Claim: A man was caught cheating on a drug test when urinalysis revealed he was pregnant.
Example: [Los Angeles Times, 2001]
Origins: As drug tests for employees and athletes have become more and more a part of everyday life, so has the finding of inventive ways to defeat those tests by those with something to hide. Since a common form of drug testing is conducted by analyzing a sample of the testee's urine, obvious ploys to beat the test are for a testee to substitute a sample of urine taken from a donor known to be "clean," to try to alter the sample, or to submit a completely different (yet still urine-like in appearance) substance:
Charlie Francis, the notorious coach who oversaw the doping and training of Olympic sprint cheat Ben Johnson, regaled the world with a story of how one prominent European female field event athlete used a bubble-making toy to catheterise 'clean' urine for drug tests. 4
But no athlete has yet had the audacity of Australia's rugby league skipper Wally Lewis, who admitted that in 1990, when called for a random drug test, his urine consisted almost entirely of flat lager. Lewis passed the test (but then he was an Australian rugby player). 4
Inevitably, we'd expect to hear anecdotes (true or not) about drug test cheaters hoisted by their own
When the time came for him to provide a sample, he had no difficulty.
A few weeks later, he received a note from the testing laboratory telling him his drug test had been negative but that he was pregnant. 2
More than once, a male sportsman has provided urine for a drugs test only for experts to break the astonishing news to the competitor that he was 'pregnant'. So much for the girlfriend's help. 4
We haven't yet found a verified news report of a drug testee whose cheating was exposed when urinalysis revealed him to be pregnant. (Pregnancy tests aren't a standard part of the drug screening process.) The closest example we've seen
In November 2014, an Egyptian web site presented an (unverified) account of a supposed recent real-life instance of this legend:
The man had been selected for a standard drugs test along with other public bus drivers, but did not submit his own urine sample, instead using his wife's, the
Of course, when all else fails, testees have come up with some imaginative excuses to explain away the results:
We couldn't end this piece without repeating a related and well-known joke, usually told as a humorous means of expressing concern about the questionable quality of the local water supply, or to disparage the output of a rival brewery:
Two young fellows decided to open a microbrewery in the foothills. After several years of careful work they produced a product with a golden, strawlike color and a good, strong flavor of hops. They sent it to the chemical lab at the State Department of Food Safety, and after waiting impatiently for three weeks, they received a lab analysis which stated, "Dear Sir: Our analysis of the sample sent to us indicates that your horse has diabetes."
Last updated: 5 November 2014