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Posted on August 24, 2006 to Tools and Toys


Didn't they do this on Mythbusters or something?....

Posted by: Sam on August 24, 2006 3:50 PM

I did not yawn, but did soil myself.

You might consider including an "other" option to accomodate such outliers.

Off to change me pantaloons...

Posted by: Anonymous on August 24, 2006 3:58 PM

Is there a margin of error on this to account for a) people who don't like to admit that such things work on them and b) people like me who were in such a hurry to read the whole entry that the clicked straight through to the pie before they came back to comment and promptly yawned?

Posted by: martin on August 24, 2006 4:58 PM

Strangely enough, I didn't even feel the slightest urge to yawn, despite what I've heard about even images of yawning being contagious. I stared at the photos for a full ten seconds, waiting to feel the urge, but it never came. Maybe it's the lack of auditory input.

Posted by: Charles on August 24, 2006 5:10 PM

I did, but I thought everyone was screaming.

Posted by: ken on August 24, 2006 5:15 PM

Having multitasked to another page while it was loading, when I came back to it, I was too puzzled wondering why there was a browswer window with a picture montage rather than a webpage to be affected by the picture.

Posted by: Ellen K. on August 24, 2006 5:18 PM

I didn't realize that they were yawning, until I read the options. I didn't yawn then either. Maybe you need a video.

Posted by: Joanne on August 24, 2006 5:36 PM

I was eating something, which might have affected it, but I was close.

Posted by: Anonymous on August 24, 2006 5:55 PM


* Didn't yawn but felt the urge, and selected that one.

* Was still feeling the urge while looking at the results graph and then DID yawn.

* Felt the urge again just READING about yawning, and yawned again...

* Felt the urge yet again while typing that last thing and so yawned a third time...

* Think I am caught in some kind of horrible infinite loop now that I cannot get out of, except when I die, which will be shortly after hyperventilating... hypoventilating? What would that be, over-yawning-to-death?

Posted by: i, squub on August 24, 2006 6:00 PM

At first, I didn't get it - it just looked like some weird collage. After I read the survey options, it dawned on me that you were asking if the page had caused me to yawn. At which point I did feel the urge to yawn.

Posted by: E.Z. on August 24, 2006 6:56 PM

I didn't, but the dog did. Then I aqueezed him in the yawny spot and he passed another.

Posted by: pjcamp on August 24, 2006 7:37 PM

I didn't really feel like it, but I could tell deep down that if I concentrated on it, I would have wanted to. I just had a big tortellini dinner and a beer...maybe all those carbs were surpressing the urge.

Posted by: Xoebe on August 24, 2006 8:17 PM

Almost...Almost...So close. Maybe next time? It's not you, it's me.

Posted by: victoria on August 24, 2006 8:39 PM

jesus just looking at the link makes me yawn now.

Posted by: BrotherOrchid on August 24, 2006 9:06 PM

jesus just looking at the link makes me yawn now.

Posted by: BrotherOrchid on August 24, 2006 9:06 PM

I promptly passed out. Also upon reading the options, rather than viewing the picture. The joy of dial-up.

Posted by: Jo on August 24, 2006 9:30 PM

Extraneously, I feel that it is within the interests of your scientific survey to mention that upon moving to the page with the pie chart I was hit with the sudden urge to go to the local confectionary.

Posted by: Nate on August 25, 2006 12:13 AM

I felt a powerful urge, but sort of willfully suppressed it. I was also aided by the paralyzing cuteness of the bunny. I'm so very, very happy that there was a bunny.

Posted by: no name slob on August 25, 2006 2:03 AM

I agree - the bunny was just precious. Never seen one yawn before...
(I didn't give in but definitely felt the urge.)

Posted by: Nora on August 25, 2006 3:28 AM

I'm with Joanne. We need video. It usually works on me seeing it live, but the webpage didn't quite do it.

Posted by: Tracey on August 25, 2006 3:30 AM

Now we know why Isringhausen can't close a game for the Cardinals. He's too worn out reading defectiveyeti.

Posted by: joecon on August 25, 2006 4:41 AM

I too yawned upon coming back to read the comments. Now there's a second yawn lodged in the back of my throat.

I don't recall this being covered in my first aid classes. Perhaps it's because my card has now expired.

Posted by: Cali on August 25, 2006 5:22 AM

One of the reasons that I didn't yawn was the camel. I kept trying to figure out what was up with its ear (was that red/yellow thing some infection?), when it turned out that 'infection' was actually some decorations on the bridal.

Posted by: Kevin on August 25, 2006 5:31 AM

Only seems to work for me when I actually see someone yawn in real life. Images of yawning do not phase me. I am a superhero in that regard.

Posted by: SRH on August 25, 2006 6:05 AM

No, I didn't.

Posted by: Konczewski on August 25, 2006 7:56 AM

My wife yawns. All the time. All I have to do is open my mouth.. not even pretend to yawn.. but open my mouth as far as I can and get her to look at me, and she'll yawn. Over and over.

