I usually laugh at fart jokes. I know, it makes me seem like I'm a 14 year-old boy, but I can't help it. It doesn't even have to be a fart joke; I enjoy all kinds of fart humor.
So when I heard that a company named Shreddies actually made underwear, jeans, and pajamas, that neutralized flatulence, I naturally assumed it was some kind of comedy-sketch or prank.
But it's not a joke — it's a real product that you can actually buy from a real company in the UK. Shreddies don't actually prevent you from farting; they just filter out the stink smell.
They look just like normal underwear:
Here's how the creators describe it (and imagine a British accent that makes everything, even fart underwear, sound poetic): "Shreddies flatulence filtering garments feature a Zorflex-activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odors.
Due to its highly porous nature, the odor vapors become trapped and neutralized by the cloth, which is then reactivated by simply washing the garment."
If you need a visual, Shreddies even has a diagram:
Shreddies' slogan is "Fart with confidence." Man, you really can't make this stuff up.
Everybody farts, some more than others, but Shreddies is a particular lifesaver for people with hardcore flatulence issues, such as people with IBS, Gastritis, Crohn's disease, and Colitis, as well as food intolerances, and any other digestive and bowel disorders.
Passing gas can sometimes come at the worst possible time, like during a job interview, first date, or a game night at a new friend's house (or so I've heard), and can be embarrassing.
Shreddies range from about $37 to $56 dollars for the men's underwear, $117 for the pajama bottoms (for both men and women), around $30 for the women's underwear, and approximately $156 for jeans, for both men and women.
Unfortunately, Shreddies aren't magic (just magical) and how your body is positioned does affect the effectiveness of this product. There should be no gaps around the waistband or leg opening, and the Shreddies garment should fit tightly around the skin.
To avoid any stink bombs escaping without going through the filtering process, it's recommended that you stand with your legs together. Think of your gas as a cleansing breath that you let out slowly; don't let them go rogue.
All photos: Shreddies
Shreddies don't muffle extremely loud farts; they simply neutralize the smell, so you should still consider the circumstances when you let one rip. I think we can all breath a little easier now.