last question - do you find the difference pleasant or unpleasant?

"A few Stems of Asparagus eaten, shall give our Urine a disagreable Odour" (Benjamin Franklin)
5(27.8%)
Asparagus "...transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume." Marcel Proust
0(0.0%)
It's... different.
13(72.2%)
Some other answer, which I'll explain in the comments
0(0.0%)
Tags: polls
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 10 comments