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deaddolly's avatar

This is a three parter: Why do people's farts make noise, while most animals don't? Why do people not mind the smell of their own farts, but cover their faces when others rip one? If you hold in a fart, where does it go?

Asked by deaddolly (3406points) September 21st, 2008

Ok, these were just things I’ve always wondered about.

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tWrex's avatar

!) Gotta tell you, my dogs farts… They make noise. @) Unless it’s particularly raunchy I bask in all of them. I’ve had some where I’ve covered my own face. Those are baaaad nights. #) I’ve always wondered. Maybe it becomes a burp, or maybe instead of coming out with the full force of zeus it just seeps out slowly.

anyone ever taken gas x purposely to fart?

Nimis's avatar

I’ve definitely heard dogs fart.
Cats also—to a lesser extent.

I’m guessing the sound is proportional to size.
So any smaller than a cat and I’d doubt you’d hear it?

I think people adjust to themselves.
Applicable to farts and body odor.

Slowly dissipates?

Snoopy's avatar

My dog has audible farts. Even funnier both dogs have whipped their heads around and looked at their butts as if someone has just violated them in some way….LOL

As to the smell…..hmmm…..don’t know.

Where does it go? Nowhere. It just stays in your colon, waiting for another opportunity. It will win out in the end. :)

Lightlyseared's avatar

Cows fart. Cows farts are causing global warming.

If you hold it in will come out eventually one way or the other.

sarapnsc's avatar

This came from crapperquarterly….there is more there if you want to read it on flatulence

carnivore’s protein-rich diet produces relatively small amounts of intensely stinky gas because proteins contain lots of sulfur. A dog’s or cat’s farts are rarely audible, but the odor is overwhelming. I have asked biologists why dogs and cats generally fart silently, and their theories include: (1) the amount of gas produced is small, but potent, (2) the horizontal orientation of their gastrointestinal system puts less pressure on the anal opening, so the gas is expelled more slowly, (3) their anal sphincters don’t close as tightly as humans’ because it takes less force to hold in the contents of the colon—again because of the horizontal orientation of the gastrointestinal system—and a loose anus makes less sound, and, my favorite (4) dogs and cats don’t feel embarrassed about farting, so their sphincters are more relaxed, leading to less noisy flatulence. Mike F. points out that many dog foods are soy-based, so on top of all the above factors, add beans and stand back!

Large herbivorous animals such as cows, horses and elephants, on the other hand, produce vast quantities of relatively non-stinky fart gas. The farts of these animals are noisy and can go on for astoundingly long periods of time. Cows in particular are productive, in part because they swallow huge amounts of air. They need oxygen in their guts for the various protozoa employed there as digestive aids.

I couldn’t possibly tell you why are own flatulence doesn’t offend us as much as someone else’s.

sarapnsc's avatar

Just for laughs…......

Farting People
The Vain Person
One who loves the smell of his own farts.

The Amiable Person
One who loves the smell of other people’s farts.

The Proud Person
One who thinks his farts are exceptionable fine.

The Shy Person
One who releases silent farts then blushes.

The Imprudent Person
One who boldly farts out loud, and then laughs.

The Unfortunate Person
One who tries hard to fart, but $#!^$ instead.

The Scientific Person
One who farts frequently, but is truly concerned for the environment.

The Nervous Person
One who stops in the middle of a fart.

The Honest Person
One who admitted he farted, but offers a good medical reason.

The Dishonest Person
One who farts but blames the dog.

The Foolish Person
One who suppresses a fart for hours and hours.

The Thrifty Person
One who always has several farts in reserve.

The Anti-Social Person
One who excuses himself and farts in complete privacy.

The Strategic Person
One who conceals his farts with loud coughing.

The Sadistic Person
One who farts in bed and then fluffs the covers over his bedmate.

The Intelligent Person
One who can determine from the smell of his neighbor’s fart, precisely the latest food items consumed.

JackAdams's avatar

You have some most “interesting hobbies,” deaddolly

I’m glad someone is here, to draw some of “the fire” away from me.

Tell the truth: You work in a crematorium, right?

Somebody has to do that…

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I am a strategic farter.

@ Dolly: Do you do shows at The Rave?

Bri_L's avatar

@ Deaddolly – You are SOOOOOOO from Milwaukee!!!! MY MAN!

JackAdams's avatar

No discussion of such a topic can “pass,” without mentioning The Rev. Robert Tilton!

Praise Gawd!

asmonet's avatar

I didn’t have time to read everyone’s response so hopefully this isn’t just a repeat but I imagine it’s the position of our bodies that make ours more audible. Think about it, animals are not upright, their butts our out and proud in the sunshine, the gas has to just flit out. Ours? We have our butt tucked between out cheeks right at the bottom and covered up by at least a layer. Adding pressure to your cheeks pushing them slightly inward. There’s more moisture than normal because of how confined it is. Add that all together and you get the myriad of gurgles a whooshes and silly noises gas makes.

As for why people mind, it’s not their ‘brand’ so to speak. They aren’t accustomed to it. You? You’ve smelled yours all your life (maybe not intentionally). whereas that guy on the elevator has just encountered a strange and unique smell which isn’t pleasant no matter what you may think. :)

Just goes back up from where it came, only to come back out to say hello at a later date. You shouldn’t hold them in, they’re gonna come out anyway. But there’s nothing really wrong with holding it in medically. Not unless you’re crazy about it and never let it rip.

This is the weirdest answer I’ve given I think.

marinelife's avatar

I seem to have a different experience that you have.

Animals do make noise when they fart. My greyhound just let loose a bunch tonight—first standing with his front feet on the floor and his back legs on the couch hoisting his butt exactly to my nose level as I sat next to him! I have also heard cats fart, although infrequently.

Second, I am afraid I am not buying one likes the smell of one’s own all the time. I know I have done corkers that I felt compelled to apologize for and left the vicinity of.

Finally, feel blessedly lucky you have never experienced trapped gas, which is so painful it has been mistaken for a heart attack.

Snoopy's avatar

@Marina. Nice dog! Do you, um, take it personally? I think I would. Good grief! LOL

marinelife's avatar

@Snoopy It definitely seemed like a statement on Kobe’s part. I think he was complaining that dinner was not being served fast enough.

Snoopy's avatar

@Marina Thank goodness my dog just stares intently and forlornly in similar circumstances. I hope your dog doesn’t teach my dog any new tricks! :) LOL

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@Marina, I had “trapped gas” as you call it when I was 7. It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced and was rushed to the ER. Needless to say it was pretty embarrassing to let out a fart and then feel perfectly fine.

marinelife's avatar

@omfgTALIjustIMDu I can relate. It happened to me once on a second date. I writhed (figuratively and a little bit literally) during an entire play, because I was to embarrassed to tell my date what was going on. It’s amazing there was a third!

deaddolly's avatar

@ Jack, nope, sorry I don’t work in a creatorium. I do work in the health care field.
@suzanne_t No, I do shows at The Miramar Theater on the east side.
@bri_L Umm…I’m female. lol And pls explain the Milwaukee part. I hate Milwaukee.

I have 5 dogs, the only one that farts audibly is my Golden. But, she scares herself when she does it and stares at her butt like, “wtf?” I’ve had lots of animals all my life and they are always have been in my face type of animals (meaning they sleep with me and are always inside with me), and I’ve never heard them fart out loud.

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