The Anatomy of a Fart

We've all dealt them and smelled them, but what is the science behind them?

The Anatomy of a Fart

3 Things That Crank Up the Decibels of an Ass Blast

1) The amount of gas

2) The force with which it’s expelled

3) The tightness of the sphincter muscles

Sphincter Showdown: Vegetarians vs. Carnivores

● Vegetarians actually pass more gas; it’s just quieter due to their larger stools and looser sphincter muscles.

Carnivores May...

● ...have less gas but they blow a mightier horn thanks to their tighter sphincter muscles.

Got Gas?

● People who are lactose intolerant have been known to cause quite a stink upon consuming dairy products. Keep in mind that whey is a milk-based product. So if your lactose challenges are responsible for much reek, consider a nondairy protein supplement such as soy or hemp.

True or False?

● Can a flame be lit with flatulence? True. The art of fart-lighting (or blue-darting, zorching or gas lamping, as it’s also called) is the practice of setting fire to the gases from one’s backside, often producing a blue hue. But before you point that blowtorch toward your blowhole, know that many a dumbass has been burned by this asinine stunt.

Quick Tips to Reduce the Output

1) Eat smaller meals.

2) Eat slower. You’ll gulp less air and fart less often.

3) Stay calm. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating during stress can impede digestion.

4) Exercise. Studies show most types of exercise alleviate gas pain.