10 Things You Didn’t Need to Know About Farts

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?

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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.’

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  1. Betty Carew Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Well you were right curiosity got the better of me. good write lots of tidbits i didn’t know lol.


  2. Tusaani Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

    lmao, you were right. Information I probably didn’t need to know but a great read either way.


  3. Fegger Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Aye but can they raise a kilt just a tad? Fill a bagpipe? Haaaaa, haa–One of America’s forefathers and notable inventor, Benjamin Franklin, spent years along with several scientist cohorts in developing “scenting agents” that would alter the odiferous nature upon emission. A collection of these studies were published in a book called, “Fart Proudly” (I own a copy!). Nice work, Al!


  4. R J Evans Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Laughed out loud at this article – hope I was supposed to! :-)

    Seriously, liked it so much I blogged it – you can find it here…

    http://www.webphemera.com/2009/02/10-crazy-facts-about-farts.html

    There is a link to the article and also to your profile @ Triond. Hope it helps with the hits!


  5. Bren Parks Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

    If you put a tablespoon per pound of baking powder in water and boil the beans for a 1/2 hour, drain but don’t wash…

    then put the beans in different water with spices and 1 tablespoon baking SODA and 1 tablespoon sugar per pound and boil for at least 2 to 3 hours…

    You will get NO GAS!!!

    My mom made them like that all my life and never got gas when made like that,…terrible otherwise..

    GREAT READ!!!


  6. Bren Parks Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

    That is of course, dry beans….lol………


  7. Darla Smith Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

    A very interesting article! :>)


  8. rutherfranc Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

    post it in Notecook Bren.. very interesting!


  9. Olivia Reason Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love stuff like this- although perhaps I shouldn’t admit that, since I am a lady- but farting is something you can’t find much sound information about.


  10. Moron Savant Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I enjoyed this article!!!!
    hahaha!!!


  11. Joni Keith Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I’m almost ashamed to say I really enjoyed this article. On the subject of beans, we used to say “Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you’ll toot.” My son asked if you could light one with a match?


  12. Siti Zaida Mikaila aka SZM Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

    This article is needed in Islamic world to reduce possibility of fart’s intensity which very annoys us when we do shalat (prayer).


  13. The Quail Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Great article.


  14. Katien Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

    What about the fact that men seem to fart a lot more than women? Or is it that women are more discreet? Fun article!


  15. ML Sheldon Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Interesting article… Very original, lol.


  16. papaleng Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Love this article..


  17. Juancav Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Entertaining article ,congratulations to all ladies dare to commenting.


  18. Alina Beck Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I have a friend who claims she never farts – it’s a relief to know that she won’t suddenly explode one day!


  19. nutuba Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, well done! Ummm, not sure what else I can say. :-) Great writing, enjoyable read.


  20. Brian Daniel Stankich Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    thanks for all the smelly news


  21. Aldrin A Wilding West Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Pardon me for being so rude
    It was not me it was Alastair…

    I’m one of those who holds them in until I can release them in the little boys room where they won’t be thought quite so ill of. Poor little flatchets.

    Enjoyed this Alastair, it’s gonna make you some good hits :)


  22. S Air Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Interesting..you made me laugh!


  23. C Jordan Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Excellent write, think I’ll try the antics of the Southern Pine Beetle and see if it works in a nightclub :)


  24. monica55 Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    You are right, it gave my family a lot of laughs.lol But a well written article.


  25. Anne McNew Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    wow this is great! thanks for sharing.


  26. Jose Monaca Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Nice article!! I had a bit of fun reading it, thanks for sharing!


  27. PsychoButterfly Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Awsome and funny article! Lol!! Good job!!


  28. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    That was hilarious.. and interesting..
    a fossil fart?? hmm hard to believe that one..
    Great link!

    and oh yes.. women DO FART TOO!


  29. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I cannot stand the sound of people farting, or talking about the biggest fart they had weeks later. Its simply gross.
    However I did find this article enjoyable, and cannot say I have ever noticed our sheep fart.


  30. Matt John Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Interesting…


  31. JOSELITO B BISENIO Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    very nice!
    it made me think about all the farting stuff…


  32. R.B. Parsley Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Alistair,
    I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes! Great article. I haven’t ever heard of a fossil fart! Keep up the good work!


