Do you fart? Come on! You do! Everyone in this world does and, when we say everyone, we mean men, women, children and even animals. So, if you go out there in this world claiming that you don’t fart, you will be making a fool out of yourself. You know what? Farting is a natural process and is actually a byproduct of our digestive system. Thus, there is absolutely no way you can deny the very fabric of nature. This article on 20 interesting farting facts will give you information that will make you feel a little better if you happen to be embarrassed with flatulence.
Interesting Farting Facts: 1-10
1. Rush University Medical Center’s assistant professor, Aziz Adam (M.D.) explains that the food we eat goes through our stomach and then gastrointestinal tract and eventually ends up in colon and it stays there until it is expel out through the process we call pooping. Okay, what happens until we poop? This is where the leftover nutrients undergo a process of fermentation triggered by out intestinal bacteria.
2. It is this fermentation process mentioned above that causes the production of a specific type of gas known as sulfur. It is this sulfur that is responsible for producing the pungent smell of the fart and creates the gassy feel.
3. Is that (what’s mentioned above) the only source of gas? Nope! There’s more. Fart also consists of air that we swallow during drinking and eating. It also consists of air that seeps out from blood into our intestines.
4. As far as composition of fart is concerned, it consists of nitrogen (59%), hydrogen (21%), carbon dioxide (9%), methane (7%) and oxygen (4%).
5. Actually, point #2 was not completely accurate. Fart typically consists of mercaptans and hydrogen sulfide gas. Both of these compounds contain sulfur which produces the stinking smell of fart.
6. Why is that fart sometimes makes a blasting sound. That’s caused by vibrations of the rectum. The loudness of the sound will actually depend on two factors. First, the pressure that expels the gas and second, tightness of sphincter muscle.
7. The intensity of the bad odor of your fart depends on the nature of diet you eat. Food rich in sulfur will lead to bad odor. Some examples will be cheese, cabbage, eggs, soda and beans.
8. Did you know that you fart at an amazing speed of 10 feet per second?
9. No one can actually smell a fart almost immediately even after it has been released at the speed of 10 fps. That’s because it takes time for fart odors to rip in air before they can reach nostrils.
10. Some medical experts hold the opinion that suppressing fart is not detrimental to health while some others opine that doing so will lead to some health problems including bloating, uncomfortable symptoms, distended bowel and hemorrhoids. Second set of people sound more logical to us at least in terms of bloating and discomfort.