By any other word would smell as sweet."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
And that which we call a fart, by any other word, would smell as, er, gross.
People who suffer from uncontrollable gas also smell gross. The problem is, most people – and certainly those who are not family members (such as coworkers) – won’t tell someone they have an odor problem.
They might think you don’t bathe. I’ve been in offices where people joke about “Len” or “Karen” having “frumunda cheese”, meaning they have odors emanating “from under” their arm pits or other bodily folds.
The truth is, Len or Karen might actually have uncontrollable gas, usually as a result of their diet. The Lens and Karens of the world simply don’t realize their all-day gassy leaking creates an aroma that clings to them.
They don’t smell it, because they’re used to it. But the reality is, others do smell it, others talk about it behind their back, and others are too embarrassed to do the right thing and tell them about it.
That’s why I created my Gassy Greeting Cards. They’re a safe, completely anonymous way to tell people they have a gas problem, and should do something about it.
What can be done? Lots of things; some obvious, others not so obvious. I’ll be touching on some effective gas-fighting techniques in future posts.