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Human farts and sneezes can be big — so imagine the size if they came from the world’s biggest animals?
Oh! Excuse me! Please pardon my sphincter, esophagus and throat.
Scientists built a small database showing which animals do and don’t fart. Not every animal in the world is on there, but it does have moon snails listed as a no.
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One thing I can tell you is that a snail’s bottom is right over its head.
One in six healthy people report problems with bloating.
People who bloat don’t produce more abdominal gas than others but they might have problems getting rid of it.
Better out than in.
Holding on too long triggers a build up of intestinal gas that may eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.
English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III.
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They're rude, crude and uncouth. So what makes farts so funny?
About 40% of people produce smelly gas because of a certain bacteria in their bowels.
To understand why we fart, you need to know something about the volume of gases produced in the bowels first. Imagine how much space 25 litres of gas would occupy – about one third of the interior of a…