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The Hump Day Humor-Gram November 19, 2003 Issue #68

In this issue . . .

1. International HELLO Day
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. International HELLO day

In honour of International Hello Day, arriving this Friday,
November 21st, I’d like to say “hello” to all of you. So,

On International Hello Day one is to supposed to say hello to ten
new people: Strangers in the street, co-workers you ordinarily
just grunt at, or members of your own family whose names fail you
from time to time. Can you see how ridiculously fun this is going
to be?

Of course you can really up the fun quota at your work by:

– Holding a scavenger hunt wherein employees must locate
other employees who match certain characteristics.

– Greet co-workers at the front door at start of the day with a
proper hello, including high-fives, Hawaiian leis, and large
bonus cheques

– Perform random acts of hello-ness (I’m not sure what this
means, I’m just making this up as I go) but it sounds like the
feel-good book of the year, doesn’t it?)

– Say hello to those special folks that you never take time to
talk to: The mail carrier, the gum vending guy . . . your boss
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, here’s a fun idea
for office gifts: Create a customized calendar using fun, wacky
images of co-workers, and include dates that are significant to
your workplace such as employees’ birthdays, the company founding
anniversary date or special days like “Talk Like a Pirate Day”
(September 19th) and International Hello Day.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

A statistician is someone who puts their head in an oven and
then in the freezer and says, “On average, I feel pretty good.”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here are some true stories of strange things that happened during
corporate interviews, as reported by human resource directors:

– One applicant said he would have the company logo tattooed to
his forehead

– One candidate dozed off during the interview

– One applicant asked the interviewing board if it was going
to be a problem if he was angry most of the time.

– One applicant told the panel they sometimes had the urge
to do something “harmful or shocking”

– One applicant interrupted the interview to phone her therapist
for advice on how to best answer the next question

– One candidate said his ideal job involved eating chocolates
and lying in bed all day

– One asked for the interview to be delayed because she was still
busy feeding her virtual pets

– One candidate told the board he had no problem starting or
holding a bowel movement

Happy Hump Day one and all. Oh and let me say again, “Hello!”
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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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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