Everyone Farts; or, Historical Bathroom Humor
Today’s page is dedicated to those fans who have wondered when I’m going to put up more bizarre historical art.
About 300 years ago, some genius Japanese artist gave us He-Gassen, or “the fart war.” I can’t make this up if I tried. Not quite safe for work.
And then there’s more medieval silliness on the matter:
Says one source, who I’m sure is totally reputable and wasn’t drinking at all when he wrote it:
…in Asia an animal is found which men call Bonnacon. It has the head of a bull, and thereafter its whole body is of the size of a bull’s with the maned neck of a horse. Its horns are convoluted, curling back on themselves in such a way that if anyone comes up against it, he is not harmed. But the protection which its forehead denies this monster is furnished by its bowels. For when it turns to flee, it discharges fumes from the excrement of its belly over a distance of three acres, the heat of which sets fire to anything it touches. In this way, it drives off its pursuers with its harmful excrement.
And then there’s this cheeky 15th century monkey:
Bodily functions humor also makes a great political statement:
And for those of you who haven’t followed me from the beginning, here’s a couple oldie but goodies from my introduction to marginalia, which is a bizarre art form in and of itself: