Blink and you lose: try the intense stare-off challenge of staring at strangers online

Originally published at: Stranger Video: The Staring Game Where Blinking Loses

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Barney Gumble: When I think back to all the time I wasted at Moe’s…

Homer Simpson: Wasted!? What about our staring contests? And the way we always knew what football coaches should have done?


There is a word for it.

The moment at which two people approaching from opposite ends of a long passageway, recognise each other and immediately pretend they haven’t. This is to avoid the ghastly embarrassment of having to continue recognising each other the whole length of the corridor.

To avert the horrors of corrievorrie (q.v.) corriecravie is usually employed. This is the cowardly but highly skilled process by which both protagonists continue to approach while keeping up the pretence that they haven’t noticed each other - by staring furiously at their feet, grimacing into a notebook, or studying the walls closely as if in a mood of deep irritation.

The crucial moment of false recognition in a long passageway encounter. Though both people are perfectly well aware that the other is approaching, they must eventually pretend sudden recognition. They now look up with a glassy smile, as if having spotted each other for the firt time, (and are particularly delighted to have done so) shouting out ‘Haaaaaallllloooo!’ as if to say ‘Good grief!! You!! Here!! Of all people! Well I never. Coo. Slap me vitals, etc.’

The dreadful sinking sensation in a long passageway encounter when both protagonists immediately realise they have plumped for the corriedoo (q.v.) mutch too early as they are still a good thirty yards apart. They were embarrassed by the pretence of corriecravie (q.v.) and decided to make use of the corriedoo because they felt silly. This was a mistake as corrievorrie (q.v.) will make them seem far sillier.

Corridor etiquette demands that one a corriedoo (q.v.) has been declared, corrievorrie must be employed. Both protagonists must now embellish their approach with an embarrassing combination of waving, grinning, making idiot faces, doing pirate impressions, and waggling the head from side to side while holding the other person’s eyes as the smile drips off their face, until with great relief, they pass each other.

Word describing the kind of person who can make a complete mess of a simple job like walking down a corridor.

— Adams/Lloyd The Meaning of Liff

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Pairing anonymous people by video. They have thought about the problems with that and covered them, right?

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Can non-human persons play?

Dog Staring GIF



They’d have to claim they’re using a filter, but…


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