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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 20, 2005, Issue #129

In this issue . . .
1. Shhhh . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Shhhh . . .

This Hump Day, Wednesday, April 20th, is International
Noise Awareness Day, a day in which citizens in more than
40 countries are asked to take one minute of silence at
exactly 2:15 p.m. (2:45 in Newfoundland) as a way of
raising awareness about noise pollution and stress.

According to anti-noise experts, too much noise harms
our health, increases our blood pressure, can cause
stress hormones to be released into our bodies, and most
importantly of all – gets in the way of our fun! There’s
even “noise rage” – something parents of teenagers may be
vaguely familiar with.

So please take a moment of silence, or better yet, think
about some long term anti-noise strategies in your workplace,
such as creating a daily technology-free period, installing
a muffler on your photocopier or bringing ear plugs to
your next meeting.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

The next time you feel stressed and overwhelmed, find a quiet,
noise-free zone and take some time to reflect on a funny moment
in your life. Research shows that merely “thinking funny” can
help you lower your blood pressure, relax your breathing and
stop the release of stress hormones.
3. Quote of the Week

“Laughter is the annoying sound the other person makes when
you get what you didn’t have coming.” Anonymous
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

And finally, keeping to our noise theme: someone has invented
a shag-covered, robotic alarm clock on wheels, that randomly
scurries off in various directions, so that deep sleepers
can’t just whack the snooze button, but are forced to get
out of bed and hunt down the little morning greeter. (Of course,
if you want MY idea of getting out of bed on the right note,
here it is: wake up to the theme from “Rocky,” kiss your spouse/ dog/cat/pillow/back-of-hand on the lips, then do the fun dance
naked in front of the mirror. Repeat as often as required.)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640 or surf him up at

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