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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Laughter

An ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk mule try to eat from a fig tree.

The word "chortle," meaning "to laugh in a breathy, gleeful way," was originally a nonsense word in Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."

A laughing epidemic that lasted a year broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962. Thousands were affected, across several villages.



Babies first start to laugh at 3.5 months old.

"Canned laughter" tracks no longer exist, and is almost always a real live studio audience whose recording has been artificially "sweetened" in post production.

Each time you laugh you burn up, on average, 3.5 calories.


The average person laughs 15 times a day.

When a recording of a dog's laugh is played to puppies they instantly show signs of joy and the same sounds have a calming effect on dogs in an animal shelter.

Rats laugh when they are tickled and during playtime.

Laughing is a sign of aggression in parrots.

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