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Gurning - girning face contortionists
The word 'girning' dates back to the 12th Century. Gurning (sometimes spelled Girning) is usually practiced by the Girner putting his or her head through a horse collar and making a ridiculous face.
It is mostly popular in rural England, and probably any place that people have a lot of time on their hands and spare horse collars. It's believed that the sour faces were originally a result of eating crab apples, and the faces were so fun they were made into friendly competitions.
Well it's clearly lots of fun, and at events the winning gurner is chosen based on the amount of applause and cheering.
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