One great excerpt from this riveting essay includes, "that the permitting this Air to escape and mix with the Atmosphere, is usually offensive to the Company, from the fetid Smell that accompanies it." Which is a definite, duh.
He went on to say that there was some scientific merit in trying to find a way to get rid of farts unagreeable scent. "Some Substance wholesome & not disagreable, to be mix'd with our common Food, or Sauces, that shall render the natural Discharges of Wind from our Bodies, not only inoffensive, but agreable as Perfumes."
You're probably thinking:
Alright, alright, you're right. It turns out the whole thing was a joke. The essay was Franklin's witty response to the Royal Academy of Brussels asking for scientific papers. You see, our beloved Founding Father thought that various scientific societies in Europe were a bit pretentious and focused on trivial matters. Thus the essay of farting was penned.
Franklin didn't ACTUALLY send in this ridiculous essay to The Royal Academy, but he did pass the joke around to his friends.
Turns out the Constitution and starting a new country weren't the only things on Franklin's agenda - he wanted to make sure to have a laugh or two with his colleagues.
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