Celebrating Laziness

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Montenegro is about to honor its “laziest citizen,” Balkan Insight reported.

Last month, 21 participants joined the annual “Laziest Citizen” contest in the hope of winning a prize of more than $1,000.

Contestants have one simple task: Lie in bed for as long as they can. Standing or sitting will lead to immediate disqualification.

Participants are staying at a holiday resort in Brezna village, where they are provided with three meals per day and have their health monitored. They can only go to the bathroom every eight hours, for 15 minutes.

It may seem simple, but slothfulness is actually hard work: Since the contest began on Aug. 19, only five contestants remain.

“It is a very psychological competition, and the participants are interesting personalities,” said contest organizer Radonja Blagojevic.

The contest originally began in Brezna in 2001 to make fun of a widespread regional stereotype that Montenegrins are lazy.

Most competitors are Montenegrin, but there are also contestants from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and Ukraine.

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