Verbal Flatulence

Clare Collins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Newcastle in Australia, has recently been making headlines for an article she wrote in The Conversation in which she claimed that if you hold in a fart too long some of it will eventually come out your mouth:

Trying to hold it in leads to a build up of pressure and major discomfort. A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath. Holding on too long means the build up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.

To back up this claim she cites a 2010 article in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, and this article does indeed say this:

Both H2 and CH4 are thought to be produced exclusively by anaerobic fermentation in the gut. These gases can then traverse the intestinal mucosa and be absorbed into the systemic circulation. Once in the circulation, the only known source of clearance of these two gases is via the lungs. One study found that the volume of H2 present in the bowel of ten normal subjects averaged 0.24 ml/min in the fasting state. This rate sharply increased upon instillation of lactulose, to a mean peak rate of 1.6 ml/min. It was found that 14% of total H2 produced was excreted via the lungs and that breath H2 excretion correlated well with total H2 production. Another much more physiological study of hydrogen production and excretion found that overall 58% of H2 is excreted in the breath.

However, it's hydrogen sulfide, H2S, that makes farts smell, and according to the article, this isn't excreted in your breath: "Once in circulation, H2S is excreted primarily by the kidneys as free or conjugated sulfate."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 06, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Science, Flatulence

Whisper Seat

Patent awarded to Paul Bungo of Ambridge, Pennsylvania - July 20, 1971:

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a whisper seat for a toilet and which prevents sounds, made within a toilet bowl during a bowel movement, from being heard by other persons.
Another object is to provide a whisper seat which accordingly will eliminate the embarrassment to an occupant of a bath room that persons outside thereof have heard him during a bowel movement.

I can't imagine that this invention actually worked, because how would it stop the sound from coming out from between your legs?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 02, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Flatulence, 1970s

Chocolate Gas

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you're not eating your Thanksgiving meal alone today, it might be a courtesy to others to take one of Mr. Poincheval's gas-altering pills. They'll give your postprandial flatulence the delightful smell of chocolate. Available at And they also have gas-altering pills for dogs! [via]

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 27, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Flatulence


Now that I know about this, I'll never view airplane travel in the same way again.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 12, 2014 - Comments (1)
Category: Flatulence, Air Travel and Airlines

The Adventures of Cabbage Boy

A new offering by author Steven London in the genre of children's flatulence literature. Here's an excerpt:

The smell under the flannel sheets was awful. It was either an old egg salad sandwich (doubtful) or one of Ralph's little brother's poopie diapers had been misplaced on the way to the trash.

I bet you can't wait to read more!

Amazon Link: The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy -- Author's Website.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 20, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Books, Flatulence

Kong Suni, the Korean Farting Doll

Rub her belly and hear her fart!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 29, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Flatulence

Anti-fart Underwear

From what I can determine, these appear to be a real product. The ass-essments of WU readers are welcome.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 11, 2012 - Comments (16)
Category: Flatulence, Underwear, Diseases

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #12


The choices are:


From the 1950 catalogue.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 28, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Hygiene, Body Fluids, Excrement, Flatulence, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

Numi Toilet

Longtime WU-vies know all about the Japanese fascination with complex automated toilets. Now there's one for the USA market.

And for only $6400.00!

Read a review here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 13, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Body Fluids, Excrement, Flatulence, Money, Outrageous Excess

A Little Light Weirdness - 6

When the O'Gorman family encountered still opposition to their proposal to demolish the Edwardian house they owned and use the land for six modern properties they were probably a little miffed, or more than a little, if the name they chose to give the development is anything to go by. Having been given a green light by the local council, the O'Gormans announced that the new cul-de-sac was to be called "Pogue Muhone Court". Pogue Muhone is a phonetic English equivalent to the Gaelic "pog mo thoin", which means "kiss my ass" (Telegraph).

And if kissing ass isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to crawl through one instead? You can at a new exhibit called Grossology, which opens at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. Subtitled “The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” the exhibits also include a tour of the nose, a giant replica of human skin and an interactive experiment in flatulence called “Burp Man” (Miami Herald).

Not kissing but kicking ass are the pensioners of Bavaria in Germany, who decided not to take the credit crunch lying down. After their financial adviser, James Amburn, handed them losses in excess of 2.3 million euros, five OAPs tracked him to his home in Speyer, kidnapped him, and tortured him into faxing a Swiss bank for the money to pay them back. Instead he managed to alert the police. Mr. Amburn later confided that his four day ordeal was perhaps extended by his kidnappers having to stop a while when they ran out of breath (Mirror).

Also taking a little longer than usual were the German actors appearing in Erofeev’s satirical play “Moscow to the End of the Line”, alternatively billed as a “crazy depiction of one of the most famous alcoholic benders in world literature”. In an ill-considered attempt at method acting four of the performers decided to swap the water in the props for real vodka “as an experiment", only to fall off their chairs, and the stage, before inviting audience members to take a swig. They were later taken to hospital under a police escort to have their stomachs pumped (Guardian).

More outrage now, this time from Great Britain, where in a clear breach of their normal high standards of decorum, British mums have been seen shopping in the Tesco supermarket chain in pyjamas and slippers. In fact more outrage seems to have been directed at Tescos, who have implemented a dress code and now escort anyone so attired from their premises, than at the mums, They should all just be thankful they don’t have Walmarts, that’s all I’m saying (Mirror).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Fri Jan 29, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Body, Buildings and Other Structures, Fashion, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Shopping, Body Fluids, Excrement, Flatulence, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

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