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Ohio State's Michigan Week Tradition Includes Urine (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:45 PM ET

It's an Ohio State tradition for students to jump into the university's Mirror Lake in the week leading up to OSU's matchup against arch-rival Michigan. But it appears that there may be a downside to so many people gathering in one body of water. The Columbus Dispatch reports that a study conducted during last year's jump revealed a dramatic increase in the lake's ammonia -- in this case, urine -- content:

"It went from a background of 5.2 parts per million to a peak of about 42 parts per million," [research associate Steve] Goldsmith said. "So it was an eightfold increase."

Read the Dispatch article for more. Videos of the lake jump below.

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