A Semi-Scientific Study of Farting in the Workplace

We know that everybody picks their noses, and now we know that everybody farts too — especially at work. In fact, if this poll is to be believed, people fart at work in lots of places you wouldn't expect. » 5/19/14 3:30pm 5/19/14 3:30pm

No but really, why do we all burp and fart so much?

What makes humans so damn gassy? In a recent installment of SciShow, Hank Green explores the science behind our bodies' various "gaseous emissions." » 1/11/14 3:00pm 1/11/14 3:00pm

Why can farts be set alight?

You know you've always wondered why farting on a lighter causes a brief burst of flame. Believe it or not, there is rarely any methane in farts, and so methane is not what’s burning when farts are ignited. Find out what does, and why some farts ignite and others don’t. » 9/26/13 10:31am 9/26/13 10:31am

Who knew illuminated manuscripts contained so many fart and poop jokes?

There's plenty of silliness sitting in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, and the Tumblr The Discarded Image collects some of the goofiest of the goofy: cats licking their junk, murderous bunny rabbits, prankster monkeys, amorous animals, and tongue-wagging jokesters. But perhaps the highlight of blog is its… » 4/14/13 11:00am 4/14/13 11:00am

When people explode during colonoscopies

Few people, if any, look forward to colonoscopies. They're annoying to prepare for. (Liquid diet? No thank you.) They're invasive. (It's a camera. In your butt.) They're scary. (Even if it's just a routine screening, there's always a chance your doctor will find something up there that requires medical attention.) … » 9/24/12 11:13am 9/24/12 11:13am

Everything you need to know about butts, farts, and Japanese water imps

Of all the ways to die, the most ignominious demise is having a kappa — or a Japanese demon — pull a magical orb out of one's asshole. You can repel the beasts with a burst of powerful flatulence, but you must be certain that your fragrant blast is muscular enough to bowl them over like ninepins. » 6/07/12 2:25pm 6/07/12 2:25pm

The time an Apollo 16 astronaut swore about farting on the moon

We already know that farting astronauts are serious business, but the fact is that even the best-trained moonwalker can't stop themselves from passing gas. Apollo 16 astronaut John Young didn't just fart prolifically while on the moon, he colorfully described his flatulence during a mission debriefing. » 5/05/12 11:00am 5/05/12 11:00am

Japanese fart scrolls prove that human art peaked centuries ago

Approximately 200-400 years ago during Japan's Edo period, an unknown artist created what is easily the most profound demonstration of human aesthetics ever committed to parchment. I am referring to He-Gassen a.k.a. 屁合戦 a.k.a. "the fart war." In this centuries-old scroll, women and men blow each other off the page… » 2/20/12 8:25am 2/20/12 8:25am

Science Fiction Farts of Death

Fart danger is everywhere recent science fiction. First there was Greg Bear's novel Vitals » 11/16/07 11:42am 11/16/07 11:42am, in which an evil Soviet conspiracy leads to targeted biological mind-control attacks. How do you know somebody has been taken over by mind-controlling bacteria? They start farting. took this idea a step further.