Laughing matter  

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10/6/2005 12:16 pm

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Laughing matter


In the early 1800s there arose in England a fashion for inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, after it was discovered that its use "was attended by a highly pleasurable thrilling." For the next half century it would be the drug of choice for young people. One learned body, the Askesian Society, was for a time devoted to little else. Theaters put on "laughing gas evenings" where volunteers could refresh themselves with a robust inhalation and then entertain the audience with their comical staggerings.

--A Short History of Nearly Everything

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