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  1. Ian Ferguson

    Same response when drinking

    Fascinating - I've always had this shivering response and wondered about it. When I was a teenager, I frequently felt faint while urinating - in fact, I did faint (into the bathtub next to the toilet, fortuously) once while urinating. I would also momentarily lose my eyesight through 'black spots' in front of my eyes.

    Interestingly, I get the exact same shivering response when drinking certain liquids - most notably, weak orange squash, or drinks which I'm not particularly fond of. I'd be interested to know the scientific explanation for that; I suspect it's related to the gag reflex.

  2. Mark T

    Wee are still evolving then

    Sounds to me that if the human body was computer program then this would be described as a bug or an undocumented feature.

    No doubt in time it will be fixed in a later evolution.

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