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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #53, July 2nd, 2003

Please feel free to turn this into a
decorative hat, a festive tablecloth OR
share it with anyone and everyone . . .

Special Note: This is a special Monday appearance
of the Hump Day express, but since many
of you (myself included) are off holidaying about
you probably won’t even notice what day it is, let
alone what year it is.

For those of you that do notice, please just pretend that
it is actually Hump Day. Which means you can go home
two days early . . .

In this issue . . .

1. Trivia to Tickle Your Funny Bone
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Trivia to Tickle Your Funny Bone

It’s too hot to work, and for those of you in the northern
hemisphere, too hot to think. For those of you “down under”
that I’ve heard from, it’s too dark too think. So with that in
mind, here are a few random easy-to-swallow nuggets that will
keep us all from working too hard . . .

– Women laugh more than men do on an average day.
– 89% of people in a survey said they had an above average
sense of humor
– Stroking a rat lightly causes them to produce high
ultrasonic sounds that may be the equivalent of “rat
– Humans (and rats?) are likely the only animals that laugh,
although gorillas seem to chuckle when they tickle each other
– September 9th, 1950 was the date of the very first laugh track
on television, used for The Hank McCune Show
– According to results of the “Laugh Lab” study
people find jokes the funniest at 6:03 p.m.
– Also according to the Laugh Lab, animal jokes using
ducks get the biggest laughs
– People are more likely to laugh at a joke when the weather
is sunny and warm
– Laughing hard increases oxygen flow to the brain six-fold
– 35% of people have been tickled in the past week; 86% in the
last year
– The most effective tickle spots: 1)arm pit, 2) waist, 3)ribs
– People find jokes the funniest near the middle of the month
– Laughter increases our tolerance for pain
– Humor requires the use of both sides of the brain
– “He who Laughs Last . . . Didn’t Find the Joke Very Funny”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Start a morning ritual to energize the troops, or, heck, yourself.
Or at the very least start the day on the right foot . . .

– give your co-workers a standing ovation for making it
into the office (great way to start the week)
– write a humorous quote or joke on your humor board
– have a fun team huddle to plan the day
– dance naked in front of the mirror (only do this if you
work at home like me)
– share a joke of the morning around the office
– give a prize for the person who had the worse start to
the morning
– sing a Broadway show tune
– bring treats for your co-workers
– form a circle and toss around an energy ball
– skip to your office
– stand the opposite way in the elevator
– bring flowers to someone
– wear a clown nose into the office
– dance on top of your desk
– have a breakfast meeting away from the office
– perform a random act of goofiness
– remind yourself of the power you have to choose
your own attitude for the rest of the day
3. Quote of the Week

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t
the work they are supposed to be doing.” Robert Benchley
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Some amusing signs of the times . . .

Sign on a restaurant: “Eat Here or We Will Both Starve”

Radiator Shop: “The Best Place in Town to Take a Leak”

In the bathroom of a store: “We aim to please, so, please,
you aim too!”

Plumbing sign: “A flush beats a full house!”

Restaurant and gas station: “Eat here and get gas!”

HAPPY HUMP DAY . . . no matter what day your hump day
Falls on . . . may the farce be with you!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
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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.

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