Started by Absurd Atheist, August 26, 2017, 01:13:05 AM
Quote from: pr126 on August 26, 2017, 01:45:20 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQmnWj6bJh4
Quote from: Absurd Atheist on August 26, 2017, 01:13:05 AMFor a while now I've struggled with excessive laughing to the point of fainting or near-fainting. I've only ever fainted once, in broad daylight while walking down the side walk. My friend had told a joke, ironically about falling into a coma and I laughed so hard I passed out and had a small seizure, possibly due to hitting the ground. This is the only time I've ever actually fainted from laughter.The other two or so occasions I felt the fainting coming and stopped myself in time, once while on a road trip and the other when I was really, really high which was honestly the worst and had me slightly scared. It might also be notable that one time I smoked I felt like my lungs were burning and shut and that I couldn't breathe, though it turned out I was breathing fine the whole time and the situation was largely psychosomatic. Anyway, the point is I don't get high often.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.My question here is whether dying of laughter is a fitting exit from the world, considering I'll die one way or another and it'll probably be painful, I might as well enjoy it right? Not that I'm gonna force myself to laugh or anything but if the times right I might as well take my chances and see if I wake up right? I feel like this is a gift and massive universal irony as an Absurdist, going down in history as a man who laughed to death might be a worthwhile accomplishment. I guarantee nobody will forget the guy who laughed to death in front of them, and it might be easier for my family to hear then me getting hit by a truck or killed in a terrorist attack. Or both...Thoughts?
Quote from: Cavebear on August 26, 2017, 02:38:35 AMPerhaps using a tongue depressor would help. It might reduce your extreme over-happiness.
Quote from: Absurd Atheist on August 26, 2017, 10:32:19 AMShould I just carry a tongue depressor around? I can certainly see that killing the mood.
Quote from: Baruch on August 26, 2017, 08:26:51 AMInteresting. Learn to breathe properly, most people don't. Take regular deep breaths, to keep your blood oxygenated. That way, if your breathing is interrupted by laughter, you won't go short too quickly. Also given the absurdity of human existence, I can see the attraction of dying while laughing, vs dying while crying.
Quote from: Absurd Atheist on August 27, 2017, 10:59:57 AMDo you know any sources that can teach people how to breathe properly?
Quote from: Unbeliever on August 27, 2017, 06:05:58 PMIn 1962 there was an epidemic of laughter in Tananyika:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanganyika_laughter_epidemicThat was no laughing matter!
Quote from: Absurd Atheist on August 26, 2017, 01:13:05 AMAt 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. Thoughts?
Quote from: SGOS on August 28, 2017, 09:25:48 AMI get it, although I've never done it, but I have had a couple of experiences where intense laughter has weakened me to the point where I might have collapsed had I been standing, but they have always been of very short duration.