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Wayward Winds

Updated on January 1, 2013

Welcome to Wayward Winds

This light-hearted lens pays tribute to a subject seldom discussed in mixed company, the notion of vulgar vagrant volatiles, fanciful if not fetid fragrance, or flatulence if you please.

If you're a member of the animal kingdom, be it a cow or a comedian, you pay a price every day for being on planet earth.

Let's face it, we all pass gas, some more frequently than why not shed a little light on this taboo topic.


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MOUTHY MAXINE - On the topic of wayward winds for St. Patrick's Day


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Here Be A Dangerous Dragon Lady - And Wicked Wench of Wayward Winds

Stella knew how to let loose a smelly slider or two, after all, what else would she do to celebrate 2012 The Year of the Dragon?


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Stella, the Fire Farting Dragon
Stella, the Fire Farting Dragon

Frankly, in a world filled with far too many dungeons and dastardly dragons, it's handy to have a friendly, fire-farting female one on your side!





FINDING YOUR FART RETIREMENT RETREAT - Frankly, the eggheads couldn't agree on the best place.

Where do old farts retire, get pickled on pints, and pass wind to their heart's content?

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FAMOUS WORDS - From a fan of farts:


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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PREHISTORIC PARPS! - Where you're never too old to let a beefer loose!

When the dinosaurs dropped their stink bombs, (unlike the ostriches who ducked their heads in the sand to avoid the creatures' crepitations), the dim-witted dodo birds laughed when these mega methane monsters let more than a few rip which resulted in their untimely demise due to ass blast asphyxiation.


28,400,00 -- The number of web pages devoted to the common fart.

100 million tons annually -- The estimated yearly methane production by animals (according to waste watchers like "The Worldwatch Institute, "The US Environmental Protection Agency"). adn "Environment Canada".

200-2,400 ml -- The estimated daily passage of gas per person.

145 -- Record farting frequency in a 24-hour period, or 83 farts in 4 hours.

50 feet -- The distance that a paradiddle can travel.

30 cm. -- The distance required to extinguish a candle by a 19th century professional paradiddler by the name of Joseph Pujol.

20-30 per cent -- The proportion of methane gas in the earth's atmosphere that can be accounted for by animals.

30 minutes -- The average time it takes for a newborn to produce waste gases after its birth.

20 minutes -- The duration of a particularly pungent passage of putrid air.

10-15 -- The average number of farts per day for a male.

9 per cent -- The proportion of a cow's intake that is expulsed in gas.

5 per cent -- The proportion of methane gas in the earth's atmosphere attributed to humans.

8 or 9 -- The average number of farts per day for a female.

Less than 1 per cent of fart -- The proportion of a fart that can be attributed to fetid-fragrance inducing chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and skatole.

Queen Elizabeth I -- A prominent 16th century British monarch also known as the "Virgin Queen" who suffered from chronic wind, (although it is not known if she enjoyed 'tooting her own horn').

The ancient Japanese held farting contests and awarded prizes for loudness and doubt this gives new meaning to the expression "old farts".

Passing wind is great for frolicking in the hollyfuds or rolling in the hay, whichever strikes your fancy.


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Foreign Farting

"In Krio, spoken in Sierra Leone, stomach gas is bad briz, while to pass gas is to pul bad briz."

-- "The Mother Tongue..." by Bill Bryson


for the passage of intinerant intestinal gas

When it comes to name the unspeakable, we have some titillating terms to describe those boisterous barking noises from the bowels of boffins:


anal salute, ass blast


bad breeze, barking spiders, beeping your horn, begone with the wind, blasting the chair, blat, blazing saddles, blowing the big brown horn, bottom blast, bottom burp, breaking wind, butt burp, butt horn, butt trumpet, butt tuba, buttock bassoon


calicoe, calonic calliope, crepitation, cut a stinker, cut the cheese, cut the wind


drag, drop a bomb, drop a rose, drop your guts, Dutch Oven


entertaining emission, eructation


fart, fetid fumes, firing scud missiles, flam, cackling colon, flatulate, flatus delicato (blast in bed), float an air biscuit, flutterblast, fragrance of fiber, fragrant gloom, freep, fundusbreak, funky rollers


gaseous intestinal byproducts, gluteal tuba, godawful gas


heaven's artillery, high altitude propulsion, High Altitude Flatus Explosion (HAFE), honk, human flatus factory, humrrhoids


ill wind, intestinal irritation


joyful jet propulsion


let a beefer loose, let each little bean be heard, let one go, let one rip


mommadaddy, mud blast, mud-duck


NADs (Noisy and Deadlies), NANDs (Noisy and Not Deadlies), non-celestial Blue Angels, noxious natures


one-gun salute


panty puffs, paradiddle, parp, pass gas, pass wind, play the ass trombone, plonker, poot, Puff the Magic Dragon


rebuild the ozone layer one puff at a time, rectal honk, ripple fart, ruffs, rumblings


SADs (Silent and Deadlies), SANDs (Silent and Not Deadlies), scatalogical secret, shoot the cannon, skillsaw, slider, step on a duck, step on a frog, stink bomb


thunderblast, thunder-clap, toot your own horn, trouser cough, trump, trouser trumpet


vagrant volatiles, vulgar wind


wayward wind, wind breaker, Wonders of Nature


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A PIECE OF PANTY PUFF POETRY - Who says a plonker people doesn't personalities?


