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"One nun in a large French convent started mewing like a cat, triggering a chorus of contagious mewing that swept through the sisters."
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Before finally abating two and a half years later, in June 1964, this plague of laughter spread through villages “like a prairie fire,” forcing the temporary closing of more than 14 schools and afflicting about 1,000 people in tribes bordering Lake Victoria in Tanganyika and Uganda. Quarantine of infected villages was the only means of blocking the epidemic’s advance.
Robert Provine, Laughter: A Scientific Investigation (2000)
Tickling is not a footnote in the story of laughter but at the very heart of it.