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Attacks by marine life are rarely a laughing matter. With the plethora of dangerous sea creatures present in the deep seas - sharks, whales, porpoises, stingrays - it's no wonder people tend to believe almost everything they hear about the dangers of the ocean.

http://www.dailyorange.com/home/news/2006/09/29/Feature/Fact-Or.Myth.Jellyfish.Stings.Are.Cured.By.Urine-2316078.shtml

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But,but,but I read on HowStuffWorks that urine does work!
If you do get stung, first remove any tentacles clinging to the skin. Don't wash the area with fresh water -- it could release more venom into your body. Instead, clean it with rubbing alcohol, ammonia, vinegar or urine (yes, you read right).

Surely something I've read on the internet can't not be true??!!

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It just says that it's bad to pee on some species of jellyfish, without mentioning which ones. Trouble is, I don't have the foggiest notion how to Google for a list of which species to pee on and which not to. I'm afraid I'd get some, er, weird sites about other things to do with pee.

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Try using "urine" and "jellyfish". Seems to be safe.

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Alcohol and human urine are common nematocyst remedies, but both can be harmful. An Australian study reports that both alcohol and urine caused massive discharge of box jellyfish nematocysts.
All Stings Considered

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At best, urinating on a jellyfish sting will do nothing. Experiments indicate that in some jellyfish species, urine actually sets off the remaining stinging cells, making the sting even worse.
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"If you are ever unfortunate enough to get stung by a jellyfish, you'll have some small consolation in knowing that there is no need to add insult to injury by asking someone to pee on you. Experts recommend carefully scraping off any tentacles that have adhered to the skin and treating the sting with vinegar, baking soda, ice packs, salt water, hot water or even meat tenderizer — but definitely NOT urine."

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It's just a conspiracy from those multinational urine producers.

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