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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Farting a crime? Smoking not?

So I've confessed before on this blog that breaking wind is something fun to do in the hospital (such as in this post).  You fart and the nurse thinks the patient pooped.  You fart and the patient's family thinks it's the normal smell of a hospital.

We have a little fun like this.  It's fun to silently fart in an elevator.  Or, better yet, it's fun to fart in a crowded room and see how long it takes for you to be standing all alone.  Farting is perhaps the best way to create space for yourself.

Yet in one country farting might become illegal soon -- like this African country.  As the article contends:  "The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders 'who foul the air' in a bid to 'mould responsible and disciplined citizens.'"

Obviously there's public outcry.  How do you prove who did it?   Me and all my brothers would be in jail faster than you could... well, fart.

So someone farts in an elevator.  How do you prove what person did it?  Would it be worth the time, effort and money to find out.  NO!  Farting is a natural part of life.  For some of us it's even fun. 

Plus it would be kind of ironic if farting were to be a crime and smoking not, when second hand smoke has been proven to be harmful and second hand farting merely stinks. 

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