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  • Michelle Obama Says Soldier Was Caught In A ‘Fire Fart’ [Video]

    07/16/2014 6:39:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/14 | Patrick Howley
    First Lady Michelle Obama told a harrowing story Wednesday of a soldier caught in a “fire fart” during his wartime experience. “There’s this soldier that we met just a month ago,” Obama told the crowd at a Los Angeles event addressing the plight of homeless veterans, “who was caught in a fire fart–fight in Afghanistan.” The soldier returned home to find a bleak environment for veterans of war, according to Michelle’s prepared remarks at the event, which also featured a presentation from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.
  • Passing gas 101: What your flatulence patterns mean for your health

    04/01/2014 10:52:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 95 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    Passing gas: Everybody does it – and no one wants to admit it. This embarrassing habit may seem foul, but breaking wind is simply an unavoidable byproduct of our daily digestion. In fact, the average individual can pass gas anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day. But your gaseous patterns can actually speak volumes about your health, especially in regards to your eating habits, and they may even serve as an indication of larger digestive health issues. “People who produce excessive amounts of gas and particularly foul smelling gas – if you’re eating a super high fiber diet, that...
  • Lago Vista charged with misdemeanor for kicking, flatulating in co-workers face

    02/13/2014 12:13:12 PM PST · by Arrowhead1952 · 12 replies
    KLJB Radio ^ | 2/13/2014 | Carol Nelson
    Lago Vista [PD detective] charged with misdemeanor for kicking, flatulating in co-workers face Carol Nelson 2/13/2014 A Lago Vista Police Detective is in trouble after assaulting one of his co-workers while at work. An affidavit says 45 year old Detective Lawrence M. Jonap hit a co-worker in the back December 10th with such force the co-worker fell forward, then later had to seek treatment because of pain. The next day, Detective is accused of approaching the victim at his desk, hitting him in the head, shaking his chair and asking 'how's your back'? Jonap then proceeded to flatulate in the...
  • Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police

    01/27/2014 4:05:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/27/14
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said. High levels of the gas .. the central German town of Rasdorf, .. "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,".. ...
  • Prank backfires at Baptist camp

    08/09/2013 5:32:33 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 19 replies
    Associated Baptist Press News ^ | July 30, 2013 | Bob Allen
    Five people were taken to a hospital and multiple medical units were dispatched to a Maryland Baptist campground in a hazardous materials incident that resulted from a prank. The July 23 incident at Camp Wo-Me-To near Jarrettsville, Md., began with a call at 10:10 p.m. to the Harford County Department of Emergency Services reporting that a 16-year-old had suffered “an apparent allergic reaction” to an odor in one of the camp cabins and that others experienced “burning eyes and respiratory problems.” The county Hazmat team was dispatched to the scene and found more than a dozen people had been affected...
  • Teen Bible Campers Hospitalized After Mixing Fart Spray and Deer Repellent in Prank

    07/26/2013 11:18:51 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 75 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2013 | Leonardo Blair
    A potent mixture of fart spray and deer repellent intended to be a prank turned serious Wednesday when more than a dozen campers from the Christian run Camp Wo-Me-To in Jarrettsville, Md., had to be decontaminated while six were hospitalized due to physical reactions. According to the Fallston Patch the Harford County Hazardous Materials team was called to the camp at around 10 p.m. Wednesday after initial reports that a 16-year-old boy needed medical assistance for eye and respiratory irritation.
  • Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker

    12/21/2012 4:24:30 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 55 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 21, 2012
    DECEMBER 21--A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office. In a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his “uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors. The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he...
  • Why Indians and Europeans tolerate milk

    09/15/2011 3:26:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Sep 2011 | Will Davies
    Indians and Europeans are a tolerant bunch, at least when it comes to milk, and it could all stem back to the same person who lived as long ago as 10,000 years, according to a Cambridge University study. While 68% of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance, many in India and Europe – as well as the Middle East and parts of Africa – have a genetic mutation that makes them lactase persistent, allowing them to digest lactose, the sugar in milk.All babies produce the gut enzyme lactase, but production usually shuts down before adulthood. For the intolerant majority,...
  • US Marines Serving In Afghanistan Warned Not To F**t So Audibly (keyboard alert)

    08/24/2011 9:00:54 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 30 replies
    Deadspin (from Military Times) ^ | 8/23/11 | Gina Cavallaro
    <p>I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal to Americans and it’s hard to spend seven months working in someone else’s back yard. Still, the Marines I saw downrange are doing a pretty good job at trying to do the right thing around the Afghans.</p>
  • Oops! Barney Frank 'breaks wind' on national TV

    08/11/2011 5:40:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 11, 2011 | Joe Kovacs
    <p>Move over flat tax, it's apparently time for a flatulence tax.</p> <p>We're now living in the age of hope and change your diaper.</p> <p>Just ask U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who is bringing new meaning to the term "political windbag" after possibly floating an air biscuit live on MSNBC Monday night.</p>
  • Honda!

