Yesterday, a Bostonist editor pointed out a weird article in the Boston Globe about Laugh Clubs, a terrifying idea in which people fake-laugh at things in the hopes of feeling better. I was just going to mock it, but then I found out that it was connected to something kind of scammy-sounding called Laughter Yoga International. Here’s a snippet:
Is laughter, in fact, the best medicine?
The answer is a resounding . . . no. Don’t be stupid. Everyone knows that booze is the best medicine, followed closely by penicillin, then more booze, then chemotherapy, and then laughter.
Despite the fact that laughter is only the fourth or fifth best medicine, the Boston Globe reports on a made-up trend based upon 20 suburbanites forming a “Laugh Club,” in which the idea is to, well, laugh and maybe heal? The article states that people have been gathering together to laugh about absolutely nothing since 1995, but our research into Pauly Shore movies shows that the practice goes back to at least 1990.