SCIENCE
05/10/2014 09:14 am ET Updated May 10, 2014

Anthropologists Are Afraid to Ask About Farting

Wikimedia Commons: Richard Newton

Moost cultures treat flatulence as abhorrent; it impinges on the senses, offends those caught in the blast and brings shame upon the culprit.

But farting is a universal act—a byproduct of being a human being with working intestines and a healthy host of co-dependent microbes. So why do we, as humans, seem to hate farts so much?

Anthropologist Kirsten Bell, inspired to track the history of our relationship with farts...

Read more on SMITHSONIAN.COM

ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

PHOTO GALLERIES
27 Funniest, Geekiest Science Jokes
Subscribe to the Weird News email.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Step into the world of weird news.

CONVERSATIONS