I have no doubt that it is POSSIBLE to light a fart on fire, but is it really a safe thing to do? My friends and I have debated this for a long while( mainly cause we dont want to do it ourselves incase it isn’t safe) and when we think about it, thoughts of exploding aerosol cans that were lit on fire come to mind. Has anyone on this board sucessfully done this without incident? Or did the ones who tried blew up?
Can’t believe I’m answering this…
But in the interest of public service, from personal experience, yes it is perfectly safe. The pubic service caveat is to keep your pants on! The fart will go right through them and light w/no problem. Doing it with a bare ass, though, can get your hair burned off and maybe a little scorched skin (this, second hand).
Otherwise, no prob. At least not until your grown daughter asks you how you know these things (this, first hand).
When I was in high school I had quite the time lighting my farts. I was amazed at just how ORANGE the flames are. I found a long lighter (like those you light a fireplace with) works well. I once did it with khaki shorts on, and that was a little too hot for comfort, but with jeans it’s just a nice warm feeling. I haven’t done it in probably 12 years, but I’ve lit probably 15-20 farts. Big, orange fireball out your butt. No burns.
Everyone should do it once.
I guess my farts had too much stuff in them…I never got blue…always bright orange.
*I do not endorse fart lighting, as there is always the chance of burns…I just never got any.
Questions like this really burn my ass…
L & k,
From your link:
I must have one! Who will bring this to market?
[sub]*beans not included[/sub]
So no explosions? Now im really tempted to show off how ‘badass’ i am infront of my friends. Incase you are wondering, yes i am still in high school.
If you poke about on Youtube you will find footage of Adam from Mythbusters doing it, on a special that was not aired on TV
I was six years old. The first “joke” I ever heard:
What’s the sharpest thing in the world?
A fart. It goes through your pants without making a hole!
A friend’s father did this.
Explaining how he got the burns when he arrived at the hospital must have made the A&E staffs night.
He has always blaimed backdraft.
Yes, it’s safe, it’s very safe, it’s so safe you wouldn’t believe it.
In Chadwick Hansen’s book Witchcraft in Salem, Hansen quotes a report from 17th century Masachusetts about two farmers performing a would-be cure on a sick horse belonging to one of them. Apparently one remedy used was called “burning the mare’s fart”, and consisted of sticking a lit pipe into the horse’s anus. They did so, and released a conflagration that covered the horse’s buttocks with flame.
So, if you’re gonna be trying to light the farts of methane-producing equines, especially sick ones, be careful.
No word on whether the horse felt any better afterwards.
This sort of stuff is why I joined the StraightDope.
We need a farting smilie!
Who’s with me?!
P.S. Along the lines that any photograph can be successfully captioned ‘Who’s farted?’, imagine all these smilies having just let rip:
and best of all
Wonder no more!
First hand. And by “get your hair burned off”, he (I’m assuming he, gals don’t usually make the first response to a question like this) means "all the hair on your asshole, your taint, and inner butt cheeks.
This imparts a pleasant toastyness to them, much like putting on a pair of socks fresh out of the dryer.
Equines are nothing in comparison to the capacity of bovine flamethrowers.