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Let's cut to the chase - or should that be cut the cheese? This is a quiz about farting, or, in scientific terms, flatulence.

A multiple-choice quiz by Kankurette. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Kankurette
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
395,093
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the medical term for a fart? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Certain foods, such as cabbage and beans, can cause flatulence. Why is this? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. A low FODMAP diet is sometimes recommended for people who have trouble with excessive flatulence. What does FODMAP stand for? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Sometimes, farts can smell like rotten eggs. What element is the primary cause of this? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. How many times a day does the average human fart? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which of these conditions does NOT have flatulence as a side effect? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. True or false: most farts smell bad.


Question 8 of 10
8. Although there is such a thing as the 'silent but deadly', fart noises are often a source of humour. Which body part causes fart noises by vibrating when air is expelled? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. True or false: there exists a type of entertainment known as flatulism, in which an entertainer's routine solely involves farting, often in a creative manner.


Question 10 of 10
10. Which bismuth compound can be used to treat the smell of flatulence, and is the main ingredient in Devrom, an 'internal deodorant'? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the medical term for a fart?

Answer: Flatus

A flatus is generally defined as intestinal and/or stomach gases passing through the anus. The scientific study of flatulence is called 'flatology'.

Ructus is the scientific name for burping, coitus is the scientific term for sexual intercourse, and a meatus is a natural opening within the body.
2. Certain foods, such as cabbage and beans, can cause flatulence. Why is this?

Answer: They contain lots of fibre and/or certain sugars

Certain sugars, such as raffinose (found in beans) or sorbitol (found in chewing gum and some fruits), can be broken down into hydrogen, methane and oxygen. Fructose, a sugar found in fruits, feeds the bacteria that live in your lower intestines and create gas by breaking down undigested fermentable particles.
3. A low FODMAP diet is sometimes recommended for people who have trouble with excessive flatulence. What does FODMAP stand for?

Answer: Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides and Polyols

Oligosaccharides, monosaccharides, disaccharides and polyols are all different types of short chain carbohydrates which cause flatulence, due to being poorly absorbed by the small intestine. They are not additives; they generally occur naturally in foods such as pulses, cauliflower, wheat and stone fruits. Low FODMAP foods include meats, tempeh, quinoa and grapes.

However, low FODMAP diets are only recommended as a short-term measure, and you should consult your doctor before going on one.
4. Sometimes, farts can smell like rotten eggs. What element is the primary cause of this?

Answer: Sulphur

If you've studied World War I, you might remember the use of mustard gas, or sulphur mustard, characterised by its rotten smell. Gut bacteria produce compounds such as the foul-smelling hydrogen sulphide when coming into contact with protein and/or foods rich in sulphur, such as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and our old friend cabbage. Protein powders also often contain cysteine, a compound which contains sulphur - bad news if you're a bodybuilder! An experiment conducted at Monash University in Australia found that adding cysteine to the faeces of seven healthy people caused a sevenfold increase in hydrogen sulphide emissions from gut bacteria.
5. How many times a day does the average human fart?

Answer: 5-15 times

There's no exact average number of farts per day for the average healthy human, but the UK's National Health Service website estimates it to be between 5-15 times. Farting is perfectly normal, and only becomes a problem if it is seriously affecting your life or comes with other symptoms, such as constipation.
6. Which of these conditions does NOT have flatulence as a side effect?

Answer: Migraine

Horrible though migraines are, they generally do not make you fart. However, flatulence can be a side effect of IBS, lactose intolerance and coeliac disease. People with coeliac disease have difficulties digesting gluten, while people with lactose intolerance have the same issue with dairy products. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of alternatives to both in supermarkets in the UK. IBS is a chronic condition with symptoms of abdominal pain and constipation and/or diarrhoea.

The causes of IBS are largely unknown, although it can be co-morbid with other chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.
7. True or false: most farts smell bad.

Answer: False

Although flatulence is linked with nasty smells, most farts are odourless. The vast majority of gases produced in the intestine are made up of nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. All of these are all odourless gases. Swallowed air can also account for farts, hence the nitrogen presence - it does not naturally occur within the gut.
8. Although there is such a thing as the 'silent but deadly', fart noises are often a source of humour. Which body part causes fart noises by vibrating when air is expelled?

Answer: The anal sphincters

Fans of 'Wayne's World' may remember the line, 'A sphincter says what?' The anal sphincters are rings of muscle which surround the anal canal, and the external anal sphincter's job is to keep the anal canal shut. When flatulence exists the anus, it causes the sphincters to vibrate and make a noise.

The noise is similar to the action of sticking your tongue out and blowing, aka 'blowing a raspberry', a term which - funnily enough - comes from the Cockney rhyming slang for fart, 'raspberry tart'.
9. True or false: there exists a type of entertainment known as flatulism, in which an entertainer's routine solely involves farting, often in a creative manner.

Answer: True

Since medieval times, flatulists have existed. Professional flatulists in medieval Ireland, for instance, were known as 'braigetoir'. The most famous example of a professional flatulist was Joseph Pujol aka 'Le Pétomane' (French for 'the fart maniac'), who imitated musical instruments and was able to make himself fart by moving air into his rectum, using his sphincter muscles to control it.

In more recent times, one flatulist, Paul 'Mr Methane' Oldfield, appeared on 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2009, though Simon Cowell was not amused and called him a 'disgusting creature'.
10. Which bismuth compound can be used to treat the smell of flatulence, and is the main ingredient in Devrom, an 'internal deodorant'?

Answer: Bismuth subgallate

Devrom can be bought over the counter, and can be used to treat people who have faecal incontinence, IBS, or a gastrointestinal stoma. The active ingredient, bismuth subgallate, acts as a deodoriser for flatulence and faeces, and can also be used to ease haemorrhoid symptoms such as itching. It can cause darkening of the stools and tongue.
Source: Author Kankurette

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