The whoopee cushion is a classic design that has not changed since its launch in 1932.
The idea of sitting down to make a funny noise is much older, Queen
Victoria was given a musical bustle in 1887 for her Golden Jubilee
which played 'God Save the Queen' when the wearer sat down. The
Roman Emperor Elagabulus used an early version of the whoopee
cushion at his dinner parties.
The Quad City Mallards ice hockey team hold the world record for the
largest simultaneous whoopee cushion sit with 3,614 sitters taking
part at Moline, Illinois, USA.
Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) got her stage name from her
childhood flatulence and the fact that it made her sound like a
whoopee cushion. She adopted the traditionally Jewish surname
'Goldberg' as a stage name, because her mother felt that Johnson was
not "Jewish enough" to make her a star. Well, that's about the
end of it.