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Fart Happens: A Selected Review of the Literature of Farting

Introduction - General Works - Humor - Biography - Children's Books - Medical Advice - Miscellanea


These are the books that have no justification except to make people laugh...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Farts : a spotter's guide
Bower, Crai S.; illustrations by Travis Millard., Farts: A Spotter's Guide.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008.
Donated to Julie's Tacky Treasures by Barbara Mangin Steele


Puff-indorst, Don Fartinando (attributed to Jonathan Swift), The Benefit of Farting Explained, or, The Fundament-all Cause of the Distempers Incident to the Fair-sex, Enquired Into: Proving à Posteriori Most of the Dis-ordures In-tail'd Upon Them, Are Owing to Flatulencies Not Seasonably Vented, 1722.

Farts: A Spotter's Guide

According to the author, there are exactly ten different types of fart. This book, structured like a natural history field guide, not only describes each type's field marks, voice, habitat, and range, it also provides a sound sample by clicking on the matching number on the blue plastic player.

This is not a book you are going to want to read in public, and it's not just because the word "FARTS" is printed in letters two inches high on the cover. To truly appreciate the nuances pointed out in the text, you are going to have to play the sounds, which are quite realistic. After careful consideration, I also recommend that you not even carry this book around with you on your commute to work. Where I live, the subway is getting so crowded, that I fear that someone might bump into me and accidentally cause one of the buttons to be depressed.

The Benefit of Farting Explained

The main thrust of this essay, is that women are endangering their health by being too polite to fart, and they are encouraged to release their wind whenever necessary. The author also observes that perhaps women talk more than men because they do not expel enough of their intestinal gasses toward their rears. Along the way, he ponders the nature of the fart, from a metaphysical, naturalist, and medical point of view. Invoking Boyle's Law, he notes that while a fart weighs hardly anything, it has the ability within a minute of filling an entire room. I might add, it also has the ability of clearing a room.

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