The country’s very first farting contest is due to take place this month in India in the city of Surat in the western state of Gujarat.
The “What The Fart” competition is the idea of singer Yatin Sangoi along with entrants will be judged on the volume, length and musicality of their flatulence.
The 48-year-old was inspired to set up the competition up after a joke he decided to take quite literally.
When speaking to VICE, he shared:
“I farted in the middle of watching a movie with my family and one of them laughed, and said that if there was a contest, I would’ve won. That’s when it hit me that while fart contests happen in countries like China, UK and US, and even have a world cup, we don’t have anything like it in India.”
He continued, sharing:
“I want to [normalize] the process of farting. Even 20-25 years back, people used to fart openly, but now they’ve become all sophisticated and consider it gross, often shamed for farting publicly, when even doctors will tell you that farting is one of the healthiest human body functions.”
There will be trophies at his competition as well as cash prizes between 5,000 rupees (£56.76) and 15,000 rupees (£170.28).
Sangoi also has a few tips on how entrants can prepare for the event, recommending a diet of radishes, beans and boiled potatoes.