Horsing Around With Royalty

President Ronald Reagan shared Queen Elizabeth II's love of horses. During a state visit to the United Kingdom, the President accepted the Queen's invitation to go horseback riding together. As the two leaders rode along, the Queen's horse suddenly began expelling gas loudly, in sync with each step. The Queen was mortified and said, "Oh, I am... Continue Reading →

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Stinky Communication Sounds Fishy

We all know that passing gas in public sends a message. Usually that message is unwelcome. Among herring, however, communicating through flatulence may not be as fishy as it sounds.  A study published in Biology Letters by researchers Ben Wilson, Robert S. Batty, and Lawrence M. Dill determined that herring send messages through bubble emissions from their... Continue Reading →

Divine Wind

  A Japanese scroll art created 200 years ago during the Edo period (1603-1868) is dedicated to gas warfare, but not the kind of gas traditionally used in combat. The He-Gassen (literally "Fart Battle") portrays multiple scenes where individuals direct their flatulence against their adversaries. Art historians believe the work was inspired by a growing... Continue Reading →

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