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1092394.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:22 am Reply with quote

I've noticed that if I'm in an urgent need to urinate and I keep my attention focused on me, where I am at present, I can get home or to the nearest latrine safely. However, should I transfer my attention to my ultimate destination, this immediately puts pressure on my bladder that becomes an almost unbearable urge to go.

Has anybody tried this as an experiment and what are the theories as to why this happens? To me it seems like proof that the mind exists and is projected into the future or across space but centering ourselves in the here and now stops this.

Alfred E Neuman
1092396.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:28 am Reply with quote

I have the opposite. If there is nowhere to go, I can easily hold it in, but the closer to home (or the nearest loo) the more desperate I become.

Big Martin
1092410.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:40 am Reply with quote

I've found that as well. I can drive home from a weekend away perfectly OK, but as soon as I turn off into my road... End up racing around to my house, fumbling with the slightly bent front door key and running for the downstairs facilities!

1092414.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:49 am Reply with quote

I find, just to add to the variety, that if there's nowhere around I really need to go. But by the time I get to a loo, I'm kind of "meh, might go but let's sort the machine out first" then I fix the thing, drive away and think "FECK I need a piss!!!"

1092481.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:56 pm Reply with quote

Billly Connolly's advice to gents getting older (50s and 60s) is along the lines of 'Never turn down the chance to have a piss'.
I think that was followed by 'Never trust a fart'.
I agree.

1092484.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:01 pm Reply with quote

I think Mr Connolly may have borrowed that from King Edward VII. The story goes that when Edward was an old man, his son - the future George V - asked his father if he had any advice about being king.

Edward is said to have replied "Never forgo an opportunity to sit down, and never forgo an opportunity to pass water".

1092486.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:03 pm Reply with quote

I guess it is perfectly possible that Gilgamesh's dad said something similar to his boy!

sally carr
1092489.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:08 pm Reply with quote

What about the power of suggestion? Lots of times I turn on the tap and suddenly need to wee.

1092509.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:07 pm Reply with quote

You are not alone sally. Happens to me as well. Why?

1092522.  Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:02 pm Reply with quote

1092585.  Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:42 am Reply with quote

I'm not sure turning on the tap necessarily works by suggestion. I think it may be more a sympathetic reaction to sensing the flow and going with it (Bit like stuffing food under someone's nose when they say they aren't hungry and watching their reaction).

I'm 63 and find I cannot drink a cup of tea, take the dog for a walk and not charge towards the toilet door on my return sometimes: If I've got rubber boots or slip-on shoes, on I kick them off but laces and I can barely get them undone in time! (If my wife isn't in I don't always try). Alas the problems of getting older.

1092589.  Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:04 am Reply with quote

pagetheoracle wrote:
... To me it seems like proof that the mind exists...

"I piss therefore I am"

Can anyone put that into Latin? Will then sound most erudite.

Alfred E Neuman
1092591.  Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:05 am Reply with quote

I like living out on a farm - that way I can have a pee while out walking the dog.

1092594.  Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:15 am Reply with quote

Always take your walking stick with you, so you can pee down that stick without getting noticed.

1092596.  Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:28 am Reply with quote

My donor friend encourages me to pee in her farmyard as it keeps foxes away from her ducks.


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