Here we will take a look at 10 random facts about farts that I am sure you probably didn’t need to know. Of course, curiosity will get the better of you and you will find yourself reading them all so that you will, by the end, know them all.
1. Do Beans Really Make you Fart?
Have you ever heard the following rhyme?
‘Beans, beans, good for your heart.
Beans, beans will make you fart.’
Surely an urban myth, I hear you cry. Bad news for all you bean lovers out there, as it is true that beans do indeed make you fart. One of the reasons for this is a sugar called stachiose which is found within the bean. The problem is that humans cannot digest this sugar properly so when the bacteria in our intestines try to break it down, it fails, which produces a lot of gas.
Don’t even get me started on brussel sprouts.
2. How Often Do We Fart?
Well if you have ever wondered if you fart more or less than the average human person then read on. An average person will produce around half a litre of fart gas per day, which roughly translates as 14 farts a day.
Please, feel free to count how many times you fart each day to see if you are above or below average but it may be worth not telling anyone else as you don’t want them thinking you are a weirdo.
3. Will Holding Farts cause Combustion?
You may remember the episode of the cartoon ‘South Park’ when Kenny holds his farts in all day and then combusts and dies at the end of it. Well sorry to tell you but this came straight from the writers imagination (just trying to find new ways to kill Kenny).
The worst thing that would happen to a human if they held their farts in would be a severe stomach pain. Emperor Claudius, he of the Roman Empire fame, one made farting legal at banquets, stating that it was for the good of the people health. This didn’t stop the stomach pains though, as the people would eat and drink far too much anyway.
4. How Can I Mask the Smell of a Fart?
It is said that the best thing to do if you fart in public is to act all innocent and if that fails, blame someone else. Be careful of that last tactic though as they may retort with ‘Whoever smelt it dealt it.’