Why You Should Store Your Farts In A Jar by David Haviland ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog #NonFiction

Primary Genre(s): Non-fiction, Science
Published: 30 December 2010 by Tarcherperigee
Page count: 262
My Format: Physical book I own
Cover: Eye-catching
Pacing: NA   
Ending: NA
Do I Recommend: Maybe
Commission Link: Buy Why You Should Store Your Farts In A Jar

My rating: ★★★☆☆

In this delightfully disgusting new book, David Haviland plumbs the world of medicine to uncover the answers to such vitally important questions as:

*What exactly is urine therapy?
*Is it safe to fly with breast implants?
*How did a nine-and-a-half-inch spatula find its way into a surgery patient’s body?
*Why do some boxers drink their own pee?
*What is cyclic vomiting syndrome and how can one avoid it?
Any fan of the absurd and/or obscure is sure to delight in this strange (and slightly stomach-turning) book.

My Thoughts
I bought this book on a whim about a year ago. Here are my pros and cons for Why You Should Store Your Farts In a Jar:


  1. The title is admittedly intriguing.
  2. To me this qualifies as a bathroom book and hopefully you know what I mean buy that. It is a perfect book for a person who likes to read while in the bathroom doing their business. HA! Seriously though, the information is presented in short 2-3 page snippets and each snippet answers a question (like those in the synopsis above).
  3. It is generally interesting. Fortunately the format allows you to skip the bits and pieces you aren’t interested in and move on to the ones you are.


  1. I was expecting some humor. The book was categorized as humor and it is described on the back cover as a “delightful new book”. I didn’t find it to be delightful or humorous at all. Scientific? Historical? Informational? Yes, it was all of those things, but it wasn’t humor at all to me.

Honestly, this feels like a collection of Wikipedia entries in book form. The collection isn’t bad per se, but the topics are pretty specific and definitely lean toward the absurd, bizarre, and gross. This might be an interesting gift book for someone in a medical field, or someone with a macabre interest in barbaric and weird medical practices, but beyond that it is simply a novelty book with information you can find elsewhere.

By the way, if you are curious, you should store your farts in a jar because [SPOILER AHEAD] foul odors were thought to ward off pestilence and plagues. If you had your flatulence readily available in a jar, you could inhale it and supposedly keep from getting sick. Thank goodness for modern medicine, huh? 

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