If an elephant farted in a gym, would everyone be able to smell it?

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Not long ago, I was scrolling through twitter and came across a tweet from a friend of mine:

Just asked my niece “If an elephant farted in a gym, would everyone be able to smell it?”, and I feel confident about my ability to set a mature adult example. 😆

— Dani Alexis, A Writer(TM) (@danialexis) April 1, 2021

This tweet made my day. It’s very cute, it’s got a great question. And the fact that it was tweeted on April Fools? Perfect.

But I take issue with the notion that thinking about elephant farts is somehow not mature. Farts are funny and elephants are interesting, no matter how old or “mature” you are. But even if I accept the premise that this is not setting a mature example, I had an epiphany on how to flip this into setting an incredibly mature example. It all hinges on the question:

If an elephant farted in a gym, would everyone be able to smell it?

This, my friend, is an empirical question. It can be answered. We can science this. And what better way to set a shining example for young people than to show them how awesome science can be?