Friday Random 10: Peeing like a Racehorse Edition

Pax Arcana

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.

It is:

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.

Bonus Video:

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.



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14 responses to “Friday Random 10: Peeing like a Racehorse Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    Mine’s weird too:

    1 – Night Bird Flying, Jimi Hendrix
    2 – Incident at Neshabur, Santana
    3 – A Self-Made Man, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    4 – Daughter, Pearl Jam
    5 – I Love You, G. Love & Special Sauce
    6 – Your Dirty Answer, Kristin Hersh
    7 – ‘Round Midnight, Thelonius Monk
    8 – Don’t Believe the Hype, Public Enemy
    9 – The Chain, Fleetwood Mac
    10 – Jammin’ Me, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

  2. Here’s a video to start:
    Sad Kermit – Needle in the Hay

  3. The first from my new deluxe iPod classic! Who says poor people can’t have nice things?

    1 – Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan
    2 – Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey – Harry Connick, Jr.
    3 – Depot, Depot – Tom Waits
    4 – Blue Sky – Allman Brothers
    5 – The Sun is Burning – Simon & Garfunkel
    6 – What Up – Lincoln
    7 – Raise Your Hand – Janis Joplin
    8 – Don’t Let It Bring You Down – Neil Young
    9 – Texas Woman Blues – Taj Mahal
    10 – Superstition – Stevie Wonder

    That one was very classic rock-ey.

  4. Perry Ellis

    Oh man, Spackler, you suckered me. Thought that would be your much-anticipated THS post…

  5. Intro – Jay-Z – American Gangster (its an intro so its not #1)
    1. Dancin’ Machine (ft The Jackson 5) – Rhymefest
    2. Rain Dogs – Tom Waits
    3. On An Airplane – Medeski Martin & Wood (The wood brothers blow away MMW – new album is great – I actually purchased it)
    4. Black Maybe (Feat. Bilal) – Common (“Finding Forever” is Really Good shit)
    5. Baby Lobster, Baby Banana – OCDJ (some new mashup mix but different than the usual mashup)
    6. Trouble [Prod. By Stephen Marley & Ghetto Youths Crew] – Damian Jr Gong Marley
    7. Got A Thing On My Mind – Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
    8. Scared – John Lennon
    9. Don’t Make Me A Target – Spoon (ugh heard this way too much plus Spoon sucks balls live)
    10. Tonight – We Are Scientists
    Since I didnt like that Finish…
    12. Mrs. Vanderbilt – Paul McCartney (nice…Hope…Hey…Hope!)

    Random Mp3 Link:
    The Black Keys – I’m Glad (Capt Beefhart cover)
    [audio src="'m%20Glad.mp3" /]

  6. Spoon sucks live? That sucks.

  7. I’ll email you my THS review…I have some really crappy pictures too! The last review I did got me axed from one of those -Ist blogs, they didnt like that I had a few adult beverages during the show and then slammed Spoon for a shitty live act. I saw Roky Erikson tear it up right before the Spoon show and that may have tainted my opinion, but Roky puts on a show, Spoon does not. I digress…

    This weekend I will at least turn on my computer and try to write something. I just moved the crappy pics onto my laptop so that should help.

  8. I live in Austin, have seen Spoon several times and have never seen a good live show from them. The worst was at the ACL Festival a couple years back when I skipped Theivery Corp for Spoon. Theivery was one of the best shows of the weekend, Spoon was horrible.

  9. Perry Ellis

    Good to know I should save my $ for the next time Engelbert Humperdinck rolls into Beantown.

    Also good to know someone from Austin – always wanted to go there. Mrs. Ellis an I always talked about making SXSW. Then she got pregnant. Now we talk about diaper genies and pack & plays.

  10. Yea, kids seem to be the downfall of anything in the adult fun realm. SXSW is definitely an adult thing. But the ACL Festival has the whole Kid’s Festival thing going on which is very cool. More of a Family experience, killer lineup this year too.

    Just came across a random Band for people to check out:

    Good stuff…

  11. Perry Ellis

    Dig the Rademacher. Also, drank Rademacher Pilsener not too long ago. It was good too.

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