Confession: For as long as I can remember, I have tried to avoid small children in public pools.
You know why.
That group of adorable 3-year-olds splashing around with their water wings? You know they've got to be pissers. Same goes for the first-graders, and even the occasional shy-looking 10-year-old. And babies? Babies are the worst. God only knows what they're doing in those swim diapers. And does anyone really believe those things hold everything in?
Anyways, there is a point to all this. I've been wrong. I've been unfairly singling out the kids. Turns out, the responsible-looking moms and dads and grandpas may all be pissers, too.
In a recent survey, one in five adults admitted to peeing in the pool.
I can't even tell you how disturbing this is to me. One in five. One in freakin' five!
Basically, you might as well go swim in someone's toilet. Oh wait, no, there is a difference. Pools also have dead skin, Band-Aids, cosmetics and sweat in them.
And if you're thinking what I always thought.... "Don't worry, the chemicals kill everything"........ think again! Turns out, that when organic material interacts with all those pool chemicals, it changes the molecules into toxins that can cause adverse health consequences like asthma and bladder cancer. Or gene mutation. Or birth defects.