Mon 02-01-99 08:12 am


HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Los Angeles author is sniffing out new research about a topic many historians turn their noses up at: the history of flatulence.

Researcher Jim Dawson has just completed the first comprehensive guide to “fartlore” in a new book called Who Cut the Cheese: A Cultural History of the Fart (Ten Speed Press).

Here’s some of the trivia sniffed out by Dawson...

  • Flatulence was blamed for the deaths of thousands of people in Jerusalem in the first century after a Roman soldier let one fly to express his disgust at the Jews. The noxious odor triggered a riot that left 10,000 dead.

  • One of the biggest French stage stars of the 1890s was a man named Le Petomane who used his rear end to imitate bird chirps, smoke cigarettes and blow out candles.

  • And, finally, Adolph Hitler once attempted to cure his chronic flatulence by drinking machine gun oil.

    CONTACT: Jim Dawson, Arrange thru Erika Whitmore;. Berkeley, CA; (510) 559-****, ext. 3065

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