And I think you know the specific question I’m thinking about: why do farts smell so much worse in the shower?
Don’t pretend like you haven’t noticed it. All of us, at one time or another, have ripped one in the shower and thought, “Good Jesus Lord, that fart just punched my nose holes right in the baby maker!” Or, even worse, you’re in a hot bath and you think you’re safe because surely the water will filter out all the smell, right? WRONG! Somehow the water creates tiny invisible fart tubes straight into your nose.
So I scoured the interwebs to find out just why that is. And here’s a sampling of what I found.
H2O, in the form of water vapor, easily attaches to methane molecules by the chlorine atom, or the sulfur released from bacteria, making the foul smell more readily attach to the nostril lining, subsequently sustaining the odor longer than in a dry climate. In addition, warm vapors will cause any crusted mucus to soften and disengage, providing more surface area within the sinuses.
From the Facts on Farts page:
There are several factors. First of all, a shower is a small, enclosed space, so the fart gas is more concentrated, and the high turbidity of the air in the shower circulates the gas through the space effectively. Secondly, the high humidity and high temperature conditions in the shower enhance a person’s sense of smell and taste. The farts don’t actually smell worse, it’s just that we can smell them better than usual. Similar conditions prevail in the bathtub.
And finally, from Monster Tard at TeamXbox.com:
Because you ate at Taco Bell.
PS- Don’t worry, I know this post won’t keep you occupied for long. Check back around lunch time for another one.