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Alec Keon

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Why do farts smell worse in the shower?
« on: 19/08/2009 14:30:03 »
Alec Keon  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris,

I am a new listener and serious fan of the podcast!

I was wondering if the team could enlighten me as to why farting while bathing/in the shower smells distinctly different and considerably worse than regular atmospheric gas-passing.

Thanks!

Alec

What do you think?


 

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Why do farts smell worse in the shower?
« Reply #1 on: 19/08/2009 16:31:38 »
Alec Keon  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris,

I am a new listener and serious fan of the podcast!

I was wondering if the team could enlighten me as to why farting while bathing/in the shower smells distinctly different and considerably worse than regular atmospheric gas-passing.

Thanks!

Alec

What do you think?
I'm not sure how you've determined this Alec, there doesn't seem to be much difference to my way of thinking. The only thing that comes to mind is; Maybe it's just because your in a more tightly confined space and the odor may be stronger because of that. I don't think the odor is any different, maybe it's just more concentrated?
 

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Why do farts smell worse in the shower?
« Reply #2 on: 19/08/2009 17:16:37 »
Perhaps at other times your clothes do a little filtering. Do you have trousers (US = pants) impregnated with charcoal?
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Why do farts smell worse in the shower?
« Reply #3 on: 19/08/2009 21:46:42 »
Perhaps at other times your clothes do a little filtering. Do you have trousers (US = pants) impregnated with charcoal?
Ha,ha,ha,haaaa..................I just love the gif Don..., and about the charcoal thing: Maybe the stink is not comming from a fart but from something else which the trousers are impregnated with????
 

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« Reply #4 on: 20/08/2009 06:33:30 »
I'd go with Don_1's answer about the filtering
 

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Why do farts smell worse in the shower?
« Reply #5 on: 21/08/2009 14:45:14 »
Based on a control experiment conducted in a confined space but wearing clothes (caving), I can assure you it is 99% confined space effect, and the absorption must play a minor role. ;)
 

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« Reply #6 on: 21/08/2009 17:53:26 »
Been doing an Inspector Clouseau in a lift eh?
 

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« Reply #7 on: 21/08/2009 22:34:18 »
Based on a control experiment conducted in a confined space but wearing clothes (caving), I can assure you it is 99% confined space effect, and the absorption must play a minor role. ;)

I take your word for it. No documentation needed.
 

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