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Recent Examples on the Web Gobs of guano from king penguins in the sub-Antarctic give rise to comical clouds of nitrous oxide—aka laughing gas—according to a recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Penguin poop creates a buttload of laughing gas, researchers find," 23 May 2020 And an increasing number of American hospitals now offer nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas, and can be self-administered as needed. Patricia Waldron, New York Times, "What to Expect During the Three Stages of Labor," 18 Apr. 2020 Who knew that laughing gas could be the world’s true equalizer? Andrea Wurzburger,, "Amy Schumer Wants Her Hat Back, Taylor Swift's Banana Breakdown and More Hilarious Videos of Celebs After Surgery," 14 Jan. 2020 While the film is largely a vehicle for a series of despicable male characters, through the multicolored clouds of laughing gas and hot air waltzes Harleen Quinzell, aka Harley Quinn. Kelsea Stahler,, "Birds Of Prey Screenwriter Christina Hodson Wants A Fantabulous Emancipation Of The Action Genre, Too," 13 Feb. 2020 Atmospheric concentrations of nitrous oxide — a chemical compound commonly known as laughing gas — in 2018 reached an average of 331.1 parts per billion, which was a 123 percent increase over pre-industrial levels. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere reaches record high, researchers say," 25 Nov. 2019 Who knew that laughing gas could be the world’s true equalizer? Andrea Wurzburger,, "Taylor Swift's Banana Breakdown, Jennifer Garner's Hamilton Review and More Hilarious Videos of Celebs After Surgery," 8 Oct. 2019 In November 2018, her 18-year-old son, Collin, a freshman at the college, died by asphyxiation from ingesting nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Mom of alleged hazing victim applauds Ohio University's decision to suspend frats," 4 Oct. 2019 Among the drugs that were seized, ISP said, were laughing gas, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, LSD and marijuana wax. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Gathering of the Juggalos: Dozens of arrests at music festival, almost all for drugs," 5 Aug. 2019

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1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Laughing gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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