Reports that the Geneva-based World Burping Federation (WBF) is considering planning another championship have aroused the interest of tourism promoters.
Details remain nebulous and airy, no venue having been disclosed. The WBF, which promotes competitive belching events, claims to have members in most developed countries, including far-flung outposts like Australia’s Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands; also in the Maldives, Brazil, India, Spain and Singapore.
The WBF promotes “belching best practices and the pursuit of lifelong learning, while also seeking to remove the stigma that has become associated with belching in recent centuries”, its website declares.
The site continues: “Burping is a fundamental part of the digestive process, and the near universal stigma surrounding it has planted the seeds of shame in countless number of people, contributing to a subtle, but significant, degradation of the human experience.
“By conducting a series of promotional belching competitions in nations throughout the world, the WBF hopes to usher in a new era when belching is accepted as it was in millennia past.”
The site links to a YouTube clip showing New York pizza chef Tim Janus setting the official WBF Burping World Record with “a powerful and highly controlled 18.1-second burp”. Those with the stomach can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU3jBonhsrQ
The WBF, which gives its address as Rue Du Conseil-General, Geneva 1700, says it is working on a eco-friendly ‘Green Burp’, to emphasise its steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability.
“The WBF Green Burp is a methane- and carbon-neutral burp that is generated from the ingestion of air, or pre-existing carbonated beverages, and is not generated from the build-up and subsequent release of digestive gases,” the site explains.
“The WBF is developing a fundraising effort to purchase carbon credits to offset the electricity it uses in its headquarters office and during its events, and hopes to become completely carbon neutral as an organisation by 2017.”
The WBF site has not been updated for two or three years, possibly because members have been busy practising, but reports suggest another championship event may be in the wind.
Written by Peter Needham