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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #34, February 19, 2003

Please feel free to convert this into the language of your
choice . . .

WARNING: Should not be read while sitting in a bathtub in close
proximity to an electrical appliance which may fall into
said bathtub at any moment.

In this issue . . .

2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. The Mind Gym

Last June, the Hump Day Express reported how valuable it can be
to turn a boring part of your job into a game. Even playing
simple, but fun, mind games can help people reduce errors, be
more creative, happier and more productive when doing a task that is
monotonous or repetitious. (For example, when I’m waiting on hold on the
phone with a certain airline company, I like to pretend I’m a
rock star with the ability to become invisible and fly with my ears. This
isn’t so much a game, as just something I enjoy doing, so it may
only work for me.)

And according to several studies, playing mind games may also be
one of the best ways to keep our brains sharp. For example,
playing theatre improvisational games (like the ones performed on the TV
show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) can not only provide an energizing
meeting break and a few laughs, they also build new neuron connections
and quite literally provide a workout for the brain.

Regular brain workouts can improve your memory, sharpen your
mental focus, increase mental alertness and enhance your creative
thinking abilities.

(If any subscriber would like to receive a list of theatre improv
activities and games you can play with your co-workers, please
send me an e-mail ( and I’ll be happy to pass
along a
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Who Wants to Have Fun?

Adding a game to a training session is a simple way to inject
a bit of humor, fun and interaction into a learning situation.

You can model games as a parody of popular shows such as “Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or “Jeopardy.” Use a game at the end
of a training session to recap material, or use it at the start as a
fun way to remind participants of how much there is to learn about the
topic at hand. Trivia-style games are also a great way to orient new
employees. Or you can incorporate trivia tests into a contest with your

Of course, if you’re WestJet Airlines, and you have a captive
audience aboard your plane, you can also pass the time away by
holding games such as “Jet Bowling”, “Guess the Mystery Drink” or, my
personal favorite: “Pass the Toilet Paper Roll” where the side of the
plane that is the fastest to pass a roll of toilet paper from end to end
gets let off the plane first.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

You know you are truly overworked when your
driver’s license looks better than you do.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

And speaking of games . . . the British magazine New Scientist
ran a contest offering the following prizes:

A free trip to Hawaii (for those seeking a little warmth)


Cryonic preservation: the chance to be
plunged into liquid nitrogen upon your death! (for those
seeking a little cold)

The spokesperson for the magazine told reporters “they
were looking for something a little wacky.”

(I think they found it.)

Of course, the winner will have a tough dilemma: Sunning it in
gorgeous Hawaii OR delay your gratification until, you know,
death, and then be transformed into a human pop tart. Hmmmmm.
It really is a toss up, isn’t it?
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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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