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Saturday, 19 December 2015


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

Scandinavian folklore teaches that nothing bad can happen to a person who's laughing.

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

In 1893, farmer Wesley Parsons laughed to death over a joke told in Laurel, Indiana. He laughed for nearly an hour. He then died two hours after the incident.

A laughing epidemic that lasted a year broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962. Thousands were affected, across several villages, resulting in the closure of 14 schools.

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.

Laughing for an hour can burn as many calories as lifting weights for 30 minutes.

The average person laughs 15 times a day.

In the 1950’s, people laughed an average of 18 minutes a day - Currently, we laugh an average of 4-6 minutes a day.

The number 5 is pronounced 'ha' in Thai so "555" is slang for "hahaha."

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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