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Depending on how you look at it, farting is embarrassing, funny, or just a normal body process. Everyone does it, including most animals. In fact, termites are the biggest farters on the planet. Have you ever wondered why we fart?

Fun Facts

  • Every day we swallow air when we eat or chew gum. This air passes through the intestines and some of it is absorbed into the body. Guess where the excess air goes. Yep. Farts.
  • Farts are also caused when bacteria in the stomach produces gas as the food we eat is broken down. The gas is mostly nitrogen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide. Sulphur gas gives farts their nasty smell.
  • Most people fart about 14 times a day. Holding farts in causes the gas in the belly to build up and can cause pain and bloating.
  • Many famous writers have discussed farting. Shakespeare mentioned it in five plays. Benjamin Franklin published an essay titled “Fart Proudly.”
  • In one day, you pass enough gas to fill a balloon!
  • Adolph Hitler had terrible farts.
  • Roman Emperor Claudius made a law that citizens could fart whenever they wished.
  • The word fart comes from the Old English word feortan, which means “to break wind.”
  • Frenchman Christian Poincheval invented a pill that would make farts smell like chocolate or roses after he became so disgusted by the smell of his dinner guests’ farts.
  • Ginger, peppermint, yogurt, and pumpkin are also said to reduce the smelliness of farts.
  • The Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rain forest greets one another by farting.
  • Methane and sulfur, two of the gases in farts, are highly flammable. A German dairy barn full of farting cows caught fire.

Questions and Answers

Question: Do some foods make people fart more than other foods?

Answer: Yes, cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli, as well as dairy foods, eggs, red meat, garlic, and beans, are known for causing gas.

Learn More

Visit Kids’ Health to learn more about flatulence.



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