Apologies for the somewhat crude subject, but this is so bizarre I felt a post was called for!
According to this link there’s a legal argument taking place in Malawi at the moment over whether a new law prohibits farting in public.
The specific prohibition apparently dates from 1929 and reads:
Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.
The Justice Minister insists that this includes farting, while the Solicitor General is much more sensible, stating that it only refers to pollution.
Apparently the Justice Minister wants people to go to the toilet if they need to fart. He’s assuming a lot of warning, evidently, as well as there always being an empty toilet within a few seconds walk of everywhere in the country.
Presumably if it’s a silent fart you’re ok!