    07/24/2011 12:01:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies
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    This guy goes to the doctor and says to him, "Doctor, I don't know what's wrong with me but every time I fart it sounds like the word 'Honda'." "That's interesting. Never heard of anything like that before. Do you think you could fart for me?" says the doctor. The guy says, "Sure." He farts and sure enough the doctor hears, "Honda." After several attempts to figure out what's wrong with this guy the doctor runs out of ideas. He sends him to all sorts of stomach specialists and none of them can figure out why this guy's farts say,...
  • April Fool Pranks

    04/01/2011 11:38:01 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 12 replies
    April Foo Zone ^ | April 2, 2011 | April May
    Toilet Trouble Put a piece of bubblewrap under the toilet seat so when your victim sits, they are surprised by a loud POP! Submitted by Junebug
  • Cow fart cans offer 'authentic smell of countryside'

    03/04/2011 1:16:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 123 replies · 2+ views
    metro.co.uk ^ | March 4, 2011
    Cans filled with the aroma of cow farts are proving a big hit with shoppers - despite costing £5 a tin. Tins filled with the air sucked out of an ageing wooden stable, straw lined and filled with gas producing cattle has become an instant hit after it went on sale in Germany. Managers of the 'Countryside air to go' project say their clients are mainly country people who have moved to the city and want to be reminded of home. The cans cost £5 a pop and can be ordered from the web site www.stallduft.de One advert boasts: 'Simply...
  • Better in than out: African country set to make breaking wind a crime

    01/28/2011 11:25:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 28, 2011 | Colin Fernandez
    Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country. The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders 'who foul the air' in a bid to 'mould responsible and disciplined citizens.' But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult - and may lead to miscarriages of justice as 'criminals' attempt to blame others for their offence. One Malawian told the website Africanews.com: 'My goodness. What happens in a public place where a group is gathered. Do they lock up half a minibus? 'And how about at meetings where it is difficult to...
  • Does suppressing the urge to toot endanger one's health?

    09/24/2010 4:03:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    The Straight Dope ^ | April 26, 1985 | Cecil Adams
    Dear Cecil: My mother has always told me that the real way to spell relief is f-a-r-t. I have always been a person closely attuned to what is truly natural in myself and others and would appreciate an answer to a problem that has haunted me since childhood. If gas pains are caused by intestinal gas, then how come I never feel better when I fart? All I ever feel is embarrassed. — Lauran P., Washington, D.C.
  • Rahm Emanuel Appears to Fart On Charlie Rose Show

    04/20/2010 8:38:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 60 replies · 2,623+ views
    YouTube ^ | April 20, 2010 | uploaded by ChiWax2007
    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel appears to let some air out at the 22 second mark of this video from the Charlie Rose Show.
  • Caption Hillary at a NATO meeting (what's she hiding?)

    12/08/2009 11:07:47 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 37 replies · 2,127+ views
    Daylife Photos | 12/5/09 | Staff
  • City Council Members Can't Stop Laughing After Meeting Interrupted... by Farts

    I've said it all my life: Farts are funny! An embarrassing moment interrupts a Medina City Council meeting. See what caused council members to break out laughing and eventually call for a recess. You can't make this stuff up!
  • Bucking proposed 'horse tax' (NH)

    01/28/2009 12:38:40 AM PST · by This_far · 11 replies · 626+ views
    Concord Monitor ^ | January 27, 2009 - 7:21 am | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Rep. Carla Skinder would like to set the record straight: She owns six horses, a donkey, six sheep, a potbellied pig, two dogs and a cat. Plus, her husband has a horse of his own. So when she proposed a bill requiring all horse owners to pay an annual $25 registration fee and prove their equine had been vaccinated for rabies, she knew the fee would come out of horse owners' pockets.
  • Clouds of Methane May Mean Life on Mars

    01/15/2009 8:36:23 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 42 replies · 790+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/15/2009 | Fox News
    Is there life on Mars? We don't know — but there's more good evidence there may be. NASA and Science magazine will announce Thursday afternoon that large amounts of methane have been found on the Red Planet, which could be a sign of biological activity.
  • EPA to tax Farts and Belches of Cows and Pigs!

