20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flatulence
A Fart By Any Other Name
The word “fart” has been around for a very long time. It came about in 1632 from the Old English word “feortan,” which means “to break wind.” The modern form of the word was first used in literature by the likes of Chaucer and Shakespeare.
Contrary to what you may have heard, holding it in instead of letting it rip will not kill you. It will however almost assuredly lead to cramping and discomfort the longer you hold it in.
To the joy of teenaged boys everywhere, the truth is out: farts are indeed flammable. All gas contains some amount of methane and hydrogen, which are both very prone to catching fire.
Not All Rotten Business
Yes your tooting is stinky, but not as stinky as you might believe. The bad smell comes from the sulfurous content of the gas, which only makes up about 1% of a fart.