Sport: Gab Fest

When he speculated upon the most common of all human pastimes, Talking, it appeared to Milton ("Dance Marathon") Crandall that the purpose of this sport was to see who could talk the longest. Accordingly he announced a "noun and verb rodeo, the world's championship gab-fest," and set up a ticket-taker at the gate of an armory in Manhattan.

Inside the armory, last week, were 36 characters, all making noises with their mouths. The contest was to last 81 hours, 45 minutes. To the talker who talked most in that time, Promoter Crandall would give $1,000.

Each contestant was on a low small platform...

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