Marines Ban Audible Farts in Afghanistan
Bend over backwards to avoid offending Afghans
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 12:37 PM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2011 9:11 AM CDT
US Marines have been banned from noisy farting in Afghanistan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – US military leaders, sensitive to winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, have instituted several unloved regulations on troops there—no swearing, no talking about volatile subjects like politics or girls. But now leaders apparently want to win ears and noses, too, as they have introduced an unusual no-no—no farting, according to the Military Times.

In particular, the rule is no audible farts for downrange marines. "But farting? That’s practically a sport," writes Gina Cavallaro. "OK, it’s not soccer, but a good contest could open the door for cross-cultural exchanges, jokes, and other gallows humor." Or perhaps the top brass is just overly sensitive to criticism that the US forces in Afghanistan could cut-and-run...

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Aug 30, 2011 11:10 PM CDT
OH OH instead of a fart a lump in my drawers, oh shit!!!
Aug 29, 2011 4:23 PM CDT
11 years ago, when I first came to live in the United States, it was hard not to notice the fascination that Americans have about farting... my new american family would fart so loud (which I though it was one of the most disturbing things) then laugh so hard about it, laugh to tears! They would even fart at each other... fart competitions... fart jokes... farting was taboo for me. I would never fart like those un-polite Americans. But slowly I noticed that my farts changed from "Silent but Deadly" to "Gunshot Farts" like the farts of those around me... I can say I am americanized. What am I going to say when I visit my country??? Help!
Aug 29, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
Kudos to whoever picked that photo to go with this article.