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(Some Guy)   Customs officers seize 263 "Fart Bombs"   ( divider line
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12733 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Dec 2004 at 11:24 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-12-22 08:37:32 PM  
That's gotta stink.
2004-12-22 10:39:01 PM  
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2004-12-22 11:28:22 PM  
Not unlike like what happens when someone pulls my finger.
2004-12-22 11:28:27 PM  
I "smell" a conspiracy!

2004-12-22 11:30:07 PM  
Aw! Those things were great!

/experiencing middle school flashback
2004-12-22 11:31:29 PM  
Suspects include Terrance and Phillip.
2004-12-22 11:31:31 PM  
Now that's a toy I could get behind.
2004-12-22 11:32:19 PM  
I had a friend who bought a ton of these at a dollar store when I was in High School. You break something inside to start to chemical reaction, then the bag blows up like a balloon and eventually explodes. The result is a loud pop of the foil bag bursting and some very nasty fumes.
2004-12-22 11:32:40 PM  
fart bombs? WMD? time to take hong kong back!
2004-12-22 11:32:46 PM  
Ooh, hydrogen sulfide. Apparently between 700-800ppm will kill you.

From my experiments, 700ppm of anything but your own breath would be difficult to obtain unless you locked yourself in a sealed room.

I took a CO2 detector (used to adjust outside-air intake levels for hvac units, based on how many people are in a room), and exhaled on it, and was able to get it to go past 700ppm. Otherwise, it never seems to go above 200-300.

Putting it in a plastic bag and then putting that bag over your head would probably do the trick, and if not, you'd still asphyxiate yourself.

Just in case you wanted to kill yourself today. :)
2004-12-22 11:33:52 PM  
I still have a bunch of these lying around. I bought them off the interweb for while I was at the police academy, but they didn't come until there was only a few weeks left. I never used them because I didn't want to get kicked out in the last couple of weeks. Good thing I didn't use them, apparently.
2004-12-22 11:36:03 PM  
"The sulfur-acid mixture produced by the toy can cause nausea, headaches and eye irritation, the government said in a statement Tuesday."

So how does this differ from a real fart?
2004-12-22 11:36:04 PM  
Acid that causes nausea, headaches, and eye irritation?
Sounds like a fun toy to me!
2004-12-22 11:37:57 PM  
isnt getting sick from it the point???
2004-12-22 11:39:23 PM  
Well, There goes my christmas stocking stuffer surprise.
2004-12-22 11:39:26 PM  
nausea, headaches, and eye irritation?

At leats it isn't nausea, heartburn and indigestion....

/ worst commercial evar...
2004-12-22 11:39:55 PM  
Goddamn. A toy that's designed to release hydrogen sulfide? Next thing you'll see a nitric acid throat losenge.
2004-12-22 11:43:41 PM  
Those terrorists must really be getting desperate.
2004-12-22 11:43:53 PM  
Wassup! Leccturn? I have to see a doktr.
2004-12-22 11:43:57 PM  
HONG KONG Dec 22, 2004 Hong Kong officials are pulling "Fart Bomb" toys from the shelves because the gag gift a metallic bag that gives off a stench produces a dangerous chemical reaction, the government said.
The sulfur-acid mixture produced by the toy can cause nausea, headaches and eye irritation, the government said in a statement Tuesday. [edit] When the inner bag is broken, the chemicals mix producing hydrogen sulfide and "giving off a disgusting smell," the statement said.

That definitely sounds like something my brother could be involved in. He used to be able to pull off some truly life-threatening gas attacks. And I always had the bottom bunk. Life sucked until I "liberated" my oldest brothers room when he went away to high school.
2004-12-22 11:44:19 PM  
This thread needs more cowfart.
2004-12-22 11:44:41 PM  
Apparently still available on eBay. Get 'em while they're hot.
2004-12-22 11:51:12 PM  
eBay, schmeeBay, my number two liquor store has 'em right at the counter (Sunnyvale, CA).

Be right back.
2004-12-22 11:51:42 PM  
Does this mean that it's a bad idea to pick up some Varsity chili dogs on the way to Hartsfield Airport?

