Let’s talk about Farts

Overheard this morning, my younger son asking my older one.

“Why did the chicken cross the road?

The chicken next to her farted.”

And the giggling and laughing lasted for more than a couple of minutes.

I don’t know about the other kids, but mine love to talk about ‘Farts’ and have been heard comparing too (!!!). I will not go into details here.

We don’t have to play the guessing game at our house, because they announce who did it, every time. My older one let all our fellow passengers, train ride from Sintra to Lisbon, know by announcing “I farted”.

Since they talk about it so much, I thought, why not read more about them!

I know there are few who think farts are funny and there a few who find them gross. To these latter ones, I urge you to stop reading now, cause coming up are some facts about farts.

But before that, here is a video they find very funny. Confession, I do too.

Facts about Farts 
  • The origin of the word fart goes all the way back to Middle English as “farten” or “ferten.”  Old High German had a word “ferzan” which meant “to break wind.”  Old Norse’s “freta” also had the same meaning.
  • Fart is also called flatus  or intestinal gas.
  • A normal human being will fart over a dozen times every day.
  • On the average a fart is composed of about 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, 9% carbon dioxide, 7% methane, and 4% oxygen. Less than 1% is what makes them stink.
  • Speed of farts: 10ft/sec.
  • Methane and hydrogen in farts make it highly flammable. 
  • Termites are the largest producers of farts.
  • Chimpanzees fart so loudly and frequently that scientists locate them, occasionally, in the forest  by following their farts.
  • Farts and burps of cows are quite damaging to the environment because their farts contain a high percentage of methane gas which is 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
  • 1001 Arabian Nights Tales, a story entitled “The Historic Fart” tells of a man who flees his country from the sheer embarrassment of farting at his wedding, only to return ten years later to discover that his fart had become so famous, that people used the anniversary of its occurrence to date other events. Upon learning this he exclaimed, “Verily, my fart has become a date! It shall be remembered forever!” You can read it here : http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/fart.html#historicfart
  • “Fart Proudly” (also called “A Letter to a Royal Academy about farting”, and “To the Royal Academy of Farting”) is the popular name of an essay about farts written by Benjamin Franklin.
Want to know more?

TEDEd has a video about it too

Next time, blame the bacteria!


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