|Jan 16, 2003, 12:14 PM|
New Product that is the greatest thing since Peanut Butter.
NEW YORK - Consider it the anti-whoopee cushion.
It's the GasBGon flatulence filter, and it's helping provide relief for
thousands of gas passers who have cleared rooms or blamed the dog for far
"People tell us, 'Thank you for giving my life back. Now I can go out in
public again,'" Sharron Huza, the cushion's creator, said in an interview.
"They'll bring it with them to the movie theatre, to work, in the car or on
Huza said more than 1,000 cushions have been sold in just over a year on the
market. The company has been approached by people interested in taking
GasBGon products into Belgium, Britain, Asia and Canada, according to James
Huza, the company president.
"Second-hand flatulence knows no borders," he said.
The Huzas, a husband-and-wife team, say the cushion uses charcoal liner
technology to filter out both malodorous smells and head-turning noises. The
fabric is washable, and a removable foam filter muffles sounds while the
activated carbon absorbs odors.
"I'm sure everyone knows someone that could use one of these," said Eric
Curran, of Staten Island, N.Y., who doesn't own a GasBGon but finds the idea
both practical and humorous. "We have a whole culture of gas ... kids joke
about it. You teach them it's funny and then it's funny for the rest of
But the Huzas, who said they came upon the idea after a dinner of beans and
wieners, didn't invent the product just for laughs.
"There are a lot of people with serious medical issues like diabetes and
irritable bowel syndrome," said Sharron Huza. "People are really suffering,
and this number is increasing as years go on due to diet and lack of
While flatulence isn't always a laughing matter, the Huzas liken themselves
to Shakespeare. "Where there's a serious side, there's also a comedic side,"
Mr. Huza said.
Richard Cowles, a maintenance engineer in South Carolina, said he bought his
GasBGon as a joke, but became a believer and now keeps one at his office and
at home. Cowles said his co-workers laughed when they first heard about the
cushion, but "now about five guys here have their own."
Several members of Cowles' extended family have placed orders. Even his
5-year-old son has one, and has written a testimonial about the cushion on
the company's Web site.
"I travel in the car with Mom and Dad a lot. I have my own [cushion] with
the checkered flag," the son wrote.
Cushions can take about 450 toots before they need a filter change, and come
in several fashion patterns with names like "The Musical Solo" and "Silent
While some companies hope their success isn't all just hot air, the Huzas
are building on it, and have more products in the works. They're currently
testing an idea for gas-filtering underpants.
"It's worn between undergarments and the outer layer of clothing," James
said. "We're designing this as a result of some of the requests we've had
... for those who 'walk and talk' at the same time.'"
While the Huzas say laughter is the best medicine, they also haven't lost
their original focus.
"Our goal is to help people with medical issues," said Sharron. "I have a
nursing background and got to see patients firsthand, and what they go
But it's not just for those with medical conditions - it goes a long way to
help their loved ones too.
"Thank you for sending me the cushion," Rodolfo L., from Costa Rica, wrote
on www.gasbgon.com <http://www.gasbgon.com/>. "My wife is very happy."
|Jan 16, 2003, 03:09 PM|
How do you dispose of the used filters? Put them in the recycling bin? Or are they considered Hazardous Material? If so wouldn't there be special handling required to dispose of them properly? Seems it may create more problems then it solves.
|Jan 16, 2003, 04:02 PM|
Dan and Dave,
You both bring up interesting questions. I think that the filter would be considered as hazordous material in my case and would have to disposed at some hazmat site in Texas or Nevada.... far away from civilization. The butane produced could be used for incineration.
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