In a contest that many young people in China have been preparing their whole lives for, Chengdu hosted China’s first ever “blank staring” contest yesterday. The prize? What else but an iPhone 6?
NetEase reports that some 200 people showed up in downtown Chengdu with their best expressionless game face on. The rules were that contestants could choose to sit down or lie down, but then were forbidden to move or smile. No emotion, just mindless staring into space.
Turns out some contestants were quite adept at this skill and the contest lasted several hours into the evening. The winner was a 24-year-old local housewife who determinedly stared ahead blankly for a grueling five hours.
Much as angry stares combat terrorism, blank stares combat the frenetic pace of our modern world. The competition originated in South Korea and organizers say that it was created to promote a slower pace of life that reminds people to give their brains time off to relax each day. Something that the winner might remember to do in between binges on Candy Crush.
The wave of mass relaxation should soon spread across the whole of China as organizers plan to hold competitions in 27 cities across the country, including Shanghai. The winners from each city will then face off to determine who is China’s ultimate mindless starer.
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase & ECNS]