Not a spitter

IMC wrote

Sean, I am a guy that has a question about other guys. Why do most guys, and I say most because I am not one of them, spit into urinals when taking a leak? I think it’s odd, but I just noticed it.



I don’t like to spit myself. Sure, if a bug flies into my mouth or something like 409 gets in there while cleaning (rare), I will spit…but I can’t stand loogies on my tongue so I rarely spit at all. I know people that like to clear out their lung butter from time to time, but if I did that, I’d end up with vomit on my shoes (and pee if I tried while peeing).

I did some research on this pee-spitting phenomenon and have found it’s quite common. I don’t know of any (so far) friends or family that does it, but I made some observations in public restrooms and found that over 80% of men did this in the areas I was in. Could some guy’s mouth be so filled with saliva at the thought of peeing that he just has to spit at that moment? Could they be claiming the urinal as their own?…I’ve never seen any turf wars over a urinal.

I asked three people why they did this. One guy said beer made him spitty. Another said he had a cold. The final one said he figured he’d always done that.

There you have it. I am going to guess it’s beer, colds, and habit or any combo of the three. Heaven help the guy standing next to the spitter that has all three at once.