Land of the Rising Gas
Few people stop to think much about it when they fart. Unless it
happens on a crowded elevator,then everyone thinks about it.
You may not have pondered the fact that there are over 400
different kinds of gas in one human fart, and Japanese of course are
no exception. Japanese routinely let them rip to the tune of 80
million litres of fart gas every day of the year. I haven`t even
included hot air bags like Tokyo Governor Ishihara either! If all
the people in the world could be
synchronized via the internet to buff on cue, they would emit 4.2
billion litres of butt gas,
and that would fill 3.5 Tokyo Domes. Not a pretty picture I know.
Just think of the Dome`s
I have often thought that my friend Doug`s expellations were
particularly putrid, but no! According
to research, Japanese young women expel especially smelly ones these
days due to constipation. Half
of the young women of Japan are afflicted. Doctors point to dieting
as the culprit in this case. Dieting
leads to a loss of muscle tissue in general, and loose stomach
muscles in particular, which in turn leads
to constipation, and farts that would make even Doug blush!
Help you gasp! I`m dating a Japanese woman, what should I do? Is
there anything that can be done,
Kev? Unfortunately, I am at a loss and it isn`t only dieting that
make some elevators smell like
Kawasaki. It is also because the Western diet has found popularity
among Japanese palets.
Simply put, Japanese are eating more meat.
Indeed, the fast paced lifestyle of Japan leads to increased
stress, and worsens one`s intestinal
condition. Perhaps because of this busy lifestyle, people don`t
have as much time to exercise. Without
regular exercise, we aren`t regular, and our bowels don`t move
smoothly (extend and shrink well–as one
Tokyo doctor, a proctologist I presume, was quoted as saying).
One shocking part of the study revealed that if you try to
prevent a fart, it will actually get you
in more trouble and could affect your love life! If you refuse to
fluff one (as my Uncle Stan used to say),
then the gas is absorbed into your blood and travels to your lungs.
Then it comes out of your mouth,
smelling just as terrible. Let one rip before you exchange lips
with your special someone I like to say.
It is a shame when couples break up over mouth farts. It wasn`t
that garlic your partner ate the night
This problem isn`t purely a Japanese one of course, it also
takes place in space. After a fatal
accident involving Apollo 1, NASA was forced to re-evaluate their
safety measures. The accident
involved gas and some at NASA suggested that even one fart might
have caused the calamity. They
started their analysis at that point. Finding that farts contain
methane, they proved that farts can
burn. Herman, my boy scout buddy regularly proved that on camp
outs, but that`s another story.
NASA analysed many farts and found that some do not include
methane. It depended on what the
farter had eaten. Eating carbohydrates tends to produce a methane
based fart, while eating meat or
space food that is meat based, produces an expellation that is
methane free or low in methane.
This tends to cause the fartee (or recipient of the fart) to do a
severe space gag, and possibly knock
one of the controls out of whack. This of course could lead to a
The drawback to all of these findings was, that low carbohydrate
space food doesn`t produce the
dreaded methane fart, but does produce a fart like Doug`s. In
space, no one can hear you fart! But they
can sure as hell smell a fart after some gaseous Neil Armstrong has
had his ration of low carb space food.
It stinks up the whole lunar module man! No wonder few astronauts
ever opted for a second mission and
everyone wanted to go for a space walk! Japanese astronaut Mamoru
Mouri, who served on the Space
Shuttle remarked that when someone farts in space it doesn`t
dissipate, “…it becum rump of gasu travelling
through space shuttle. Sometime it strike fellow astronaut nose.
Honto ni kusai!” (It smells just
terrible,”) he related. “It often happen in shuttle, but feeling is
mutual,” he finalized.
So there you have it, let`s be careful out there; and as my father
saw on a Scottish grave stone:
“Aire we be, let wind blow free.”
by Kevin Burns
at great personal risk
(Researched by T. Yamaki under much duress.
*Ms. Yamaki has shown no side effects, so far, from this research.)