AN Edinburgh school, after reading the children’s book, Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess, has come up with the novel idea to ‘use farts to power the school generator’.
It’s understood one of the science classes has rigged up a hollow cylinder in the toilets to capture everyone’s farts in a hermetically-sealed container. Once enough gas is collected, it feeds directly into a power generator.
Said head teacher, Dr Ralf Piolo: “The children are learning a lot about renewable energy, they’re eating a healthier diet, of beans and pulses, and they’re creating their own energy by contributing to the school’s power supply. We hope eventually that our template can be run out across the country to the benefit of other schools and communities. At the moment we probably create enough energy to power one radiator for nearly an hour every day.”
In the school canteen, the lentil and broccoli bake is now a firm favourite.
Author of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess, Robin Mitchell said: “I’m surprised no-one has come up with this idea before. It’s quite brilliant! When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I’m presently writing the stage show version for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and I think that fiction is becoming stranger than fact. It chimes with the show’s strong environmental message.”
“You might think this is a poor silly fad,” adds Piolo. “But fart power could be the future, not just here today, gone tomorrow.”