Author Topic: Laughing to Death  (Read 591 times)

Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2017, 03:31:40 AM »
I recall when I was a kid, sometimes I'd be wrestling with a buddy, and if I started laughing I'd suddenly lose any strength I'd had. My muscles would just stop working altogether. It was very disconcerting.

Laughter is a hiccup of the brain.  When it happens, the mind misfunctions.
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!  b 1950

Offline Baruch

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 06:57:23 AM »
Laughter is a hiccup of the brain.  When it happens, the mind misfunctions.

Laughter is the only antidote to human tragedy.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2017, 09:41:30 AM »
Laughter is the only antidote to human tragedy.

Laughter is the physiological response to human error.  Not the same as humor, though they are related.  And I will agree that all humor is based on tragedy to some extent.
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Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2017, 02:15:26 PM »
Even rats laugh when they're tickled!




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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2017, 02:17:31 PM »
Even rats laugh when they're tickled!





I read that in SA!  They even enjoy it...
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 02:20:45 PM by Cavebear »
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Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2017, 02:17:47 PM »
And I just found out - so do meerkats:



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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2017, 02:21:37 PM »
And I just found out - so do meerkats:





Who can't love meercats?  I cried when Flower died.
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Offline trdsf

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2017, 04:45:08 PM »
At first, I didn't really take the whole "laughing to death" idea seriously until I did a little research and came across a term "laughter-induced syncope" which basically means fainting from laughter. I haven't been to the doctor but it's not rocket science when you're living through the asphyxiation of excessive laughter. Though it is extremely rare people have died from laughing to death.
The best-attested case of laughing to death is probably that of Alex Mitchell, who died of a heart attack after laughing essentially non-stop for 25 minutes at The Goodies episode 'Kung Fu Kapers'.  It has since been discovered that there may be a genetic predisposition to heart failure in his family.

Of course, had this happened in the US, there would almost certainly have been lawsuits against the network, the actors, the production company, everyone.  But this was in the UK, so the widow sent a letter to the comedians thanking them for making her husband's last minutes so happy.  And people wonder why I'm an Anglophile….
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"I thought I committed regicide today, but I committed deicide!" -- Sadie Doyle, Beyond Belief

Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2017, 05:13:38 PM »
The best-attested case of laughing to death is probably that of Alex Mitchell, who died of a heart attack after laughing essentially non-stop for 25 minutes at The Goodies episode 'Kung Fu Kapers'.  It has since been discovered that there may be a genetic predisposition to heart failure in his family.

Of course, had this happened in the US, there would almost certainly have been lawsuits against the network, the actors, the production company, everyone.  But this was in the UK, so the widow sent a letter to the comedians thanking them for making her husband's last minutes so happy.  And people wonder why I'm an Anglophile….

There might be worse ways to go.  Yes, I know the end might have been painful and dying in your sleep is great.  But laughing is (I hope) better that having your inquisitors trying out new techniques.
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!  b 1950

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2017, 05:16:29 PM »
But laughing is (I hope) better that having your inquisitors trying out new techniques.
Maybe yours - my inquisitors are hilarious!  :raspberries:
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2017, 05:21:24 PM »
Maybe your - my inquisitors are hilarious!  :raspberries:

OK. yer bird tops all!
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!  b 1950

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2017, 05:24:32 PM »
I damn near did laugh to death at some of these weird statues:

http://teamjimmyjoe.com/2013/12/strange-funny-statues/
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“Money supplants skill; it's possession allows us to become happily stupid.”
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2017, 10:09:58 PM »
Maybe yours - my inquisitors are hilarious!  :raspberries:

You have an odd idea of "inquisitors" then.  LOL!  I'm not into S&M.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2017, 10:21:34 PM »
You have an odd idea of "inquisitors" then.  LOL!  I'm not into S&M.

Depends on how pretty the inquisitor is ;-)  Some prefer young buxom blonds dressed as Nazis.  Ve vill show you who is the mistress race!
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Laughing to Death
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2017, 10:24:47 PM »
Depends on how pretty the inquisitor is ;-)  Some prefer young buxom blonds dressed as Nazis.  Ve vill show you who is the mistress race!

The rack knows no gender of the user...
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!  b 1950