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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 China's first blank stare contest in Chengdu city, southwest China's Sichuan province, 18 November 2014. China's first-ever blank stare competition was held in Chengdu city, Sichuan province, on Tuesday (18 November 2014). Two hundred people participated in the contest, during which they were required to sit or lie down and stare ahead blankly, instead of moving or laughing. The game originated in Korea as a call for people to enjoying a slower paced life. This year a nine-year-old girl won the national contest in Korea. Gu dao / Gu dao - Imaginechina

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