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US Marines fighting in Afghanistan have been banned from farting in order to avoid upsetting the local population, it has been reported. The Marine Corps Times has the scoop: Audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange [slang roughly meaning 'in the warzone'] because it offends the Afghans ... So, for all …


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  1. Vehlin


    " Perhaps the fact of the author being an 11-year navy man and holder of the Royal Marines' commando qualification"

    Ouch after 11 years of no pants that's gotta chafe.

  2. bigjer


    .gov wont let them use their best weapon. shameless

  3. Fab De Marco

    It has all been agreed

    The Geneva convention strictly forbids chemical warfare.

  4. Sly

    Monty Python banned

    "I fart in your general direction..."

    /coat ... The one with the Beano in the pocket.

  5. Christoph

    Latest headline:

    Marine explodes from trying to hold in a fart

  6. Anonymous Coward

    "This is my rifle, this is my bum...."

    " is for killing, the other is for fun."


  7. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Just step outside

    US forces announced they have not invaded Pakistan, it's simply that an entire armoured division had to step outside of Afghanistan to blow-off

  8. Johnny Canuck

    This is not a title

    So, if they failed to follow this directive would it result in a dishonorable discharge?

    Alright, alright I'm leaving.

    1. Shane 4
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      A real LOL

      Sheer brilliance! :)

      You should be proud of that one(No not referring to a fart), But the joke. lol

  9. MikeSM

    ..didn't know that blankets could talk.

    "because it offends the Afghans"

    You would think a military publication would know to use the proper demonym.

    1. Bumpy Cat

      That is the correct demonym

      Afghans = people of Afghanistan. Were you thinking of Afghanis? That's the currency.

      1. DayDragon

        pardon me, i've just passed wind

        I thought Afghans were a species of dog?

        Shirley the people of Afghanistan would be Afghanistani's, in the same way a person from Pakistan is a Pakistani ??

        1. Bumpy Cat


          It's Afghans. The same word is used for the people and some things that come from the country, including blankets and a breed of dog.

          Afghanis are currency.

          (Trust me on this, I've been there)

          The suffix -stan is a Persian word for place or land (IIRC). So Tajiks come from Tajikistan, Uzbeks come from Uzbekistan, etc etc. Pakistan is actually a modern construction, based on the first letters of the provinces of Pakistan, and is a backronym meaning "land of the pure". You can't use the first part to refer to the people because (1) racist twats have turned it into a term of abuse, and (2) it doesn't accurately refer to an ethnic group, just the nationality.

          1. DayDragon

            So what about

            So what about this... I'm from England and i'm English, could they be Afghanish in that respect?

  10. Lars Silver badge

    List of countries,

    Please, where they are allowed to fart "proudly" publicly.

    With more than 11 years of experience I know it can be very difficult some times, even abroad.

    In a list of crazy patent applications there was one which collected that surplus energy and helped to

    warm the house. Nice drawings. Fairly difficult solution for one who keeps turning around and around

    during the night.

    PS. I sometimes wonder if there is anything the Afghans are not advised to do.

  11. Blubster

    trouser-coughs 'could upset the locals

    And cause them to issue a jarhead jihad or maybe a fartwa?

    I know.. the door's over there..

  12. Saganhill


    So we're over there risking lives and their worried about offending the locals with a fart? In the immortal words of the Nasty Frenchman, "I FART in your general direction". <French accent>

  13. lardheppus


    I thought they got the name from the practice of putting their heads in Mason Jars. Those that didn't fit were obviously overqualified.

  14. Joe User

    New item for field kit?

    One bag of corks, stand-issue.

  15. theBatman

    .stigid ro/dna srettel niatnoc tsum dna ,deriuqer si eltit ehT

    What a load of guff!

  16. b 3


    i would be in sooo much trouble if i was in afghanistan..

  17. MeRp

    Jarhead is ok...

    I think devil dog is more entertaining, though. And, of course the perhaps too obvious "bullet sponge" is always a great way to identify them, after all, the purpose of US Marines is to eliminate the enemy's ammunition stores, generally by absorbing as much of it as possible, so the Army can roll in and not have to worry about armed opposition.

