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The Serious Institute

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A society of fellows who gather on a semi-regular basis to watch the funniest comedians/movies etc.

If you laugh, you are no longer in the society.

Laughter can be detected by suits that are worn at the event that can detect repetitive diaphragmatic convulsions.

If a laugh is detected, LED's in the suit will alight, and the movie/show will stop. The no-longer member will be placed on a stretcher and silently removed from the event by other members.

leinypoo13, Jan 17 2008

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       Um...why?
DrCurry, Jan 17 2008
  

       //LED's in the suit will alight// That will be very pretty to watch.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 17 2008
  

       Members would strive to play practical jokes on themselves, hoping that the onlookers would start giggling and be thrown out of the club.
phundug, Jan 17 2008
  

       alight doesn't mean light up does it?   

       anyway, it would be interesting how long you could last, whether it would get old after the first show and you would commit laughicide.   

       However, if you were the performer and "normal" audiences wore this jacket, you could adjust your performance
leinypoo13, Jan 17 2008
  

       Sort-of Baked, there is a round in the BBC radio show "I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue" where the team have to say unconnected words one after the other without making the audience laugh.
8th of 7, Jan 17 2008
  

       //alight doesn't mean light up does it?// No. As an adjective, it can mean "on fire". But as a verb, it means "to get off or out" (as of a train).   

       Hence the unintentionally ironic recorded announcement on one of the London Underground lines which says "Alight here for the Royal National Institute for the Blind."
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 17 2008
  

       They obviously have a burning reason to disembark.
8th of 7, Jan 17 2008
  

       Ok, keep the suit, but double points for those who have belly laughter and manage to keep a straight face.
zeno, Jan 18 2008
  

       I'm already out!
M Carter, Jan 23 2008
  

       <protesting>
"...but I was choking on the popcorn!"
  

       Ha, ha, that's a good'un...<LEDs switch on>...Oh sh*t.
Ling, Jan 24 2008
  

       Is it laughing on the outside, crying on the inside, or the other way round ?
8th of 7, Jan 24 2008
  

       Does EVERYONE around here read Pratchett, or what?
Custardguts, Nov 20 2008
  
      
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