Survival of the Funniest

1. Survival of the Funniest?

(Okay, so this one doesn’t have much to do with the old workplace,
but it is sort of interesting and relates to humor.) A British
survey suggests that birth order may have an impact on your natural
ability to be funny. Youngest siblings tend to be funnier than
the first born. According to “Laugh Lab” psychologist Richard
Wiseman, the youngest children need to compete for attention,
and often tend to be more creative, greater risk-takers, and more
humorous. (As the youngest sibling in my family, I couldn’t agree
more.)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

The mayor of Bogota, Columbia created a program wherein 400
mimes were deployed on busy city streets to encourage pedestrians
and motorists to behave responsibly, and to mock reckless drivers
and jaywalkers. The program has been a huge success, despite many
people’s feeling about mimes. So, here’s the tip of the week:
don’t hate mimes. Sure, they can be annoying, but mimes have
feelings too you know.

Okay, that’s not the tip. Here’s the tip: take a cue from the
mayor and try something outrageous the next time you need to
get a message across to your clients or employees. Hire a
theatre performance troop, some mimes, a guy dressed in a
gorilla costumer, a comedian, a hypnotist, a juggler or
a theater improve troop to help spread the word in a
creative offbeat way!
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3. “Recovery Line” of the Week

“Someday, we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously, and
change the subject.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

An English school boy received a very non-traditional gift from
his mom on his 16th birthday: a stripper at his drama class.
His mother had actually ordered a “gorilla” to show up, but
somehow the order got mixed up. Fortunately, the error was caught
before any real monkey business ensued.

Happy Hump Day one and all! May the farce be with you.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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