I came across a little blurb in the New York Times a couple of years ago that intrigued me, and I clipped out… I started using it as a bookmark and it would pop up at various times when it seemed coincidentally apropot. Here is the gist… it’s, well, possible end to the world war… So Yoki Kamuar of Kansai University (Osaka, Japan) believes he might have the answer to ending world war. It’s simple, healthy doses of laughter.
Yoki, an expert in communications, has invented a machine that charts laughter in a unit of “aH”. He says adults tend to calculate weather it’s appropriate to laugh and in a sense forget how to do it. Children, on the other hand, laugh more freely and put out almost double “aH’ measures. Yoki Kamura’s goal is to measure laughter and to make the measuring device as small as a mobile phone and sell it as a health and amusement device. He wants to use this new information to “shift from a century of wars to a century of humor and tolerance.”
I wonder what would happen if we actually started recommending a certain aH for people? If we had a government-suggested Recommended Daily Dose of Laughter? Vitamin A 20 mg, Vitamin B 30 mg, Vitamin L 50 aH…
At the doctor’s office, along with weighing you, taking your blood pressure and temperature, they could also measure your aH!
Doctor to man in office, “Ok John, turn your head and laugh.”
I wonder if they laugh much at terrorist meetings… I’d like to see what a couple of Marx Brothers movies would do to their vengeance level.
So I’m going to find one of these machines and get my laughter up to the RDDL to end some world war here. You in?