Stinking Fart Interrupts Kenyan Parliament Meeting
A member of Kenyan Parliament let off a fart so vile the Speaker was asked to suspend the debate. I don't know if I'm disgusted or impressed, to be honest, maybe a bit of both.
According to local media, a spat broke out whoever let one off during the Kenyan regional assembly on Wednesday as the politicians attempted to get to the bottom of whose bottom was responsible for the stench.
During the incident at the Homa Bay County Assembly Julius Gaya is reported to have said: "Honourable Speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is."
But it looks like it could be a case of whoever smelt it dealt it, because the guy he accused said: "I am not the one. I cannot do such a thing in front of my colleagues."
It all got a bit much for Speaker Edwin Kakach, who suggest everyone step outside for a minute to calm down.
It's reported he then requested air fresheners in to 'make it pleasant. Get whatever flavour you will find in any office, whether it's vanilla or strawberry'.
Adding: "We cannot continue sitting in an environment that smells bad."
Fortunately for all involved the smell cleared out and they were able to go back to work.
Better out than in, eh? At least according to one study that revealed that holding in a fart means the gasses can end up coming out your mouth. Delightful...
University of Newcastle's Professor Clare Collins - a dietetics and nutrition expert - explained the concept of 'abdominal distention', which means 'some gas [will be] reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath'.
And if fart-breath isn't bad enough, Collins also warns: "Holding on too long means the build-up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart."
As our man in Kenyan Parliament found out first-hand.
Explaining why we fart, Collins added: "It can be from swallowing air, or from carbon dioxide produced when stomach acid mixes with bicarbonate in the small intestine.
"Or gasses can be produced by bacteria that are located in the large intestine."
An additional study found that the average person farts eight times a day and that certain things, such as being on an aeroplanes, can make it worse.
"Pressurised cabins on aeroplanes mean you're more likely to pass flatus due to the gas volume expanding at the lower cabin pressure, compared to being on the ground," Collins said.
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