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Well, he did it! That crazy genius of Colin Furze did it. The biggest fart machine ever created was a resounding success: He fired the giant butt at France from Dover, England, and it was reportedly heard across the English Channel by at least two people in Pas-de-Calais—four miles away.
Knighthood for this guy, s'il vous plaît.
A normal person passes wind between 10 and 20 times a day. Obviously some of us keep that average high, but still, you have to wonder: where does all that flatulence come from?
While some of the gas you pass does come from swallowing air, the bulk of it is a result of the bacteria in your gut, as they chomp through the undigested contents of your intestine. This video gets to the bottom of what causes excess gas production and, perhaps most importantly, the vile smells that occasionally waft your way. [TED Ed]
This little girl won't apologize for anything — except, maybe, farting
Her message gets a little convoluted, however, when she apologizes for farting. So, we shouldn't care what people think, but we should apologize for farting?
Luckily, Ava has many, many years ahead of her to refine her platform.
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Christian Poincheval is a 65-year-old French inventor who has dedicated the past eight years of his life to making farts smell better.
He claims that his Lutin Malin — which translates to "crafty imp" — line of pills ease digestion and "perfume" farts into smelling like roses or violets. Poincheval claims that his newest creation, just in time for the holidays, makes farts smell like chocolate.
Flatulence is common when you're flying. The BBC explains the science of why we fart more on airplanes and offers some tips on reducing this discomfort and avoid being that person passing gas on the plane.
First, the reason: The average person, according to the article, breaks wind 10 times a day even on the ground. This is exacerbated when we're in the air:
But if our flatulence on ground level passes mostly unnoticed (or is at least politely ignored) in day-to-day life, it can become something of an unwanted companion in the confines of an air cabin. Its frequency on planes is simple physics, [clinical professor Jacob] Rosenberg says. "The pressure drops and the air must expand into more space." That 1 litre of gas now needs to fill a 30% bigger volume, leading to that nasty bloating feeling. This seems to be a regular problem for pilots – more than 60% report feeling regular abdominal bloating, much higher than the average for office workers.
BBC notes that charcoal-lined underwear designed to absorb the odor from flatulence is one solution. It's probably more practical, though, to eat the foods that reduce flatulence before flying: fish, rice, dairy products, and strained fruit juice.
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It's 8 a.m. on a Tuesday. You're balancing a hot coffee on a crowded train, when it hits you — a smell so putrid, you consider burying your head in a stranger's puffy coat to escape the smell. But you can't — you're stuck underground in a poorly ventilated aluminum tube
The doors finally open and you tumble out, a brave survivor of The Underground Fart Cloud. Yes, that mass of air funk has a name.
Riding the subway creates distinct situations that require their own vocabulary. For example, how do you describe the mystery liquid oozing slowly out from under the plastic bench? Well, it's now called Foot Juice. Read more...