What do you do when someone passes wind?

Australia
June 12, 2008 10:37pm CST
It's always an uncomfortable situation when you're with say, two other people and all of a sudden a mysterious smelly odour wafts through the air. What do you do? You can either say something and deny so no one thinks it's you but at the same time you don't want to embarrass the person who actually did it. Have you ever been in this situation? What is the best way to handle it? Personally I try to ignore it and pretend I haven't smelled anything but it's always such an uncomfortable situation!
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@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
13 Jun 08
the heck of it . even while responding to this discussion i feel i am indulging in ab ugly thing.well it puts you in one of the worst kind of situation. one has to be a little conscious about the presence of others around and if you are in a meeting or group one is expected to behave. i really look down at such people and ...
• Australia
13 Jun 08
But sometimes it just comes out itself...
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
13 Jun 08
Hi coffeeshot, Well the first thing I'd do in that situation is strike up a match! In the first place, it promises to be explosively entertaining. And secondly, even if the stoichiometric requirement for efficient combustion isn't satisfied, at least the sulfurous content of the match fumes will help to stifle the putrid stench of under-digested vittles that has engulfed the crowd. And if there's any unjustified suspicion that I was responsible for the incident, then just to spite the b*stards I'd let off a doozie to rattle the windows, just to teach them all a lesson! And then I'd strke another match...
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@ShealM (388)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
*lol* Thanks for the chuckle this morning. That has got to be the best response to a question like this!
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jun 08
It was indeed a very uncomfortable situation! like wise here just ignore but fortunately when i did that with some other people around there is no smell since i see to it when going out im already finish my routine in the bathroom..
@awapak (1277)
• Pakistan
13 Jun 08
It is a bad habit to do such thing in presence of others.People donot take care of it.I will certainly spit to show my disliking of this unwanted action.
@gemini_rose (16194)
13 Jun 08
OK well I am ever the diplomat and use my "It smells and so I will not smell it" technique which then banishes the smell and I can save embarrassing anyone. However, the rest of my family are not diplomats and so the responses will vary with each child. But will typically range from "have you farted" to "pooh whose done that" and "is that you, you stink" My daughter will usually blame whoever she is with so it will be "MUM/DAD you farted, you stink" Yes they do use the word "farted" and no I have not taught it to them it is just what they say.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I immediately pinch my nose closed and say ewwwwwww. I try to never break wind at home or in public unless I am all by myself and it just cannot be helped. If someone ever smelled or heard it, I would deny that it was me because it is so embarrassing. My husband and daughter break wind all of the time and they will admit it even if it stinks. I hate it when they do it. They think it is funny but I don't.
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• India
13 Jun 08
well if u ask me i would tell him/ her to atleast warn us before blowing up.hey if its a frnd i would definetly tease him/her and try to have fun out of the situation but if its someone anonymous or an unknown person then i would try to avoid the smell may be take break out of the place for a while so as to let the person who did it ease and change my mood too.i thnk its better to say nothin at all rather than saying something bad or stupid .
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@skydancer (1987)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I would just ignore it and not say anything. Sometimes it is hard not to laugh though... and if I don't say something, that doesn't mean everyone else will keep their silence either! But I would not call attention to myself either way.
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@profitsg (90)
• Singapore
13 Jun 08
it depends greatly of the situation and occasion where it occurs. If it is in a meeting or something solemn, it is best that you ignore it and leep mum about it because most people will do the same. It is best you dont interrupt the meeting or ceremony. However, if it is with your friends, sometimes making a joke out of it and have a laugh about it makes it feel easier and get over it quicker
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
13 Jun 08
It depends on who the other people are. If they are family then I will make a comment, but if they are strangers or people I do not know all that well I would keep my mouth shut.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Coffeeshot it really depends on who I am with. If they are real good friends I will probably ask something smarta$$ like "Who the Hell Farted". If I am with folks I do not know to well or not at liberty to joke with then your right it becomes an uncomfortable situation and I like you pretend I don't smell it and ignore it... LMAO What a question!
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
14 Jun 08
As immature as this is, I laugh and call them out on it. Or if I don't know- I do the standard- Who farted? or Who stunk it up? I have no shame, none at all. LOL
@whittby (3073)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I was in a office waiting room the other day and the person next to me did this silently I don't know how many times. I wanted to get up and move to the other side of the room, but there were no chairs. What to do huh? And of course, I'm thinking of everyone may think it's me. I tried to ignore it, but finally got up and got a magazine and dawdled at the drinking fountain etc. and got a chair somewhere else. I was reading that we all do this I don't know how many times a day - but when we're with friends or family it's a little easier to handle - joke about it or complain.
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Jun 08
This is a situation where it is very handy to either have a dog or a baby still in nappies about. In either case, you can blame them and they can't deny it Mind you, in most cases in this house, it is one of the dogs!
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
14 Jun 08
If I'm just with family and friends, I'll speak up with some off the wall comment to make it into a joke. If I'm in a public place with total strangers, I'll try and ignore it while covering up my nose.
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
14 Jun 08
Ok..maybe this is funny..maybe this is mean but i don't care..LOL.. Since I have a store the Kids think its funny to come in and do that..I'm usually onto them so I get prepared..when the odor of all odors comes around..I try to embaress them into then their friends making fun of them so it backfires on them..sorry for the pun..LOL.. as an example I say..is that your new cologne? Bet the girls just flock all over you!
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jun 08
I have been in a situation at work where I was the one who tooted and in a library sounds really carries so I got my tummy full of stupid laughing idiots who probably had the same thing happen to them but dont want to admit 'it. we are human beings and human beings do on ocassion pass gas or whatever fancy term you want to use. so I say'do not laugh at the unfortune person just ignore and go about your business as usual.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Eh, we all realize it's a natural function, and although I do know one person who can pass gas at will, it's usually involuntary. It happens and we either make a funny comment about it or ignore it. What's really funny is that I won't "hold it in" but if we're around other people my husband will!
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I just ignore it and hope it dissipates quickly!
• India
13 Jun 08
ha, ha, nice discussion. best way is to ignore that.ha , ha. well sometimes it happens to you and you too cannot control.... then the best way is to do that with any sound. if you make noise then you will get some raised eyebrows.