Wednesday, June 30, 2010

completely unrelated to anything...

... Catholic or even pious for that matter; farting.

I may never understand, in the span of my lifetime, the appeal that this basic bodily function has with the opposite sex. If you were to ask my son he would declare it the pinnacle of comedy. I've never seen a child so proud of his ability to fart on demand.

Apparently men's affection for farting loudly themselves or laughing at people farting loudly does not wane with age or wisdom. If there was a patron saint against intestinal gas then I would invoke his intercession in the matter of my son. Or I could just realize this is one of those incidences where we women find ourselves at an intellectual advantage and learn to live with it.

To assuage my curiosity, men, what is it about the act of farting that is so humorous? I simply must know.

20 comments:

Rick said...

The gas is flamable. If you put a lighter by the orifice during the moment, you'll see a quick blue flame ensue.

Dr. Eric said...

Kat,

You may pray to Sts. Brice, Charles Borromeo, Emerentiana, Erasmus,Timothy, and Wolfgang.

I think the laughter probably starts as being startled by the noise as an infant, then depending on the parents it may come from embarrassment, eventually it turns into laughing because the act is considered rude- like laughing at those gross out movies.

Dr. Eric said...

By the way, do you make him say "excuse me"?

My wife has instilled a sense of shame in our sons in that they know that they need to leave the room or go to the bathroom to do that.

Tim said...

For men the endless humor of the fart comes from its ability to clearly illustrate man's deeply primal understanding that, woman, as child-bearer, is the creative force behind mankind and that the only thing that will ever come screaming out of our nether regions is a roaring flatus. Although humbled by this knowledge we also derive joy from the fact that our Creator has given us this reminder of his plan for man and woman, and so we laugh and revel in our gift. Of course, much of this is only understood on a sub-conscious level by most boys and men.

Aristilus said...

I'm 58 and just reading your post made me laugh. If that makes me childish,I can live with that.
keep up the great blog.

Mimi said...

I don't get it ether.

Mimi said...

Bwahahhahahahaa, there's a typo. I meant either.

The Crescat said...

you want ehter? I can get you ether?

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Actually, I was beginning to not find it so funny anymore. About that same time I joined the Army and then it became even funnier than before. Something about such a male dominated environment and the need to laugh at something because our life can be very gruesome.

Fr Longenecker said...

Germans don't find it funny.

Just another mad Catholic said...

Fr. According to my friend Neal Germans have their sense of houmor surgically removed at birth

Dymphna said...

I find gas funny but my husband gets extraordinary joy out of it. It's a man thing and a mystery.

Curtis said...

It makes a funny noise, it smells funny, it comes from a funny part of the body. What's not funny about it?

What's this about Germans not liking fart jokes? Germans love fart jokes. I'm pretty sure the mustard gas in WWI was one big fart joke, taken a little too far. I can think of dozens of figures of speech involving farts.

Didn't Luther, that fond friar and incestuous lecher (Thomas More, ora pro nobis), but more importantly, a German, say that when he is tempted by the devil, he farts and the devil flees him?

cliff said...

Wow! This is the best post in the Catholic Blogdom right now.

@Crescat - It is NOT an intellectual advantage. Intestinal perhaps.

@Tim - I can't wait to tell my wife your theories the next time I rip a big one. :)

s-p said...

Do you know why farts stink?
So deaf people can enjoy them too.

The Crescat said...

s-p... again with the Orthodox funny!

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse said...

And the enjoyment never seems to go away (for some, anyway). My father in-law, loved a good fart joke (and stay away from pulling his finger. PLEASE!) even in his late 70s.
Jphn

Christopher Humphries said...

I may or may not have had dutch oven battles with an ex before. It was not a holy relationship or battle.

Kevin - "pax tecum" said...

would figure that a fart post would receive sooo many comments.... bwahhah

Badger Catholic said...

Fr Longnecker is right, my Austrian grandpa would flip out even at the mention of the "f" word not to mention ripping one and laughing about it.... which of course made us laugh 10 times harder as he chased after us.