Fair winds to gaseous giants: les petomanes

A proud, though somewhat freakish tradition.

Joseph Pujol

Le Pétomane was the stage name of the French flatulist (professional farter) and entertainer Joseph Pujol (June 1, 1857 – 1945). He was famous for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles, which enabled him to fart at will. His stage name combines the French verb péter, “to fart” with the -mane, “-maniac” suffix, which translates to “fartomaniac”. The profession is also referred to as “flatulist”, “farteur”, or “fartiste”. […]

Soon after he left school he had a strange experience while swimming in the sea. He put his head under the water and held his breath, whereupon he felt an icy cold penetrating his rear. He ran ashore in fright and was amazed to see water pouring from his anus. A doctor assured him that there was nothing to worry about.

When he joined the army he told his fellow soldiers about his special ability, and repeated it for their amusement, sucking up water from a pan into his rectum and then projecting it through his anus up to several yards. He then found that he could suck in air as well. […]

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Tito’s Guide to Cats: Art and neighbors

MeeMom and dad have lived in our apartment for 8 years. Most of that time, they had the same neighbors. The neighbors were very nice. Whenever they had a party they would bring food. The food was great. Earlier this year they bought their own home. We miss them a lot, but mom and dad go visit them. On one of the visits, their granddaughter drew a couple pics of me and my brother. Mom keeps them on the refrigerator. I thought I would share them with you today.

Cat art by Jasmine
More cat art by Jasmine

“Wolf Creek”: qu’est-ce que c’est?

Wolf Creek” – (99 minutes, Australia 2005, rated R)

“I’m going to do something now they used to do in Vietnam. It’s called making a head on a stick.”

This is an earlier effort from the team which brought us “Rogue” reviewed here earlier this month.

Three backpackers, two girls and a young guy, traveling the Australian Outback get stranded at Wolf Creek national park when their car refuses to start.

They are so far from the nearest town, their only choice is to wait until dawn before even considering starting out for it on foot.

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Midnight Movie Madness

Kirikou and the Sorceress” – (74 minutes, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 1998 NR)

This is lighter fare, of the kind both grown ups and children (though not too small) would enjoy for both its lessons and visuals. This is the third of Michel Ocelot’s animations we have watched and while all three are distinct and original, there is a common humanistic thread to his tales that is enchanting. Ocelot’s background covers virtually every aspect of animation from background artist to director, producer and narrator.

See a scene here:


I don’t believe his name is well known here, although he certainly is widely recognized in his field.

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“The killer inside me”: portrait of a sociopath

The killer inside me” – (109 minutes, USA 2010, rated R)

“I got one foot on both sides of the fence, I can’t move, I can’t jump.”

Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a Sheriff’s deputy in a small town in West Texas, easy going and friendly with all. As a matter of fact, Lou does a lot of favors. He takes care of his community, no fuss, no muss.
That is until the Sheriff (Tom Bower), a good old boy drowning despair in alcohol, asks him to tell a hooker living on the outskirts of town to get a move on. Joyce (Jessica Alba) doesn’t take the news well, and slaps, then hits Lou. This exchange triggers something in him that he buried many years earlier. He gives Joyce a whipping with his belt and there starts a relationship based on animal lust and forceful, dangerous sex.
This also presents Lou with an opportunity to settle old scores. As he put it himself, “the problem with growing up in a small town is that everyone thinks they know you”.

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Pet Lover Music

Pet Lover music

I just wanted to give a friend and his band a boost.  The band plays in the Chicago area.

They played together in Pet Lover from 1997 to 1999 and then split for a while.  They remained friends and have played together steadily since 2004.

Chris describes their music style this way:

“harmony-fueled post-punk power pop”

He also says:

Bands whose influence we as a group have claimed include Weezer, The Jam, Jellyfish (shout-out to San Francisco!), Cheap Trick, Buzzcocks.

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