le Pétomane



  • (French: the Fart Fanatic) The billing for the French music-hallperformer Joseph Pujol (1857 - 1945), who earned fees of 20,000 francsfor vibrating his sphincter at the Moulin Rouge. His specialitiesincluded imitations of his mother-in-law, a bride on her wedding night,and various animals. He also used this odd talent to produce music,smoke a cigarette, and extinguish a candle 20 centimetres away.