Farting is just as natural as yawning or blinking. It’s a bodily function we can’t control and it’s something we can’t avoid. Speaking about flatulence, there are many interesting things to learn.
Flatulence, also known as fart, is something everyone experiences. It’s the release of intestinal gas, which forms as a result of digesting food. Gas can be found throughout the digestive tract, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Nothing is more embarrassing than letting out an explosive stinky fart in public. But there is good news, believe it or not, you can save yourself from utter humiliation by ingesting this pill that makes farts smell good.
A Frenchman named Christian Poincheval, a 65-year-old who goes by the name Lutin Malin (Evil Leprechaun)—created “Pilule Pet”, a “fart pill”. Poincheval lives with his wife in a cottage in Gèsvres, a tiny French town, with his guitar, sculptures and a variety of goods that his meandering interests have led him to invent.
For this reason, the fart pill or Pilule Pet was formulated to work from the inside to naturally modify the smell of digestive gases. These pills are made of 100% natural ingredients such as fennel, seaweed and blueberries and the formulation has been approved by French health authorities. What’s more, you can choose from different scents of your choice.
The Lily of the Valley scented fart pill makes your fart smelling fresh and floral. Another floral option is the Violet scented pill that will give your fart a sweet powdery, woody-floral scent. It is also available in Rose scent to give you that typical rose scent for a fart. Aside from the floral scents, the Pilule Pet is also available in Ginger and Chocolate scents. The Ginger scented pill will give your fart a peppery sharp, aromatic smell. And the Chocolate scented pill will give a rich velvety, sweet smell of chocolate for a fart. He has even made one to honor Santa Claus, saying it is “The Father Christmas fart pill that gives your farts the scent of chocolate”. The pills come in jars of 60, and sell for €9.99 (about 570 pesos).
Translating the all French wording on the label and you’ll see that it takes 6 per day to rid yourself of stinky farts. There’s no indication if you should take a few in the morning and a few in the afternoon, or whether they are best all together. Roughly translated they appear to be the following natural ingredients: charbon vegetal = vegetal coal, gelatine = gelatin (presumably the capsule), fenouil = fennel, cacao = cocoa, lithotame = lithotame (small red algae), propolis = bee glue, myrtille = blueberry.
They aren’t limited to humans either. He also sells a powdered version for dogs. During a 15-day period in December last year, Christian filled more than 2000 orders, mostly to America. Most of these were one time buyers for Christmas joke gifts or pranks, but there are actually repeat customers who find the pills very effective.
It’s not clear how many nice smelling farts you get per tablet, but it seems like good value for money. Perhaps his most interesting creation is the fart pill, for which he has already fulfilled over 2,000 orders.
They say, “problems are meant to be solved” and this guy just proved it right! “I wanted to undress the shame you feel when you fart at the table,” Poincheval explained, “the fear you feel that the fart may travel farther. I wanted to remove this complex, if you will.” He also said he is planning a newly scented fart pill “for summer” and may also develop a similar approach to attempt to rid the world of stinky-smelling poop, to which we can only say: God speed.
His creations have been met with varying levels of commercial success and media attention within France, but Poincheval says he’s never been motivated by money. His cottage is small and rustic, and his clothes are vibrant, but simple. That’s not to say he doesn’t seek recognition (he does) or that he hasn’t gone to great lengths to commercialize his products (he has). But for him, the inventions are merely an extension of his art — a way to provoke thought, debate, and the occasional laughs.