  33. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for that :)

    Inna


  34. Patrick Bernauw Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 1:42 am

    There sure are some interesting farcts in this farticle!


  35. Cardinalsfan Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 5:40 am

    A question to think about if you can freeze a fart, does that mean you can drink a fart?…


  36. Rask Balavoine Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

    I wonder why we all opened an article which claimed to tell us things we don’t need to know? Thanks for bringing out the grubby little school boy in us all Alistair!


  37. macon Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 7:39 am

    hahaha, that was really amusing. i love the idea of farty pants! good article!


  38. Stacey T Pollock Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    hahaha….what a hilarious article!

    Better out than in!


  39. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

    LMAO… laughed so hard I nearly… wait, did I just admit that? No I didn’t, scratch that.. cute article. :P


  40. Sotiris Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Great article! It was easy reading and funny! It’s very informative too! I was impressed with the answers of part 9! Quite amazing :D


  41. Bo Russo Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Alistair,funny is all I can say,as the resident fart king at Triond,I must say I enjoyed laughing through this write.


  42. Gritmo Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Auden wrote in his ‘Dyer’s Hand’ that he enjoyed the smell of his own farts, and conjectured that most people did…as a young A level student we used to hoot reading ‘literature’ such as this…still do 35 years on!


  43. SJ Dickens Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! This article made my day today.
    Its nice to start a day with a good laugh. I think I also have something to say about Farts. I’ll be posting it soon. Thank you Alistair for the inspiration. lol
    Shalom.


  44. Ferris Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 12:24 am

    It was a nice read. Lots of things I didn’t know about, but hey, we learn something new every day. :)


  45. vim3 Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 2:12 am

    That really was a very unique article…funny and informative…and I will watch my beans intake:). Thanks


  46. mulan Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Interesting and hilarious!


  47. Blue Buttefly Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    LMAO with this article!


  48. Felix Addler Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Did the fossil fart really disgust the dude that found it?


  49. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Are you kidding? This was hilarious my friend, lol. I needed a laugh.


  50. thenick1 Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    wow never though they’s publish an article like this. but hey, you beat me too it so kudos to you sir, I’ll just stick to writing about politics, that’s kinds my thing.
    but the thing you should have added in is how many times people fart in their sleep. most women won’t fart during the day, and they let it out while they’re sleeping.
    also, burping can help reduce the amount of times you fart, this much is true told to me by a doctot I know well. nice article, ten out of ten


  51. nick mitchell Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    by the way, if you’re into other people’s articles, look me up, but if not that’s cool too


  52. S M Blomker Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    interesting facts you got there…things I didn’t even know.


  53. Denis Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 5:25 am

    nice work, very informing.


  54. Cara Boynton Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:26 am

    LOL! I loved this article! I actually broke the fart barrier with my husband, I dutched ovened him… anyway, great job!


  55. hfj Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Funny article about a hush, hush subject. In reality we all do it, some of us are more discrete than others. Well done.


  56. Paul Roberts Says...

    On February 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Well I quess since Im the 69 commentor I need to be carefull on this subject! I love beans but beans dont love me,nor do folks love me when I love beans,so a wise person told me listen Ironbutt,put ginger in your beans when you cook them takes some of the toxic out. And now Im a bean eating man that folks allow around. Yoour fan,smile


  57. Denise Kawaii Says...

    On February 22, 2009 at 11:47 am

    This is a hillarious subject that I have passed on to those I know will appreciate it!


  58. Sparky Says...

    On March 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Instead of LMAO could we now use FMAO?


  59. Sakuragi Says...

    On March 14, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Really enjoyed this one! =)


  60. Neverty Agisti Says...

    On April 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    How about ant?


  61. Gemma Says...

    On May 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Hi sorry but the poem is wrong, its

    “Beans, Beans good for your heart.
    The more you eat the more you fart”


  62. Ross Richardson Says...

    On May 20, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Nice one m8, really funny lol, pointless but funny haha :p


  63. Vijay Says...

    On June 5, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Kusuva patthi ivlo aaraichiya


  64. DA Cournean Says...

    On June 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    LOL!!!


  65. Ask Cash Says...

    On June 17, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Fantastic Article…I did count, but I’m not sharing!


  66. glassie Says...

