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Does Malawi Law Ban Farting?

Don’t you just love the internet?

I knew the photo I was looking for to illustrate my post on going to church today, and it took me about three pages of internet search to find it. When I found it, I also found an article that totally made me laugh. It is so hilarious.

Malawi row over whether new law bans farting
By BBC News
Fri 04 Feb. 2011, 13:30 CAT

Two of Malawi’s most senior judicial officials are arguing over whether a new bill includes a provision that outlaws breaking wind in public.

Justice Minister George Chaponda says the new bill would criminalise flatulence to promote “public decency”.

“Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting,” he told local radio.

However, he was directly contradicted by Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga, who says the reference to “fouling the air” means pollution.

“How any reasonable or sensible person can construe the provision to criminalising farting in public is beyond me,” he said, adding that the prohibition contained in the new law has been in place since 1929.

The Local Courts Bill, to be introduced next week reads: “Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.”

Chaponda, a trained lawyer, insists that this includes farting.

“Would you be happy to see people farting anyhow?” he asked on the popular “Straight Talk” programme on Malawi’s Capital Radio.

He said that local chiefs would deal with any offenders.

When asked whether it could be enforced, he said it would be similar to laws banning urinating in public.

This is the article from which I stole the photo of a man

February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Africa


  1. A long winded article full of hot air did not get a bean of information on the simple act of releasing pressure of most foul odour ,pffffft

    Comment by daggero | February 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. LLLLOOOOOOLLLLL! I imagine you know all you really need to know, Daggero!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. LOL…I’d actually read same at some point and was very proud of myself, when on this week’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” they used this info as one of the answers to a quiz question. I got it right!!

    Comment by Grammy | February 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. No kidding???? Grammy, I just came across it by accident, looking for a photo of a man holding his nose! You read it! LLOOOLLLLL! I love “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me!” and it just makes me laugh with delight to know you got that one right. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 13, 2011 | Reply

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