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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #41, April 9th, 2003

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In this issue . . .

1. Laughing in the Face of War
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Laughing in the Face of War

During this time of global unrest, SARS, and bad reality T.V.
shows, we need to all remember the power of humor and make an
extra effort to laugh, celebrate and have fun. Which is not to
say that we are taking things lightly, or trivializing world events,
but that we simply need to keep a broader perspective and use humour
to maintain our sanity and hope.

Throughout history, during times of war, humor has been a social
leveller and an empowering tool for people who have felt helpless
or oppressed.(This is also why so many working folks enjoy
Dilbert cartoons the cartoons give a voice to people who feel
helpless in a sea of change, uncertainty and bosses with strange

So take some extra time and effort these days to read the comics,
share a joke, rent a comedy or play with your dog, for as Mark
Twain once said, “The human race has only one really effective
weapon, and that is laughter.”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a contest for the best, wackiest or most humorous
work-related excuses as collected from employees or customers.
It might relate to being late for work, late for a meeting or
missing a deadline. And make sure you dole out any awards in a
spirit of positive humor!

There is a bill collectors’ association, for example, that
holds an annual contest for the best excuse someone has heard
from a client who hadn’t paid up. Past winners have included such
excuses as “my friend was bit by a rattlesnake.”
3. Quote of the Week

A recent poll of women reveal the number one reason there are
marital problems is . . . men.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A U.S.-based staffing service, Accountemps, conducted a survey to
go in search of the best excuses bosses have heard from

Some of the wackiest excuses for being late . . .

– I was abducted by aliens
– I had to console my husband after his spider died
– The bartender wouldn’t let me leave
– The dog swallowed the car keys
– The dog was asleep behind the car and I didn’t want to back
over him
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express Can be found

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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