I feel like men and women approach burps differently. I mean, obviously there are exceptions to everything – and this is no different – but when I picture a woman burping in my minds eye, I picture her being slightly embarrassed and doing her best to hold it in, or at least be quiet about it. Of course I’ve met women who are loud and proud about it, but I’d say the majority fall into the latter category.
Men, however, I’ve found are generally always pretty proud of their burps. I mean, look at Barney Gumble – though I don’t think he’s doing it to impress anyone. He just has no other choice.
I’ve even done some pondering about burps myself – specifically on what slang terms might apply.
Serious question: If a fart is an “air biscuit,” then what is the equivalent term for a burp?
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) September 28, 2013
I went around asking a few friends, and so far my favourite responses have been “Air triscuit” and “Belchin’ Waffle.” Got one you’d like to share? Feel free to do so in the comments here, or on Facebook or Twitter!
Now given that men in general are proudly disgusting creatures, it only makes sense that holding the title of loudest belch would be a point of pride for any person fortunate enough to earn it. Until just recently, the Guinness World Record belonged to Englishman Paul Hunn, who set the record with a boisterous 109.9 dB belch. That’s about equal to the sound of a chainsaw from a metre away.
He’s held that record since he first set it back on August 23, 2009.
Then along came an Australian bloke by the name of Neville Sharp. Apparently it’s been a goal of Neville’s since he was a child to hold a Guinness World Record, and after firmly establishing himself as the loudest burper in his group of friends, decided to take a shot at the international title. Here he is trying to break that world record.
However, Hunn caught wind (if you’ll pardon the pun) of Sharp’s attack on his title, and a world-record burp-off began… Though it didn’t take too long for Hunn to take back his position atop the belch throne.
This one’s for you Nev. pic.twitter.com/0Ft7HmhbEM
— Paul Hunn (@Theburperking) February 24, 2016
“Pick the lumps out of that one.”
I think that phrase disgusts me more than the burp does… Then again, I’m just really impressed by that burp. It came in at 117 dB, firmly placing Hunn back at the top. However, both this, and Sharp’s burps have not been confirmed by Guinness World Records, so technically the record still stands at 109.9.
Just for a little comparison, Hunn’s most recent burp is louder than both the average motorcycle (which chimes in around 100 dB) AND the average rock concert, which usually hits about 115 dB.
In other words, you might want to wear some ear (and nose) protection around this guy when he gets going.