Why We Pass Out Gas (Fart/Mess)


Growing up as a young boy, one thing we were taught (experience they say is the best teacher) was never to eat beans or boiled egg or a mixture of both during class hours. This was to avoid the ejection of flatus (medical word for gas generated in the intestinal tract). Flatulence or farting or as we called it back then “mess” is the passing of gas from the digestive system out of the anus.
It’s no secret that we all messed as young kids in class and as the professional messer, I knew how to make sure it didn’t make a sound by putting my butt cheeks together and releasing it intermittently (small small). After which I would act like nothing happened and wait for an innocent fellow to raise the first alarm by saying “who mess?” then the true messer (me) would accuse him of messing the mess. Those days were fun.
As a matter of fact, boys were always the ones who messed in class but when girls did, everybody had to leave the class. Girls mess smell far worst than boys mess maybe cause they are just beautiful beings..lol

On a serious note though, I have always belittled the importance of flatus (the gas we pass out) until recently I read the article of a man who was flown to India because he could not pass out gas through his anus which made the gas accumulate in his tummy and made it very big and almost killed him (which kind yeye sickness be this one sef, hian). That was when I realized how important farting is to human health.

What is fart?
Farts are usually trapped air that could come from a number of sources including air swallowed while chewing or drinking or gas produced by chemical reactions in our intestines. A typical fart is composed of 59% Nitrogen, 21% Hydrogen, 9% Carbon Dioxide, 7% Methane and 4% Oxygen. Only one percent contains Hydrogen Sulfide which contains the sulphur that makes farts smell bad.

Why does it make a sound?
Farts make a sound when they escape due to the vibrations of the rectum. The loudness may vary depending on how much pressure is behind the gas, as well as how the messer positions their butt chicks and sphincter muscles surrounding the anus.

Why does it smell bad?
The more sulfur-rich your diet is, the more terrible your farts will smell. Some foods contain more sulfur than others, which is why eating things like beans, cabbage, cheese, soda, and eggs can cause head ache generating mess.

Okay to hold it in?
According to a team of physicians from the University of Copenhagen, holding in gas can cause bloating, indigestion, heartburn and, sometimes, even pain, they noted. Intestinal distension resulting from trapped gas may also increase blood pressure and heart rate. Then there’s the mental stress of trying to keep the gas from escaping. The doctors’ advice: Just let it go.

How often do we fart?
According to Brenna Lorenz, author of Facts on Farts, the average person produces about half a liter of farts every single day, and even though many women won’t admit it, women do fart just as often as men. In fact, a study has proven that when men and women eat the exact same food, woman tend to have even more concentrated gas than men. (I said it, women’s fart smell more than men’s and I just found my prove..lol)

FACT: If a person were to fart continuously for 6 years and 9 months, they would produce gas with the equivalent energy of an atomic bomb.

Is it true that some people never fart?
No, not if they are alive. Everybody farts. Queen Elizabeth, Kim Kardashian, your pastor. Everyone farts.

Are farts flammable?
As stated above, the methane and hydrogen in bacteria-produced farts make your gas highly flammable. This is why some people think it’s a fun party trick to hold a lighter up to their bums and let one fly; doing so produces a big burst of flame, but is obviously very dangerous.

How long does it take for fart to smell?
Fart travel time depends on atmospheric conditions such as humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction. Also depends on the molecular weight of fart particles and distance between the fart transmitter and the fart receiver. Farts also disperse (spread out) as they leave the source and their potency diminishes with dilution. Exceptional conditions exists when the fart is released in a small enclosed area like an elevator or a small room or a car. These conditions limit the amount of dilution possible and the fact may remain in smell-able concentrations for a long time until it condenses on the walls.

Do people fart after death?
Here’s proof that you can’t escape passing wind, even after you’re dead! Up to three hours after the body dies, gasses continue to escape from both ends of the digestive tract, resulting in burping or farting noises. This phenomenon is due to muscles contracting and expanding before rigor mortis sets in.


There you have it but remember, when in doubt, fart it out. I wish that you stay alive to fart for many years to come. AMEN


1. Fart Facts: 10 Facts About Farting by Beverly Jenkins
2. Facts on Facts by Brenna Lorenz
3. Holding in intestinal Gas by Berkeley Wellness

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