Noble women don't fart. If you are highborn you don't fart. Or rather, nothing smelly comes out. It's all rainbows and kittens! So because of this seemingly impossible human-feat, Japanese noble women had to employ servants to publicly take the blame for their farts.


In the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1868, it was a job one could actually be hired for.


The profession is called heoibikuni. They would accompany their mistress on excursions and assumed the duties of a lady-in-waiting.


One of the other job descriptions: accepting the fault of farting. Ones that smelled, perhaps.


Interesting job?