Why Farting is Significant and Enlightening
It’s interesting to think that farting is often considered to be both embarrassing and hilarious (depending on the circumstances, of course). However, most human beings don’t think much about the science and the facts behind farting, which is tragic because they’re even more interesting than the scenarios alluded to above.
#1: Most people fart enough every day to fill a balloon with the gas generated.
More specifically, the average human being farts approximately 700 ml of gas on a daily basis. This is more than enough to inflate a balloon—but it’s not advisable to try to save on helium in this fashion.
#2: Women’s farts usually smell worse than men’s.
As per science, female farts have a higher hydrogen sulfide content when compared with male farts. However, sometimes this inherent difference can be overcome if some men consume high quantities of beans and other food that produces particularly putrid flatulence.
#3: Farting is, quite literally, “winding.”
The origins of the word “fart” span back to 1962, when the word was known to mean “wind coming out of the anus.” In truth, it’s too bad this isn’t the definition that everyone envisions in modern times (because it seems a lot more pleasant to contemplate).
#4: Farts can be clocked.
According to research, farts fly from your innards at approximately 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second. Of course—unfortunately—the human nose can detect farts virtually instantaneously.
#5: Most people fart at least 12 times per day.
Knowing this will make a lot of people who think they fart a lot feel a lot better. Yet, it still might not provide enough confidence for everyone to start admitting to every fart they let fly.
#6: Farts contain hydrogen sulfide.
Even though most farts are only comprised of around 1% hydrogen sulfide, this is enough to smell unpleasant to some people. However, the majority of individuals don’t notice the average fart at all (if they don’t hear it!).
#7: Farting is healthy.
If you fart approximately 12 times per day (give or take), then this is a strong indication that your digestive system is functioning well. On the contrary, you should consult your doctor if you usually fart far less than that.
#8: Farting has lost it’s freedom over time.
The Roman Emperor Claudius proclaimed that “all Roman citizens should be allowed to pass gas whenever necessary.” Even though the modern version of this ideology is catchy—“Wherever you be, let the wind blow free.”—modern society definitely has stricter rules and expectations when it comes to passing gas.
#9: The ancients had farting competitions.
It has been written that the ancient Japanese held “farting contests”: whoever could fart the loudest and the longest was declared the winner. Moreover, the Greek physician Hippocrates argued that, “Passing gas is necessary to well-being.”
#10: There’s a special device to measure a fart’s volume.
Rectal catheters are utilized by researchers to determine the volume of gas in any given fart. In order to take a precise measurement, they must insert a tube into the patient’s rear end before they fart.
#11: It’s physically impossible to fart in deep water.
Underwater pressure at depths of at least 33 feet prevent digestive gasses from forming bubbles. This can result in an excess build-up, which can be uncomfortable for scuba divers.
#12: Fart-suppressing underwear exists.
Shreddies makes underwear with charcoal-lined pads to dampen the intensity of the smells of farts.
#13: The loudness of your fart depends on the tightness of your sphincter.
The tighter the sphincter, the louder the fart. This is mainly because it’s more difficult for the gas to pass out as rapidly as it would like to.
#14: Carbonated drinks and chewing gum generate farts when consumed.
Some people think these are urban myths—but they’re usually the people who fart far more frequently than the average human being.
#15: Humans fart while they sleep.
In fact, the bulk of farting occurs while people are asleep.
#16: Some insects and animals are chronic farters.
Termites fart more than any other being, camels fart more than any other animal, and zebras and cattle fart far more than most animals.
#17: Hitler was a chronic farter.
He had hepatitis and gastrointestinal cramps, and this contributed to his chronic flatulence. He took 28 different medications to combat this over-arching issue.
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