She sent me the link =)

Posted by: rev on August 25, 2006 7:58 AM

I'm with Kevin on this one, except I thought the red was blood and the camel was screaming in pain! After a second or two, I realized that wasn't the case but that definitely killed any urges. I think that yawns in person visually and/or audibly have the most -- ah crap, I just yawned.

Posted by: Ian Clifton on August 25, 2006 8:19 AM

I yawned just opening the blog, yawned again reading the link, yawned again at the pictures, again, and again, and again...I think I yawned everytime I read the word *yawn*...DAMN, there I go again!

BTW - ever notice when you say the word *Yawn* (....damnit) over and over again, how stupid it really sounds?

Posted by: Anonymous on August 25, 2006 8:31 AM

Guilty as charged. I yawned before I even realized it was a test, and I haven't been able to stop since.

Posted by: trinamick on August 25, 2006 8:53 AM

I always find yawning extremely contagious; even seeing the word in print will do it. I just started now, and will probably do it continuously as I type. But when I first opened the page, I thought they were all shouting, and that first impression saved me from the response!

They need some better pics, or maybe animated ones, in order to get a proper sampling.

Posted by: Andrew on August 25, 2006 9:30 AM

Okay, now realizing that was an internal link, I feel I should revise: YOU need some better or animated pics!

Posted by: Andrew on August 25, 2006 9:32 AM

I thought they were yelling, but when I realized from the text that I was expected to yawn, THEN I wanted to yawn.

Posted by: wookie on August 25, 2006 10:13 AM

I did not yawn and answered the survey accordingly.

when I used my Mozilla Firefox browser 'back' button to return to the index.html of your 'webpage' I crossed that page again (just for an instant) and I felt the urge to yawn. Since the test was over I supressed the urge but I wanted to let you know that your results might be a bit off because of this.

I am on a pC using the Windows XP professonal edition if that helps.

Posted by: darkpony on August 25, 2006 10:25 AM

My mistake. Your 'Homesite' may very well be index.php or something completely different. It was presumptuous of me to assume a .htm or .html file. could you please edit my former post to rreflect this?
Thank you.

Posted by: darkpony on August 25, 2006 10:30 AM

Wait... I yawned after I answered!


I read somewhere that if you yawned you are more empathetic.

I think I'm just pathetic.

Posted by: Meredith on August 25, 2006 11:17 AM

Here's an article about the study saying that contagious yawning is a sign of empathy:


Posted by: Kimberly on August 25, 2006 12:05 PM

Gawd. Now I yawn just thinking the word "science." Sad.

Posted by: Elizabeth on August 25, 2006 12:53 PM

Are you sure that bunny's yawning? That looks more like a cry of rage--or a barbaric yawp.

Posted by: Karen on August 25, 2006 2:27 PM

Are you conditioning your readers to associate your site with yawning?

Oh, man, I can't stop! *yaaaaaawn*

Posted by: Sharon on August 25, 2006 3:23 PM

I only yawn during bedtime stories. And also apparently when I type the word yawn.

Posted by: freezio on August 25, 2006 3:28 PM

Another lover of the bunny here. That bunny looks like the Jabberwock when it yawns. "The jaws that bite! The claws that catch!"

Posted by: Nadia on August 25, 2006 8:31 PM

I answered 'Immune to your Jedi mind tricks'

But then, when I loaded the page I had absolutely no idea what all these people were doing with their mouths open, though it was funny... Then saw the 'Did You?' and had to think about it for a while...

Of course, coming back here and reading all the comments gave me an overwhelming urge to yawn, but I've tried opening my mouth a couple times and nothing's come out.

I may never yawn again.

I blame you.

Posted by: PeterMHoward on August 25, 2006 10:43 PM

Good news. I just barely managed a yawn.

Posted by: PeterMHoward on August 25, 2006 10:45 PM

I actually yawned just before the page loaded. Those are some hardcore jedi mind tricks.

Posted by: Josephine on August 26, 2006 12:19 AM

i actually did not. i usually yawn on my own.

Posted by: schaazy on August 26, 2006 1:38 AM

Another vote for "didn't yawn until after reading the question, because I thought they were screaming or something." Especially the camel.

That's no ordinary rabbit. Looks to me like a most bad-tempered rodent. Er, Lagomorph. Second cousin to a fruminous bandersnatch, I am sure.

And ditto with "keep having the urge to yawn NOW." Though two nights with only 3 hours of sleep each may have something to do with it.

Posted by: emdalton on August 29, 2006 3:42 AM

I didn't yawn the first time but "felt the urge". This visit however, right after I'd studied each picture and selected "no" I totally yawned. So I went back and selected "yes". I wonder if it's been the same for others: the response was delayed just long enough to make them dismiss the connection. ...or correlation.

Posted by: ~A on August 29, 2006 9:09 AM