Fart launchers are taking over kids’ Christmas lists to terrorize parents

Toy insiders and wincing parents say that the Buttheads Fart Launcher 3000 — a Nerf gun-like gadget that shoots farts instead of darts — is topping off kids’ wish lists this year. “It’s great fun for kids,” and for adults who “think the holidays stink,” anyway. On Monday, the $20 parental headache sold out when currently on sale for $17.

“This is my worst nightmare,” a mom says. She recently caved and got the gas-blasting gizmo for her 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. “I can see that thing being used on my face one unsuspecting morning.”


According to its product description, the flatulent firearm, developed by WowWee, can spread stench up to 10 feet across a room and is “best used in well-ventilated areas or outdoors.” It’s intended for kids ages 5 and up to 99, comes with a cartridge capable of “100-plus” blasts that are “silent but deadly,” allowing users to sneak up on their victims. If it’s only the cheese-cutting noise you seek, WowWee also manufactures Buttheads figurines — popular little dolls whose faces are butts, which make farting noises sans smell.

The Fart Launcher’s reek, “while incredibly accurate … is organic, plant-based, doesn’t get caught in fabric and dissipates in minutes,” says WowWee brand manager Andrew Yanofsky. Obviously, kids love it and will give it “5 billion thumbs up.” and expect nothing less from such a putrid plaything. “Potty humor is pretty much a guaranteed hit with kids,”

The Fart Launcher is in a class of its own. But Be warned: It genuinely does stink, User reviews actually confirm as much. Thank the lord we have a whole house fan to clear the air, because this was a lot stronger stink than we were expecting. Another unfortunate tester on toy-reviewing cried out, “Oh, s – – t!” when a smelly cloud hit him in the face.

There’s something so visceral and hilarious about watching your dad’s or sister’s face scrunch when they get hit with the smell. To the gag gift’s credit, some adults aren’t put-off and are planning to buy one for their kids this Christmas. Even some parents admit that it’s growing on them. “I kind of secretly want one for myself.