“Ladies and gentlemen, I have the honour to present a session of Petomanie.”
In such a manner, Joseph Pujol introduced petomanie on the stage of the Moulin Rouge. What was it about an obscure performer that drew Parisians in their thousands to the premier variety theatre?
It was during national service that Joseph Pujol discovered his unusual talent for petomanie, or farting. As a crude entertainment for his comrades, he would inhale vast quantities of water through his rear, expelling it in a giant fountain. Further experiments allowed him to duplicate his water trick using air instead.
In one of the American Museum filed a sealed capsule containing gases from the bowels of the great fart. While it is not revealed, Joseph Pujol remains with us as a special case of the human race.