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Puke and Pee Is Gradually Destroying the World's Tallest Church

A seemingly endless stream of drunk people's urine is eroding the stone foundation of the world's tallest church in the German city of Ulm, and no one quite knows how to stop it.

by River Donaghey
Oct 26 2016, 2:00pm

A different outdoor urinator.

A seemingly endless stream of drunk people's urine is eroding the stone foundation of the world's tallest church in the German city of Ulm, and no one quite knows how to stop it, CNN reports.

Late-night revelers already face a $109 fine if they're caught emptying their bladders on the 531-foot-tall Ulm Minster church, but the monetary threat hasn't thwarted drunken partiers drawn to the hulking piss-beacon.

The damage to the stone base of the church comes from the acids and salt in the pee, not to mention other bodily fluids drunk folks might leave behind, like puke.

"I've been keeping an eye on it for half a year now and, once again, it's coated with urine and vomit," the church's head of maintenance, Michael Hilbert, told a local paper. "This is about preserving law and order."

What law and order means in this case is probably just some Ulm city officials dishing out a few bucks for more public toilets or for city cops to up their ticketing. But the easiest solution may lie in the bottom of a few five-gallon buckets of that pee-proof paint.

Read: Why More Men Are Sitting Down to Pee

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