#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 18th, 2013 18:43
#2 By: David Forbes, December 18th, 2013 18:53
Does this explain why we all fart so much working on telescopes at 10,000 feet altitude? Or is that an air pressure thing?
#3 By: Stefan Jones, December 18th, 2013 18:57
My patent for a charcoal-activated butt filter seems a lot less "frivilous" now, doesn't it Mr. Patent Office analyst McGillicutty?
#4 By: Jardine, December 18th, 2013 18:59
Well, weightlessness makes it impossible to burp, and all that gas has to go somewhere.
I suppose that statement is technically true. As I understand it, you can burp but every burp is a barfy burp. So you keep those burps down unless you really want to throw up in your mouth a little bit. Writing that has made me feel bad enough that I think this comment needs a unicorn chaser.
#5 By: Paul Renault, December 18th, 2013 19:24
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
Calling the 1.70 m3 of habitable space inside a Mercury Capsule Module 'space' is a bit of stretch. Even the Space Station's 837 m3 doesn't, ahem, cut the mustard.
#6 By: gilbert wham, December 18th, 2013 19:27
Sorry, there's prior art. I had a book as a kid full of wacky Victorian patents, including a kind of porous butt-plug filled with kapok soaked in the scent of your choice. Also, there was an automatic hat-raiser, powered by clockwork, for the gentleman encumbered with parcels (or possibly unencumbered with arms) who needed to politely raise his hat to a Lady in the street and could not.
#7 By: Mellivora Capensis, December 18th, 2013 19:54
And that is why my SO can never be an astronaut.
#8 By: Brian Sizemore, December 18th, 2013 20:13
Getting hot boxed on the ISS...it's not like you can roll the windows down.
#9 By: Acer Platanoides , December 18th, 2013 20:15
Yuri Gagarin was also probably the first man to pass gas in space?
#10 By: Acer Platanoides , December 18th, 2013 20:15
Muuuuuch worse than an elevator.
#11 By: Jardine, December 18th, 2013 20:28
I'm disappointed in the lack of farting smileys. The closest I could find was so I had to find another one.
#12 By: agonist, December 18th, 2013 20:39
Why don't we just make methane-powered spaceships? Once beyond the Earth's gravity, astronauts could fart their way to Mars. There are already designs for spaceships which use the Solar Wind, aka the Sun's farts, so why not give human farts a try? My God, can you imagine how fast a ship could accelerate if the crew ate nothing but bean & cheese burritos?
#13 By: Hangle E. Mann, December 18th, 2013 20:45
That's one small step for- frrrrrt
#14 By: Cary, December 18th, 2013 21:04
Perhaps one could combine the two and devise a pneumatic method to politely/discretely deal with both issues.
#15 By: jackbird, December 18th, 2013 21:54
Sorry, Poe's Law works for Skymall crap, too: http://myshreddies.com/
#16 By: The Mudshark, December 19th, 2013 03:01
On the upside, in space no one can hear you fart.
#17 By: Michael Smith, December 19th, 2013 03:13
Another factor on the Apollo programme was that drinking water in the command module came from the fuel cells which turn hydrogen and oxygen into water and energy. Water was a waste product, but imperfect combination of the two gasses left gaseous hydrogen in the water which had to be expelled from the body.
Michael Collins wrote that Apollo 11 had rather a bad smell about it by the time they got to the end of the mission.
#18 By: Suzanne, December 19th, 2013 07:51
Wait. My husband is an astronaut?
#19 By: gilbert wham, December 19th, 2013 08:06
An asstronoaut. Hurr hurr huurr.
#20 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 19th, 2013 09:37
"Why are hemorrhoids called hemorrhoids and asteroids called asteroids? Wouldn't it make more sense if it was the other way around? But if that was true, then a proctologist would be an astronaut."
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