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On this day in 1932 in the United States began the longest dance marathon in history, which lasted 4,152.5 hours (until November 30). The prize amount was $ 1,000. But it was not at all a fun entertainment for dance lovers, but rather similar to gladiatorial fights, where the viewer comes to see the pain and suffering of those who were not lucky that day to be in the arena.
It all started with the crash of 1929. This event threw millions of American citizens to the side of life. The enterprises were closed, there were about 30% of the unemployed in the whole of America, the birth rate dropped sharply. Across the United States, between 25 and 90% of children suffered from malnutrition.
In this era of broken hopes and empty pockets, one of the most disgusting forms of the entertainment industry blossomed - dance marathons, which became for some people a way to distract themselves from their sufferings, watching others, and for others - their livelihood.
Marathons were endless, they lasted for weeks and months, it was necessary to dance around the clock.For the first hundred hours, participants were usually allowed to rest 15 minutes every two hours, sometimes a two-hour nap was also included. For the next hundred hours, it was given 15 minutes every three hours, and so on. Even there was a need to dance - carts with food rolled out directly to the dance floor. Success was achieved by the one who could stay on his own feet longer and keep his partner; the dance itself was not important - you could just mark time. In some marathons, it was allowed to change partners, if your own could no longer move your legs.
The organizers welcomed the weddings of the partners (and this happened quite often), because it was additional entertainment for the public - in such cases the organizers paid for a dress for the bride, a ring and a priest or a representative of the mayor's office, which combined the couple who did not stop dancing on the dance floor.
Often, the organizers hired fake couples who were supposed to start a fight on the dance floor - additional (and often expected) entertainment for the public. Many Americans went to the marathons just to look at the female fight.In addition, participants could be required to sing a song ordered by the public (of course, without stopping to dance).
Several participants of the marathons did die on the dance floor, but this did not stop either the participants or the spectators. Often the dancers began to hallucinate, which also entertained the public - what could be more fun than watching a person chase the imaginary dogs on the dance floor ?! An even greater number of dancers died after the marathons, a prolonged lack of sleep took their toll and people fell into a coma, and since they were too poor to be cared for, they simply did not leave this coma.