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The Ultimate Laugh

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When I came back to school at 29, after spending most of my twenties as a civilian, one thing I noticed was that it’s fun to laugh there. It’s fun to laugh in a classroom setting.

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There are very few - maybe zero - equivalent social situations elsewhere in life. The class laugh is bonding. It transcends the social order.

Outside of school, you can laugh in a big group at the movies, or at another kind of show, but that laugh is loosely engineered, and more impersonal. The class laugh is spontaneous and unmanufactured. It’s a beautiful thing.

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I have a short list of Ultimate Laughs. This is the best one.

Illustration for article titled The Ultimate Laugh
Illustration for article titled The Ultimate Laugh
Illustration for article titled The Ultimate Laugh
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Illustration for article titled The Ultimate Laugh

Sara Lautman is a cartoonist. Her drawings and comics have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Awl, Bitch Magazine, The Morning News, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore.

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marillenbaum
Marillenbaum

That reminds me of my AP Chemistry class in high school. Before our first lab of the year, we were required to watch a lab safety movie that was designed in the early 1990s, and we all just DIED laughing. The guy jamming a glass rod into his own hand, the kid stripping under the safety shower...and his awkwardly pervy classmate staring at him the entire time? It was golden. We managed to convince our teacher that we be allowed to watch it again as a treat.