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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, Issue #19, October 9, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, e-mail it to the in-laws,
fax it to the outlaws, bake it in a cake, or turn it into a festive
origami figurine . . .

In this issue . . .

1. Laugh Lab Results Are in! Ha HA
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip . . . Joke of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
1. Laugh Lab Results Are In HA HA!

The Laugh Lab, based in England, is an on-going research project aimed
at delving into the mysterious world of jokes and humor, specifically
looking at differences in humor around the world and searching for the
world’s funniest joke. The British psychology professor in charge of
the Laugh Lab and his hand dandy team surveyed thousands of people
from around the world.

Amongst the ten responding countries, Germans were the most likely to
find all types of jokes funny, while Canadians were the most selective
in what they found funny (owing to our high humor standards?).

Another groundbreaking finding, which threatens to rattle the humor
world, is that when it comes to animal jokes, jokes featuring ducks
scored significantly higher.

Another finding: When it comes to the length of a joke, size does
matter 103 words was deemed to be the optimal length of a funny

And finally, the moment you have been waiting for, according to the
Laugh Lab results, the funniest joke in the world is . . . (are you
ready to chuckle?)

A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the
ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in
his head.

The other hunter whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency
services. He gasps into the phone to the operator, “I think my friend
is dead! What can I do?”

The operator, in a calm, soothing voice, responds, “Take it easy sir.
I can help you. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

There is silence, then a shot is heard. The guy’s voice comes back on
the line. He says, “Okay, now what?”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Joke of The Day

Having just completed a brand new batch of hundreds of clean, safe
relevant jokes for use on WestJet Airlines, I can safely report that
there are thousands of CLEAN, safe jokes that people can easily share
in the workplace.

The first step is to tap into some sources: start a clean joke library
or reference file, ask employees to submit their favourite clean one

Then start sharing the fun (remember, humor is like manure to a
farmer, it doesn’t do any good unless you spread it around.)

– post a joke of the day on a whiteboard for employees and/or
customers – e-mail out a joke of the week every Monday morning –
include a “joke of the meeting” portion on meeting agendas – play
“pass it along” joke tag and pass a joke around the office via the
phone – include your favorite joke on invoices, memos, bills, receipts
. . . – grab the P.A. system and start a tradition of announcing a
joke a week – hold a contest for the best work related joke
3. Quote of the Week

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the
world.” George Bernard Shaw
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

In an attempt to reduce noise pollution, Madrid, Spain is employing
mimes to encourage people to “Shhhh” as they go about their business.
The mimes will be hanging around on various busy and noisy streets
doing what mimes do best, silently sending the word that silence is
truly golden.

You might just say they’ll be trying to get people to mime their own
business. (Ah yes, and who is it that said the pun is the guano of
the winged mind?)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 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

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