Even at 88 years old, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is still pretty spry when it comes to sex. I mean, hell, the woman has been giving advice on the topic for decades, answering all sorts of wild and whacky questions to help us improve our sexual experiences.
Well, Dr. Ruth tackled a question about sex in a pool and, let's just say no one should ever think about doing it in a cesspool of germs again, with Westheimer tweeting out a link to this article on NPR to explain why.
To paraphrase the piece, a new study looked at the odors that come from pools, and, as it turns out, it's not just chlorine that's giving off those potent stenches—but pee, sweat and body oils!
The scientists calculated that one 220,000-gallon, commercial-size swimming pool contained almost 20 gallons of urine. In a residential pool (20-by-40-foot, five-feet deep), that would translate to about two gallons of pee. It's only about one-hundredth of a percent, but any urine in a swimming pool can be a health concern for some people, not to mention that smell that never quite goes away.
Collecting water samples from pools and hot tubs at hotels and recreation facilities, scientists found lots of urine and other disgusting substances floating around that might not be caught by the naked eye.
One expert, Ernest Blatchley III, an environmental engineer at Purdue University, even said this: "I think you can assume that if people are using your pool, they're peeing in it."
While pool sex might be something everyone might want to try at least once in their lifetime as part of some public sex fantasy, Dr. Ruth's tweet to educate people with the NPR article is further proof that it should be avoided.
Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't still swim in public pools, but, getting naked and allowing all those strange bacteria floating around to get into your insides is strongly discouraged.