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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

There really is such a thing as too polite

This is why the truth is always stranger than fiction.


  • No good deed goes unpunished.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 11:35 AM  

  • That is so funny. She must have had a real bad farting problem... :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:05 PM  

  • lol, no beans for her! I imagine this is going to be some great fodder for Leno or Stewart.

    By Blogger The Dummy, at 5:34 PM  

  • I do believe you have found a gut-busting piece that will be hard to match.

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 5:44 PM  

  • that is too funny. and really...doesn't she know any better!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:47 PM  

  • gutbusting, ha ha, sarc, and claudia what got me was the match!

    and bd, which was the good deed, the "blast" or the match lighting?

    and what sort of "medical condition" causes you to fart in such a devestating manner that you worry about the repiratory health of the people around you?

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 5:54 PM  

  • Damn. Will these people in TSA search a bit better. If matches make it through they need to stop making us leave our gel at the security check.

    By Blogger C, at 6:22 PM  

  • Her medical condition is doubtless a mental health problem. You will notice the article says nothing about any smell other than the matches.

    By Blogger wordsonwater, at 7:08 PM  

  • If the smell was so noxious that she had to resort to such an extreme measure to cover it up... doesn't that mean they probably would've had an emergency landing, regardless?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:19 PM  

  • That reminds me of this time I toured the Discovery Channel building here w/ a group from work and I was standing next to the dumpy vp/finance lady who was leading the tour.

    I burped suddenly and, knowing that she was the only who'd noticed, just started giggling. I couldn't help it. After that, she didn't like me too much.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:56 PM  

  • good point third, and great use of "noxious." i'm just wondering what the person sitting next to her must've thought.

    and c,you're right on. too bad they couldn't search for deadly a$$ in security checkpoints.

    right after 9/11 when i traveled to NYC w/a photographer from my last newspaper i remember losing even more faith in airport security when they stopped me for extra searches but let my photog companion through in a breeze, even though his carry-on was full of strange looking electrical parts - pro camera stuff - for his picture kit. some of that stuff even had dangling wires. he could've been preparing to assemble something bad on the plane. Me? I had a cigar cutter, an asthma inhaler, a notebook and pen, and a book to read in my bag. and i got stopped.

    and no, matt, it was not a race issue. my photog looked just like me.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 8:14 PM  

  • Hahahahaha!

    James, I actually work for a black guy (and I think he actually reads my blog), so my life is kind of strange.

    Anyway, I work for this guy and I"m the laziest sonofabitch ever! Hahahahha!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:38 PM  

  • James Burnett, I have something of utmost importance to discuss with you: don't you hate that Blogger Beta won't let us use paragraph tags in the profile?

    It makes it appear as if neither of us know how to deliniate a paragraph.

    Okay, my bad. That's as whacked out as I could muster this time of night. Perhaps I need t drink more. Cheers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:57 AM  

  • I think everyone is missing the most unbelievable part of the story........A woman ADMITTED to farting? wow! I am surprised she didn't go with the 'yeah I am a terrorist throw me in prison' strategy rather than admit to that.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:32 AM  

  • Btw James,

    On another note, I haven't added your link to my blog yet but I will this weekend probably. Thanks for the link

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:33 AM  

  • I came across that story to - it even made the BBC News website.

    First reaction: it could only happen in America (I hope)

    Reaction from that: ok, so how long before it happens over here?

    2nd reaction: sounds like her 'mental' problem was in not having her brain switched on! Which is the least polite thing by far, whatever the situation.

    OK, my two penn'orth.

    By Anonymous bronchitikat, at 7:29 AM  

  • I would never leave my house again if I were her. She will always be known as The Lady Who Farted on the Plane.

    By Anonymous Rhea, at 3:23 PM  

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