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12 - FARTS AND HICCUPS

In this episode we break down two understudied, but frequently experienced, phenomena: Farts and Hiccups.

Updated on November 22
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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It's actually in a whole set of nerves that cause a reflex arc where you have this sudden breathing inward. Then, your glottis closes, which makes the initial hiccup sound.

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It's the medical term for what we commonly refer to as hiccups. It's from Latin, and means: a speech broken by sobs.

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One man's hiccups lasted for 68 eight years, ending shortly before his death.

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You have to be hiccuping for over 48 hours. Anything less would be known as a hiccup bout.

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It's because you have gas in your intestines and it has to come out. Based on loose data from the 1970s, you have between 30 to 200 milliliters in your gastrointestinal tract at any given time.

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There are a lot of gases. Most are the same that can be found in the air. There’s bacteria in your gut that creates gas. There has to be some methane in your gas that makes a fart flammable. Only one third of people produce methane. Both methane and hydrogen are flammable, but only methane will produce a blue flame when lit.

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An apple is 20% gas. The "fartiest" foods are milk, onions, carrots, beans, and bananas.

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It’s because the stuff that forms the outer layer of the vegetables are complex carbohydrates that your enzymes may not be able to break down on your own. So, you rely on your intestines to help you break it down.

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A study revealed that people fart about 20 times a day.

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