/Atlanta Farkers oughta know...
2004-12-22 11:51:43 PM  
Why buy a fart bomb? Just sit in a room where everyone's had beer and mexican food for the same effect.
2004-12-22 11:53:19 PM  
a guy i knew put one of these in a work truck of the hardest sumbiach around, he ...was not happy....
truck smelt like crap for weeks.
remember those cig poppers? you put a small piece of wood like a tooth pick in a cigarette, then waited until someone lit up? i had a roommate who was the big cig thief, so i would "mine" my cigs. one day the landlord came over when i was asleep, saw the pack and grabbed a smoke before driving in to L.A....
he came back screaming at everyone, i guess he was getting on the 405 freeway, when the thing blew up in his face.
he went off the onramp into some trees in his new car.
/heh.. good times.
2004-12-22 11:55:20 PM  

Word to the wise: do not spray fart spray in your high school, when there might be a chance that one of your teachers will walk up behind you.

Lucked out by not getting suspended. But you will not believe how fast fart spray can spread throughout a three floor building.

2004-12-22 11:55:33 PM  
i saw them for sale down here today somewhere, i might go buy some now
2004-12-22 11:57:23 PM  
What a waste of money. All you need to do is eat a super burrito on an empty stomach, pound a six-pack and then follow it with a pint of milk. (Mix some cabbage into the meal, and it'll be even better).

Then you just sit back and wait.
2004-12-23 12:11:13 AM  
Dutch oven is the worst thing ever. Especially if you do it to yourself.

Nothing like waking up to your own marinated fumes.
2004-12-23 12:11:50 AM  
For those of you easily amused...

click on either hand

have the speakers on

2004-12-23 12:12:44 AM  
"Do you want some beans, Mr. Taggart?"
"I'd say you boys have had enough!"

Jeez, I've seen these things around for ages. The stench is the entire point. Clear a room with a synthesized ripe one, and laugh your practical-joking-ass silly.

Abdul, may I ask how somebody obviously clueless like yourself managed to get your hands on an expensive, sensitive piece of equipment like the one you just toyed with?

I've used those instruments for real. It's called Industrial Hygiene.

First, your abused CO2 meter. It's quite possible for the indoor CO2 level to go past 700, with a bad air conditioning system. Just get a room packed with overweight, huffing and puffing office drones and let a few of the air conditioning's fans rust out, and the CO2 level will rise rapidly. And nobody will be able to figure out why they feel so messed up (which most people start feeling at about 1,000 ppm)--it's because they are, indeed, suffocating in their own exhalations.

Second, Hydrogen Sulfide. 700? Oh, good lord.
Try 100 or less. Ya misplaced a digit, there.
(look for "IDLH", right under "exposure limits"--that's the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Imminently Dangerous to Life And Health level, or the concentration that's likely to fark you up in short order.)
2004-12-23 12:17:31 AM  
When I was a kid you could get these ampules that contained an oily yellow liquid. Hydrogen sulfide I guess. They could clear a room.

The best part was the box was in German and they were called "Stinkbommen".
2004-12-23 12:21:18 AM  
When fart bombs are outlawed, only outlaws will have fart bombs!
2004-12-23 12:21:32 AM  
Farts are just aerial feces. They're like the natural gas burned off from oil derricks. The rich, tar-like substance may get pumped out later, but the volatile vapors are what indicates a mess of potential down in the hole.
2004-12-23 12:23:02 AM  

Used to get those and cigarette loads (for my aunt's ciggies) and those things you could throw on the sidewalk and they'd pop and your weekend was all set.
2004-12-23 12:26:42 AM  
Those may be recalled, but never fear: "Bag o' Glass" is still available!
2004-12-23 12:28:33 AM  
Halfmast Trousers

Farts are just aerial feces. They're like the natural gas burned off from oil derricks. The rich, tar-like substance may get pumped out later, but the volatile vapors are what indicates a mess of potential down in the hole.

One of my old pharmacy major buddies was telling me that in college after a class one day in pathology of something or other. He had all the numbers and descriptions of the pathogens in the air when the guy in the stall next to you is on a bombing mission.

Yech. I started using the single bathroom downstairs.
2004-12-23 12:30:44 AM  
remind me to choose my meals carefully the next time i'm in Hong Kong.
2004-12-23 12:45:43 AM  
Howard Stern unavalable for comment.
2004-12-23 01:02:30 AM  
ishidan: Hey, thanks for the kind response. Your kind words are always appreciated.

