George Brown, Class Clown by Lisa Krulik

One magical burp and trouble's in the air!

  1. Burping releases gas that has built up in your body from swallowing air. You might not know it, but you swallow air all the time -- especially when you eat or talk quickly, chew gum, or drink through a straw.
  2. Most people burp between 6 and 20 times a day!
  3. In some cultures, a burp after a meal is considered to be a compliment for the chef.
  4. When an astronaut burps in outer space, there is a chance that some food particles will also come out in what some call a wet burp! Yuck!
  5. The longest burp ever recorded is 1 minute 13 seconds 57 milliseconds and was achieved by Michele Forgione in Reggiolo, Italy, on June 16, 2009.
  6. The loudest burp ever recorded was 109.9 decibels and was achieved by Paul Hunn in Bognor Regis, United Kingdom, on August 23, 2009. That's louder than the roar of a motorcycle or snowmobile!
  7. The official medical term for burping is eructation.
  8. Every year cows in the U.S.A. burp about 50 million tons of gas into the atmosphere! The burps of ten cows could heat a small house for a year!
  9. Chickens can't burp.
  10. It's true! The more you burp the less you fart!