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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, October 11, 2006 Issue Number 191

WARNING: This message may contain trace elements
of sarcasm. Viewer discretion is advised.

Please feel free to staple this to your forehead,
pass it along to the neighbors, translate it into
Swahili or turn it into a festive hat . . .

1. Boost Your Brain Power by Flexing Your Humor Muscles
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Boost Your Brain Power by Flexing Your Humor Muscles

Neuroscientists suspect there are ”humor muscles”: separate
parts of both our right and left brain hemispheres that
are activated when we practice our sense of humor. Flexing
these humor muscles through practice, researchers suggest,
can help tune up our minds, help us learn, and keep us
mentally loose and creative. “Each humor event you experience
makes you grow a little bit, as the brain has expanded and
taken on new connections,” says Dr. William Fry, professor of
psychiatry at Stanford. Dr. John Allman’s research into the
humor-brain connection also suggests that humor sharpens our
intuitive thinking skills, which in turn helps us make better
social decisions. And Dr. Lee Berk published a number of
studies showing that adding humor to the classroom or an exam
can help students in university learn more and perform
better on exams.

So, to conclude, this is your brain without humor: 🙁
This is your brain on humor: 🙂
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Monday, October 16 is official “Boss Day,” so if it’s been
a while since you’ve thanked your boss, take the time to do
something special for that special someone in your
life. Buy a funny card, send some flowers or chocolates,
or heck, just decide to show up on time.
3. Quote of the Week

“A word to the wise isn’t necessary — it’s the stupid
ones who need the advice.” Bill Cosby
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World:

A police chief in Daytona Beach, Florida, had his house
recently burglarized . . .while he was giving a “Neighborhood
Watch” talk on the importance of crime prevention.
Happy Hump Day. As always, may the farce be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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