Why do we fart? Why do farts smell? Passing gas may be embarrassing for most of us, but it might make you feel better to know that farting is one of the most common bodily functions of all time. In fact, the word “fart” is one of the oldest words in the English language!
Read on to discover more fascinating facts about farting:
- Men fart more than women.
- The original meaning of fart is feortan as “break wind loudly”. This word was coined in 1755.
- An average person farts around 14 times a day.
- Those 14 farts a day are enough to fill up a balloon.
- This is not something to be embarrassed about as it means that you are healthy. A healthy digestive tract produces farts. If you are not farting at all go to the doctor.
- Farts are made up of hydrogen sulfide that reduces mitochondrial damage. Smelling farts can be healthy, thus next time you fart take a nice deep breath.
- Female farts tend to be stinkier as females have higher concentration of hydrogen sulfide. Female farts are healthier to smell.
- Farts go as fast as 10 ft/sec.
- If you have very tight sphincter you will produce louder farts as they have smaller tighter area to squeeze out from.
- Gum and soda make you fart more, thus if you know somebody who farts a lot and they drink a lot of soda and chewing gum, hide it from them.
- Most of the farting happens at night when we sleep.
- Termites are animals which produce the most fart. Camels, zebras, sheep, cows, elephants, and dogs (especially labs and retrievers) follow next.
- People even fart after death. Up to three hours after the body dies, gasses continue to escape from both ends of the digestive tract, resulting in burping or farting noises.