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Many spectators of HBO’s 24/7 program were shocked when Juan Manuel Marquez proceeded to drink his own urine in preparation for his bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

However, urine drinking has actually been practiced for centuries by both athletes and poor people around the world. In parts of Mexico where food and water is scarce, villagers are accustomed to drinking their own urine.

On certain holidays they drink the urine of their neighbors in a show of good will. In Puebla, there is actually a local festival named El Chango Santo, in which all the men in the town that are over 65 years old urinate in a big pot full of onion and cilantro leaves. The urine is boiled and vinegar is later added. The brew is then allowed to cool off and is subsequently poured into plastic cups for everyone in the town to enjoy.

Supposedly, this practice signifies a celebration of life and ensures a long existence. Interestingly, people in Puebla do tend to live longer than people in other parts of Mexico, according to statistics.

Nevertheless, this practice is not restricted to Puebla, as people all over Mexico practice urine drinking in all parts of the co...

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