‘Fart Proudly’, an Essay About Flatulence Written by Benjamin Franklin in 1781
‘Fart Proudly’ is a notorious essay written by Benjamin Franklin in 1781, where this Founding Father of the United States of America talks about flatulence. It’s one of those Benjamin Franklin writings they don’t teach you about in school. Don’t know exactly why, they just don’t. ‘Fart Proudly’ treats the subject of flatulence in a very scientific way. The writer suggests that research should be undertaken in order to improve the odor of human gas.
Excerpt from the essay‘s introduction:
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.
In his essay about flatulence, Benjamin Franklin discusses proposes a scientific testing of human farts, based on different types of food, in an effort to find out what influences the odor. He also suggests that scientists should come up with a substance/drug, “wholesome and not disagreeable”, that could be mixed with one’s “common Food or Sauces” which will make flatulence “not only inoffensive, but agreeable as Perfumes”.
‘Fart Proudly’ ends on a high note, with a pun introduced by the author, saying that compared to other sciences, the practical application of this subject is definitely and “scarcely worth a FART-HING.”
This essay was excluded from most of the published collections of Benjamin Franklin writings, until it was included in ‘Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School’, a 1990 collection of the authors most humorous and satirical writings. The book is available on Amazon, right here!