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8/21/2011 4:30:44 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I took a look at the Wikipedia page for flatulence... it's rather funny... in a disturbing sort of way.

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Flatulence is the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process...The medical term for the mixture of gases is flatus, informally known as a fart, or simply (in American English) gas. The gases are expelled from the rectum in a process colloquially referred to as "passing gas", "breaking wind" or "farting"...The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks...

...Nitrogen, the main constituent of air, is the primary gas released during flatulence, along with carbon dioxide. The lesser component gases methane and hydrogen are inflammable, and so flatus containing adequate amounts of these can be ignited. However, not all humans produce flatus that contains methane...

...The major components of the flatus, which are odorless, by percentage are:

Nitrogen: 20–90%
Hydrogen: 0–50%
Carbon dioxide: 10–30%
Oxygen: 0–10%
Methane: 0–10%

...The sound varies depending on the tightness of the sphincter muscle and velocity of the gas being propelled, as well as other factors, such as water and body fat. The auditory pitch (sound) of the flatulence outburst can also be affected by the anal embouchure. Among humans, flatulence occasionally happens accidentally, such as incidentally to coughing or sneezing or during orgasm; on other occasions, flatulence can be voluntarily elicited by tensing the rectum or "bearing down" on stomach or bowel muscles and subsequently relaxing the anal sphincter, resulting in the expulsion of flatus...

...Flatulence-producing foods are typically high in certain polysaccharides, (especially oligosaccharides such as inulin). Those foods include beans, lentils, dairy products, onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, turnips, rutabagas, radishes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cashews, Jerusalem artichokes, oats, wheat, and yeast in breads. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables that belong to the genus Brassica are commonly reputed to not only increase flatulence, but to increase the pungency of the flatus...

...In 1998, Chester "Buck" Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado received a patent for the first undergarment that contained a replaceable charcoal filter. The undergarments are air-tight and provide a pocketed escape hole in which a charcoal filter can be inserted. In 2001 Mr Weimer received the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology for his invention...

...Not all flatus is released from the body via the anus. When the partial pressure of any gas component of the intestinal lumen is higher than its partial pressure in the blood, that component enters into the bloodstream of the intestinal wall by the process of diffusion. As the blood passes through the lungs, this gas can diffuse back out of the blood and be exhaled..."

Sh*t breath?

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In many cultures, human flatulence in public is regarded as embarrassing but...In other cultures, it may be no more embarrassing than coughing. In one instance in the United States, however, two teenaged boys were kicked off of a school bus for farting...

...In January 2011, the Malawi Minister of Justice, George Chaponda, said that Air Fouling Legislation would make public farting illegal in his country. The media had a field day with punning headlines when they reported the story. Later, the minister withdrew his statement. In 2008, a farting application for the iPhone raked in nearly $10,000 in one day. There are 6 different farting applications for the Palm Pre...
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Rob
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8/21/2011 6:15:40 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"In 1998, Chester 'Buck' Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado received a patent for the first undergarment that contained a replaceable charcoal filter. The undergarments are air-tight and provide a pocketed escape hole in which a charcoal filter can be inserted. In 2001, Mr Weimer received the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology for his invention..."

lulz, wow
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Lasagna
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8/21/2011 9:14:02 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Well in all fairness, there are conditions, like in space shuttles, where flatulence can contribute to the stress of the crew. This actually would be an invaluable tool to an astronaut. Although if the astronauts are farting through their lungs it wouldn't help. Get that man a tic-tac and a toothbrush.
Rob