A woman was badly burned at Tokyo Medical University Hospital back in April. She was undergoing a surgery that involved applying a laser to her cervix.
On Friday, the hospital published a report saying what caused the fire: The woman farted during the surgery, according to The Asahi Shimbun.
The fart reportedly was ignited by the laser, sparking the fire.
When the patient's intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser...
The report described the incident in somewhat amusingly clinical terms.
The Washington Post reports the chemical makeup of a fart makes this possible, if extremely unlikely. When you pass gas, you let out hydrogen and methane, which are both flammable.
So, uh, should I be afraid of my farts?
No. Unless you eat a lot of broccoli, cabbage or kale.
Robert Provine wrote in "Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and Beyond" that only about one-third of people have enough methane in their farts to start a fire. And those healthy vegetables can leave you with plenty of methane.
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