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There is no other way to say it fart humor has been funny for centuries. What do humans find farts so Funny? Why are Fart Gag Gifts so popular? In this special Poop Head Videos article we will answer all of this and more.
Why do humans around the word find farts so funny?
I understand why kids, teens, and you adults find farts funny. However I am a 56 year old female and I still find farts hilariously funny. I wonder do senior citizens in nursing homes find farts funny?
Bottom burps. Trumps. Fowl Howls. One-man salutes. There are hundreds of silly slang terms to describe farts – each as childishly funny as the things themselves.
Us human are obsessed with passing wind. With doing it, hearing it, attributing blame for it – and making the noise, real or not. I am not sure when the comedy in farts started, but it has been around my entire life.
Of all the bodily functions it’s literally the one which causes the biggest stink.
Farts even have their own National Day on January 7 (quite rightly hot on the heels of National Bean Day on January 6). Woopie Cushions are more popular than ever.
Our mums and dads might try and ban such ‘toilet humour’ when we’re growing up but the funniness of farts is all around us – especially at Christmas when the family tucks into the good ol’ Brussels sprouts!
TV and film is full of references to breaking wind and during this festive you can expect to see children of all ages – right up to grown-up big kids – laughing once more at the hilarity of doing so when Sky 1’s new family special, Fungus the Bogeyman.
The silliness starts when realise we can
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There’s something eternally funny about blowing off – especially for children, and particularly boys. We grow up giggling at guffing from the moment we surprise ourselves with the God-given ability.
Then we learn how we create funny fart sounds!
Discovering how to create a fart sound with your armpit is one of the rites of passage for every schoolboy and most girls. My brother always threw in an optional palm lick before cupping his armpit and pumping their arm for added grimness. It’s like the first party trick you ever learn.
We then graduate to every prankster schoolboy’s go-to tool: the whoopie cushion. It’s possibly the most juvenile wind-up on the planet – but you know if it happened today you would still burst out laughing at the blushing victim.
Animals farts might be the funniest for some reason?
Humans aren’t the only people at it – our domestic pets provide some classic family moments. Zoos can also be places for comedy fart gold as all sorts of animals get us rolling up when they let a big one rip.
TV shows and movies are full of fart scenes
Fungus the Bogeyman promises to bring a bit of flatulence to the festivities this year when the show airs. Here’s a sneak peek of the show.
Remember the Fart scene in Austin Powers?
What about the Klump family farting in The Nutty Professor, Remember that scene?
The scene sees Eddie Murphy playing almost the entire table as everybody proudly passes wind at the dinner table, is the one scene anyone who saw the Nutty profession talks about “The Fart Scene”.
Even Frozen has a farting parody yes! FROZEN FARTS
Forget Let It Go – Let One Go is the spoof version which has comedy lyrics about soiling princess dresses and enjoying the stink. Ridiculous, but I have to watch!
The video has had more than 3 million views since it was posted on YouTube. Another popular parper on the video site goes by the name Mr Methane. He’s made a name for himself by farting the tunes of famous songs. No, it is the truth! 3 Million!
Fart fails on live TV are Guaranteed Laughs
There’s nothing like an attack of the gas to give a news anchor or TV actor the chuckles. And once you’ve been caught on camera doing your business, your fart fail lives on forever online as your foul-up is shared around the world.
Perhaps one particular individual fart isn’t funny, perhaps a particular joke involving a fart isn’t that funny, perhaps a particular person doesn’t enjoy fart humor. (Comedian and friend Jimmy Pardo refused to be interviewed for this piece, only saying, “I don’t think there is a topic I hate more, and you can quote me.”) But that doesn’t mean they’re not funny. I consider fart humor cheap laughs that require no creativity or talent.
Jokes are one of the only truly democratic art forms. If a large enough percentage of people laugh at something, it is defined as funny. It might not be good or clever, or add to the conversation, or even be socially aware. But it is funny. We can track whether or not something is funny, then, by figuring out how many people are laughing. And a lot of people have laughed at farts in fact I cannot thing of a topic that creates more laughs than fart humor, can you?
FART JOKE GIFTS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN EVER
Why do you think this website is called POOP HEAD VIDEOS ??
My sister has triplets, two boys and a girl. You know what they ask for for their ninth birthday? Fart Joke Gifts. The theme was farts, and their parents hired a comedian to come in and entertain us all telling fart jokes.
This was my fart joke gift, I got for all three of them. It is a gun called the Fart Launcher. They loved it, and ran around the house with their fart joke guns all afternoon.
