12 Facts About Farting You Probably Didn’t Know

People usually laugh about burping, hiccups and farting. Sometimes,
even they are embarrassed and annoyed about these body functions.

Yes
they sound interesting and smell weird, come out from the bum but how
much do you actually know about these farts? Here are 12 facts about
farting that you probably never heard about.

1. THE AVERAGE HUMAN BEING FARTS 14 TIMES A DAY. How many times they do it in front of others will determine exactly how “human”—actually, “inhumane”—they are.

2. YOU FART ENOUGH EVERY DAY TO FILL A BALLOON.
The average human toots about 700ml of flatus daily—enough to blow up a birthday balloon!

3. THE SPEED OF FARTS.
Farts exit the anus and enter the world at a speed of 10 feet per second, or slightly less than seven miles per hour.

4. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL? Truth
be told, only 1% or less of the gas in your average, everyday,
run-of-the-mill fart has any odor whatsoever. The main culprit is
hydrogen sulfide, which generates those rancid “rotten egg” notes that
make farts the bane of the world’s nostrils.

5. WOMEN’S FARTS SMELL WORSE THAN MEN’S. 

Sure,
there’s a certain breed of male idiot who thinks it’s funny to fart in
front of others, and to be fair, women don’t tend to be afflicted with
that special strain of sadism. But before they start getting all high
and mighty, they should realize that female farts have a higher hydrogen
sulfide concentration than male ones and thus, fart-for-fart, they’re
smellier than dude farts.

6. A FART BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS STINKY.
The
word “fart” is considered a “vulgarism” and—just like farting itself—is
not recommended for use in polite company. The polite noun is “flatus,”
even though almost no one uses it. The word “fart” is said to have been
coined in 1632 and defined as “to send forth wind from the anus.”
“Fart” is derived from the Old English word “feortan,” which means “to
break wind.”

7. FARTING AMONG THE ANCIENTS.
Roman
Emperor Claudius declared that “all Roman citizens should be allowed to
pass gas whenever necessary,” which is an ancient variant of the modern
maxim, “Wherever you be, let the wind blow free.” The ancient Japanese
were said to have held “farting contests” to see who could break wind
the loudest and longest. The Greek physician Hippocrates decreed that
“Passing gas is necessary to well-being.”

8. THE OLDEST ONE-LINER IN RECORDED HISTORY IS A FART JOKE.
Professor
Paul McDonald of the University of Wolverhampton tags a Sumerian joke
from 1900 BC as the world’s oldest recorded one-liner. The joke:

Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.

9. FARTS ARE SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT LITERARY HISTORY. Despite
our modern revulsion for human flatulence—it is a topic so unspeakable,
it may qualify as a form of pornography—literary masters of antiquity
suffered no such hangups. Literary luminaries who mentioned farting
include William Shakespeare (flatulence is mentioned five times in his
plays), Jonathan Swift (who penned a 1722 essay titled “The Benefit of
Farting Explain’d”), Geoffrey Chaucer (whose Canterbury Tales include a
line about a man who “let fly a fart as loud as it had been a
thunder-clap”), Dante Alighieri (whose Inferno mentions a demon who used
“his ass as a trumpet”), and Founding Father Ben Franklin, who wrote a
whole essay titled “Fart Proudly.”

10. HITLER HAD TERRIBLE GAS.
Not
only was the infamous Nazi dictator a speed freak, he also suffered
from hepatitis and gastrointestinal cramps, which led to a condition of
chronic flatulence for which he took 28 different medications. It is
almost certain that no one complained to Hitler about the smell.

11. WHAT EXACTLY IS A FART?
Flatulence—which
occurs in nearly all living organisms—is a mixture of hydrogen,
nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and in some cases,
methane. These gases are produced as the byproduct of the trillions of
bacteria that break down food during the digestive process.

12. CAN FARTS BE MEASURED?

Yes,
indeed, they can—using a “rectal catheter,” researchers are able to
shove a tube up a patient’s poop chute to determine the volume of gas
that is produced during the sacred act of farting.

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