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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, May 10,2006, Issue Number 175

1. Pump Up Your Brain for Better Ideas
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Pump Up Your Brain for Better Ideas

Rats that exercise learn mazes faster than their couch
potato buddies, while monkeys that run on treadmills learn
twice as fast as non-running monkeys, according to
neuroscientist Judy Cameron. And yes, even we humans
often claim to get great ideas while exercising.

This makes sense, since exercise oxygenates the brain
and increases brain chemicals that encourage growth of
new nerve connections. Getting physical also increases
the activity in the frontal lobe, the part of the brain
responsible for complex reasoning.

So the next time you or your team needs some great ideas,
try going for a walk, toss around an imaginary ball
of energy or try a physical theatre improv game to
help you jumpstart your brains.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Yes, even accountants like to have fun. To educate
employees on the costs of different programs, services
and products you provide, try creating your own version
of “The Price is Right” game show. One hotel even
does this to educate employees about how costs can mount
when small items go mysteriously “missing” in action.
3. Quote of the Week

“There is no such thing as bad publicity except for your
own obituary.” Brendan Behan
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A Belgian town has created a specific department to
encourage residents to be more friendly to one another.
To help set an example for the so-called “Department of
Tenderness” the mayor of the town has promised to “caress,
cuddle and kiss as many people as possible.” No doubt
breath mints in the town will see an explosion in sales.

Happy Hump Day everyone. Remember to be play nice.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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