A short time ago I made a trip with several friends. As happens when you’re traveling in groups and broke we all sort of got piled into beds and rooms together in strange combinations. I wound up sharing a room with a couple of people I’ve known for a while, but not super well. There was a guy and a girl, not in a romantic pairing, sharing the bed next to me.
I had a terrible time sleeping (very common for me when sleeping in strange places. It both exacerbates the insomnia and the sleep paralysis). But not being super comfortable with these people, I didn’t want to get up and read or do anything that might wake them, so I wound up lying awake in bed most of the night.
At one point he guy in the bed next to me got up to change from long pants to shorts (it was toasty in the room). Figuring he didn’t want an audience I pretended to be asleep. And then he did something very strange. He sort of shook himself around, doing this strange little dance. Then I heard a noise and realized what was going on. He had gotten out of bed to fart.
At first I had to bite my lips to keep from laughing out loud. Because that’s one of the crazier things I’ve ever seen anyone do, though I’m fairly certain I was not meant to see it. I mean, is this something that we do now? Is there official etiquette for this sort of thing?
But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed at least somewhat reasonable. Keeping in mind that as far as he knew no one was watching, I think it was the considerate thing to do. He was sleeping in a bed with a woman who was not his significant other. Did he really want her waking up wondering what that god awful smell was? Of course not! So strange as the performance was, I support it.
I’m not saying we all need to get out of bed to fart all the time. I share my bed with no one but my cat, and frankly given the way he smells sometimes he has no room to talk. But obviously even when you have company you can’t always predict when things are going to happen. And it might be you’re close enough to the person on the other side of the bed that you can fart in bed with him. But I for one support sparing the unknowns this unpleasantness.