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From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old

English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III. Library of Congress

English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III. Library of Congress

Farting is a universal human experience, as routine as eating, breathing and sleeping. And it seems to be a cross-cultural and trans-historical fact that passing gas, at least in most social contexts, is rude and offensive.

There’s also the fundamental truth pertaining to the topic: farts are funny. But why is this the case? They’re often a source of discomfort and embarrassment, so why do they double as an inspiration for humor, even literary beauty?

Literary giants let it rip

Every culture in recorded history has had its preferred forms of humor relating to bodily functions, but none have been more reliable in stirring a reaction than fart jokes. In fact, according to British academic and poet Paul MacDonald, the oldest joke in recorded history – which dates back to the Sumerians in 1900 BC – was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”

Fart jokes have also found their way into some of the classics of Western literature.… Read the rest

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Lawyer Sues Priests Who Failed to Exorcise Farting Demons From Home

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leprous Job and the fire farting devil

A Romanian lawyer has sued his bishop and four priests claiming they failed to properly exorcise the flatulent demons in his house.
via Daily Mail

A Romanian lawyer is suing his local Orthodox bishop and four priests claiming they failed to properly exorcise flatulent demons that were forcing him out of his home.

Madalin Ciculescu, 34, accused the five of fraud after they turned up several times to exercise the demons which were responsible for the bad smells that were ruining his business.

He claimed that after the failed exorcism the demons even started haunting him at his home at Pitesti in Arges County in central Romania.

The four priests had all tried and failed to exorcise the demons, according to the legal papers that named bishop Constantin Argatu, even though he had not been to the property, as he was in charge of the priests who had been there.

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