Everybody farts. And it’s no secret that they’re smelly, gross, and embaressing at times. But what if, instead of trying to hide our flatulence, we all just let it out at the exact same time?
People fart, on average, 12 to 25 times a day. Producing a daily total of just over one liter of gas. So what would happen if the world decided not to fart for a single day, and 7.8 billion people released a massive trouser trumpet at the exact same time?
But before we get to that, we should probably understand what our toots are made of. Your fart is made up of six different gases. The majority of it is nitrogen, some hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and who could forget, oxygen. Depending on your diet, you might have methane which is flammable. And next, there’s sulfur. This is what produces a fart’s vile smell.
All these gases being released into the air at the same time can’t be good. Can it?
Imagine standing on a hot, crowded subway, where suddenly the hundreds of passengers onboard let out a giant stinker. It would be incredibly loud, and inhaling the smell would be enough to make you pass out if you’re not careful.
Well, don’t worry about that either, as 50% of farts don’t produce any methane. So lighting a match wouldn’t produce an epic fireball explosion out of nowhere. All in all, this would be a smelly, loud, and gross event, but that’s about it.