America’s First Laughing Competition Guffaws Off Ground

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Contestants at America’s first laughing competition at will be judged
on the infectiousness of their laugh and how much muscle control
they lose in the process of chortling, guffawing and giggling.

It’s no joke: The United States’ first-ever laughing championship takes place Saturday in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and a few dozen gigglers, guffawers and chortlers will yuck it up in hopes of winning the coveted title of “California’s Best Laugher.”

We’re serious: It’s a laughing contest and the contestants will compete in events such as “Best Diabolical Laugh” and “Most Contagious Laugh” and face off in “Laughter Duels” to see who can make the other person crack up most.

And while just mentioning the contest is enough to make some skeptics start rolling on the floor in ridicule, it’s part of a serious effort by Albert Nerenberg to raise awareness of the power of laughter…

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