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Joseph Pujol
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    (June 1, 1857-1945)
    Son of a baker/confectioner
    Parisian music hall entertainer famed for his flatulent act at the Moulin Rouge in Paris (1898-99)
    Precursor for the likes of 'Mr. Methane'
    'Discovered' his talent accidentally at twelve, while swimming underwater off Marseilles
    Nickname was 'Le Petomaine' (French for 'the farting gentleman'
    The Moulin Rouge broke his contract for publicly performing his act at a nearby market.
    He originally thought of using the tasteless stage name 'Le Peteur' (the farter).
    He broke audiences uncontrollable fits of laughter.
    The Moulin Rouge reportedly hired nurses to deal with audience members who got too hysterical.
    Medical science was unable to explain how he was able to control his flatulence.
    His ability was written up in leading medical journals.
    He performed as a travelling act after being fired from the Moulin Rouge.

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