Did Somebody Step on a Duck?: A Natural History of the Fart (Google eBook)

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Ten Speed Press, May 4, 2010 - Humor - 176 pages
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This impolite, aromatic, and incredibly erudite flatulence compendium will astound you with:
• The recent discovery of the world’s oldest joke, a proverb from the Old Babylonian period, that turned out to be—that’s right, folks—a fart joke.
• A new reading of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that “reveals” the true meaning behind “They Have a Little Odor.”
• A harrowing account of Apollo astronauts getting inner-space gas from hydrogen bubbles in their drinking water on their way to the moon.
• The other Tiger Woods scandal—this one involving a mysterious cheek-squeak recorded while Tiger sized up an approach shot at the 2009 Buick Open.
• A scientist who built the world’s biggest whoopee cushion and lived to tell about it . . .
 
. . . and many more wacky but true tales from the fart historian who brought you the best-selling Who Cut the Cheese? and its combustible sequel, Blame It on the Dog. In this incomparable collection you’ll experience firsthand the Jungian implications of farting, the environmental import of “flatulence cards” in the carbon-offset market, and the brutally honest social commentary of a man whose office chair broadcasts his farts on Twitter. After reading this book you’ll proudly proclaim, “I fart, therefore I am.”


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Contents

Acknowledgments Intraduction
1
VVar of the Vhoopee VV hoppers
16
Butt Blasts Bring Down American Airliner
30
The Horn 0fPlenty Pootingl
46
The VVor1ds VVorst Fart Film?
49
The Earth Farts Back 11
53
The Worlds Funniest Fart
57
Out Damp Spot
61
The LowFart lIarsupial Diet
114
The Twain Shall Meet
117
Reality Bites Bubbles in a Bathtub
119
a Moose Let Loose?
127
Step Away from the Fart 1Iachine
130
The Princess of Passionate Gas
134
1 Row
138
Straight Poop on the Yoop
145

The Vroorn in the Elephant
64
Vho Cut the Cheese?
68
Boys VV ill Be Boys
70
The Blame Game
75
Tiger Tees Qfl
77
They Have a Little Odor
82
Crepitation Vithout Representation
86
V ho Said Farts Are Green?
90
CanCan lIan with the Singing Can
93
Halitosis Hyped as Hippo Hot Air
98
Twenty Celebrity Farts
102
Let the Wind Blow Free
110
Nether VVinds in the Netherlands
150
Baby Lets Go Dutch
154
How Bad Vz1s It?
157
The Day His Butt Vent Psycho
158
1his Is Your Brain on Gas
161
Subterranean Fartsick Blues
164
Everybodys Farting on YouTube
167
llore to Love More to Fart
170
Resources List
173
Index
180
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About the author (2010)

Jim Dawson is a former editor of Hustler magazine and the author of a dozen books on everything from early rock ’n’ roll to a history of the “mother” of all dirty words. He has also written liner notes for more than one hundred blues albums. Dawson lives in Hollywood, California.


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