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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #49, June 4, 2003

Please feel free have this translated into French,
Latin, Swahili or the language of your choice . . .

WARNING: May contain traces of Cheeze Whiz

In this issue . . .

1. Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. This Date in Hump Day History
4. Alberta Laughs Contest
5. Deep Thought of the Week
6. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Chances are the answer to this question isn’t the workplace.

In fact, surveys report that most folks get their great ideas
anywhere BUT at work. The top responses for inspiration
typically include:
– the shower
– the bathroom
– driving
– before falling asleep
– golfing
– running/walking in nature

So the next time you’re looking for some inspiration at
work, take the gang and head for the showers! Just kidding.
However, a reasonable option is to take folks out of the office
and go on a picnic, have your meeting at the zoo or head for
a city park and go for an inspiring walk.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create your own set of “Murphy Law” rules that would
apply just to your workplace or profession, as a way of
putting a humorous face on some of your common stressors.

Here’s a reminder of what a Murphy’s Law looks like:

Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t
be promoted.

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops
by your desk.

The longer the title, the less important the job.
3. This Date in Hump Day History

Here’s some trivia for your trivial folks out there.
On this day in history . . .

Henry ford completes the first automobile in 1896
Shopping carts were first introduced to shoppers in 1957.
The first Frisbees were manufactured in 1957.
4. Alberta Laughs Contest

For the numerous Albertans in the crowd today . . .

The C.B.C. and I are co-sponsoring an eight week contest
and radio program called Alberta Laughs. I will be appearing
on C.B.C. Alberta radio each Monday afternoon at about 12:50ish
collecting and reading out entries as we amass humorous
Alberta-themed jokes and stories.

The grand prize for the funniest story or joke will win a gift
package which includes a weekend at beautiful Storm Mountain
Lodge in Banff National Park.

In addition, we will be issuing weekly humor challenges and
giving out a small prize each week for the best entry.

This weeks challenge, deadline Sunday, June 8th is:

Finish this joke set up: How many Albertans does it take
to change a light bulb?

Enter as many suggestions as you wish by
e-mailing me at

5. Deep Thought of the Week

A holiday is something that turns someone who is tired
. . . into someone who is completely exhausted.
6. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Swaziland’s monarch, King Mswati has finally figured out
what’s ailing our planet. In a recent radio sermon he singled
out “women wearing pants” as the cause of all the world’s

(Please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m, just reporting to
you what I hear on the street. . .)

Keep laughing. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at

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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