Linda Hesh's "Bench Project"


22 Responses to “Linda Hesh's "Bench Project"”

  1. ridl says:

    Asparagus pee scent happens so fast! I ate a bunch just a couple days ago and my pee like 10 MINUTES LATER had it.

    I’m glad this gave me a chance to post about that, because it totally blew my mind.

  2. dr80085 says:

    being able to smell my (and others’) asparagus pee is my favourite inherited trait!

  3. Shukketsushi says:

    thats a pretty cool project. i love boingboing for showing me these things that i would otherwise never know about. it makes my day.

  4. echonomist says:

    Great post: it’s funny, informative and brief. Thanks for the headsup on this artist.

  5. thelibrarianne says:

    I HAVE THAT LLAMA. It’s sitting right on my desk. The Internet is so great.

    Fun post!

  6. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I love how you forget that you ate asparagus, then hours later, you’re peeing and you think “EW… what’s that… Oh, right. Asparagus.” That little stink-bomb prank on yourself is reason enough to eat it!

  7. flarbas says:

    Argh, I can’t believe I checked back to see if people had finally ceased the inane asparagus pee conversation.

    And I’m extremely disappointed that it continued, this post had a whole lot more worthwhile comment opportunities than the act of smelling one’s pee.

    BTW are there other foods that affect pee as well, I never even knew about the asparagus thing?

  8. Manooshi says:

    ‘Asparagus Pee Scent’


  9. Modusoperandi says:

    So those who are apathetic about an issue have to stand? Typical. I’d start a protest, but…y’know.

  10. Takuan says:

    “* Foul smelling urine may be caused by bacteria, a common sign of a urinary tract or bladder infection.
    * Sweet smelling urine is a sign of diabetes or a rare disease of metabolism.
    * Musty smelling urine may be a sign of liver disease and certain metabolic disorders.
    * Ammonia smell is a concentrated urine due to dehydration.
    * Burned caramel smell is a sign of a very rare life-threatening inherited maple syrup urine disease.
    * Certain foods and medicines, including vitamins, may affect your urine’s odor ~ asparagus causes a characteristic odor.”

    what’s it mean when you urine smells like napalm?

  11. TheChickenAndTheRice says:

    That’s a fun idea.

    She should enlist a graphic designer who’s skilled at typography to give the messages more punch.

  12. player0326 says:

    What a fun site. Just found it today. SO why doe my urine smell like chocolate?

  13. avraamov says:

    but that’s the main reason for eating asparagus. maybe the only one.

  14. toxonix says:

    Can I get an


    Thank you very much sir.

  15. J France says:

    Aspargus Pee Scent guy looks like his pupils have been whited out – theres a sense of evil commanding me to be against stinky pee. Which I very much am.

  16. Gareth Branwyn says:

    >She should enlist a graphic designer who’s skilled >at typography to give the messages more punch.

    Linda Hesh is a very talented designer. This work looks the way it does — utilitarian, generic, commonplace — because she wants it to look that way.

  17. Rezpect says:

    I am also against asparagus pee scent.

  18. Gareth Branwyn says:

    >So those who are apathetic about an issue have to stand?

    That’s actually one of the things I like about this piece is that you SIT DOWN for a cause rather than standing up. And that you can be doing so for some gigantic, important issue, or some inane thing, like asparagus pee. You get to choose the level/intensity of the discourse.

  19. flarbas says:

    I am currently against talking about asparagus pee scent.

    Also I am for that picture for gay marriage, what a great moment.

  20. Patrick Dodds says:

    I like asparagus pee scent more than pink beetroot wee.

  21. minTphresh says:

    but i am FOR the magical glowing-green color of asparagus pee!

  22. sciencemike says:

    If it wasn’t for the smell of asparagus pee, I would eat this lovely vegetable way more often.

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