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FARTS! Just reading the word can make some of us giggle like little school girls and boys. What is it about this perfectly normal biological event that seems to tickle our childhood humor? Why is it considered one of the most awkward and embarrassing things that could happen to someone in public (especially inside an airplane, with no escape, and no one else to blame). There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding this natural phenomenon and we're here to hopefully shed some light on it all.
Once we understand how the human body works, we come to realize that everybody farts. Our favorite celebrities do it, political leaders do it; heck, even religious figures do it! Whether you call it farting, breaking wind, passing gas, cutting the cheese, or any other expression, farting is an inevitable function of the human body that everybody is destined to enjoy...in some form or the other. So, now that we've dealt with the shame associated with our tendency to infuse our environment with our biological scent, it’s time to learn 25 Moist Facts About Farts That Are Anything But Silent or Deadly. These might make you feel more comfortable about what most of us consider one of the most awkward functions of our body...so let em' rip.
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The word fart is considered to be vulgar nowadays, but in reality it comes from the noble Old English word feortan, which means “to break wind.”
The ancient Greeks and Romans were really open-minded about farting; the father of medicine, Hippocrates, considered breaking wind necessary to well-being, while the Roman emperor Claudius encouraged all citizens to fart whenever or wherever they felt like it.
In ancient Japan, public competitions were organized to see who could fart the loudest and longest. The winners of the “Fart Olympics” received many prizes and enjoyed great respect in their hometowns.
Professor Paul McDonald of the University of Wolverhampton claims that a Sumerian joke from 1900 BCE is the world’s oldest recorded one-liner. What’s the joke about? Well, farting. “Something that has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”
Holding in farts can be bad for your health and causes things such as hemorrhoids and a distended bowel. However, don’t worry too much about it, because science assures us that in the vast majority of the cases the “hostage farts” will eventually make their way out when you sleep.
Farting on an airplane is really uncomfortable no matter how you look at it. Due to cabin pressure, more intestinal gas builds up while on an airplane than when you’re on land. What’s even worse is the fact that fifty percent of cabin air is recirculated, which means that a fart will be recycled inside an airplane.
Even if your farts smell way worse than those of the people around you, they will never disgust you as much as someone else’s farts, since it’s been scientifically proven that one becomes habituated to the stink and odors that one’s body generates.
A recent study showed that the smell of small amounts of hydrogen sulfide can reverse mitochondrial damage and help avert strokes, dementia, cancer, and heart attacks. In other words, sniffing your own farts isn’t a bad thing after all.
Even though some gastroenterologists have claimed that a human can’t break wind below thirty feet, various scuba divers have made claims that prove them wrong.
An Indian tribe in South America called the Yanomami use farting as a greeting. What happens if you see a friend or family member but don’t feel like farting, though? That would be rude, wouldn’t it?
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