Laughter: Threat or menace?

  1. A man who laughed too hard at a comedian on TV ended up being pepper sprayed at his home by UK police and spending the night naked in a cell. Chris Cocker, 36, from Blackburn, laughed so hard while watching BBC TV’s Have I Got News For You that he fell off the sofa, the BBC reported. A neighbour in the flat below heard the thud and called police. “I fell off the settee in hysterics and hit the floor and got myself up and started carrying on watching the telly and the next thing I know there was a knock on the door,” Mr Cocker said. The knock was from police officers, but Mr Cocker was not happy to see them and refused to co-operate. “The bit where I lost it the most was when I shut the door and the policeman had stuck his foot in the doorway and was refusing to let me shut my own front door,” he said. Police then pepper-sprayed Mr Cocker, bundled him into a police van and took him to a police station where he said he was stripped naked and made to spend a night in a jail cell, the BBC said.
  2. Darra Kollios, who works at the Trinity Grill in New Port Richey, FL, said her boss approached her in front of a customer with one of the oddest requests she’s ever heard. “I had a customer at the bar and the owner came up to me and said, ‘Please stop laughing,’ Kollios said. “We giggled — the guy at the bar and myself. And then I said, ‘Are you serious?’ And he said, ‘Yes, if you laugh again, you will have to go home.” Kollios said she was then fired on the spot.

Maybe they could have used this:

Scientists have shown off the blueprint for an “acoustic cloak”, which could make objects impervious to sound waves. The technology, outlined in the New Journal of Physics, could be used to build sound-proof homes, advanced concert halls or stealth warships.

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