(Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.)

The chemical that makes the rotten egg odor in flatulence may also control blood pressure.

Hydrogen sulfide is naturally produced in the cell lining of blood vessels in mice, and now neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins have been able to prove the putrid gas's release acts to prevent high blood pressure in the rodents by relaxing these vessels.

According to the same researchers, there is "no doubt" hydrogen sulfide is also produced in the blood vessel linings of man, and they think these new findings on hydrogen sulfide could have broad applications toward the treatment of human diseases.

Never has the old "beans, beans, they're good for your heart" schoolyard ditty seemed so prescient.

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