10 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About, Ahem, “Natural Gas”

Some people find this stuff embarrassing. Those people are called “not scientists.”

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Actually, let’s talk about this. In 19th C. Paris, Joseph Pujol AKA Le Pétomane AKA The Fartiste packed houses at the Moulin Rouge for years by using controlled flatulence to, among other things, play a trombone, blow out candles, and do impersonations.

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His real name was Pujol.

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Which seems to imply that there was a scientist out there whose job was to come into work each day and bottle and measure farts.

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Chaucer’s 14th-Century Canterbury Tales merrily depicts many instances of “fartyng.”

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