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Wed Dec 16, 2020, 01:22 PM

The age old question: Can farts spread disease?

I know we've all wondered about this, especially in the age off COVID-19. Now, after centuries of study, scientists have finally found the answer.

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/620533/can-farts-spread-disease

"Short answer: If you’re wearing pants, you should be fine."

"Back in 2001, a nurse asked Australian science author, educator, and commentator Karl "Dr. Karl" Kruszelnicki the same question. She wanted to know if she was contaminating the operating room she worked in by silently farting throughout procedures, Discover reports.

To get to the bottom of the matter, Kruszelnicki contacted Canberra microbiologist Luke Tennent. Tennent asked one of his colleagues to fart directly into two Petri dishes from a distance of five centimeters—first while wearing pants, and then a second time au naturel. While the first Petri dish stayed clean, the second one sprouted bacteria overnight, which seemed to suggest that clothing acts as a barrier between whatever bacteria might be expelled by a fart (not all of which would be contained within the gas itself). Dr. Karl reported the findings in 2014 in the satirical holiday issue of the scientific journal BMJ, noting:

"Our deduction is that the enteric zone in the second Petri dish was caused by the flatus itself, and the splatter ring around that was caused by the sheer velocity of the fart, which blew skin bacteria from the cheeks and blasted it onto the dish. It seems, therefore, that flatus can cause infection if the emitter is naked, but not if he or she is clothed. But the results of the experiment should not be considered alarming, because neither type of bacterium is harmful. In fact, they're similar to the ‘friendly’ bacteria found in yogurt."



There's much more information at the link for those who are interested in the science of flatulence. I ran across this by accident. Really. I'm not consumed with flatulence, so stop saying that! (All apologies to Bob Boudelang).


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global1 Dec 2020 #1
Wicked Blue Dec 2020 #9
demosincebirth Dec 2020 #2
Midnightwalk Dec 2020 #3
Throckmorton Dec 2020 #7
DBoon Dec 2020 #4
JustFiveMoreMinutes Dec 2020 #5
Harker Dec 2020 #6
lillypaddle Dec 2020 #8
Arne Dec 2020 #10
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2020 #11
Worried2020 Dec 2020 #12
NotASurfer Dec 2020 #13
MicaelS Dec 2020 #14

Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 01:25 PM

1. I Guess Pants Are The Mask Of The Ass...

The anti-maskers better not hear about this. They might stop wearing pants. Don't want to infringe on their rights now - do we?

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Response to global1 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 03:19 PM

9. They already have

No pants under those yellow kilts

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. I'd a died if hadn't know that.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 01:48 PM

3. What did you learn at DU today?

I learned that yogurt is made of fart bacteria. Can I have a cookie?

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Response to Midnightwalk (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 03:10 PM

7. I often use yogurt in my cookies.

Well, at least they are baked.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 01:50 PM

4. Not a medical experiment I would volunteer for

Someone else can do the work verifying this

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 02:45 PM

5. Interesting... butt just a few months ago, smelling farts...

... was supposed to helpful with the immune system.

(Sorry, just memory, no link).

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 02:52 PM

6. My wife says, "it's just air" when she farts.

Naturally, on those extremely rare occasions when I squeak one out, the world is coming to an end.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 03:14 PM

8. Damn

the shit you can learn on DU.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 03:20 PM

10. Flatulence's caused farts.

Had to add my $2.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 03:39 PM

11. Usually, mine are filtered through two layers of cloth.

... usually.

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 04:01 PM

12. Oh dear . . . .

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My bed-sheets but be frikken TOXIC!



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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 05:51 PM

13. I hope they won an Ig Nobel prize for this

That was a worthy study for the Nobel of this variety

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Response to SergeStorms (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 08:51 PM

14. Farting is such sweet sorrow.

For others. As for me, I love to fart.

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