Student drinks professor's "urine" for extra credit

A physiology professor convinced one of his students to drink his "urine" for extra credit.

Jason Hanson, a professor of physiology and developmental biology at Bringham Young University in Utah, told his class that whichever student drank a vial of his urine would receive extra credit.

Needing no more convincing, one student stood up and slammed the vial in one, in order to receive three extra points.

The rest of the class looked on, videotaping and Snapchatting in horror.

"How does it taste? It's gross? It's supposed to taste gross," the professor tells the anonymous student.

"I think that's asking too much of students and it has nothing to do with how well we study or how well we actually know physiology," the student filming the class told Fox13 in Utah.

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For the next three days, the student and her class walked around firmly believing that the girl had quaffed the professor's pee for three extra points of credit, before Professor Hanson revealed to the class that it was, in fact, diluted vinegar mixed with food colouring.

The teacher, who teaches at the university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a statement that asking students to drink his "urine" was usually a fun way to teach students about hydration, and never normally received complaints.

"I asked a student if they were willing to try some of the fake urine. She agreed. I agreed that we would both try it. I have done this in the past with no complaints,"

"Later, usually the next class, I tell them that it was fake. This is usually a fun way to teach this concept to the class and was not intended to offend anyone."

"After getting your email on Saturday, I did send a message to everyone letting them know that it was indeed fake."

"The exercise we did in class where we used fake urine to illustrate principles of hydration and dehydration. The colour of your urine dictates how well your body conserves water. The darker the urine, the more your body is trying to conserve water."

"The fake urine was used to illustrate that purpose. Furthermore, physicians used to drink urine to determine various metabolic diseases by the taste, including determining how sweet it was for as diagnosis of diabetes. In class, we used the fake urine for this purpose."

The method of drinking urine to determine how sweet it is was developed in 500 BC, but was not usually conducted in a classroom full of students for extra credit.

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