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10th May 2014

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"A chorus of contagious mewing"

"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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25th April 2014

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An epidemic of laughter

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)

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24th April 2014

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Tickling is not a footnote in the story of laughter but at the very heart of it.
— Robert Provine, Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

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18th April 2012

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Krystyna Janda singing about Warsaw in Interrogation (1982), dir. Ryszard Bugajski

Krystyna Janda singing about Warsaw in Interrogation (1982), dir. Ryszard Bugajski

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