Le Petomane

While swimming underwater near Marseilles one day at the age of twelve, Joseph Pujol discovered that he had an unusual ability to take water into his bowels and expel it at will. Having refined his technique, Pujol entertained thousands as 'Le Petomane' ('the farting gentleman') at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Among the highlights of his act? Farting, playing "wind" instuments, and extinguishing candles with water -- from a distance of some fifteen feet!

[So uncontrollable were the laughing fits which Pujol inspired that the Moulin Rouge reportedly hired nurses to deal with audience members who became hysterical. Though his ability was written up in leading medical journals, no one was able to explain his remarkable ability.]

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