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Police: Man Choked Girlfriend Who Griped About Smelly Farts

Christopher Ragsdale has been charged with assault

(Newser) - A Texas man accused of choking and headbutting his girlfriend because she complained about the smell of his flatulence has been jailed on an assault charge, police said. Officers in Wichita Falls, Texas, responded to a home on Sunday afternoon following a report that Christopher Ragsdale had assaulted his girlfriend,... More »

Man's Flatulence Lands Him in Court

He allegedly deliberately farted at an officer

(Newser) - Well, he got his answer. The Scotsman reports a 28-year-old was earlier this month sentenced to 75 hours of unpaid work after farting three times in the presence of police and asking, "How do you like that?" The incident began in the wake of a car crash in Aberdeen.... More »

Man Sues for $1.3M Over Boss's 'Stinky' Farts

Australia's David Hingst says supervisor harassed him before he was laid off

(Newser) - Can regular farting equal bullying? An appeals court in Australia will have to decide based on a nearly $1.3 million lawsuit filed in 2017 by the former employee of a construction company, who refers to his ex-boss as "Mr. Stinky." David Hingst, a 56-year-old former engineer of... More »

'Fart on Demand' Is Now a Feature in Tesla Vehicles

Impress your friends with a 'Short Shorts Ripper' every time you put on your turn signal

(Newser) - As if we needed any more proof that Elon Musk is as guylike as guys can get , Tesla has unveiled a new Easter egg—a surprise bonus feature—that's sure to please everyone's inner Cletus Klump . TechCrunch reports on the company's new "Emissions Testing Mode,"... More »

Man Mad About Very Old Fart Sets House on Fire: Cops

Joel Cruz, 29, arrested in Washington state

(Newser) - Police say a prank a decade ago led to an act of arson Tuesday in Washington state. KIMA reports Joel Cruz was at his parents house alone when police say he put a pot of vegetable oil on the stove, turned up the burner, and left. The resulting fire severely... More »

Judge Denies Fart Lawsuit Supplied by Pork Roll Employee

Lawsuit claimed employee was fired for farting too much

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by a woman in defense of her farting husband was full of beans, according to a judge, who tossed the suit earlier this year. Louann Clem filed the lawsuit after her husband was fired from the Case Pork Roll Co. in New Jersey, allegedly for farting too... More »

Meanwhile, in Canada, Parliament Debates Use of 'Fart'

The word is 'distinctly unparliamentary,' says Elizabeth May

(Newser) - While several world leaders were preoccupied with climate change , Canada was debating a far more important issue: whether "fart" is an appropriate word to use in parliament. While giving what she called "an impassioned speech " about unemployment and tax increases in Alberta in the House of Commons... More »

Hospital Report Blames Patient's Fart for Surgical Fire

Laser evidently ignited gas during operation at Tokyo Medical Center

(Newser) - An operating room snafu out of Japan is generating headlines because of its bizarre nature: It seems a patient's fart ignited a fire that left her with serious burns. The incident took place at Tokyo Medical Center, reports the Asahi Shimbun . A laser was being used on the cervix... More »

California Is Going After Its Farting Cows

It's all part of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to fight climate change

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. "You know, when Noah wanted to build his ark, most of the people laughed at him?" Brown said, per the Sacramento Bee , adding... More »

Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'

(Newser) - In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a... More »

Cause of Brawl at Florida Bar: a Fart

It's not clear exactly what happened, but someone definitely farted

(Newser) - "The argument was due to someone farting." That's what police were told after responding to a fight between two couples at Key West's Sloppy Joe's bar last Monday, the Miami Herald reports. It's not clear who farted or how exactly the fart set off... More »

Student Arrested Over Fart-Spray Incident

Blake Zengo allegedly knows how to clear out a bar

(Newser) - One University of Georgia student may have just single-handedly justified the 21-year-old legal drinking age after the 20-year-old was arrested for allegedly spraying Athens bar customers with bottled farts, USA Today reports. It started around around 1:40am when a woman told police a customer inside Whiskey Bent was spraying... More »

Puzzling Ocean Buzz Could Be Fish Farts

Scientists say the Pacific Ocean is filled with strange sound at dusk and dawn

(Newser) - When scientists first started hearing an odd noise emanating from the depths of the Pacific Ocean a few years ago, they didn't know what to think. The sound (described as a continuous humming or buzzing that only happens at certain times of day) wasn't from typical ocean activity... More »

'Farting Corpse' Film Makes Noise at Festival

'Swiss Army Man' divides audiences at Sundance

(Newser) - A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. In Swiss Army Man, the erstwhile Harry Potter plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island. Dano rides Radcliffe across the... More »

Wife Jailed for Battery in Florida Fart Fight

Her husband wouldn't stop passing gas in bed

(Newser) - Farts are always funny until somebody gets hurt. The Smoking Gun reports a 55-year-old Florida woman was arrested for allegedly beating up her husband when he wouldn't stop passing gas in bed. Dawn Meikle's husband Donald broke the seal early Dec. 11 while they were both lying in... More »

Did Pork Roll Company Fire Man for Farting?

His wife certainly seems to think so

(Newser) - An employee of one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers was fired for passing too much gas in the office, at least according to his wife, who's suing the company. Louann Clem claims her husband suffered serious consequences, including extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea, from gastric bypass... More »

How a Farting Drummer Cost a DC Bar $500

It has to do with an open window

(Newser) - What to do when you let rip a fart so noxious you're afraid it might offend patrons of the blues bar at which you're performing? If you're in Washington, DC, and it's after 12:30am, the answer is not "open a window." But that'... More »

Council Bans Pot Smell, Guy Asks It to Ban Farts

Way to tackle the important issues, says Oregon man

(Newser) - Earlier this month, the city of Pendleton, Ore., decided to tweak its nuisance ordinance to include a $500 fine for excessive marijuana smoke emanating from a property—though the New York Daily News notes that marijuana itself becomes legal in Oregon in July. "With great relief," Peter Walters... More »

Fart Apps Banned From Apple Watch

Looks like company's aiming for 'elegant' image

(Newser) - Fart jokes are available on 3,000-year-old Sumerian stone tablets but apparently not on Apple's latest piece of 21st-century technology. The developer of Fart Watch , a whoopee cushion-inspired app that boasts it can "turn your Apple Watch and iPhone into a remote-controlled fart machine," tells Cult of... More »

Why We Fart More on Airplanes

Danish physician probes the science of flatulence

(Newser) - When someone passes gas at 35,000 feet, there's nowhere to hide—so a Danish doctor has come up with ways to fart less on airplanes and better disguise the odor when we do, the BBC reports. The doctor, Jacob Rosenberg, says the topic grabbed him on a long... More »

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