    On June 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Simply fab!


  67. beldobie Says...

    On August 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I didn’t realize there was so much involved in breaking wind.
    I think I need to get a pair of those ‘Fartypants’ for certain members of my family.


  68. Mike Says...

    On September 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    that was very funny i\’m glad i stumbled across it


  69. catlord Says...

    On November 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    There is a product called “BEANO” I think the name is, -you take a pill or spoon of it a half hour before a meal with beans… must be it is the enzyme that we lack(??) and it claims that you will not fart.


  70. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On November 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I didnt need to know this stuff.


  71. Der Kommissar Says...

    On November 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I need to buy me some farty pants. very funny lol


  72. Jordan ViNu Says...

    On November 28, 2009 at 5:49 am

    well you got me interested! haha xD


  73. Casey Kelley Says...

    On December 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’m glad I really do learn something new everyday =).


  74. magicdarts Says...

    On January 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Superb, these are the questions that have long troubled me!


  75. Lana Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    nothing i didnt already know, unfortunately *sigh* wish i didnt know so much on the subject, though. you see, i found this article while googling “trouble farting” b/c, as you may have guessed it, im having trouble farting *hangs head*. i dont understand, i never had this much trouble farting before. you know, they say constipated are by far the gassiest, and here i suffer from chronic constipation practically all my life, and sadly…nothing :-( am i ordinary? anyone else have this problem? the way i see it, farting helps propel poop (in a way), and mines just sitting there…waiting. help! i need you to research and wrote an article about the inability to fart b/c i most certainly do NOT fart 14 times a day…but wish i did *sniffle*. and NO!!!!! this is not “some sort of joke!!!!!” i used to fart like mad as a kid, but for the past several years, they just wont come. i eat lots of fiber, drink enough water, walk every day, etc etc, and still nothing. no farts = no poop. dont get me wrong, i have TONS of gas, it bubbles and churns and … omg, this totally remind me of an episode of two and a half idiots, err, MEN i saw once in where charlie is sitting on a gurney in the emergency room (after a heart attack scare) literally “praying for a fart” (pent up gas). thats exactly how i feel!!!!! any advice? im open to suggestions *whimper*. thanks in advance :-\


  76. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    @Lana: I really don’t know what to say to that. lol

    Eh! There could be something in thinking that the more you worry about it the harder it becomes. So could be an idea to not worry about it too much and maybe you will soon be farting like a trooper.

    Of course, the best advice really is go to your doctors!


  77. Lenjur Says...

    On February 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing.


  78. frank Says...

    On February 23, 2010 at 3:02 am

    onions are the best for me,blows away all the competition,lol.interesting topic though.anon


  79. Lozil Says...

    On April 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Nice Ones…. Thanks for sharing…


  80. ellie Says...

    On April 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    ha funny things in the (brackets)


  81. Katie Says...

    On June 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for that information. It was very useful.


  82. peace yo Says...

    On September 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    hehehee ha ha ha


  83. NOT MEEE Says...

    On September 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    FART PFFFFFFF HEHEHE HA HA HA


  84. Martin Says...

    On October 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Superb! I laughed that much that I farted.


  85. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On October 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    farting is good – it is only natural. lol


  86. Trevor T Says...

    On October 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Best article I have EVER read! I have just one question tho…. How fo you freeze a fart? Do you fart in a bottle the but it in the freezer or something? Lol, loved the article!!!


  87. Tom Cruise Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hahahaha good work. ;)


  88. themon Says...

    On December 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I came across this while searching for why I fart so much, it didn’t help with that problem but was fun to read :)


  89. Daniel Spergens Says...

    On December 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I think accepting people farting in public is not a matter of being open-minded or not. Quite the contrary, it’s a matter of respect and human rights. I do not need or am compelled to smell somebody else’s filthy gases. In this sense, we can say that most of societies are respectful, otherwise everybody would be farting anywhere, anytime…on the subway, on the movies theater, on restaurants…(I mean to a massive scale). OK, man so you have just farted, but….Does the person who’s standing next to you deserve breathing the air (which, do doubt, is already polluted with so many other stuff) polluted with your smelly whim? C’mon…make an effort…go find the toilet a few steps away from yo or hold it for a while….you’re not going to die!


