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The Hump Day Humor-Gram February 18, 2004 Issue #77

In this issue . . .

1. Keeping the Laughs on Track
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Keeping the Laughs on Track

Last year saw the passing of Charles Douglas, the man who
invented “canned laughter” for television. An engineer, Douglas
invented first the “Laugh Organ,” and then the “Laff Box”, which
stood over two feet tall and allowed the operator to select various
guffaws, chuckles, hoots or belly laughs, and to even select
the gender or age of the people laughing. Foot pedals controlled
the duration and timing of each laugh.

Many comedy shows still use laugh tracks for the simple reason
that they have been shown to work so effectively: people laugh
in response to the sound of other people laughing.

Laugh tracks serve as a reminder that laughter is a communal
activity, and that in any social gathering, laughter begets even
more laughter. In fact, this can even effect the amount of
laughter one receives at a business presentation: the more people
can see each other’s faces in a circular style seating arrangement,
the more likely people are to laugh. Of course, stacking the audience
may also help your presentation, since we know that typically, once
an audience has 50% or more women, the laughs tend to come easier.

And of course, if you are really worried about getting the laughs
during your next talk, you can always invest in a laugh track. . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a “garage sale” at your office, to give employees a fun
way to swap items they no longer need with each other. It’s
a fun way to socialize, clean up your office or desk and find
those hard to get items without having to go and purchase them.
You can even invite your clients to come a buy rock bottom prices
on used office supplies, furniture or anything else lurking in your
storage closets.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

In spite of the high cost of living,
it’s still very popular.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

You’ve got to give him high marks for creativity . . .
A Swedish bus driver got around his company’s ban on wearing
shorts during the hot summer weather last year by donning
a skirt. The company took no action against the driver because
he was not breaking any rules.

You’ve got to love those casual work days . . .

Happy hump day everyone! ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

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