Anger can reveal one’s breeding. A customer in an ice cream store in Canada showed his when he was refused to be served for not wearing a mask.
In a viral video broadcast in news channels, an unidentified man is shown at the counter arguing with the staff of the Dairy Queen outlet in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. He is heard saying the masking policy in British Columbia observes exemptions.
The footage, taken by another customer inside the store, then shows the man opening his fly and urinating on the counter as the horrified staff scream. As the vandal leaves the counter, he calls the employees “psychopaths.”
The 28 August indecent act was reported to police, but the offender remains at large.
The man’s behavior was surely unacceptable and punishment is in order. Perhaps, he should also be retrained on how to properly pee. If so, a team of researchers from New Zealand and Germany have an unusual potty-training project that can help him.
A promising initial result of the urine collection project was recently published in the journal Current Biology. It put researchers on track with their ambitious goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand farms.
One of the researchers, Auckland University’s Douglas Elliffe, said, “If we could collect 10 or 20 percent of urinations, it would be sufficient to reduce greenhouse gas emission and nitrate leaching significantly.”
Co-researcher Lindsay Matthews said the collected urine would be treated first to reduce or eliminate its nitrous oxide content before discharge to the environment. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas.
Nitrate from urine will also be treated to prevent it from polluting rivers and streams, she added.
The success of the joke-inspired toilet training project lies in upscaling it so large volumes of urine can be collected for treatment. So far, the researchers’ method is working. They use food reward to make cows go to a latrine pen to urinate.
Sixteen cows have already learned to pee on the pen. They still have a long way to go in potty training herds of cattle.