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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, October 18, 2006 Issue Number 192

1. Take Back Your Time . . . to Laugh
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Take Back Your Time . . . to Laugh

In honor of “Take Back Your Time” Day, celebrated in the U.S.
on October 24th, why not plan to, well, here’s a thought, take
back your time. If you are feeling overworked and underplayed,
then Take Back Your Time day is just the day for you – it’s
intended to raise awareness on the need for folks to slow down
and smell the petunias, spend some quality time with the kids,
and to simply balance our lives better in this over-caffeinated,
dog-eat-dingo world of ours.

I often hear people complain to that they simply don’t have
time to have fun. And yet, by taking time out for a laugh or
to truly live in the moment with some spontaneous humor, not only
will you balance your life better, chances are you’ll be more
productive in the long run.

Remember, the moment you catch yourself saying, “I don’t have
time to laugh” is the best time of all to laugh!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Speaking of taking back your time, try actually scheduling in
fun, for at least a month (what have you got to lose, other than
your sanity?). Schedule in a ten-minute humor break into your
meetings, create a “wacky hour” where every day at 2:30 p.m. your
team has to do something wacky for two minutes, or start a
tradition with your team to set aside five minutes at the start
and end of each day to share a story or joke.
3. Quote of the Week

“The time to laugh is when you don’t have time for it.”
Argus Poster (I think I read that somewhere recently.)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The latest Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, reminding us all
that even scientists have a sense of humor. The Ig Nobels honor
the year’s most unusual or wacky scientific research projects.
This year’s winning studies delved into the following topics:
why woodpeckers don’t get headaches, how dung beetles are
finicky eaters (who’d have thought?), how mosquitoes are
as attracted to smelly feet as they are to limburger cheese,
how (and please, I just report the news folks) you can stop
hiccups with a digital rectal exam, and finally: the invention
of a teenager repellant device that emits a high pitched
noise annoying to teenagers, but inaudible to most adults.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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