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Conny Waters – AncientPages.com – History shows there are no limits in the world of entertainment. Since people seem interested in a variety of things it’s possible to earn money on almost anything, even farting.
Most would think once or twice before farting in the company of family, friends or strangers, but Joseph Pujol did not let his natural needs and talent be a cause of embarrassment.
Left: Moulin Rouge, Paris, France. Credit: Public Domain – Right: Joseph Pujol. Credit: Public Domain
People loved seeing him on stage and Pujol became the highest-paid entertainer in 19th century France. All this sounds strange and unusual. Why would people go and pay just to see someone fart? Actually, it’s not as bad as it sounds, and those who watched him couldn’t stop laughing.
Joseph Pujol (1857–1945) who went by the name, Le Petomane, meaning “The Fartiste” had a remarkable ability to abdominal muscles which enabled him to fart at will.
“Pujol didn’t actually pass intestinal gas as part of his stage performance. Instead, he possessed the ability to “inhale” or move air into his rectum and then control the release of that air with his anal sphincter muscles. He discovered his unusual ability as a child when, on a trip to the coast, he realized he could suck water into his anus and project it out with astonishing force. It was said of him that “he could wash your walls with just a bucket and a squat.” As an adult, Pujol was known to create spouts measuring over 16 ft (5 m).