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Roberts, E. (2000). Pity the damned. Queensland, Australia: Life Today. 
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Resource type: Book
BibTeX citation key: Roberts2000
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Categories: General
Keywords: Smell
Creators: Roberts
Publisher: Life Today (Queensland, Australia)
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Contains a short description of the relationship between Le Pétomane and Thomas Edison
p.99   "Le Petomane, who preferred to be called a “Fartiste”, drew huge crowds that included notables like the King of Belgium and Sigmund Freud. Many ecstatic patrons felt his clever patter transcended crudity and obscenity in what had until then been a taboo subject. Ladies were said to collapse through excessive laughter as they watched him smoke a cigarette through a derriere-fixed hose, or squirt a waterspout up to 15 feet, or accompany himself with anal noises while playing the trombone. Even the limericks of the day lauded him, “That as the result of a wager, He consented to fart, the whole oboe part, of Mozart’s Quartet in F major.”

So famous was his act that the services of Le Petomane were even sought out by the great American inventor, Thomas Edison, the genius who invented the electric lamp, the telephone, the phonograph, and the motion-picture projector.

Edison had arranged to have the largest pavilion at the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris, where he planned to dazzle the world with his latest invention, moving black and white pictures featuring sound and smell! Edison first recorded a performance of Le Petomane on film. He then set up a special viewing room at the Exposition where, at a strategic moment during the film, a foul smell was to be released from a mechanism he had named the “Olfactograph”. This horrified Le Petomane. The fact was Le Petomane’s anal expulsions did not smell since they resulted from clean air drawn into his unusual rectum. Under threat of being sued, Edison cancelled this first attempt at “smellorama movies”."

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