From: Stinky Pete 14/11/2000 11:17:58
Subject: Farts under water post id: 168881
Why do Farts smell worse in the bath and shower, particularly in the shower - even though they're not as much under water as in the bath?

From: Dr. Ed G (Avatar) 4/03/99 13:22:28
Subject: re: Farts under water post id: 2780
I reckon it might be because for a normal fart the average direction of the fart molecules is towards the ground, but when expressed in the bath is redirected up towards you head. This, in addition to the suggestion from Andrew, is probably what results in greater density of fart molecules landing on the olfactory sensors of the nose, resulting in more pong per pop!

Soupie twist,
Ed G.

From: Gazza 14/11/2000 11:54:59
Subject: re: Farts under water post id: 168917
It's not just the enclosed environment in this situation. There are two other factors involved when 'farts' are discharged in the bath. The first is that the atmosphere is generally at a much higher temperature and this causes the kinetic energy of gases to increase dramatically, thus making any aromas more easily detected (read 'stronger') under such circumstances. Secondly, considering their source and the fact that they are gases discharged from underwater, the bubbles thus created are very highly concentrated 'masses' of the gas. I think that covers it! There is a very good web site written by a well known Doctor (in her field) that covers this subject but I cannot find it in my 'history' to show you where it is. It might take a while but if you want to discover more, simply do a search on 'fart' and have fun!!

From: Zardoz 19/07/2001 19:52:00
Subject: re: farts post id: 354736
Why do farts smell worse in water?.

Well, Gassy, let me tell you, it has everything to do with the water concentrateomatic effect. (Yes, that's an actual physics term, I learned all about it when I was pursuing mechanical engineering. Or maybe that was when I was pursuing alcoholic engineering, I forget, the details are hazy.) Anyway, what happens is that instead of the fart propagating in all directions from the source, it is driven straight up due to the path of least resistance. (The bubbles rising, you know? No fart goes down or to the sides in the water.) So you get the full aromatic effect. And there you have it.

From: Zardoz 19/07/2001 19:56:39
Subject: re: farts post id: 354746
Why do farts smell so much worse in a shower than anywhere else?.

There are several factors. First of all, a shower is a small, enclosed space, so the fart gas is more concentrated, and the high turbidity of the air in the shower circulates the gas through the space effectively. Secondly, the high humidity and high temperature conditions in the shower enhance a person's sense of smell and taste. The farts don't actually smell worse, it's just that we can smell them better than usual.
Similar conditions prevail in the bathtub.

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