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  • What is a fart?
  • Do all creatures fart?
  • Why do farts smell?
  • Why do we find them so embarrassing ...
  • and so darned funny?!

Broadcaster and obsessive fartologist Stefan Gates tackles these pressing issues in Fartology, the first ever book to take a comprehensive, scientific look at the body's extraordinary methane-making abilities. Stefan looks at the journey from food to fart; the weird science behind intestinal gas; the sounds, smells and all things in between. With farty recipes, musings on the greatest farters in history, farts in literature, and fart euphemisms, Fartology offers mind-blowing, trouser-exploding fun for all the family.

Stefan Gates is an enthusiastic fartophile, food/science writer and TV presenter of 17 BBC series including Gastrolab, Food Factory and Gastronuts (including the unforgettable episode `What would happen if we didn't fart?'). He is a leading science communicator, creating some of the UK's biggest live shows (including Fartology on stage) at high-profile science fairs including Big Bang Fair and Cheltenham, Cambridge and Birmingham Science Festivals, and at schools, festivals and food industry events. He has been Guest Director of Cheltenham Science Festival. This is his eighth book.