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The ability to break wind on cue deserves recognition! - Who will you award the "Cookie Squeezer" diploma?


Now the real question is, who deserves this truly unforgettable award from The National Flatus Society and where should it be hung?



In the early 1760's, a method was devised to measure the force of farts. Jeremiah Trump, a keen farter of Yorkshire, England, decided to rate the efforst of his and his friends' bowels utililzing a scale of measurement which he referred to as "Yee Goode Farte Scale".

FORCE 0 (Calm) - Description: All is calm, no rear-end action whatsoever.

FORCE 1 (Light Air) - Description: Minor chuff, a light warmness may be felt. No disturbance of underwear. Noise levels negligible.

FORCE 2 (Light Breeze) - Description: Wind felt on underwear, loose garments may rustle in the breeze. Sound vaguely audible to purveyor of wind.

FORCE 3 (Gentle Breeze) - Description: Underwear in definite motion. In quiet room farter will hear the fruit of his/her labors.

FORCE 4 (Moderate Breeze) - Description: Raises eybrows, those in close attendance fully aware that fart has occurred.

FORCE 5 (Fresh Breeze) - Description: Short skirts lightly lifted, underwear visibly ruffled. Small animals disturbed.

FORCE 6 (Strong Breeze) - Description: Underwear elastic stretched, will blow skirts up, no mistake. Audible above normal conversation.

FORCE 7 (Near Gale) - Description: Bottom stretched, underwear strained. Farteur is the center of attention even in a crowded room. Heavy odor more than likely.

FORCE 8 (Gale) - Description: Panty elastic snaps under strain, sore bottom likely. Stench inevitable. Social expulsion a distinct possibility.

FORCE 9 (Severe Gale) - Description: Belts and buckles may well buckle under the strain. Possible corrosion of the septum. Audible in adjacent rooms.

FORCE 10 (Storm) - Description: Possible destruction of underwear. Long-term damage to nasal cavity inevitable. Can be heard in surrounding buildings. Outside foliage disturbed.

FORCE 11 (Violent Storm) - Description: Foliage flattened, small trees bent. Poorly constructed buildings in danger of structural damage. Clothing unlikely to remain attached.

FORCE 12 (Hurricane) - Description: Underwear shredded, pants wrecked, skirts blown to neck level, and emergency services alerted (probably no need to call them, anyone within a five-mile radius who has not been deafened/nasally stunned will be more than aware of what has occurred). Paramedics required immediately.


Source: "The Art of the Fart" by Steve Bryant, Robson Books, 2004, pp.18-21.

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"The Merck Manual" is the proverbial guide to what's what for doctors wishing to check on the symptoms and signs leading to a diagnosis of sundry sicknesses.

In reference to odd sounds emanating from sophisticated sphincters and feisty flams associated with flatulation, here are a few important points to consider when diagnosing a digestion dirigible.

"This symptom, which can cause great psychosocial distress, has been unofficially and humorously described according to its salient characteristics:

(1) the 'slider' (crowded elevator type), which is released slowly and noiselessly, sometimes with devastating effect;

(2) the open sphincter, or 'pooh' type, which is said to be of higher temperature and more aromatic;

(3) the staccato or drum-beat type, pleasantly passed in privacy;

(4) the 'bark' type (described in a personal communication) is characterized by a sharp exclamatory eruption that effecively interrupts (and often concludes) conversation. Aromaticity is not a prominent feature."

(Source: The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, R. Berkow (Editor-in-Chief). Merck & Co. West Point, Pennyslvania. 17th Edition, 1992.



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"All citizens shall be allowed to pass gas whenever necessary."

-- Claudius Caesar --


Many a lad and lady have often pondered exactly what figs, freeps, and frolicking in the hollyfuds have to do with one another?

To answer this perplexing question, we have only to take a wee peek at some light-hearted literature to find the answer.

Ambrose Bierce, amusing author of "The Devil's Dictionary", (an irreverent word book of cynical and sardonic wit), reminds us that the definition of ignatus fatuus, (methane gas emanating from bogs, marshes, and swamps where some folks go play is the Latin term for will-o-the wisp, Jack-o-lantern), is more than likely to be just a politically-correct term for "love".

