The Hump Day Humor-Gram, March 14, 2007 Issue Number 209

1. Is it Scientifically Possible for Scientists to Have Fun?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Is it Scientifically Possible for Scientists to Have Fun?

Of course it is! In fact, the Science Creative Quarterly has
recently launched two fun ideas for scientists who want to
have even more fun than they already are. The first is a science
humor writing contest, complete with a scientific formula
for scoring : FS = S*? fs (far too complex to get into right
now; but know that it involves funny captions and gag reflexes).

The second fun idea is the launching of the Order of the
Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique,
which promotes networking and the sharing of merit badges.
There are dozens of merit badges one can earn, including:
the “MacGyver Badge,” “The Destroyer of Quackery,” “I’m
Pretty Confident Around an Open Flame,” “My Degree
Inadvertently Makes Me Competent in Fixing Household Appliances,”
“I’m a Scientist Who Is Fundamentally Opposed to Administrative
Duties,” “Dodger of Monkey Poop,” and “I’ve Set Stuff on Fire.”
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create your own merit badges (please see above – you were paying
attention weren’t you?) for offbeat work-related duties and
accomplishments. Start with a doable number (6-12), get a
volunteer to design them, write some funny, pithy descriptions
and you’re off to the races. You could even tie it into a
rewards program, so that someone who earns all the badges
wins a special prize of merit! What could be more fun?
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3. Quote of the Week

Here’s a science-related phrase that might rescue you the next
time you need some down time at work: “I may look like I’m
doing nothing, but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Today, March 14th is International Pi Day. As in “3.14159…Day.”
All over the world there will be Pi recitals, math jeopardy games,
pie-eating contests, and lectures on the physics of pie tossing
(but again, let’s be clear, this is Pi Day, as in the “The Ratio
of a Circle’s Circumference to Its Diameter Day”). So celebrate
the inner science geek in you today, perhaps by attempting to
beat the world record for pi memorization, set at only 100,000
decimal places. (It should only take about 14 hours.)

May W = F/BS (Where W=Work, F=Fun and BS = Big Smiles)
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007 mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640, http://www.MikeKerr.com.

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