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    I don't know if this says something about the medieval diet

    But, according to Derek Pearsall of York University, there used to be professional farters who'd entertain people by breaking wind in a particularly spectacular manner like an alternative to jesters or tumblers or musicians. This was reckoned rare entertainment, he says, even in the halls of the aristocracy. There's even a man in a document from 1361 whose name is given as "Farter".

    Pearsall also points out that Saint Augustine refers admiringly to particularly skilful "musical" farters in his book City of God.

    To cap it off, he says that this isn't a form of entertainment that died out in those days. Apparently there was a nineteenth century French music hall artist who specialised in this form of entertainment. His act included blowing out candles and discharging to a musical accompaniment of the 1812 Overture. And I thought the French were sophisticated! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
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    And I thought the French were sophisticated! LOL
    this is the nation that loves jerry lewis.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

    Ernest Hemingway

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodletoy View Post
    this is the nation that loves jerry lewis.
    Very good. I think I like your sig-line even more than your joke, though. I always rated Hemingway, but that description of oysters and white wine would appeal to a teetotal seafood-hater.


    I now find there was a man in medieval England who was, so to speak, farter to the king:

    Roland the Farter (known in contemporary records as Roland le Fartere, Roulandus le Fartere or Roland le Petour) was a medieval flatulist who lived in 12th century England. He held Hemingstone manor in Suffolk and 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land in return for his services as a jester for King Henry II. Each year he was obliged to perform "Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum" (one jump, one whistle, and one fart) for the King's court at Christmas.[1]
    Roland is listed in the 13th-century English Liber Feodorum (Book of Fees).
    Roland the Farter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    There are still flatulists.

    Mr. Methane - Mr Methane - Farting Man, Performing Flatulist
    There is a guy that's been on Adam Carolla's podcast at least once that I recall of
    The kid that called Lovelines that wanted to be a fart comedian
    A few of the guys from Jackass could arguably be considered flatulists
    -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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