Last year, the good folk of Ulm in Germany celebrated the 125th anniversary of the world tallest church tower, Ulm Minster, which stands 161.53 meters tall.
But the historic tower, which had recently undergone a costly renovation, is in danger of being toppled – by men pissing at its base. Extensive damage is reportedly being caused to its base by salts and acid in the men’s pee.
According to this report, drunk men gravitate towards the structure during the numerous events that take place around the church throughout the year
In a desperate bid to stop them, fines were doubled for those caught to 100 euros earlier this year, but this has made little difference.
Michael Hilbert, head of the department that maintains the building, said:
I’ve been keeping an eye on it for half a year now and, once again, it’s coated with urine and vomit.
Someone should alert Hilbert to the existence of anti-pee paint which creates a barrier that repels liquid, meaning that urine will bounce off the wall and back towards the offender.
It is also intended to stop urine soaking into the wall, reducing stains and smells.