With the recent gloomy news from all over the world, I picked up on what I think is a very funny story.
It appeared in one of the newspapers here with the title, ‘Austrian Police Defend Decision To Fine Man after ‘Provocative Fart.’ ‘ My first reaction was amazement that someone had been fined for what can only be described as a natural occurrence. Admittedly, some people can put real humdingers down in the most crowded of places. Well, maybe not so crowded these days, but you understand me? Then I thought about the use of the word, ‘provocative.’
How on earth can a fart, (humdinger or not) be described as provocative? I doubt the accused jumped onto the police officers and let one go, you know, a real 7-second bubbler! Then again, checking the dictionary for the meaning of provocative it says: …causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately! Well, I suppose a well-aimed botty burp with a noise level above 35 decibels and a certain, acrid aroma could be described as ‘provocative’ if it was deliberately aimed at the police officers.
I’ve known a few people in the past that have caused anger by letting out a Tommy Squeaker. It always seems to be when you are stuck somewhere, like on the platform of a bus waiting to come to a stop, or in a queue at the bar of the local pub. You never know who’s responsible either and once you get over your face turning green and trying to hold your breath for almost ever, there’s the fear that others think you are responsible! However, I still think they are done more for a ‘laugh’ than being provocative.
I wonder why the police officers approached the suspect in the first place? From what I can gather, he was sat on a park bench minding his own business. Did they just pass him by and say ‘..hello, hello, hello, how are you today?’ only to be answered by Pharrrrrrrrrrrrp? The mind boggles. I did see someone on Facebook comment on the story, ‘Huh, you can’t even fart now without being fined!’ At the end of the day, we are all guilty of ‘putting one down’, it’s only natural. It’s just that some of us are a little more discreet than others. Have a nice day.
Here’s the original newspaper story if you’d like to read it.