  18. Beelzeebub

    Biological wrongness

    The average uman bean farts 13 time a day. It is considered medically unsafe to hold them in.

    Usual moniker (flame) + fart = explosion.

    1. Shane 4

      You Sure?

      You sure it's 13 times a day and not an hour, Damn I better go see a doc!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        You Sure?

        You sure it's 13 times an hour, not 13 times a minute?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You may have been down to Lympstone

    But you aren't the real McCoy.

  20. skeptical i

    The locals have nothing better to complain about?

    Nice to know things are going so swimmingly over there.

    <-- They probably don't like beer, either.

    1. SoaG

      Of course not... leads to farting after all.

      Hmm, flammable symbol, but not biohazard.

  21. Patrick 8

    Bring on them beans! F! Yeah! Woo!

    Beans Beans the magical fruit

    The more we eat the more we toot

    The more we toot the better we feel

    So we eat our beans at ever'y meal!

  22. Svantevid

    @ Saganhill

    "So we're over there risking lives "


    Yeah, mostly by shooting local inhabitants who can't get their heads around the idea of another foreign army on their soil.

  23. James Woods


    You have three main missions in afghanistan marines.

    Don't offend the locals trying to kill you

    Guard the poppys

    Guard the lithium

    Any questions? That's why your there.

  24. json

    They wont be offended if..

    .. they fart to the tune of the afghan national anthem.

  25. William Higinbotham

    What are we feeding our Marines anyway?

    What is in these MREs anyway to give our men affluent gas anyway? It is the fault of the company making these meals. The military's health experts will have to redo the MREs recipes to minimize gas.


  26. Fr. Ted Crilly Silver badge

    lawks a lor!!

    Negligent discharge anyone?

  27. Shane 4
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    Well done

    Usually cant be bothered commenting,Rather just read everyone elses but some of you have really excelled this time.

    Just had to log in and post a comment on the quality of the jokes/replies, AWESOME!

    Made my day,Given a thumbs up to some of the comments.

  28. Matt Bryant Silver badge


    A Lewis article? Check! Nothing pushing Septic kit over home-built Brit stuff? Check! NO, I must be wrong, let me read it for a fouth time.

    Honestly, I was expecting something along the lines of USMC guff being both more efficeintly produced and more effective than standard Brit farts, and that the MoD should be buying Yank baked beans for the compo rations, etc, etc......

  29. Winkypop Silver badge

    Shoot 'em, but don't fart at 'em.

    WHATEVER you do!

    Political correctness gone mad (Daily Mail, etc...)

  30. Anonymous Coward


    A culture that has few problems with pedophilia, hard drug use and treats it's women like third class donkeys. They THEY have a problem with foreigners farting?

    The armed forces currently have one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. I wouldn't begrudge them the occasional swear or chatting about young laydees. But farting? Its insane.

    So face shooting fine, farting bad. Got it. What wil the offence seekers find next? Offensive numbers of ears perhaps?

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In other news ...

    Behaving impolitely sometimes causes offence.

    Well, whoda thunkit?

    Being unaware of this simple fact is the root cause of most of the world's problems. In one form or another.

  32. Anonymous Coward

    Always use a strip of velcro in your uniform...

    just in case... should they ask "what was that" you just pull a strip of velcro and place it back.

    We all know the pressure is variable and the valve has a less than perfect seal and/or variable timing settings as well...

  33. SirTainleyBarking

    Health and safety

    Well if the locals were trying to blow me up or shoot me, I suspect I'd be doing a lot more than just blowing air biscuits

  34. Christoph

    New Motto

    The Few, the Loud, the Baked Beans

  35. FozzyBear


    Recreating the camp fire scene from blazing saddles could get you hung there... Good to know

  36. Anonymous Coward

    Listen up Jarheads

    I have a solution. Discharge your bio gas into a box and mail it to the fool that made this regulation. Let's see if he's so happy with hundreds of boxes landing on his Pentagon desk.

    Ooh rah..outstanding Semper Fi !

    Carry on....

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