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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, June 7, 2006, Issue Number 179

1. Humor Lessons from Seinfeld? What’s Up With That?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Humor Lessons from Seinfeld? What’s Up With That?

The most recent issue of the “International Journal for
Humor Research” included two studies that focused on two
different television shows. One study dissected the program
Seinfeld (who would have thought Kramer could serve any
useful purpose?)and found that even a show like Seinfeld
offered serious insights into American culture.

Jerry Seinfeld was once quoted as saying, “Laughs contain
thoughts.” Similarly, the study suggests, humor has
always been a means of revealing hidden truths – Seinfeld,
for example, mocked the absurdity of some cultural rules.

Humor at work can perform the same function. If we listen
for the “thoughts” buried inside the laughs, we can all
learn some hidden truths about rules in our own lives and

The other study offered some insights into humor from an
episode of Ally McBeal, which I’ll save for next week’s
exciting, 3-D issue.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a “Humor Code of Conduct” for your workplace
outlining your core principles when it comes to having
fun at work. Make it fun, and use it as a reminder of
the importance of humor in your workplace, and for
the need for folks to lighten up on themselves. Part
of the code could include “Serious Violations” warning
people against acting too seriously; while humor licenses
could help give folks permission to have more fun at work.
3. Quote of the Week

“The love of the truth lies at the root of much humour.”
– author Robertson Davies
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A lovelorn swan in Germany has fallen wings over feet
in love with a plastic swan-shaped paddle boat, flirting
with the small watercraft for more than three weeks.
(Whoever said “love was blind” was evidently correct).

Happy Hump Day! Keep laughing in the face of life.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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