  90. ps Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Here’s the real deal. Bean’s Bean’s good for your heart
    The more you eat the more you fart
    The more you fart the better you feel
    So eat beans for every meal!!!!!


  91. cookie28 Says...

    On January 12, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Swet article!!!


  92. Edward X Says...

    On January 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I am old and love to fart around noisy people and those who smoke. Moreover as a old person now I do smell because I wash regularly, I also use a natural deodorant and propylene glycol based scented deodorant.
    But most of all I enjoy farting in the gym so as to keep the Brazilian girls away because they have no manner, forever talking aloud on their telephones. I guess they like to use their phone so much because they did not have one until the migrating here as an illegal alien. Spanish chicks are just as bad.
    Peace.


  93. rovert Says...

    On February 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    real funny. i was bored so i googled fart to gross out my friends.LOL _


  94. roverto bowling Says...

    On February 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Real funny. I was bored so I googled fart to gross out my friends.LOL _


  95. sam Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    so. . . where are the other six?


  96. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On March 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

    ‘where are the other six?’

    On the second page!


  97. jumjum Says...

    On March 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    i can fart on command and i hold the farts in for almost 3hours


  98. Anne Says...

    On June 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    A fart is very useful it gives the body ease ,warms the bed in winter and suffocates the flee’s :)


  99. Hannah Says...

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    all i have to say is wow………


  100. awesomest farter Says...

    On September 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    hello peps im the awesomest person in the world


  101. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 5:36 am

    i can fart on command and i hold the farts in for almost 3hours

    And that’s something to be proud of? lol


  102. lol Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    haha fartypants sound funny.


  103. lol Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    meant to also say I used to have a whooppee cushion and it was great fun playing tricks on other people.


  104. disgusted Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

    The subject of this article is down right disgusting I am appalled at anyone even laughing at this kind of diatribe do you people not have any manners. I am disgusted.


  105. chillax dude Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    ^someone needs to chill^


  106. No I Am The Awesomest Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    hello peps im the awesomest person in the world – no I am the awesomest


  107. funny Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    funny


  108. roberto Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I would like to know who actually collected the data to find out that the average person farts 14 times a day. Well, more that I would like to know WHY? lol


  109. Ihateu Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Lame


  110. yeah Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    tottaly lame


  111. madboy123 Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    This is not lame ur comment is lame this was awesome. I fart in your general direction if you think it is lame!


  112. dave Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    cool info


  113. shafikamal1 Says...

    On October 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    best article and write more .


  114. PaulB Says...

    On November 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    LOL. Awesome. How did I fail to sniff this one out earlier?


  115. PaulB Says...

    On November 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

    PS – Was not there a Frenchman once who made music by farting? That is something to get to the bottom of. lol


  116. Jim Says...

    On November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I like the smell of my own farts is that wierd?


  117. Joy Says...

    On February 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    thanks for the information :)


  118. Sarah Says...

    On April 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    what is the name of the south park episode that kenny holds his farts in all day??


  119. Alistair Briggs Says...

    On April 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

    what is the name of the south park episode that kenny holds his farts in all day??

    South Park Season 3 Episode 2: Spontaneous Combustion.

    ;)


  120. Terri Says...

    On May 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I confess. I had heard that many flatulents meant better health but I began to worry as I seem to be incredibly healthy…so I googled it, of course and here was your article to not only make me feel proud that I am a women of great health but to give me a laugh and a teach me many things I did not know. I am a bit of a fart expert now. =) I would love to see the fart fossil, I am very intrigured by that! thanks again


  121. Harry Thomas Says...

    On June 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Does 1 good rasping fart make up for 2 little crap farts? Lol!!!


  122. Herbert Says...

    On August 30, 2012 at 1:46 am

    1 good rasping fart certainly does make up for 2 little crap farts, as long as you don’t follow through! ;)


  123. dickie Says...

    On August 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome


  124. alberto Says...

    On August 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    pfft!


  125. pedro Says...

    On September 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    is it wrong I like to fart


  126. weiny Says...

    On February 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    oh i fart like 20 times a day on people when they are tying their shoes.


  127. weiny Says...

    On February 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    oh i fart like 20 times a day on people when they are tying their shoes.


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