With the Kentucky Derby just a few dozen hours away, Slate decided to recycle a terrific explainer column that answers the age-old question of whether the common expression “I’ve got to pee like a racehorse,” is accurate.
Horses typically produce several quarts of urine every four hours, for a total of about 1.5 to 2 gallons per day. (By contrast, an adult male human pees 1 or 2 quarts per day.) The stream, usually one-third to a half-inch in diameter, can last up to 30 seconds.
In an odd twist, though, racehorses aren’t the peeinest kind of horse. A lot depends on size and diet:
In general, the larger the animal, the more it pees. A Clydesdale, for example, weighs twice as much as a Thoroughbred and produces urine in greater volume (and with a more pungent smell). An average pasture horse that spends its day grazing might also beat a racehorse in a peeing match: Pasture grass contains a lot more water than the carefully prepared grains and pellets fed to racehorses.
And there you have it.
On to the songs:
Hate Paper Doll — Hüsker Dü
Wildcat — Ratatat
Goodnight Rose — Ryan Adams
One and Only — Barenaked Ladies
We’re an American Band — Yo La Tengo
Odi et Amo — Johann Johannsson
Like This — Kelly Rowland (Huh?)
Bone Machine — The Pixies
Ordinary People — John Legend
One PM Again — Yo La Tengo
Weird, weird list this week.
Knots (Live) — Pete and the Pirates
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.