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Barbecue and beer belches: Oktoberfest produces more methane than Boston, Mass

Munich, Germany's Oktoberfest has just wrapped up for another year.  And if you had any doubts, all you probably have to do is light a match.

As the Guardian newspaper reports, the annual festival produces ten times as much methane when it's in full swing as the entire city of Boston, Massachusetts did during the same period. 

Boston's population as of 2017?  Just over 685,000 people.

If you were napping during middle-school chemistry, methane is a colorless, odorless but highly flammable gas that's the main component of natural gas that's used for cooking, powering vehicles and appliances, and so on.  It's produced from a variety of sources, one of which is the decomposition of organic matter. 

Which brings us to belches and farts.  Although researchers at Munich's Technical University said most of the Oktoberfest methane came from inefficient or incomplete combustion in cooking and heating appliances, at least 10% of it came from one end or the other of a human being enjoying all those brats and brews.

For the record, Oktoberfest produced about 1,500 kilograms of methane in the 16 days it takes place.