    12/09/2008 12:29:47 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 47 replies · 956+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 12-09-2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    If we figure out how to hook the truck or tractor to the rear end of the bull..can we just use the methane for fuel and not pay the fart and belch tax? I'm pretty sure Sammy the Dexter bull will have something to say about that..but the other option is the butcher. Sammy may come around to our way of thinking! One wonders, from experience, if a few individuals walking around should be taxed by the EPA for the fart and belch sessions they have. I mean, some of the most eye crossing farts and belches have come from...
  • Florida boy, 12, arrested for farting in class: Arrested, charged with disrupting function

    11/27/2008 5:03:52 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,097+ views
    NEWS.com.au ^ | November 25, 2008 | staff
    A 12-YEAR-old American schoolboy has been arrested for farting in the classroom. Police were called when the boy became disruptive, shutting off the computers of classmates and "deliberately passing gas" at his school in Florida, The Smoking Gun reports. The 150cm offender was also accused of shutting off the computers of classmates at Florida's Stuart's Spectrum High School. Busted by school authorities for disruption of a school function, the boy was taken to the County Sheriff's Office. Police said the boy, who name was suppressed due to his age, admitted the offences and was released into the custody of his...
  • Florida Boy Arrested For Gas Attack

    11/25/2008 6:17:45 AM PST · by Westlander · 23 replies · 887+ views
    smokinggun ^ | 11-21-2008 | smokinggun.com
    A 12-year-old Florida student was arrested earlier this month after he "deliberately passed gas to disrupt the class," according to police.
  • Fahtin Mahtin

    06/05/2008 3:32:12 PM PDT · by fings · 2 replies · 125+ views
    Here’s a quick joke for you all… Mahtin goes to pick up his date for the evening. She’s not ready yet, so he has to sit in the living room with her parents. He has a bad case of gas and really needs to relieve some pressure. Luckily, the family dog jumps up on the couch next to him. He decides that he can let a little fart out and if anyone notices they will think that the dog did it. He farts, and the woman yells, “Shep, get down from there.” The guy thinks..(con't @http://boknowsonline.com/2008/03/08/fahtin-mahtin/)
  • Sheep flatulence inoculation developed

    06/05/2008 8:06:31 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 54 replies · 159+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 6/5/08 | Peter Allen in Paris
    New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a "flatulence inoculation" aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by its sheep and cows. Such animals are believed to be responsible for more than half of the country's greenhouse gases, causing huge environmental problems. But Phil Goff, New Zealand's trade minister, told an Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday that a solution was in sight. "Our agricultural research organisation just last week was able to map the genome ... that causes methane in ruminant animals and we believe we can vaccinate against" flatulent emissions,...
  • Farting Birthday: The Office Edition (JibJab)

    04/15/2008 1:14:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies · 841+ views
    JibJab ^ | April 15, 2008
    Put Your Face in this Movie Lame birthday eCards and birthday greetings can really stink but our hilarious JibJab Starring You! Greetings are a breath of fresh air! In this funny video, an office full of flatulent co-workers sing “Happy Birthday” – with their blowholes! Upload up to six faces into this funny video greeting and watch the farts fly! Forget Happy Birthday eCards. This hilarious JibJab Starring You! birthday greeting is a gas, so go ahead and let ‘er rip!
  • Middle school issues ban on intentional flatulence

    02/04/2008 1:46:31 PM PST · by pissant · 63 replies · 142+ views
    Knox County Times ^ | 2/4/08 | Holly Anderson
    CAMDEN (Feb 1): The Merriam Webster Dictionary definition for flatulence is brief: "flatus expelled through the anus." And while it's a natural bodily function, it seems some Camden-Rockport Middle School eighth-grade boys are taking it to new heights and making a game of seeing who can expel the loudest and grossest flatus. According to this week's Fire Cracker school newsletter though, the joke's on the boys as the penalty for "intentional farting" is now a detention. "Strange, but true, thanks to a bunch of 8th grade boys, intentional farting has been banned from CRMS," the newsletter said. "It started out...
  • Tom Cruise Explodes Over Wind Breaker

    09/26/2007 1:03:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 117 replies · 305+ views
    AHN Celebrity News Service ^ | September 26, 2007 | Sally Grover
    Berlin, Germany (CNS) - Tom Cruise was left furious after a crew member on his latest film set passed wind during a minute's silence. The Hollywood actor - who is currently shooting World War II drama "Valkyrie" in Berlin - had paused filming to honor the anti-Nazi heroes portrayed in the movie when one employee decided to use the tribute to break wind. Fellow star Christian Berkel - who plays anti-Hitler plotter Albrecht Mertz von Quirbheim - said, "The film's director Bryan Singer, the screenplay writer Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise asked us all to observe a moment's silence shortly...
  • 2nd-Hand Flatulance Prompts New Butts Out Policy

