Sunday, July 18, 2004

sound laughter

Yes we were most amused at the old mimicry recommended by dirty beloved at American variety stage audio sampler, (and especially the five dogs in an argument - although it shows up my efforts of mimicking only 3 dogs. I may have to add two more to the routine now)

Another routine of note was the Laughing Record (Henry's Music Lesson)
This comic sketch was so popular nearly every early record company sold a recording of it. This is the Edison Company's version

It made me wonder how universal is the sound of human laughter?
If it subtly changes over the century along with the joke?

On a tangent, I was vaguely googling (which sounds like gruesome giggling) and found this old report

A control group was set up to measure exactly what happens to muscles when a person laughs. Electrodes were attached to the volunteers' legs at the H-reflex, a neurological pathway that causes muscle contractions. The volunteers were then made to giggle using slides, and the occasional Belgian joke

Comments: sound laughter

Wat maakt een "Belgische Grap" zo grappig? or
What makes a "Belgian joke" this way funny?
Posted by Nora at July 18, 2004 11:12 AM

I wonder how many Belgian jokes it takes to induce a sufficient sample.
How this compares to Hungarian jokes, say.
Posted by boynton at July 18, 2004 06:43 PM

A French friend looking over my shoulder at this post grunted somewhat unkindly, 'A Belgian joke - surely a contradiction in terms'.
Posted by Dick Jones at July 19, 2004 07:34 AM

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