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Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart [Paperback]

Jim Dawson
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1 Dec 1998
We've told you HOW TO S**T IN THE WOODS. We've taken you UP S**T CREEK. Now, we dare to ask the eternal question...WHO CUT THE CHEESE? Which is to say, what exactly is a f*rt? Why do we do it? Why do we hide it when we do it? And why do we find f*rts so darn funny? A cut above anything else on the subject, this book really lets go and tells all, getting to the bottom of these mysteries. Author Jim sniffs out a load of historical and scientific f*rt tales, then offers the kind of fun facts you'll be dying to let slip at social occasions, in chapters like "F*rt Facts That Aren't Just Hot Air," "Gone with the Wind" (on famous movie f*rts), and "Le Petomane & the Art of the Fart" (on the most famous windbag in history). From fact to fiction to frivolous flatulence, this book is unquestionably a ripping good read.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Printing edition (1 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580080111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580080118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel that farts need to be brought out into the open air!
We've all grown up hearing about the underground of fart lore--vague tales of secret writings by famous people, obscure recordings of "crepitation contests," wild tales about some guy in France who could sing through his ass and blow out candles from a foot away. Well, it's all true, and I've gotten to the bottom of every story. Plus, there's coverage of Howard Stern and his Fartman character, the rise of flatulence as a crowd pleaser in Hollywood, and much more. I wanted to make the story of farts a ripping good read. If you've ever laughed at a fart, I think you'll love this book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A gas of an idea that comes off smelling bad. 25 Aug 1999
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The book really was a good idea, but the author seemed more wrapped up in repeated use of juvenile adjectives and slang while ignoring a golden opportunity of composing a good work of social history on an amusing topic.
If you are a bonifide reader of history, and think you are getting a scholarly read, think again.
The best part of the book is the cover. It draws attention to the book, and if you leave it on the coffee table, visitors are drawn to it. Then their reaction is priceless. They are shocked at first, if not grossed out, but soon can't help thumbing through it and can't put it down.
All in all, its not much more than an adult version of "The Gas We Pass".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childish Fluctuant fun. 27 Jan 2013
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We can all be very adult about this subject, but the simple fact is farting is funny. I brought this for a windy friends Christmas gift, but took a look (just for research purposes you understand) to make sure it was the right book for him. It is one of the few books that makes me laugh out aloud. Some parts are a little off the wall so to speak, but if you like this sort of humour then you're in for a little bit of guilt free reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good and different angle on `wind` 15 Dec 2012
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bought this as a present, receiver liked it. nice quality book which goes more into the history which is what you would expect given the title. amusing and good christmas conversation piece. pleased with quality and printing of book. well packed and would recomend thank you
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is the definative explication of flatulence phenomenae from the biosphere-building borgborygmic exhalations of the Jurassic Era to looming planetary extinction brought about by greenhouse gasses expelled by cattle and other crepitating kine.
The Author explores not only the cultural contributions of crepitence but also provides a careful multi-lingual, multi- cultural glossochronology encompassing the origins and evolution of phartologism from the dawn of history to the present day.
From the Athens of Aristophenes to the pages of Poor Richard and on to the Hollywood of Mel Brooks and beyond, Dawson explores the pervasive and, yes, invasive cultural impact of this most evanescent but compeling explosion of nature's serendipity.
Truly, this is the fart book to make everybody throw all the other tomes in their fart library away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information...and lots of laughs!!! 16 Feb 1999
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This book is filled with relevant historic facts and humorous jokes and other tales. It's one of those books that has you laughing and feeling good afterward. I was really impressed by the knowledge shared in this book and the humor that surrounds it. I love it!!!
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