Howard Stern was constantly airing farts on radio waves into millions of listeners and millions of dollars. Before him, a French performer by the name of Joseph Pujol—stage name: Le Petomane—would awe the crowds in by producing a wide variety of tones and spot-on impressions (including a pup and his mother-in-law), all from the air produced by his derriere. He was known as the FARTIST!
But as Jim Dawson points out in Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart—just one of Dawson’s three flatulence-related books—Le Petomane was only the latest in a long line of “flatuists”:
At the beginning of the fifth century, Saint Augustine observed in The City of God, a chronicle of Rome’s history, that “Some have such command of their bowels, that they can break wind continuously at pleasure, so as to produce the singing.” Can you imagine a community where everyone is expect to fart in public as much as they can, everytime they can?
In fact, we can take this history even further, all the way back to the first joke ever recorded. It comes from Sumeria in 1900 B.C.E., and I don’t get it, but it goes like this.
Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.
Something is lost in translation, I guess. What’s so amazing is that this joke, streamlined a bit to account for current linguistics, could pretty easily fit in a comedy club routine day.
“Isn’t it depressing that after 4,000 years, opening acts are still using the same jokes?” Many comedians are labelled as anit fart jokes comedians. The fact that it has been used for so long, however, points toward one of the key aspects that make farts so funny: Their complete universal and everyone can relate with fart jokes.
“There are only three guarantees in life: you will shit, you will die, and you will fart,” writes Leigh Cowart, who maintains the self-explanatory Twitter presence @fartdescriptor, in an email. “Farts are like little, musical love notes from the abyss, a shareable reminder that your body is, ultimately, disgusting and out of your control.”
There are few completely universal concepts, especially ones that translate through both cultures and eras. Marriage differs from culture to culture, century to century. The structure of the family has shifted as well. The knowledge of our bodies has changed—sometimes subtly, sometimes in dramatic leaps—as medical science has improved. Eating, sleeping, the right vitamins, body waste disposal systems are truly the only three actions that all humans, no matter the time or place, can relate to.
Relatability is required for humor, particularly frames of reference. A comedian makes a reference either to some shared experience, or by comparing their own experience to something shared.
If the audience doesn’t see the connection (and instead has to ask, “Wait, what do you mean by that?”), it’s just not funny. The disruption of patterns is also crucial for humor.
There is no better pattern disruptor than a perfectly timed fart, we all know that!
FUNNY FART T-SHIRTS
Funny Fart T-Shirts have become part of mainstream culture around the word. There is no better fart gag gift than a Funny Fart T-Shirt!
THE CLASSIC SILENT BOO-BOO’S FART JOKE
You have probably heard this a fart joke, my granddad shared it with me years ago, and I have told it to my grand kids.
The fart joke goes like this ……………
There’s an old woman who goes to see her doctor. The doctor asks her what the problem is, and she says that she’s been making these silent boo-boos.
When she was out to lunch with her girlfriends, she made four silent boo-boos.
When she was playing cards with a neighbor, she made five silent boo-boos.
“And she said, ‘Doctor, while I’ve been sitting here with you, I’ve made three silent boo-boos,’”
And the doctor says, ‘Well, the first thing we need to do is get your hearing checked.’”
The old woman/boo-boos story is a fart joke, but it’s more about pattern-recognition and frame of reference. That she continually utters the phrase “silent boo-boos” sets the pattern that’s disrupted when we realize things aren’t as quiet as the old woman—thought.
As far as frame of reference, well, we all know what she’s talking about when she uses the phrase silent boo boos. We don’t need to ask for more details, we understand the sound and smell. Farts are in that unique sweet spot where no one ever needs to ask.
In 1998, Stanford researcher Thomas Veatch offered a “Theory of Humor” in which he expressed that something’s funny when a scenario is wrong, but generally OK: Falling down the stairs is funny, but only if the person comes out of it unscathed.
This idea was expanded upon with the work of journalist Joel Warner and behavioral scientist Peter McGraw, who traveled the world in an attempt to dissect humor and come up with some kind of universal theory.
But as far as why farts, specifically, are funny, science remains tightly clenched. (Although, a fascinating 2005 study looked at the gender gap of shame associated with any sort of fecal activity.)
In a 2015 interview on The Daily Show, Louie C.K. came to the same conclusion. He broke down exactly why farts are funny into three distinct points.
Number one: It comes out of your butt.
Number two: It smells like poop “because it’s just been hanging out next to it for a long time.”
Number three: It makes “a little trumpet-noise” when it comes out.
“A toot noise that smells like poop that comes out of your ass,” he concludes. “That’s hilarious. That’s the funniest thing in the world. You don’t have to be smart to laugh at farts, but you have to be stupid not to.”
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