Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  1. Most people pass wind about fourteen times a day and give off enough gas to fill a 1-liter soda bottle.
  • What causes the popping noises you sometimes hear when you fart? The walls of your anus—the hole at the end of your digestive tract—vibrating back and forth. The loudness of the fart depends on how fast the gas rushes out and the tightness of the muscles around your anus.
  • Ever heard the saying: “Whoever smelt it, dealt it”? It’s not true. The farter usually smells the stench last. Because gas blasts away from the culprit’s body, the stinky scent takes a while to reach his or her nose.
  • Some snakes hiss when enemies get too close. Others shake their rattling tails. But Sonoran coral snakes and western hook-nose snakes let out a fart that can be heard from up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) away. That’s enough to spoil any predator’s appetite!
  • How do herring find one another after the sun goes down? They fart. The blasting bubbles of gas sound like a high-pitched raspberry as they shoot though the water. Other herring can hear the noise, but larger fish can’t.
  • Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my new book Blasts of Gas: The Secrets of Breathing, Burping, and Passing Gas.

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