Meanwhile across the pond, from a 17th century British poet named John Suckling, we learn that the Europeans had discovered the relationship between farts, frolicking and flatulent figs some two hundred years earlier:

Love is the fart

Of every heart:

It pains a man when 'tis kept close,

And others doth offend, when 'tis let loose."

Moral to this slider story...perhaps one thing leads to another, another...and well, another!

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CAPTAIN COLON CONQUERS FETID FREEPING (Image courtesy of bcanada92 on
CAPTAIN COLON CONQUERS FETID FREEPING (Image courtesy of bcanada92 on

"I have more talent in my smallest fart than you have in your entire body."

(Attributed to Walter Matthau in reference to Barbra Streisand)


It's a rare individual who hasn't occasionally released a bit of ill wind at an inopportune moment.

Jeepers creepers, there's no better time than now to recognize those fantastic freeps among us or at least poke fun at paradiddle perpetrators!

So, here's a small whiff from a chosen few who appreciate the humor of a full-bodied flutterblast or two!

"I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." -- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., American humorist and author.

"I did not win the Nobel Fart Prize." -- Bart Simpson, "The Simpsons".

"I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" -- Monty Python skit.

"You ever fart so hard your back cracks?" -- Kevin Spacey (American actor) as Lester Burnham in the movie, "American Beauty".

"He couldn't ad-lib a fart after a baked-bean dinner." -- Johnny Carson, American talk-show host.

"At my age, you sort of fart your way into a role." -- Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor.

"You know me Esme, I can't subtract a fart from a plate of beans." -- Terry Pratchett, author.

"Farting DOES NOT constitute "aroma therapy". -- Adrienne E. Gusoff, writer and designer of humorous greeting cards, mugs, and other paraphernalia


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Never judge a man's power by the size of his exhaust!


Do you enjoy a good flam, freep or fundus break?

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What's the magic behind every merry mule? - Methane ...which is why Santa sacked us from his transport team!

"WHEN YOU GET WIND OF A TAIL, YOU'RE FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE." (Gladiola Montana from "Never Ask a Man the Size of His Spread - A Cowgirl's Guide to Life"


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Christmas Calico Shop

A Farting Christmas
A Farting Christmas

What do you mean you've never heard elves fart?

Chantilly Lane Rip Von Kringle - Singing Farting Santa
Chantilly Lane Rip Von Kringle - Singing Farting Santa

You may just die laughing with Santa's sliders.

Pyramid Farts - Know Your Farts Poster - 91.5x61cm
Pyramid Farts - Know Your Farts Poster - 91.5x61cm

There's always someone farting around in your house during the here's the perfect gift for that special somebody!

MerryMakers Walter the Farting Dog Plush Toy, 18-Inch
MerryMakers Walter the Farting Dog Plush Toy, 18-Inch

Will definitely be a hit with friends of fetid fragrance Fidos.


Wayward Winds & Winter Wonderlands

Harold's Mirthful Motto of Life ... - Never miss an opportunity to pass a little bit of wind.


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More Amusing Than A Whoopee Cushion!

The Voice of Vimrod ...


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What is a "Scottish Warming Pan"?

Well, it's either another blinking bagpipe tune or a big bang in one's breeches!

What's another word for a four-legged flatulator?


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Always remember, no one is listening until you fart.

Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart
Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart

After reading this, you'll be inspired to organize your own "Crepitation Contest"!

Blame It on the Dog: A Modern History of the Fart
Blame It on the Dog: A Modern History of the Fart

Plumbing the far reaches of politics, pop culture and literature for more scatalogical stuff to keep you in stitches.

Walter the Farting Dog
Walter the Farting Dog

A comical crepitation crowd-pleaser for wee widdums to wonky wunderkins.


FUNNY FEEDBACK FROM GIGGLING GASTROPODS - This is your sunny spot to praise the common calicoe.

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      7 years ago

      Well I've read more about farts than I ever did in any of my Diet and Nutrition! Everyone needs a smile, and you gave me one today. Blessing this and adding it to "Diet and Nutrition Squid Angel" page.

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      This is a very complete view of the subject at hand (as in hand covering nose). Excellent!

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      10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Did you know Adolf Hitler was the victim of uncontrollable flatulence and that he attempted to cure that with ȁCDr. Köster’s Anti-gas pillsȁD and shots of amphetamines, which include ingredients that would cause mood wings from euphoria to violent anger, erratic behavior, inflexibility, paranoia, that may had influenced his decisions as leader. Imagine a world with no farts.

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      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Reading this lens was a real gas!


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