Friday, March 18, 2011

ben franklin on wind

if you have stayed up this late, you deserve something both historical and laughable.  so before leno, before even television or that obnoxious kid in 5th grade who loved to pass gas, remember, there was ben.  

benjamin franklin, thought the european scientists were a bit too stuffy, so he wrote a letter to a friend, and that letter has been commonly referred to as "Fart Proudly"...

"I have perused your late mathematical Prize Question, proposed in lieu of one in Natural Philosophy, for the ensuing year...Permit me then humbly to propose one of that sort for your consideration, and through you, if you approve it, for the serious Enquiry of learned Physicians, Chemists, &c. of this enlightened Age. It is universally well known, That in digesting our common Food, there is created or produced in the Bowels of human Creatures, a great Quantity of Wind. That the permitting this Air to escape and mix with the Atmosphere, is usually offensive to the Company, from the fetid Smell that accompanies it. That all well-bred People therefore, to avoid giving such Offence, forcibly restrain the Efforts of Nature to discharge that Wind."

traditionally kept out of his "official papers" by historians, written in 1781, the work has been reproduced under the title "fart proudly".


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