The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #35, February 26, 2003

Please feel free to pass this along, over, under, inside out
or backwards to anyone and everyone including anyone who is
anyone . . .

WARNING: May contain traces of shellfish

In this issue . . .

1. Fine Tuning Your Comic Vision
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Encore! Encore!
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Fine Tuning Your Comic Vision

According to several research studies reported by the
International Group for Humor Studies, it IS possible to improve
your sense of humor, lending support to the premise that our
sense of humor is, at least in part, a skill that anyone (yes, even your
mother-in-law) can develop.

A very simple way to fine tune your comic vision is to practice
looking for the unintentional humor in signs, newspaper headlines
or advertisements.

Here are just a few of the thousands (yes, oh yes, I mean
thousands) that I have collected in my files over the years:

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES:

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Space

Complaints About NBA Refs Growing Ugly

British Union Finds Dwarfs in Short Supply

Air Head Fired

Queen Mary Having Bottom Scraped

Hospital Sued by Seven Foot Doctors

ADS: We will be closing for the annual cleaning and vacation
of the librarians.

Auto Repair Service Ad: Try us once and you’ll never go
anywhere again!

Today Only: Bras Half Off!

SIGNS: As seen at a restaurant/gas station: Eat Here and Get Gas

At a Burger King: We Don’t Just Serve Burgers, We Serve
People!
So this Hump Day, make a pledge to yourself to be on the look out
for the weird and the wacky, and practice “finding the funny” in
YOUR workplace.

May the farce be with you!
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Encore! Encore!

Who says that standing ovations can only take place in a theatre
hall? A former client of mine worked in an office where everyone
received a standing ovation – just for making it back to work each Monday
morning!

Heck, a standing ovation is a great, easy, and darn inexpensive
way to show your appreciation to someone. Plus it’s good exercise. So
try it: give one to your co-workers when they do something special, or
dish one out randomly to the mailman, your mailman, your dog . . .
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

Cross-country skiing is great – But only IF you live in a small
country.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Yes, only on our lovely little planet: Brazil played host for
an international “Mugging and Hobo Conference” – where, you
guessed it, muggers and hobos traveled from around the globe to
hear the latest news in the world of, well, hoboing and mugging.

The conference even included an award for the “Master Mugger.”

(What next? Streaker Symposiums? Hermit Conferences?)
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Copyright Michael Kerr, February 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express Can be found
at http://www.mikekerr.com

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.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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