The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #40, April 2nd, 2003
Please feel free to pass, toss, jostle, pitch, lob, throw, hurl,
wing, chuck, pass, boot, punt, or fling this along to anyone!
WARNING: May self destruct after twenty seconds if accompanied
by the Mission: Impossible theme song.
In this issue . . .
1. Welcome to April
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Welcome to April – Happy Humor Month
Yes, it’s finally here, spring is here (or if you live
in the Rockies where I do, spring is only three months away!)
April is official Humor Month, Guitar Month, and Home Improvement
Month, so why not write a funny song about home renovations that
you can play on a guitar?
April also contains Publicity Week, and Administrative
Assistant’s Week (beginning the third Sunday, hint, hint, hint).
May the farce be with you the entire month!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip – Pratice SAFE Practical Jokes
If any of you are seeking revenge for an April Fool’s prank,
a word of caution: When Mom warned us that “it’s all fun and
games until someone loses an eye,” she should have added: “or
loses their job.”
I’ve amassed dozens of examples over the past several years of
practical jokes gone horribly awry; to the tune of expensive
lawsuits, lost jobs, and even-death.
Having fun in the workplace is an invaluable way to reduce stress
and boost morale; having fun at someone else’s expense, however,
is entirely different.
In fact, poking fun at someone else’s expense can be downright
expensive. Two years ago, a solider in Saskatchewan was fined
$5,000 after an April Fool’s prank involving an explosive backfired
(literally). In Maryland, a golfer filed a half-million dollar
lawsuit against his friend and a country club after being handed a mustard-covered mouse as a joke at a golf course.
Another case involving an employee who brought laxative-filled
brownies to work as revenge on his co-workers also resulted in a
court case; while cases involving fake computer hoaxes are
treated by authorities as a criminal offence.
Not practicing safe humor can even be deadly. A Floridian man who
died of a heart attack after co-workers tossed a giant rubber
snake into the pit where the man was working. And an Albertan woman,
attempting to frighten a co-worker while dressed in a bear suit, was knocked
unconscious after her startled victim threw an armful of wood into the air
and one of the pieces landed on her head.
So when plotting a practical joke in the workplace, be extra
sensitive. Consider: How well do you know the victim, what’s
their probable reaction to the joke and how would you react if the joke was
pulled on you? (Staying away from explosives and laxatives is another obvious
3. Quote of the Week
“Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
A British company is manufacturing dirty shoes: that’s right
pre-soiled shoes mucked up with dirt, oil and, paint and other
miscellaneous grimy items. The intended target audience? No, not
teen-agers, but 20 and 30 year-olds who evidently are pining for
the good old dirty, disgusting sneakers.
Copyright Michael Kerr, February 2003
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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.
“Just wanted to say “WOW!” Our group has had many speakers over the years, but none the likes of Mike Kerr.”
Richard Dansereau, President, NAPA Autopro BDG
“Michael Kerr is one of the best speakers I have seen. I highly recommend him!”
Veronica D. Bouvier, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aspen Properties Ltd.
“Mike held the full attention of our senior management team for a full FOUR hour
presentation – no small accomplishment!”
Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics
“Our participants rated you as the speaker with the highest quality and relevance.”
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