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Something has caught my imagination and of many.

In Malawi Parliament a new bill criminalises breaking wind.

The relevant part reads: Fouling Air;Any person who voluntarily vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the health of persons in general,dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood,or passing along a public way,shall be guilty of a misdeamnour.
 

The Government was not happy with the gleeful name the world gave the bill (farting bill)
debate degenarated into a circus in parliament whether there was a difference between fouling air and farting.those who break the wind loudly enough will be easy to catch.but what about those who do it silently,or are in a large group?
 

American music idol Madonna has adopted a child in Malawi.HIV casehold is among the worst in the world and right now the country faces a fuel shortaage that is almost paralyzing the country and in the mix of all this the country finds itself engaging in debate about farting?am i missing something here please?
the justice and constitutional affairs minister George Chapanda has since become a figure of international ridicule!

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ron payn's picture
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Oh poor Africa, I weep for thee....

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It is very easy to notice that one of us is actually from an institution that deals with mental disability..I know the path to a full recovery is long but anyway welcome to the society. Pon payn, please try to seek some spiritual help my brother.

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farting is healthy. you must not keep it inside ...haha.. pump it out.

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Instead of these ministers thinking of how to control how people fart they should think of how to help the poor Malawi people, HIV/AIDS victims, fight malaria, and malnutrition.
Malawi is one of the world’s 20 poorest countries. Over 40 percent of the population lives on less than 1 Euro a day,

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You are very right Juliette. They should try to organise their lives and develop their poor land instead of debating on natural things like farting.

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Everybody in this world farts. And everybody has farted in public as well as private. So what is fart and where does it come from.

The gas in our intestines comes from several sources: air we swallow, gas seeping into our intestines from our blood, gas produced by chemical reactions in our guts, and gas produced by bacteria living in our guts.

This fart gas is made of mostly of the air we swallow, especially the oxygen component, which is absorbed by the body before the gas gets into the intestines. By the time the air reaches the large intestine, most of what is left is nitrogen. Chemical reactions between stomach acid and intestinal fluids may produce carbon dioxide, which is also a component of air and a product of bacterial action. Bacteria also produce hydrogen and methane.

But the relative proportions of these gases that emerge from our anal opening depend on several factors: what we ate, how much air we swallowed, what kinds of bacteria we have in our intestines, and how long we hold in the fart.

The longer a fart is held in, the larger the proportion of boring, inert nitrogen it contains, because the other gases tend to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the walls of the intestine.

A nervous person who swallows a lot of air and who moves stuff through his digestive system rapidly may have a lot of oxygen in his farts, because his body didn't have time to absorb the oxygen.

What makes farts stink?

The odor of farts comes from small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas and skatole in the mixture. These compounds contain sulfur. The more sulfur-rich your diet, the more sulfides and skatole will be produced by the bacteria in your guts, and the more your farts will stink. Foods such as cauliflower, eggs and meat are notorious for producing smelly farts, whereas beans produce large amounts of not particularly stinky farts.
 

Why do farts make noise?

The sounds are produced by vibrations of the anal opening. Sounds depend on the velocity of expulsion of the gas and the tightness of the sphincter muscles of the anus.
 

How much gas does a normal person pass per day?
On average, a person produces about half a liter of fart gas per day, distributed over an average of about fourteen daily farts.
Whereas it may be difficult for you to determine your daily flatus volume, you can certainly keep track of your daily numerical fart count.

You might try this as a science fair project: Keep a journal of everything you eat and a count of your farts. You might make a note of the potency of their odor as well. See if you can discover a relationship between what you eat, how much you fart, and how much they smell.

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is it true fatter people fart more because they like to eat different foods? farting in rooms where other people are in is very disgusting. if this bill is passed in malawi i think i wll shift to malawi for free unpoluted air.

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I disagree with all of you. Farting is normal but it is incorrect to fart in public. Whether loud or quiet, the smell is the same. It is worse than the smell of a sewage. How do you feel when someone farts next to you? you feel disgusted. How would it be to you if everyone in the bus farts at the same time, would that smell please you? Or if your boss is talking to you and he farts, you'll disgrade him. To fart in public is the same as to sh***t in public. If you date a lady and she farts while having dinner with you, I don't think she'll like it very much herself. It is a very embarrassing move to her and the person having dinner with her. Ras Tesfa, don't do like that when you become the President of Malawi. Make sure farting in public is illegalised.

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Have you guys heard of the man who commited suicide with his own fart. he hooked up his nose to his anus with a system involving a gas mask, rubber tubing and a hollow wooden post. He then farted and died of suffocation.

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Farting is very normal and very healthy indeed. A normal human being must fart. Infact people even fart shortly after death. So when someone dies and farts, will the government of Malawi penalize the corpse.

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some girls are so beutiful i think when they fart it smell like parfume

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it only not smell bad to the person who makes the fart. evry body makes gas because of the food he or she eats. for example Beans will make you to produce much gas.

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Aahahhah!!!

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is this true what i write princess. you are also looking cute.

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you are right my dear. funny enough is when two people love each other even farting is part of their lives.i want someone who is free.i agree with you...okey.i don´t fart in front of him but i let it flow and so he do so.

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yes dear let us do it again. bring it on mami,
Italian scientists discovered that the stinking sulfur gas can increase blood flow in the special appendages necessary for proper male sexual function.

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Before passing a bill banning people to fart in public they should provide a public farting joint.

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Podgy if that the case i guess they have to put a public farting joint everywhere.in the buses, trains.hospitals.and etc.and that is impossible.

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what about a farting competition.the one who does it the most 100euros cash money.i know i will come last.no pride.

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This farting competition is so important to tesfamaboza that you had to post it almost ten times

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"We all fart in public and it will be difficult to tell who has done it. Some do it silently. It some cases it is like teargas which goes like shhhh!

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Ras Tesfa, you seem to have a lot of interest in Malawi, are you planning to stand for presidency there? or have you found a woman from malawi as your other half? Or are you planning to migrate?

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it is not that ma pinky.the debate in parliament raised my interest.anyway that is life and we need to live it.kama ni kushuta wacha watu washute.iko nini?