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Amusement, Viktor Vasnetsov

Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and usually entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure. The word "Amuse" is so named from the opposite of "Muse" -to learn or to think.

Reactions

Humans will typically laugh or smile to display amusement. For most people at some time, situations which would normally elicit amusement may not always have the same effect, due to various reasons such as one's state of mind. People with certain disorders or disabilities may sometimes appear to experience amusement without an obvious cause or reason.

Although various animals may be perceived as experiencing amusement, this may simply be a case of anthropomorphism. Interpretations of "amusement" may be attributed to animals that do not behave as expected, such as where an animal runs instead of walks, or becomes more alert. Other animals such as dogs may wag their tails or spin around, birds may chirp more loudly or frequently, while racoons or bears may not react at all.

However, there are instances of animals reportedly, "playing jokes" on other animals or humans. While they may not show any outward signs of amusement, it would seem as if there is no other explanation.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and usually entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure.

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  • After a few days, Willie got tired of [the water-wheel] — and no blame to him, for it was no earthly use beyond amusement, and that which can only amuse can never amuse long.
    • George MacDonald, The History of Gutta Percha Willie, the Working Genius (1873)

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • Amusements are to religion like breezes of air to the flame; gentle ones will fan it, but strong ones will put it out.
  • Any pleasure which takes and keeps the heart from God is sinful, and unless forsaken, will be fatal to the soul.
  • People should be guarded against temptation to unlawful pleasures by furnishing them the means of innocent ones. In every community there must be pleasures, relaxations, and means of agreeable excitement; and if innocent are not furnished, resort will be had to criminal. Man was made to enjoy as well as labor; and the state of society should be adapted to this principle of human nature.
  • Recreation is not the highest kind of enjoyment; but in its time and place it is quite as proper as prayer.
  • Whatever we do to please ourselves, and only for the sake of the pleasure, not for an ultimate object, is "play," the "pleasing thing," not the useful thing. The first of all English games is making money. That is an all-absorbing game; and we knock each other down oftener in playing at that than at football, or any other rougher sport; and it is absolutely without purpose; no one who engages heartily in that game ever knows why. Ask a great money-maker what he wants to do with his money — he never knows. He doesn't make it to do any thing with it. He gets it only that he may get it. " What will you make of what you have got ' " you ask, "Well, I'll get more," he says. Just as at cricket you get more runs. There is no use in the runs; but to get more of them than other people is the game. And there is no use in the money; but to have more of it than other people is the game.

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Travel guide

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Once you reach your destination you may be wanting some Amusement. While visiting the museum and art gallery is all very well for the culturally inclined, some need a little more excitement in their lives. If you're the sort of person who finds climbing to the top of a tall building to only look at the view a rather pointless exercise, started to wonder what else you could do from such a great height and then wished you could jump off, rather than walk back down the stairs, then consider these travel ideas.

Jumps and falls

If you have ever considered leaping off a tall building in a single bound, but been afraid because of the stop at the end of the fall, consider;

  • Jump off the Skytower in Auckland, New Zealand. A wild ride for one from the tallest building in the Southern Hemispere. Ok, you are suspended on a rope but the controlled descent means you fall free a lot of the way before the brakes come on....

Bungy jumps

Want to wash your hair? Leap off a tall bridge with a rubber band tied round your ankles! Well that seems to be the concept of a bungy jump....

Rides

Air rides

Consider:

  • Tandem hang gliding - the pilot does the flying, you go along for the ride....
  • Fly by Wire - Puts you in the pilot seat....
  • Jetboating - These boats have two speeds, fast and very fast. It all depends how close the rocks are....
  • The classic thrill ride! The motto is higher, faster, longer and twistier....

Amusement & Theme Parks

It is all very well to go some place for just one ride, but what if they were all collected together in one place, then you could go on ride, after ride, after ride....

Asia

China

Hong Kong

  • Ocean Park
  • Hong Kong Disneyland

Japan

Malaysia

South Korea

  • Everland and Lotte World in Seoul

Singapore

  • Escape Theme Park and Wild Wild Wet in Pasir Ris

Taiwan

  • Leofu Village Theme Park in Taipei
  • Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village in Yuchi

Thailand

  • Dream World in Thanyaburi
  • Siam Park (Suan Siam) in Minburi, near Bangkok

Vietnam

  • Ho Chi Minh City is home to one of the world's more intense waterparks, there's also a theme park next door.

Europe

England

France

Finland

Denmark

North America

Canada

Mexico

United States

California
Florida
Michigan
  • Michigan's Adventure - Located in Muskegon.
Missouri
  • Six Flags St. Louis
New Jersey
  • Six Flags Great Adventure - Located in Jackson Township.
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Texas
Virginia

Oceania

Australia

Queensland
  • Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Dreamworld in Gold Coast
New South Wales
Victoria
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