Are you taking the piss?

Discussion (21)¬

  1. David says:

    Makes as much sense as Jesus’ blood.

  2. tinkling think says:

    Well, it probably won’t do him much harm, unless it is unpasteurised in which case it might be carrying nasties such as tuberculosis and brucellosis as well as nematodes and spirochaetes and others.

    Many, many others.

    Do they pasteurise camel pee?

  3. Rebecca says:

    Camel pee, blood of the lamb, scapegoat meat… I’ll stick with my potions (and the barmaid’s potions.)

  4. Someone says:

    I’ve seen camel milk. I’ve eaten camel meat. What does this have to do with Mo drinking camel piss?

    Absolutely nothing.

  5. Gary Kleppw says:

    You forgot to mention the most unscientific nonsense of all: That praying can help.

  6. Laripu says:

    Someone, the Author told us in the “new cartoon” email: It’s an antique prescription.

    You didn’t read the email? You’re in trouble. 😉

  7. Someone says:

    Laripu, I actually was referring to my own adventures in camel consumption in relation to the punchline. In that there is no relation.
    Thank you for that link though, I gotta say that’s not the craziest thing I’ve read, though I did get a laugh. Reminds me of the Nile song Hittite Dung Incantation, the lyrics of which were inspired by historical texts detailing their medicinal practices and rituals; one of which was called hebaterakki, a way to cast out demons by covering the afflicted in dogshit and making them eat it to ensure the spirit of the dog didn’t return to torment them.
    I wonder if anyone nowadays would still practice this.

  8. Jay Bee says:

    Shouldn’t it be dromedary piss? XD

  9. Chiefy says:

    You threw me a curve. I was totally expecting a punchline based on the efficacy of prayer.

    Jay Bee, I suspect Bactrian piss would work equally well, as would just about anything.

  10. Alan Flynn says:

    [Muhammad] ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, when they asked for water, no water was given to them.” Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle.” Not what you’d call a civilised justice system.

  11. M27Holts says:

    I do know that body builders drink their urine to absorb more zinc, since the zinc tablets they take means that a lot of zinc is passed in the urine…This secondary ingestion of zinc may have no scientific basis whatsoever, but a lot of animals do practice reingestion of urine/faeces so perhaps it is not as outlandish as it seems…

  12. jb says:

    I’m not sure it’s actually a lot of animals that do it, but rabbits at least have a two-pass digestive system. They eat something, poop it out partially digested, eat it again, and poop it out again in a dry final form. Which they don’t eat, because that would be gross!

  13. OtterBe says:

    So, some of their food goes to a side-pouch in their gut for further processing while some just passes through. Then the pouched food passes later-and is then immediately re-eaten.
    I’m not quite clear on how the gut knows what to store vs what to pass, but, much as my inner 8yo enjoys geeky poop facts, I don’t really care to go…uh, further down that rabbit-hole(sorry!).
    Thanks, jb, for (as it were) feeding that 8yo me 🙂

  14. M27Holts says:

    JB…Whilst observing chimpanzees in the zoo, I was at a loss to explain to my sons why the alpha male was systematically waiting for the females to piss, which he was catching with his hand then drinking it…whether that behaviour was natural or just that particular ape I have no idea, my sons always seemed to delight in such displays of animal activity…Does anybody know if our closest cousins are all fans of watersports??

  15. OtterBe says:

    I think that he was trying to get the very first hint that a given female is approaching estrus. Especially as the alpha ages, the up&coming young bachelors really start contesting his dominance, so, if he can find the fertile ones first, he has a better chance of sowing his seed without fighting rivals.
    -don’t bet the farm on this: I seem to remember it from a book about Diane Fossey, but I won’t swear my memory isn’t playing tricks

  16. Dr John the Wipper says:

    jb, otterbe:
    Really nothing special. Humans do the same thing (the first pass at anyway).
    ANYTHING that gets into the stomag(s) gets into the bowel. Anything there gets subjected to various biochemical processes; and anything resorbible gets resorbed (= passed into the bloodstream). All the rest forms the poop. Now, quite somestuff can not be biochemically changed quick enough (and/or needs another process that takes place earlier in the digestive track). Just give it the time or the process it needs, and it is useful foodstuff.
    Granted, evolution has given humans the means to be more selective (“picky” if you say so) with the intake, so we need it less; and so we are losing this gradually.
    But if it becomes a matter of life and dead, most of us WILL lose the “pickyness”!

  17. Cassandra says:

    Various urines had a lot of medicinal/hygiene applications in dem old days, apparently. Haven’t seen anyone prescribe it for COVID-19, but I am seeing quotes attributed to Mo about the importance of washing your hands (and face, and feet, etc.). Muslim prayer includes lengthy self-cleaning rituals before hitting the mat, it’s been speculated that Mo had a touch of OCD, what with the constant hand-washing and preoccupation with staying clean.

  18. jb says:

    Actually, given the available alternatives, washing up with camel urine may have been a hygienic choice. I remember seeing a picture of an African boy, from a herding tribe, happily washing his hair in a shower of cow piss, straight from the cow. It was the practice for this particular tribe — as I remember they did it because it bleached their hair yellow.

  19. Anonymous says:

    RE: David

    Camel piss is real, Jesus’s blood is imaginary. One goal for Islam.

  20. MP says:


    I’m in mainland China using a VPN to visit your site. Currently your site is being accessed via Hong Kong. Flicking back through previous cartoons I some times get the message pop-up, “Forbidden” across the cartoon,which then gets greyed out. I have to Ok the Forbidden pop-up to continue. Is this normal?

  21. Author says:

    Hi MP. No this is not normal. The “Forbidden” popup has nothing to do with me. It must be the VPN or something else doing it.


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