1998 Brenna Lorenz, Megaera Lorenz, Malachi Pulte. Reproduction of any part of site without express permission is strictly prohibited. Note: This is the original Facts on Farts. There are several unauthorized, plagiarized versions out there that do not give credit to this page’s author, and which are incomplete. Do not be fooled by imitations! Where does fart gas come from? The gas inour intestines comes from several sources: air we swallow, gas seepinginto our intestines from our blood, gas produced by chemical reactions inour guts, and gas produced by bacteria living in our guts. What is fart gas made of? The composition of fart gas is highly variable.
Most of theair we swallow, especially the oxygen component, is absorbed by the bodybefore the gas gets into the intestines. By the time the air reaches thelarge intestine, most of what is left is nitrogen. Chemical reactions betweenstomach acid and intestinal fluids may produce carbon dioxide, which isalso a component of air and a product of bacterial action. But the relative proportions of these gases that emerge from our anal opening depend on several factors: what we ate, how much air we swallowed, what kinds of bacteria we have in our intestines, and how long we hold in the fart. The longer a fart is held in, the larger the proportion of inert nitrogen it contains, because the other gases tend to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the walls of the intestine.
A nervous person who swallows a lot of air and who moves stuff through his digestive system rapidly may have a lot of oxygen in his farts, because his body didn’t have time to absorb the oxygen. The reasonfor this is apparently unknown. Some researchers suspect a genetic influence,whereas others think the ability is due to environmental factors. The odor of farts comes from small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans in the mixture. Nitrogen-rich compounds such as skatole and indole also add to the stench of farts. The more sulfur-rich your diet, the more sulfides and mercaptans will be produced by the bacteria in your guts, and the more your farts will stink. The soundsare produced by vibrations of the anal opening. Sounds depend on the velocity of expulsion of the gas and the tightness of the sphincter muscles of the anus. Contrary to a popular misconception, fart noise is not generatedby the flapping of the butt cheeks.
Why are stinky farts generally warmer and quieter than regular farts? Question submitted by many, many people! Another major source of fart gas is bacterial action. Bacterial fermentation and digestion processes produce heat as a byproduct as well as various pungent gases. The resulting bubbles of gas tend to be small, hot, and concentrated withstinky bacterial metabolic products. How much gas does a normal person pass per day? On average, a person produces about half a liter of fart gas per day, distributed over an average of about fourteen daily farts. Whereas it may be difficult for you to determine your daily flatus volume, you can certainly keep track of your daily numerical fart count.
You might try this as a science fair project: Keep a journal of everything you eat and a count of your farts. You might make a note of the potency of their odor as well. See if you can discover a relationship between what you eat, how much you fart, and howmuch they smell. How does a fart travel to the anus? One may wonder why fart gas travels downward toward the anus when gas has a lower density than liquids and solids, and should therefore travel upwards. The intestine squeezes its contents toward the anus in a series of contractions, a process called peristalsis.
The process is stimulated by eating, which is why we often need to poop and fart right after a meal. Peristalsis creates a zone of high pressure, forcing all intestinal contents, gas included,to move towards a region of lower pressure, which is toward the anus. Why do farts come out of your butt? The butt is the location of the anus in humans, and by definition, a fart is an anal escape of intestinal gas. We should be grateful that we are not crinoids. Thecrinoid is a marine creature with a U-shaped gut, and its anus is locatednext to its mouth. How long does it take fart gas to travel to someone else’s nose?
Fart travel time depends on atmospheric conditions such as humidity, temperature and wind speed and direction, the molecular weight of the fart particles, and the distance between the fart transmitter and the fart receiver. Exceptionalconditions exist when the fart is released into a small enclosed area suchas an elevator, a small room, or a car. These conditions limit the amountof dilution possible, and the fart may remain in a smellable concentrationfor a long period of time, until it condenses on the walls. Why is there a 13 to 20 second delay between farting and the time it starts to smell? Actually, the fart stinks immediately upon emergence, but it takes several seconds for the odor to travel to the farter’s nostrils. Is it true that some people never fart?
People even fart shortly after death. So do grandmothers, priests, kings, presidents, opera singers, beauty queens, and nuns. See the Britney Smears music video “Oops, I farted again. Do men fart more than women? No, women fart just as much as men. It’s just that most men take more pride in it than most women.
There is a large variation among individuals in the amount of fart gas produced per day, but the variation does not correlate with gender. I have readthat men fart more often than women. If this is true, then womenmust be saving it up and expelling more gas per fart than men do. Do men’s farts smell worse than women’s farts? Based on what I have experienced of women’s farts, all I can say is that I hope not. Scientific studies of farts show that women’s farts have a higher concentration ofodor-causing gases than men’s farts, but men’s farts have a larger volume. Why are beans so notorious for making people fart? Beans contain sugars that we humans cannot digest. The most offensive sugars, known as “flatulence factors” to scientists who research farts, are raffinose, stachiose, and verbascose.
When these sugars reach our intestines, the bacteria go wild, have a big feast, and make lots of gas! Other notorious fart-producing foods include corn, bell peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, milk, bread, eggs, beer, and raisins. People unable to digest milk due to lactose intolerance will suffer extreme flatulence if they consume dairy products. A friend ofmine had a dog who was exceptionally fond of apples and turnips. The dogwould eat these things and then get prodigious gas. A dog’s digestive systemis not equipped to handle such vegetable matter, so the dog’s bacteriaworked overtime to produce remarkable flatulence.
What things other than diet can make a person fart more than usual? People whoswallow a lot of air fart more than people who don’t. This can be curedsomewhat by chewing with your mouth closed, eating more slowly, and notgulping food or liquids. Chewing gum, smoking, and sucking on candy alsocan cause a person to swallow more air. Carbonated drinks give a personextra gas. Is a fart really just a burp that comes out the wrong end? No, a burpemerges from the stomach and has a different chemical composition froma fart. Farts have less atmospheric gas content and more bacterial gas contentthan burps.
Is it harmful to hold in farts? There are differences in opinion on this one. Certainly, people have believed for centuries that retaining flatus is bad for the health. Emperor Claudius even passed a law legalizing farting at banquets out of concern for people’s health. There was a widespread belief that a person could be poisoned or catch a diseaseby retaining farts. Doctors I have spoken to recently have told me that there is no particular harm in holding in farts. The worst thing that can happen is that you may get a stomach ache from the gas pressure.
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