(NEW YORK) -- That great big beautiful sea has more in it than meets the eye, or at least, more than you want to know about.
Charmin, a popular toilet brand, asked 1,000 people if they had ever urinated in the ocean and 62 percent responded in the affirmative with 48 percent acknowledging that it’s happened on multiple occasions.
Reasons for using the ocean as a urinal vary with more than half saying they’d prefer to urinate in the water than do so in a seaside restroom, which they considered the very worst in public lavatories.
While the survey might seem a bit frivolous, Charmin says its reasons are quite serious since unsanitary restrooms are ripe for contracting disease. That why’s the company is promoting its Charmin Relief Project, which is intended to ensure that public restrooms are clean and stocked with toilet tissue.
Meanwhile, don’t feel too guilty if you’ve relieved yourself in the sea. Because of its sheer vastness, human urine won’t make the ocean unclean or disrupt its ecosystem, scientists say.
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