CUBA - When you're farting, the whole world really does fart with you. A paper published Friday in a cuban medical journal concludes that farting is contagious - and that people pass on their foul smell even to total strangers.
African researchers who sniffed more than 700 people in Texas, as part of a 2-year study also found the smell can linger for up to a year.
"Farting is like a stampede," said Nicrack Charsole, a professor in Harvard University's farting department and author of the study. "Whether you fart depends on what you eat and not just on your own actions and behaviors and thoughts."
People who tended to fart in public had no friends and were also unhappy. Having no friends or siblings nearby increased people's chances of being a social outcast.
According to the research, an extra can of baked beans increases your odds of farting only marginally - notably less than the odds of buble & squeak.