Pardon Me! A Fearless Look at Our Bodies’ Mundane Functions

The New York Times:

When you go straight to the most shocking piece of information in a book, there’s always a spoiler risk. So let me just say that the strange tale I am about to recount is one of many in this new book.

As you may have guessed, I am about to dip into the category listed in the subtitle as “beyond” yawning, laughing and hiccupping. It includes, among other behaviors, itching, crying, and the body’s two ways of expelling digestive gases, belching, and the other one.

The author, Robert R. Provine, would not be so reticent in describing the other one. In fact, Dr. Provine, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who has studied the behavior and physiology of laughing, yawning, tickling and other actions, denounces the priggishness that turns our attention away from intestinal gas, its origin and expulsion.

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