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Blank Stares Turn Competitive Over iPhone

Chengdu holds China's first 'blank stare' contest
A young Chinese boy takes part in a "blank-staring contest" in Chengdu, China on Nov. 18, 2014. Gu dao / Imaginechina via AP

A bizarre "blank-staring contest" in the Chinese city of Chengdu Tuesday saw 200 people battle to pull off the most spaced-out facial expression. Participants were asked to sit or lie down and stare ahead blankly, without moving or laughing. According to Shanghaiist, the eventual winner managed to hold a vacant look for a grueling five hours before taking home the prize, a new iPhone 6. The game originated in South Korea as part of a call for people to enjoy a slower-paced life, The Associated Press reports.

Chengdu holds China's first 'blank stare' contest
Participants young and old gathered to take part in a "blank-staring contest" in Chengdu on Tuesday. Gu dao / Imaginechina via AP
— David Arnott