Land of the Rising Gas

Comedy: Don`t Poo! here! This photo was taken by Paul Canosa. I have always been a fan of high art (don`t mean to toot (pardon the expression) my French horn too much).

I wanna get a dog, but I admit it is for all the wrong reasons. I would treat it well, I wouldn`t keep it in a cage like some of the Japanese do. But I would keep a dog so I could blame IT,... on the dog. "You smelt it, you dealt it, has only so much mileage."

--Kevin R. Burns (not the MMA guy, the teacher in Japan guy)

"Would you could you in a box?

Would you could you with a fox?"

--that Stud, Dr. Seuss

More humor about life in Japan

Kevin R. Burns just became a member of Facebook to find out what the fuss was all about, then enact his dastardly plan! He will glean what he can to start a rival social network, (Cue Evil villain laugh:) "Mu ha ha ha ha! I will rule the world! And after that I will order in pizza!"


Few people stop to think much about it when they fart. Unless it happens on a crowded elevator, then everyone thinks about it.

You may not have pondered the fact that there are over 400 different kinds of gas in one human fart, and Japanese of course are no exception. Japanese routinely let them rip to the tune of 80 million litres of fart gas every day of the year. I haven`t even included hot air bags like Tokyo Governor Ishihara either! If all the people in the world could be synchronized via the internet to buff on cue, they would emit 4.2 billion litres of butt gas, and that would fill 3.5 Tokyo Domes. Not a pretty picture I know. Just think of the Dome`s maintenance staff!

Would you like to Stay in a Canadian, Victorian Style House near Hot Springs and Hakone?

And still have money left to pay for dinner?

Romantic Fuji Views near Hot Spring

Minamiashigara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Perfect romantic spot for couples. Our dream home! Stay in a Canadian house! 2 single beds. Much of the furniture and lights were imported. The house itself was made in Canada, then imported and bu...

I have often thought that my friend Doug`s expellations were particularly putrid, but no! According to research, Japanese young women expel especially smelly ones these days due to constipation. Half of the young women of Japan are afflicted. Doctors point to dieting as the culprit in this case. Dieting leads to a loss of muscle tissue in general, and loose stomach muscles in particular, which in turn leads to constipation, and farts that would make even Doug blush!

Comedy -- What if you are dating a Japanese Woman?

Help you gasp! I`m dating a Japanese woman, what should I do? Is there anything that can be done, Kev? Unfortunately, I am at a loss and it isn`t only dieting that make some elevators smell like Kawasaki. It is also because the Western diet has found popularity among Japanese palets. Simply put, Japanese are eating more meat.

Comedy: Japan`s Fast Paced Lifestyle

Indeed, the fast paced lifestyle of Japan leads to increased stress, and worsens one`s intestinal condition. Perhaps because of this busy lifestyle, people don`t have as much time to exercise. Without regular exercise, we aren`t regular, and our bowels don`t move smoothly (extend and shrink well--as one Tokyo doctor, a proctologist I presume, was quoted as saying).

One shocking part of the study revealed that if you try to prevent a fart, it will actually get you in more trouble and could affect your love life! If you refuse to fluff one (as my Uncle Stan used to say), then the gas is absorbed into your blood and travels to your lungs. Then it comes out of your mouth, smelling just as terrible. Let one rip before you exchange lips with your special someone I like to say. It is a shame when couples break up over mouth farts. It wasn`t that garlic your partner ate the night before.

Comedy -- This is a Worldwide Problem!

This problem isn`t purely a Japanese one of course, it also takes place in space. After a fatal accident involving Apollo 1, NASA was forced to re-evaluate their safety measures. The accident involved gas and some at NASA suggested that even one fart might have caused the calamity. They started their analysis at that point. Finding that farts contain methane, they proved that farts can burn. Herman, my boy scout buddy regularly proved that on camp outs, but that`s another story.

NASA analysed many farts and found that some do not include methane. It depended on what the farter had eaten. Eating carbohydrates tends to produce a methane based fart, while eating meat or space food that is meat based, produces an expellation that is methane free or low in methane. This tends to cause the fartee (or recipient of the fart) to do a severe space gag, and possibly knock one of the controls out of whack. This of course could lead to a serious accident.

The drawback to all of these findings was, that low carbohydrate space food doesn`t produce the dreaded methane fart, but does produce a fart like Doug`s. In space, no one can hear you fart! But they can sure as hell smell a fart after some gaseous Neil Armstrong has had his ration of low carb space food. It stinks up the whole lunar module man! No wonder few astronauts ever opted for a second mission and everyone wanted to go for a space walk! Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mouri, who served on the Space Shuttle remarked that when someone farts in space it doesn`t dissipate, " becum rump of gasu travelling through space shuttle. Sometime it strike fellow astronaut nose. Honto ni kusai!" (It smells just terrible,") he related. "It often happen in shuttle, but feeling is mutual," he finalized.

So there you have it, let`s be careful out there; and as my father saw on a Scottish grave stone:

"Aire we be, let wind blow free."

by Kevin Burns at great personal risk

(Researched by T. Yamaki under much duress. *Ms. Yamaki has shown no side effects, so far, from this research.)

"No matter what people may claim, everyone is a little gassy (particularly after eating things like fast food). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average person passes gas anywhere from 14 to 23 times a day, producing a daily average of about a litre of flatulence (made up of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and methane). Humanity's daily cloud of 7 billion litres of gas is enough to fill Toronto's Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) about four and a half times. Try blaming that on the dog."

--CBC News

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Comedy - The Salaryman`s Yawn

You're wasting your time inspecting farts assuming they're the deadliest gas to be encountered in Japan. Far more fearsome is the ubiquitous salaryman yawn. There, crowded into the train, you look about you and hope you are not in the presence of a god of stank. Or two.

Yes, sour sweat smelling suits past their thread's prime can contribute to someone's poor experience. But lo and behold a god of the rotten mouth doth approach and squash into you. You try to turn your face as his tilts back and begins a sort of copy of lion's roar. And what comes out is like natural gas akin to that expelled by a mythical dragon.

All the reason JR has finally decided stations are to be smoke free.

The dangers in lighting one of those balls of gas brings fear to the mind.

by Sisyphus

Japanese are very fit, listen to Mariko Takahashi on Fitness, she is really cut!

(Got wood? Comedy Photo by Paul Canosa)

Comedy - Be Careful with those Allergy Meds!

Comedy - antihistamine can be very strong!

This is what happened to a good friend of mine. (I love his hair incidentally!) He has allergies and he ODed on his allergy meds.

He didn`t die fortunately, his nose stopped running, but his children`s class became rather disturbing. Just so the kids could understand the phonics, the phonics are included on screen, (not that you really need them.)

As teachers we must be careful with the medication we take before we teach! Here is an example of that! He wasn`t fired fortunately. But after this lesson, his school went bankrupt. Were the two events Connected? Hard to say.

This man may have single handedly brought down Nova!

The Amazing Farting Man

Mr. Methane Live!!!!!

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