    03/27/2007 1:32:33 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 57 replies · 1,909+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/26/07 | Unknown
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 26, 2007 9:23 p.m. Eastern © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com Stewart Laidlaw (courtesy Dumfermline Press) Scotland's ban on smoking in pubs has backfired, so to speak, on a regular customer whose constant habit of breaking wind has now resulted in his expulsion from his favorite watering hole. Stewart Laidlaw, 35, is being barred from Thirsty Kirsty's in Dunfermline, Fife, for failing to control his flatulence. "No one could smell anything when the pub was full of cigarette smoke," Laidlaw told Wales on Sunday. "I never used to complain about the smell of their cigarette smoke, but now everyone complains...
  • Flatulence allegedly sparks jail fight

    12/27/2006 5:34:11 AM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 1,048+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/26/06 | staff
    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - Brian Bruggeman caused a stink at the Lincoln County Jail earlier this month and will now have to answer for it in court. Another inmate, Jesse Dorris, alleges that Bruggeman's flatulence, passed in close proximity to Dorris, sparked a Dec. 14 fight between the two at the jail. Now Bruggeman, 38, faces a Jan. 11 preliminary hearing on the state's complaint of assault by a confined person. It's a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Bruggeman is accused of injuring Dorris, his cellmate, when he pushed him into cell bars. Dorris, 26, was...
  • Flatulence Forces Plane to Land

    12/06/2006 7:42:36 AM PST · by indcons · 75 replies · 1,019+ views
    Newsday ^ | December 6, 2006, 7:46 AM EST | Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence, authorities said. The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened. The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She...
  • Flatulence, not turbulence forces plane landing in Nashville

    12/05/2006 12:10:58 PM PST · by OldCorps · 45 replies · 2,296+ views
    WBIR ^ | 5 Dec 06 | SAMUEL SHU
    Flatulence brought 99 passengers on an American Airlines flight to an unscheduled visit to Nashville early Monday morning. American Flight 1053, from Washington Reagan National Airport and bound for Dallas/Fort Worth, made an emergency landing here after passengers reported smelling struck matches, said Lynne Lowrance, a spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. The plane landed safely. The FBI, Transportation Safety Administration and airport authority responded to the emergency, Lowrance said. The passengers and five crew members were brought off the plane, together with all the luggage, to go through security checks again. Bomb-sniffing dogs found spent matches. The FBI...
  • It Stinks: Panic Over Passing Gas

    08/16/2006 1:26:24 PM PDT · by Whitebread · 60 replies · 2,078+ views
    The New York Post ^ | Aug. 16, 2006 | Erika Mart
    August 16, 2006 -- A potent, noxious gas odor - first noticed in the waters off Bayonne, N.J. - wafted to the shores of Staten Island and Queens yesterday, sickening at least 21 people and prompting hundreds more to frantically call 911... But Bayonne fire officials said they checked ... and said... "It wasn't us".
  • Flatulence ignites operating theatre fire

    05/13/2006 8:48:14 AM PDT · by fanfan · 34 replies · 2,391+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 13 May 2006 | Staff
    A patient's "gas leak" is being blamed for bringing a hospital operation to a fiery end. The man suffered minor burns in a brief but "dramatic" operating theatre fire which is believed to have been caused by flatulence, The New Zealand Herald reported today. The man was at the Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill to have haemorrhoids removed and was singed in the "exceedingly rare" incident involving his own gas. "This was thought to be flatus containing methane igniting," a health source told the newspaper. "There was a sort of flashfire and that was it, but it was fairly alarming...
  • Study shows secret to gas-free beans

    04/25/2006 1:11:38 PM PDT · by libstripper · 86 replies · 1,436+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 25, 2006 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two strains of bacteria are the key to making beans flatulence-free, Venezuelan researchers reported on Tuesday. They identified two bacteria, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, which can be added to beans so they cause minimal distress to those who eat them, and to those around the bean-lovers, Marisela Granito of Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela and colleagues reported. Flatulence is gas released by bacteria that live in the large intestine when they break down food. Fermenting makes food more digestible earlier on.
  • Ex-teacher sues over noisy chair ("farting" noise alert!)