Anyway, I work with those things all the time, so breathing on it isn't difficult (and part of a common testing procedure), and I work with the controls to set threshholds (to code standard) for the building depending on fire code occupancy limits and square/cubic footage. I set up control schemes for cleanrooms and industrial plants, all of which use a host of different detectors throughout. Since hydrogen sulfide is heavier than air, it would take a significant amount of it to accumulate enough for even 100ppm to become dangerous in an open space with a running ventilation system. Perhaps you've noticed that the article never mentions anybody having died from these "fart bombs."

I learned that 700-800ppm can kill here.

An IDLH level of 100 is bad, but I assume they put in a safety margin there, as is common in MSDS'.

If the outside-air duct on your hvac system is completely closed, then its definitely possible to get more than 700ppm in an open space. However, if you bother to follow code when designing your hvac system, this will not happen, except in the rarest cases, and in a scenario where harmful chemicals are expected to be present, there will always be powerful evacuation fans setup to these very same detectors. Again, I work with these things every day.

I've worked on old, old ventilation systems, and have never seen a fan body just "rust out," even on the Pacific coastline, where Kias have been known to fall apart within a year.

With newer HVAC systems, most parts are made of aluminum. Short of slapping some mercury on them, they will never, ever rust.

I've seen some semi-rusted fan bodies before, but in that aged condition the belt is more likely to be severed, and then the fan will overamp itself, which will create an obvious blackout. It is quite difficult for anybody short of the mentally handicapped to not notice when this happens. Once again, in an environment where hazardous gases or chemicals are present, there would always be inspections and maintenance workers to re-grease the fans.

But once again, thank you for assuming that I don't know what I'm talking about.
2004-12-23 01:14:46 AM  
ishidan: Allow me to clarify that. The CO2 level can go past 700ppm with the OSA duct closed. The hydrogen sulfide level would not, with the necessary detectors in place.

The CO2 detector simply modulates the OSA damper according to the threshholds set in the controls. In Alaska, you might expect an office to have a higher concentration of CO2, because generally contractors try to avoid jacking up the OSA levels to prevent the heat coils from freezing, but in a more temperate climate, CO2 levels would only go so high in the event of a total fan failure, which is not much of a problem in an office environment, as indicated by the manufacturer of my own monitor.

BTW, 700ppm of CO2 is tantamount to a drop in the ocean, in regards to hazardous levels.
2004-12-23 01:20:11 AM  
And finally, here's some more information about hydrogen sulfide. In an environment where it was not expected to be present, given its easily noticeable smell at even the lowest levels, there is no possible way that anybody wouldn't notice it and evacuate. For it to accumulate to even 100ppm before being noticed is nigh-unfathomable.
2004-12-23 01:36:28 AM  
This brings back so many memories. My friends and I used to love setting these stink bombs off in high school. Once we did one inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. It was in that room that everyone goes into before you get on the ride. The round or oval room that appears to get taller and has the pictures on the wall that get longer. People who have been there know what I am talking about. It was really grossing people out. Everyone made a mad rush for the door to get out as soon as it opened. About an hour later my friend overheard a guy in the restroom telling someone else that he was in the Haunted Mansion and some little kid must have shiat his pants.
2004-12-23 01:40:49 AM  
The best part was the box was in German and they were called "Stinkbommen".

Those are the same ones we used to use.
2004-12-23 02:04:29 AM  
My damn wife ate all the yummy rye chip thingees out of my bag of Gardetto's. I wanted those fart bombs!
2004-12-23 02:13:18 AM  
I have a whole bunch of these fart bomb packets. I also have the little glass stink bombs, a can of fart spray, all sorts of nasty tasting candies and gum, and even a can of Instant Smelly Shiat.

/why won't anyone go out in public with me?
2004-12-23 02:18:31 AM  
You think they found them in an anal cavity search?
2004-12-23 03:16:24 AM  
The ice-cream van driver sells those things. And crack.

I don't smell government compliance coming from him.
2004-12-23 03:18:08 AM  
Ooh the fart bomb's

I went to San Francisco with the band last year, my friend bought one in Chinatown, let it off in the hotel room, man that smell was there all night.
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