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A fart vacuum exists that sucks up gas before it smells

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FartVac is the world's first vacuum and filter for farts.

Know someone with flatulence issues? Well here's a gift that just keeps on giving - not just for the recipient, but also for anyone who has to spend time with the stinkers.

Created by Terdd Ferguessen, FartVac does what it says on the tin. It sucks up fart gas before it starts to smell.

"Using a hand-activated air pump and an activated carbon filter, FartVac reduces the stench of flatulence," the website indicates.

"By taking responsibility and trying to reduce your fart smells, you can now fart wihtout shame-- no more pain while fighting nature and holding in gas."

It works by removing gas under your clothing and filtering it before it enters the outside world.

Not sure it will work on really potent flatulence?

"NASA uses activated carbon for odor and impurification filtration, so we know the technology is sound. That said, there is no gaurantee that Fartvac will remove all the smell from your horrible gas. If people complain of your odor despite your use of the Fartvac, we recommend a higher-fiber diet and an avoidance of meat and dairy."

For those wondering why such a contraption was ever invented, it was in an attempt to normalise farting. "Farting is funny, we believe it isn't something that we should shame or be embarassed by. Our hope is that taking action to show others you are trying to reduce the smell will make loud and funny farts more acceptable in society. This world needs more laughter."

Image Credit: FartVac