9-Cool Fart facts

By on December 17, 2015
fart facts

Passing gas, blowing trumpet, anal salute, or beep your horn are different words used as a synonym for fart, embarrassing to many but it is one of the most essential and common functions of the body. 

It has no borders; everyone breaks wind, including the celebrities whom we adore.  Read on for more challenging facts about boom-boom.     

1) Composition of farts

When you eat, along with the food you also swallow air composed of gases like nitrogen and oxygen.   These gases along with hydrogen, carbon-di-oxide, and methane formed during digestion needs an escape route, they come out as farts.

Boom-boom is made of nitrogen 59%, hydrogen 21%, carbon-di-oxide 9%, methane 7%, and oxygen 4%.

Farts stink due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans which contain sulfur.  Eggs, cauliflower, and meat are sulfur-rich diet and can produce smelly farts.

2) Why do farts come out with a loud bang?

Farts escape with a bang due to various reasons, like the velocity at which the gas is expelled, the vibrations of the butt cheeks, and the tightness of the sphincter muscles of the anus.

farting smell

3) Do people break wind about 14 times per day?

True.  According to studies, an average person farts about 14 times per day.  Women equal men in proportion, but they seldom admit it.  Studies have proven women’s farts come out with more hydrogen sulfide than mens’ farts, so stinks more.

4) The average speed of farts has been clocked at 10 feet per second.

Farts break wind at an average speed of 10 feet per second, sometimes at varying velocities, and it takes around 10-15 seconds to reach your nostrils after the launching.

fart creative

( Above is a creative photography by Nomadsoul1 )

5) Is holding back farts bad for health?

No – according to doctors.  The only thing you might experience is more gas buildup and discomfort, but it is wiser to release them into the wilderness at the earliest.

6) Some cultures celebrate farting

Some cultures do promote boom-boom in public, certain cultures like Yanomami, an Indian tribe in South America, greet each other by farting.  Claudius, the Roman emperor passed a decree that legally allowed his people to break wind in parties or in public.

7) Are farts flammable?

Farts are a combination of oxygen, carbon-di-oxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, and methane.  Hydrogen sulfide and methane are flammable.  So technically speaking, it is combustible.

fart art

( Above is a sculpture by Chinese artist Chen Wenling entitled "What You See Might Not Be Real" is on display at a gallery in Beijing, China. The artwork is a critique of the global financial crisis with the bull representing the golden bull of wall street and the man pinned to the wall representing the jailed financier Bernard Madoff )

8) Among animals termites farts the most

Yes, studies have proven termites farts the most.  It is estimated that termites emit methane to the tune of 2 to 22 Tg per year by farting alone, and it holds the second position for natural source of methane emission.

9) Do people fart even after death?

It is said that dead bodies fart up until three hours before rigor mortis sets in.    Gases come out the ways, burping as well as fart.

Image courtesy: gulfnews.com , wikihow.com , timeincuk.net , asbestian.de

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