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"Laugh off the extra pounds
Researcher: 15 minutes giggling = 50 calories

Saturday, June 4, 2005 Posted: 10:38 PM EDT (0238 GMT)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Dieters looking for another edge might want to consider exercising their sense of humor -- scientists have found that a good laugh is a calorie burner not to be ignored.

It may not be as good for reducing the waistline as going to the gym or resisting that ice-cream sundae, but American researchers have found that 10-15 minutes of genuine giggling can burn off the number of calories found in a medium square of chocolate.

The findings on the weight-loss possibilities of the uniquely human experience of laughter were presented at the close of the annual European Congress on Obesity on Saturday.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recruited 45 pairs of friends, shut them in a room decorated like a cheap hotel -- scientifically known as a metabolic chamber -- played them comedy clips on a TV screen and measured how many calories burned when they laughed.

The researchers separately tested seven pairs of male friends, 17 pairs of female friends and 21 mixed couples.

""We didn't tell them that the goal of the study was to measure laughter, because then they might have forced it. And forced laughter is regulated by a totally different part of the brain. We wanted it to be genuine laughter,"" said the lead researcher, Maciej Buchowski, director of bionutrition at Vanderbilt.

The volunteers were told the researchers were testing emotional reactions to various video clips.

Sheep and 'Cosby'

The room was specially designed so the scientists could measure how much oxygen the volunteers inhaled and how much carbon dioxide they exhaled -- the gold standard for measuring energy burning.

Noting differences in the oxygen and carbon dioxide patterns before and during laughter allowed the scientists to calculate whether laughter used more energy and how big the difference was.

Heart rate monitors were also fitted on the volunteers as a back-up measure of changes, as heart rate tends to respond to changes more quickly than breathing does. Microphones were fitted to record the laughter.

The volunteers were told not to talk or move and to just kick back in the reclining chairs and watch what was on the screen.

""First it was half an hour of something boring -- an English landscape,"" Buchowski said. ""During that time we measured the baseline, the resting metabolic rate.""

Five different comedy clips, starting with an outtake from ""The Cosby show"" -- minus the canned laughter -- were then shown for 10 minutes each, interspersed with five minute intervals of sheep wandering around fields in England.

The heart rate, laughter and breathing information was then lined up in the special laughter lab, and the tapes were analyzed second-by-second.

""They burned 20 percent more calories when laughing, compared to not laughing,"" Buchowski said.

""Then we calculated what would happen if somebody laughed for 10 or 15 minutes a day, and we found that it was up to 50 calories, depending on your body size and the intensity of the laughter.""

That means that if you laugh for 10-15 minutes a day, you'd burn enough calories to lose 4.4 pounds (two kilograms) in a year, Buchowski said.

Physiology experts say it's not exactly an effective way to shed extra weight -- but the idea is worth a laugh or two."

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Cat (not verified)
funny stuff (not related to cycling unless you count 5ths)

"I had a lot of laughs today, which is good because i didn't have time to ride. Here's one i received this morning. There were significant others but i don't know it's appropriate to post them here (they were about trumpet players).

Have this one on me:

So, these three notes walk into a bar - a G, an Eb, and a C. 
The bartender looks up and says, ""We don't serve minors.""
The Eb leaves, and the other two have a fifth between them. 

After a few drinks, the G was out flat, and the experience was
diminished.  Eventually, the C sobers up, sees one of his friends
missing, the other one passed out, and realizes to his horror that
he's under a rest. 

C was brought to trial, found guilty and convicted of contributing
to the diminution of a minor and was sentenced to ten years of DS
without Coda at the Paul Williams/Neil Sedaka Correctional Facility.

(estimated cycling equivalent, about 1/2 lap)"

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heywood (not verified)

what did the lady on the beach say to michael jackson?

get out of my son.

ba da bing...

2 hill repeats right there..

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Tony Mantione (not verified)

What time do they go to bed @ Neverlad Ranch ???
...,,When the big hand reaches the little hand ..
hhohohho forgettaboit....
that's worth a loop 1/2 @ P.P.

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Alan (not verified)
stop me if you've heard this one...

Judging from your material, I am sure that you know what chord is sounded when you toss a piano into a mineshaft? ...A flat minor...

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heywood (not verified)

How do you get two piccolo players to play in perfect unison?
Shoot one.

What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin ?
Who cares - neither one's a guitar

How do you know when the stage is level ?
The drummer is drooling out of both sides of his mouth ..

Did you hear about the guitarist who was in tune ?
Neither did I

What do you call a guitarist who breaks up with his girlfriend ?
Homeless ..

How do you get a guitar player off of your front porch ?
Pay for the pizza.

How many guitar players does it take to cover a Stevie Ray Vaughn tune ?
Evidently all of them.

What do you do if your bassist is drowning?
Throw him his amp.


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Evan Marks (not verified)

"Sheldon Brown to the rescue, as usual:


Scroll down to the ""musical instrument humor"" link. Some screamingly funny stuff there - a marked contrast to what's been posted here.


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Cat (not verified)

oh, and here i was thinking this was not your typical mean-spirited NYCC thread. . . .

silly me. I'd better get back to cycling.

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Evan Marks (not verified)

Sheldon's musician jokes are funny. Yours aren't. You consider that difference of opinion mean-spirited? ROFL!

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robert (not verified)
another unsolicited opinion

pompous, aggressive, unnecessary
more than mean-spirited
a textbook example of a jerk

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Evan Marks (not verified)

Author: Robert ([email protected](""nospam"")aya.yale.edu)
Thread: Giro on TV Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

But at least a jerk who's unafraid to stand behind his own opinion.


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robert (not verified)
false pride

when you lose your ability to feel shame, you lose your humanity

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Evan Marks (not verified)
My, you do go on, don't you?

"If you can't hide behind anonymity, hide behind platitudes, is that it? Or is it if you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. Either way, here's one for you -

""He who slings mud generally loses ground.""
Adlai E. Stevenson (who also wasn't afraid to speak his mind)

Your turn.


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heywood (not verified)

Evan, you sucked the air out of the room. Even a light hearted discussion withered in your presense. You are truely a charter member of the NY's Psycho Club.

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Cat (not verified)

oh, and here i was thinking this was not your typical mean-spirited NYCC thread. . . .

silly me. I'd better get back to cycling.

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