There are plenty of things that can make us laugh in a relationship, though nothing invokes quite so many guffaws as the act known as the ‘Dutch oven’.
A simple yet effective wind-up method, the offender simply rips a mean, ponging fart in bed, before tactically wafting and simultaneously pulling the duvet over their partner’s head.
Weirdly, we tend to be less repulsed by the scent of our own flatulence, but effectively hotboxing your partner with its potent nature provides all-round great fun an old school pranking classic.
Whether your other half considers the age-old ‘Dutch Oven’ a hilarious prank or they have grown so comfortable around you that they no longer bother holding in a trump or two – we’ve all sadly been on the receiving end of a bottom burp of two.
And unfortunately, a new study may give partners everywhere the excuse they’ve been hoping for.
Researchers at the University of Exeter, have revealed that inhaling your other half’s farts could actually provide countless health benefits.
Research indicated that hydrogen sulfide, one of the egg-like gases prevalent in wind, can reduce the risk of various life threatening diseases. Yes, we’re afraid so.
According to the report, the microbial byproduct can lower the chances of heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer.
One of the researchers responsible for the study, Dr. Mark Wood, said:
Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.
Fellow researcher Professor Matt Whiteman added:
When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide. This keeps the mitochondria ticking over and allows cells to live. If this doesn’t happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.
We have exploited this natural process by making a compound, called AP39, which slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas specifically to the mitochondria. Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.
So next time you stink out the bedroom and you get an earful, you can tell your other half that you’re actually doing it to benefit them, then do it some more. Cupcake them, if you really care about them.
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