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Subject: [Q-R] Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 19:20:47 EST

In a message dated 3/23/2004 6:14:36 PM Eastern Standard Time, WFlem72706
"In ancient Rome, the issue of passing wind got very dramatic. A Roman who
was trying desperately not to pass wind at a long dinner party almost killed
himself. When the Emperor Claudius l heard about the incident, he planned to
pass an edict legitimizing the braking of wind at the table, either silently
or noisily.
A manuscript from 6th century China forbids passing wind at the table.
In India, in the 2nd century, a minister ruled that men appointed to the
Kings service should not make statements that are uncultured, nor indulge in
loud laughter when there is no joke, nor break wind.
Doctors in the Middle Ages confirmed that retaining wind could damage your
health, and this knowledge apparently brought some relief, ( pun intended).
The Renaissance era officially wrote the book on passing wind." If its
possible to withdraw, it should be done alone." (really?) But if not, in
accordance with the ancient proverb, let a cough hide the sound.
A quote from the ancient Greeks. " Even though Aethon had to be careful not
to pass wind explosively in the holy place, he nonetheless prayed to Zeus,
with clenched butt cheeks. The sound, especially when done on elevated holy
ground, is horrible."

Isn't history fun. The above is real, even though a bit off the wall.

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