The art of pulling grotesque faces.

Contestants in a gurning competition take it in turns to put their head through a horses collar and pull the most ugly and ridiculous face they possibly can. The winner is the person who receives the loudest applause.

The World Gurning Championships have been held at the Egremont Crab Fair in the Lake District since 1266

The term gurning has more recently been adopted by ravers to refer to the strange faces that they pull while under the influence of drugs such as Speed and Ecstasy

The word gurning is thought to originate from the Scottish word girn or to be a modified form of grin

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