An "epidemic of laughter" may be needed

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Eugene, Oregon
November 17, 2016 1:38pm CST
It happened back in 1962, in the African country now known as Tanzania. Three boarding school girls were seized with uncontrollable laughter. It spread from them to over 95 of the 159 students. One young woman was afflicted for sixteen days. Bouts of laughter could be accompanied by tears, then periods of calm, then more near-hysterical laughter. The strange laughing/crying spread through the country for over a year, affecting at least 1000 people. Many schools had to be closed temporarily. No concrete reason for all this was ever found, though the water was tested and science remains puzzled. One thing was that the country, then know as Tanganyika had recently become independent from Britain, but it is hard to say that was a trigger. Anyway, when I heard this story on NPR the other day, it conjured up a vision of people all over the United States, the majority of us who did not vote for the Donald, standing in our front yards, walking down the streets of our cities, guffawing, bent over laughing, some crying as well, at the joke we have played on ourselves. People from other countries would be ruefully joining in, I'm sure.
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@MALUSE (46021)
• Uzbekistan
17 Nov 16
Most Europeans would join in the crying, not the bent over laughing.
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@marguicha (106293)
• Chile
17 Nov 16
I agree.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Nov 16
No doubt.
@marguicha (106293)
• Chile
17 Nov 16
I confess that I donĀ“t laugh easily lately. But I read and laughed at the post "USA - What May Happen Now".
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@MALUSE (46021)
• Uzbekistan
17 Nov 16
Thank you! I posted it and it still amuses me, too.
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@marguicha (106293)
• Chile
17 Nov 16
@MALUSE It was much too funny!
• Eugene, Oregon
17 Nov 16
It was delightful!
@TheHorse (75099)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov 16
I'm not laughing yet. But I'm flashing this little smug smile now and then like the Mona Lisa. Was it the comedian Stephen Wright who said "Remember, half of the people you know are below average"?
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Nov 16
You can't help but be a bit smug with that new Martin guitar!
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@moffittjc (47482)
• Gainesville, Florida
18 Nov 16
Are you sure it's laughter that we would all be engaging in, or uncontrolled weeping and gnashing of teeth? hahaha
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Nov 16
All of the above, no doubt. I am thinking that Giuliani or Newt may head the State Dept, and that is laughable and weepable too.
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@GreatMartin (6580)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
18 Nov 16
I have promised myself that I would make no political comments until January! I hate when I make myself promises!!!
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Nov 16
I understand.
@JudyEv (141837)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Nov 16
I have heard of this. It is very strange isn't it? I wonder if they'll ever find out what caused it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Nov 16
Yes, so do I.
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@FayeHazel (22123)
• United States
18 Nov 16
Wow those statues in that picture are scary. I wonder what ever happened to those girls? I'm happy they got over it, that would be tourture
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Nov 16
The story had some eye-witnesses interviewed, very interesting.
@theBlock (2757)
• United States
18 Nov 16
@JamesHxstatic Hey, I wouldn't mind keeling over from laughter. Well, not now, but 50 years from now
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@LadyDuck (188837)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
@MALUSE is right, there is nothing to make us happy. I would also join in crying.
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@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
17 Nov 16
i saw a vid last week, how a laughter can spread fast
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@amadeo (78637)
• United States
17 Nov 16
that is so funny there.Everyone should have a smile on their face.
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@teamfreak16 (42521)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Nov 16
I'm crying, alright.
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@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
17 Nov 16
Oh that would be just perfect and a super stress-reliever.
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@Happy2BeMe (75440)
• Canada
17 Nov 16
I can see it all now!!
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• United States
18 Nov 16
i'd love to know where these statues reside :) laughter 'tis good medicine, so's ya go 'head 'n get'cha some good belly laughs. 's fer those young'uns back'n the 60's? most interestin', perhaps they'll solve that mystery some day.