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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Spacing out like a pro.
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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