A friend forwarded me an article about a girl named Sophie Paterson. She’s apparently a 6th grader in New Zealand . . . and Sophie entered the Central Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools Rotary speech competition with the following presentation:
Hi, today I am going to talk to you about farts.
Some people think farts are rude and some people think farts are funny, like me.
I think farts are hilarious.
Farting is a fact of life. Everybody farts. The Queen farts, superstars fart and I fart. We will fart until the day we die.
And apparently a person can still fart after death!!
Do you know why we fart? Flatulence, wind or farts, whatever you like to call them, is the production of the mixture of gases in the digestive tract, that are by products of the digestive process.
The average person farts about 14 times a day, which produces about half a litre of fart gas.(Personally, I think I fart more than 14 times a day).
Farts are made up of the following: Nitrogen, the main ingredient making up 59 percent; next behind is hydrogen at 21 percent; 9 percent carbon dioxide; 7 percent methane, 3 percent oxygen and 1 percent other stuff.
But listen to this - hydrogen sulphide is the compound that makes them stink! Here are the top 10 farters:
3. Zebras and my pony Free
7. Labradors and retrievers
8. Humans (vegetarians)
9. Humans (non-vegetarians)
10. Gerbils (also known as the
If you are going to fart, do not sit by flames, because farts are very flammable. Also, they can come motoring out of your body at 10 kmh. No wonder some of you have holes in your undies!
Please do not panic if you find yourself trapped in a small space like a closet, as it is impossible to suffocate in your own farts. Unless Ben (my little brother) is in there with you!
Anyway next time you fart, don’t think it’s rude. Just know that everybottie, oops, I mean, everybody, farts.
Thank you for listening to my fartastic speech. Here’s a little poem that I’d like to share with you.
A trump is a violent explosion
It comes from the Valley of Bum
It rolls up and down your trouser leg
And comes out with a violent hum!
A fart can be useful
It gives the body ease.
It warms the bed in winter
And suffocates the fleas.
There was a young fellow called Steve
Who farted whenever he pleased
With buttocks a-thunder
He forced gas asunder
And blew all the leaves off the trees!
Wow! Not only do I love this speech, but I’d never heard that “Valley of Bum” poem before. Brilliant work, Sophie. I hope you won the competition!