Where does Dutch oven come from?
The farting prank takes its name from an actual cooking device called a Dutch oven. This is a large metal pot kept hot on a stove or in the oven by placing coals on its tight-fitting lid—the Crock-Pot or Instapot of its day.
Since at least the 1700s, Dutch ovens are still used in kitchens, and, hilariously, were named the Official State Cooking Implement of Texas in 2005.
In the early 1900s, Dutch oven was slang for the "mouth" (e.g., shut your Dutch oven). You definitely wouldn't want someone to Dutch oven in your Dutch oven.
National Lampoon magazine described the current Dutch oven—trapping a fart under the covers of a bed—in 1974 as the kind of prank a guy might pull on his little brother. Other sources describe Dutch ovening your significant other or even yourself.
It's not clear exactly when the gassy gag came to be known as a Dutch oven, but the name appears to compare the blanket to the lid of a Dutch oven and the fart as the warm, um, aromatic scent of cooking.
Who uses Dutch oven?
Dutch ovens are considered something guys find hilarious. Ladies? Not so much. That doesn't stop guys from trying to give their wives or girlfriends a Dutch oven, though. So much so that a 2001 book, The Girl Code, humorously called the Dutch oven an important "boundary to maintain" in a relationship.
Another urban legend is the fatal Dutch oven. An Onion-style comedy news story posted to The Ronson Writer in 2007 described a man who was facing manslaughter charges for a Dutch oven gone "horribly wrong," suffocating his wife to a very smelly death.
The story spread online, with some apparently believing it to be true. People just don't seem to get the message that you can't believe everything you read on the internet.
Anyways, Dutch oven can be a noun or verb. And oh, plenty of chefs earnestly refer to Dutch ovens in culinary contexts, though it's hard for the rest of us to keep a straight face.
Does anybody else Dutch oven their dog or is that just me...
@GLaDOSIsAPotato, May, 2018
Lol! She's asleep. I could dutch oven her right now and she'd be none the wiser. I won't though because that's just cruel.
@Krytensknob, May, 2018
British scientists have published research in the journal Current Biology that suggests dinosaur flatulence during the Jurassic period turned the Earth into one giant Dutch oven, contributing significantly to a warmer climate 150 million years ago.
Slate, May, 2012