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  • This is my term (as far as I know, anyway) for the gigantic plastic bottle they give you to wiz in, when you have to do a 24-hour urine test at home.

    October 21, 2009

  • I'd keep all fizgigs away from it if I were you.

    October 22, 2009

  • Under no circumstances add Mentos to your wizjug!

    October 22, 2009

  • Looks a good term to me. Yep, a fine piece of engineering.

    October 22, 2009

  • Is this from the US Civil War? Urine was collected by the Confederacy in quantity "for the cause" which was evaporated and turned into munitions to fight the Yankees. There was some poetry written in reference to the practice.

    October 22, 2009

  • It wasn't collected only by Confederates, though, nor was it only collected during the Civil War. (See "1776," the song where John and Abigail Adams sing about treating potassium nitrate with sodium chloride, or something like that, only Abigail won't do it until he sends her some pins.)

    And no, it's not from the Civil War. The wizjug itself was from my OB's office, and the term came from the necessity of preventing confusion when reaching into the fridge.


    "Can you get me some iced tea?"


    "Wait! Make sure you grab the right bottle, not the wizjug."

    October 23, 2009

  • Huh. The things you learn about urine....

    If I were your OB, I'd avoid storing iced tea anywhere in the office.

    October 23, 2009

  • 13 wizjugs new and used are for sale right now on pee-Bay!

    October 23, 2009

  • According to Wikipedia, "In 1669, German alchemist Hennig Brandt attempted to distil some kind of "life essence" from his urine, and in the process produced a white material that glowed in the dark. The phosphorus had in fact been produced from inorganic phosphate, which is a significant component of dissolved urine solids. White phosphorus is highly reactive and gives off a faint greenish glow upon uniting with oxygen. The glow observed by Brand was actually caused by the very slow burning of the phosphorus, but as he neither saw flame nor felt any heat he did not recognize it as burning."


    October 23, 2009

  • Ah yes. I remember from an episode of M*A*S*H when they had to learn how to treat phosphorous burns that it glows green...

    October 23, 2009

  • Sorry I had to produce a number of "wizjugs" for Occupational Medicine's Dr. Ehrlich at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC to work on the West Point Foundry site on the periphery of the Marathon Battery EPA Superfund National Priority Site (nickel and cadmium for Nike missiles) where we uncovered the R.P. Parrott's gun platform, on grillage, for his patented rifled cannon, either the prototype or the one used for "Swamp Angel" in the incendiary bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina in 1863, described in poetry, particularly by Herman Melville and got carried away. It was found below the remains of the "Bridge Shop" remains from ca. 1912, when the Chicago Bridge and Steel Co., was there in Cold Spring, NY across the river from the West Point Military Academy. Our "wizjugs" were brown w/ white caps, were yours?

    October 24, 2009

  • Resulting in "screaming meemies"?

    October 24, 2009

  • You've lost me, jjm.

    October 24, 2009

  • Uhhh...

    October 24, 2009