    03/22/2006 5:10:00 AM PST · by butternut_squash_bisque · 26 replies · 701+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, March 22, 2006; Posted: 4:43 a.m. EST (09:43 GMT) | AP
    A British teacher who says a noisy chair made classroom life a misery is suing her former employer for unfair dismissal. Sue Storer, 48, told an employment tribunal Tuesday she was subjected to sexist and bullying behavior while working as deputy head teacher at Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol, southwest England. Storer said the school failed to replace her chair, which made a "farting" noise whenever anyone sat on it, although other staff received new chairs.
  • Could skippy stop cows farting and end global warming? (Actual title)

    02/06/2006 8:06:59 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 73 replies · 6,896+ views
    ABC (Southern Queensland) ^ | Friday, 3 February 2006 | Staff
    The world is freaked out about climate change, global warming, and greenhouse gasses, and it could be up to skippy and his stomach juices to save the day. We all know kangaroos are pretty special, but it's their lack of flatulence, or more precisely the lack of methane emissions, that has researchers excited. While they eat pretty much the same thing, cows end up producing a lot of methane, and kangaroos don't. Researchers think a whopping 10 percent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions could be permanently eliminated if scientists can introduce microbes found in the stomach of kangaroos into livestock...
  • Are We Really at War with Idiot Trolls? Yes.

    08/06/2005 9:06:20 AM PDT · by Bukannan · 162 replies · 3,532+ views
    If we are at war like your socialist neocon idol suggests, then why is he going on vacation. Shouldn't he be manning the command post? AND closing down the borders. Geez, I bet enough illegals swam into Texas just this week to pick a year's supply of lettuce. Yeah, I know, go back to DU or whatever. I just figured that since this is BOT Central, I'd just like to see you Bots try and defend this. And those of you who are eligible for military service shouldn't be here anyway. You should be over in Iraq helping to fight...
  • Burp Vaccine Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions (New Vaccine to Silence Liberals)

    09/25/2004 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 6 replies · 337+ views
    NewScientist.Com ^ | September 25, 2004 | Rachel Novak
    Burp vaccine cuts greenhouse gas emissions 25 September 04 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. You cannot stop a sheep belching or farting, but you can make sure its eructations are less damaging to the environment. Belches and, to a far lesser degree, farts from sheep, cows and other farm animals account for around 20% of global methane emissions. The gas is a potent source of global warming because, volume for volume, it traps 23 times as much heat as the more plentiful carbon dioxide. To protect the planet from such ruminant effusions, a team led by Andre-Denis Wright of...
  • Kerry is stinking up the Campaign Trail...

    08/29/2004 4:44:23 PM PDT · by FesterUSMC · 4 replies · 301+ views
    Kerry, at an event rips a SBD(Silent but Deadly)(biological warfare alert)
  • Cops: Teacher went too far (teacher sprays gas-passing child with air freshener)

    11/27/2003 6:49:18 PM PST · by mansion · 7 replies · 334+ views
    New York Daily News | November 27, 2003 | Michele McPhee and Joe Williams
    A Brooklyn elementary schoolteacher was removed from class and arrested on assault charges yesterday after a 10-year-old student with Down syndrome complained she doused him with air freshener when he passed gas. Jane Fasone, 58, a veteran teacher at Public School 72 in East New York, is accused of spraying the boy's buttocks and mouth and making him stand against a wall, sources said. "It's hard to believe she would do something like that," said Phyllis Esposito, 55, Fasone's neighbor in Marine Park. Esposito said Fasone, the married mother of two adult sons, has taught disabled children for years. "She's...
  • Herrings converse via flatulence, researchers find

    11/11/2003 12:23:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies · 612+ views
    PARIS, Nov 11 (AFP) - Herrings appear to be sociable fish who like to communicate among themselves and use their natural flatulence to do so, a team of British and Canadian researchers has reported. A report in the British review Biology Letters describes how the researchers studied the sounds produced by two kinds of captive, wild-caught herring. "At night herring squeeze bubbles out of their swimbladders through an anal pore, producing sounds not unlike people blowing raspberries," the team of three recounts. The Pacific species (Clupea pallasii) were found to emit distinctive bursts of pulses, known as fast repetitive tick...
  • New Zealand backs off on 'gas' tax (Update)

    10/22/2003 7:33:46 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 108+ views
    CNews ^ | 10/16/03 | Staff Writer
    WELLINGTON (AP) - New Zealand livestock farmers can breathe easy again. The government has dropped plans to impose a tax on their animals' flatulence. Farmers and opposition members of Parliament claimed victory Friday in their battle against a government plan to impose levies on "emissions" from sheep, cattle and deer herds. The levy would have raised about the equivalent of about $6 million Cdn a year for research aimed at cutting the methane output of farm animals, which makes up more than one-half the total greenhouse gas produced by New Zealand each year. Under a new research plan put forward...