Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Best Admission I’ve Ever Heard

We all need role models. Those people who unabashedly tell the truth and throw caution and self consciousness to the wind, even when they might have something to lose. That brings me to Al.

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Al Roker any more than I already do, he goes and does something so relatable, so completely HUMAN that I just had to fall in love with him all over again.  It’s not because he seems like the ideal family man or that he always tells me to stay tuned for “what’s happening in my neck of the woods.” It’s not because he’s America’s sweetheart weatherman or because he presents as kind, funny and relatable. It’s because of this bit of breaking news:

Al Roker Admits to Sharting at the White House (story HERE)

First off, if you don’t know what a shart is, go HERE to find out.

Now you may think that this is a joke or an urban legend. You might not believe that 1) This actually happened (I mean even I would not trust a fart in the White House), or 2) Al Roker would actually confess to such a thing. But, low and behold, in his own words Roker shares his sharting experience with poise and dignity that only someone completely comfortable in their own skin (and stench) could muster.

And, people, he didn’t just share the experience – he shared it on Dateline NBC. Everyone knows Dateline is the most watched news show or something like that. Al Qaeda is probably watching the coverage right now.

In Al Roker’s own words,

“I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed, and as I’m walking to the press room, I realized, ‘I have to pass a little gas here,’” he began. “And I thought, ‘Who’s going to know?’ Only, a little something extra came out.”

Nancy Snyderman was nice enough to point out that in fact he did POOP HIS PANTS. Yep, he did. So much so that he had to throw away his underwear in the bathroom. I hope the presidential dog didn’t find it.

Don’t believe me? Watch for yourself.

What can we learn from this?

  • Sharting can happen anywhere, even in close proximity to the Leader of the Free World
  • Sharting crosses all socio economic, age and professional barriers
  • Sharting can be headline news
  • You don’t have to be running a marathon or have the stomach flu to shart
  • Gastic bypass has some nasty side effects

And, by the way, feel free to thank me for keeping you apprised on current events.

Thanks, Al, for keeping it real.

Got a shart story? Do share.

SUAR

32 comments:

  1. 1.I thought of you when I heard this this morning on the radio.

    2. I then thought oh wth. I came in like 30 secs after him at the Chicago RnR Half in 2010. I wonder if he losing farts all long the course?

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  2. He also told the story on the Today show. Pretty awesome! As Jack Nicholson says in Buckrt List, "never pass a bathroom, never trust a fart, and never waste a hard on."

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  3. AMAZING. Thanks for sharing! My boyfriend and I watched the video together and agree that Al's honesty and human-ness is awesome.

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  4. I sharted at work once, when I was in my 20's, so threw away my undies, went to Target and bought day of the week undies:) That def turned my frown upside down:)

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  5. When he said "commando" I about lost it. Buhhaa!

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  6. Now this is why I LOVE your blog!

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  7. I have suffered through a Jennifer Aniston movie..........what's it called.....'Along came Polly'! Many times for one reason and one reason alone - the shart scene. So funny.
    This post made me laugh. As as Scot we like out bathroom humour A LOT, in Texas not so much. I got my fill tonight reading this :D

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  8. I sharted once at work- I worked in a daycare, where you know everyone gets sick like every 4 minutes. Sure enough, I was just beginning to catch the next round of the stomach bug. I felt crampy, like I had a lot of gas to pass. The great thing about working in a room where the kids are still in diapers... you *usually* can blame it on them. Not this time- no sooner did I let it out when I had to make a beeline for the restroom. I had no choice but to throw my underwear away and go commando for the rest of the day. (I sprayed Lysol or air freshener or something on the seat of my pants to try to mask any residual odor)

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  9. My stomach was acting moody one morning when I had 10 miles to complete. I figured I'd be fine after a couple of miles. Well, about 3 miles from home I thought I had some gas. I did, but I also sharted. I considered calling my fiance to pick me up, but I figured by the time he got there I could have ran home. So, I ran home with poo in my pants. :) Thanks for listening! lol.

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  10. Is it sad that when I saw the title of this post in my Google Reader I thought "I bet she's talking about Al Roker shitting his pants"? Is it also sad that when I saw the segment this weekend I thought that you would appreciate this story? :)

    Seriously though, I thought it was pretty amazing that he admitted to it...he NEVER would have had to do that!!

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  11. I'll bet that EVEN the Leader of the Free World has done this before. And I'll bet that if asked directly, he would admit it. Go, Al! Opening the doors everywhere for honesty about sharting.

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  13. Congrats! You are famous enough now to be spammed!

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  14. Al just paved the way for millions of people to openly shart. Kind of him!

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  15. I saw this yesterday and was going to forward it to you. But I knew better...this story would find you...

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  16. What a great way to start my day!!! Always need a good sharting story before I leave the house!!

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  17. Made my day! I had to learn the hard way--twice-- that you can't trust a fart during the one or two weeks after food poisoning.

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  18. Not only do I love Al, but I love your readers! I always read the comments because, dang, these folks are honest!

    I once had a sharting incident that involved a leopard print thong. I was 25. That's all you're gettin'. ;)

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  19. I love that they talk so seriously about it. How do you say that with such a straight face:0

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  20. You are so funny....I saw this the other day and thought....I bet I see this one again! lol :c)
    Al is wonderful to tell a story like that...he could of kept that one on LOCK DOWN... Just a sweet man....

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  21. Coincidentally, I wrote this about you before reading this post:

    Crapping and farting
    No subject is off limits
    Read Shut Up + Run

    Thanks for proving my point so soon.
    runninghaiku.net



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  22. Thanks for that interesting and funny story!

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  23. PAH HA! Thank you for that. Thank. You. For. That.

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  24. Driving through the Pennsylvannia countryside one weekend with my teenagers in the car and came along the town of Shartlesville... hahaha My son took a picture of the road sign. I wish I could post the picture here.

    http://shartlesville.org/

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  25. HA! This post made me laugh and MADE MY DAY... and not in a schadenfruede way, but in a "hey, we're all human" way. Way to go, Al! (Pun only sort of intended.

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  26. I love Al Roker too and have so much respect for someone who would admit this in public, let alone on national tv!! Thought you might get a kick out of this - I got married a couple of years ago but it took me a year to change my last name (because I am lazy, no other reason). I was so sad to realize as I started signing my new name that it is now S. Harty, or as I had to point out to my husband, "sharty" (which I think is worse than plain old "shi**y"). Even though I love my in-laws immensely and am happy to be a Harty now, I still cringe when I start to sign my first initial and last name and tend to end up just signing my entire name now. LOL

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  27. This was great! I can't tell you how many "One sock runs" I have had.

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  28. I was amazed he shared this story too but thought wow, he not only admitted to sharting but admitted it was in the WHITE HOUSE! Wow!

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  29. No way!! Oh my goodness, this is hilarious. I do have a sharting story, but I'm not as brave as Al Roker to share it!

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  30. I know he wanted to be serious but when they asked him what did that tell you he had to give a better response.

    Maybe something like it told me to not shit myself in the White House what the fuck do you mean lady what did it tell me?

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