Roxbury inventor's fart-smothering blanket goes viral

While hunting deer in a suit made with activated charcoal to mask his scent, Frank Bibbo, who lives on Denver Vega Road in Roxbury, realized that the stuff had more marketable applications, according to the Examiner:

While wearing the activated charcoal fabric suit and passing wind, (you can’t make this stuff up) Bibbo realized that the smell was undetectable to the human nose. The rest, as they say is history.

Yes, it's the Better Marriage Blanket, and it's taking the world by storm. Something about Bibbo's YouTube video, which features sprightly couples plagued by the consequences of "one bad meal" and intoned asurance that the blanket "contains the same type of fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons," has caught the popular imagination of America. It's had 1.2 million views so far.

TV stations, hunting publications, newspapers, blogs and Facebook pages are all abuzz with the story, but our favorite take so far is from the Examiner, which actually got a statement from Bibbo himself:

People hear about it and their first reaction is a good laugh. But then they think about it for a few seconds and realize that it could be much more than a gag gift. It’s a very practical bedding option. If you are going to need a blanket to stay warm, you may as well have one that absorbs odors.”