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The Hump Day Humor-gram, May 11, 2005, Issue # 132

In this issue . . .

1. What’s So Funny About Alberta?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. What’s So Funny About Alberta?

My latest book, “What’s So Funny About Alberta?” is hot
off the press. (Many of you wanted to know when it was
available, so I’m letting you know. Right now!!)

The book is a great reminder of a few of the principles
we speak of so often here at the old Hump Day. For
example, how it is possible to “find the funny” in any
topic simply by going on a little humor hunt, which is
essentially what I did for much of the book.

It’s also a great reminder of how businesses or even
communities can put themselves on the map by embracing
something imaginative, humorous and just plain wacky.
Like the “World Famous” Torrington Gopher Museum that
earned international publicity for its tiny offbeat
museum featuring dressed-up stuffed gophers. Or the
town of Vulcan, with its international Star Trek
conference. And of course, there’s Glendon, Alberta,
home of the world’s largest pyrogy.

The lessons for all of us? Think big. Think different.
Think off-the-wall. And then build it, and they really
will come.

(The book, by the way, just you know, since we’re
subtly mentioning it, is available at all fine book
stores, OR, if you would like an autographed copy,
please drop me a line at or
call 1-866-609-2640 before it’s too late (we go to
bed early!). It sells for $19.95 and features
road trip tales, fun trivia, Alberta jokes, top
ten lists, wacky photos and so much more. . .)
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

There’s a company in the U.S. that plays tourist in
its own backyard every four months or so. Sometimes just
for an hour, sometimes for a half a day, sometimes
for a full day. Not only is it used as a teambuilding
and reenergizing break, it’s a fun and creative way of
the employees getting to know some of their clients better
and of getting themselves known in the local community.
They also use it as an opportunity to go “idea hunting”,
and look for lessons from local businesses, museums,
or parks that they might be able to apply to their work.
3. Quote of the Week

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere
in the universe is that it has never tried to contact
us.” ~ Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A fourth-grade student in Louisiana was suspended after
she handed out Jello-O to her classmates. The reason?
School officials thought they looked suspiciously like
Jell-O shots. (Please don’t let this happen to you).
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640 or surf him up at

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