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Yesterday, there was competition in Seoul. People competed to see who could space-out the most. Wait, what?

As reported by major Korean news sites and TV networks (via tipster Sang), the event had criteria to select the most spaced out contestant.

[Photo: seoulmania]

To win, you needed to look spaced out for three hours, you needed to refrain from making sudden or drastic movements, and you had to keep a steady heart rate.

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[Photo: KBS]

Event staffers would go around and check people's heart rate or try to make them laugh to see who, in fact, was truly spaced out.

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[GIF: KBS]

When asked why the first "Space-Out Competition" was held, one of the event organizers said the goal was to show how important it is to take a break, clear one's mind, and, you know, space out. I couldn't agree more. Spacing out is great.

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Where did the idea for this come from? "I came up with the idea for the competition while spacing out," the event's organizer is quoted as saying.

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The winner was a nine year-old girl whose mother told the Korean press, "I took my daughter to this event because I had been scolding her after when her cram school teacher said that she was spacing out."

[Photo: Ho_Ssony]

Spacing out like a pro.

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[Photo: KBS]

The world would probably be a more relaxed place if we all...spaced out...a bit...more.

시청 앞 '멍 때리기 대회' @모닝와이드 [SBSculture Thanks, Sang!]

멍때리기 대회,9세 어린이 우승...母 "수업시간 하도 멍때려서 참가" [WoWStar]

월요일 한낮, 그대들에게 '멍때리기'를 허하노라 [Hani]

'아무것도 하지 않기' 멍때리기 대회 우승자는? [KBS@YouTube]

시청 앞 '멍 때리기 대회' @모닝와이드 [SBS@YouTube]

Top GIF: SBS

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