Watch five and a half month old baby Emerson on YouTube scare and laugh when Mom blows her nose! Ever thought about where laughing comes from? I did, so I did some research. It turns out that laughing probably stems from the same fear center in our brain so they’re connected. Humour comes from being surprised! Hence we get surprised by a joke, this “startles us”, then when we find out that it’s not as scary as we thought, we laugh! It’s an interesting theory anyway and seems to apply in this video.
Another interesting thing about laughing is that in every culture around the world, it always follows a similar pattern. Researcher Robert Provine found that laughing is always “ha-ha-ha” or “ho-ho-ho” but never “ha-ho-ha-ho.” However sometimes it goes “cha-ha-ha” or “ha-ha-ho.”
Quote from the original YouTube video: “My five-and-a-half-month old son Emerson isn’t sure what to think when I blow my nose. Sometimes he’s terrified, then he can’t stop laughing.”