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          22nd  August  2001    #     021

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."
 ~ Dalai Lama


Moderator's Comment -
                           ~ Gunjan


Reduction of Negatives adds to Total Sum
                                 ~ Gunjan


A Mistake
                              ~ Paul Meyers

A Fresh Perspective
                              ~ Gunjan

Moron Wrong Numbers
                              ~ Linda Dorfmont
Bit'er Butter
                         ~ Gunjan

Speaking of Dirty Tricks
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Dear LaughMates,

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====> Reduction of Negatives adds to Total Sum

Hi Eva,

I'm not sure whether this post belongs in I-Laugh. It's not
related to work but to life itself.

A couple of years back I'd met a person who suffered from
manic depression. She just mentioned it in passing and then
moved on to other topics. I didn't want to be rude so I didn't bring
up the topic again, but I was curious as to what exactly it was, it's
effects etc. so I searched it up on the internet.

I found a site titled 'Manic Depression - a Blessing or an Illness?'
or words to that effect (I just can't find it again. It's sad how so
many wonderful sites are disappearing).

On this site the author explained about Manic Depression which
in non scientific terms is extreme mood swings from unimaginable
happiness to utter suicidal depression. In his search for non-drug
remedies for the same, the author had traveled all over the world
and even visited some monasteries in Tibet.

A particular conversation he had with a monk that he recounted
will always remain in my mind. It seems he had described in vivid
detail the feelings, sensations and state of mind during the highs,
to which the monk had got very excited and exclaimed - "Wow,
you're so lucky, to have experienced those sensations. Those
are exactly what we are striving to achieve." The author's reaction
had been - "And how will you handle the resultant lows?"

It was such an important lesson in my life. To always remember...

1) That highs and lows are a part of life. If you just try to work
on the highs or your happiest periods, your downs or glum periods
get darker and so in effect you're not any happier. If on the other
hand you can work on trying to cut down your low or glum periods,
your total happiness levels starts to increase.

2) The awareness that however bad a phase you're going through,
the law of averages demands that things have to soon get better,
is itself a very refreshing and cheerful thought for me and helps
make me smile during the dark periods thus reducing their darkness.

3) When you go down a roller coaster, you should feel exhilaration,
but if you're like me it might make you uncomfortable, but not really
scared. If a plane you sat in, on the other hand, nose dived it would
cause you to panic. The knowledge that the roller coaster has been designed
to go up and down and tested removes your fear. Wouldn't
it help if we kept in mind that life was also meant to have it's up and

Just my 2 cents worth!

Before I sign off would you tolerate my showing off my newly
acquired limerick writing skills (it IS relevant to the subject) ...

When, my friend, you are feeling glum,
And dark thoughts fill your cerebrum,
Flash a silly smile,
Get cheer in a while,
And effect a visage TOOTHSOME*!

[* Toothsome - Attractive]

Punny Rhymes and other Crimes
WZ-ard of Humorous Poetry

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That wasn't done by I-Laugh...

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====> A Mistake

 >From Paul mailto:paul@talkbiz.com


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Comment -

====> A Fresh Perspective

Hi Friends,

A long time ago, I had written a poem on this subject.
In case any of you are interested you can take a peep
at http://www.workinghumor.com/poems/road.shtml.

WZ-ard of Humorous Poetry

Comments :

====> Moron Telephone Calls

  >From Linda Dorfmont <DORFMONT@aol.com>

For years my friends who lived in Inglewood, CA at the time
had a phone number that was a digit off from that of a local
hotel near the Forum. When they would get calls about a
reservation we would tell the caller: "Well, there's our room,
our daughter's room, the computer room, and the pool room.

Which one would you like?" If they called for a specific room
number we would tell them that there aren't that many room
in our house.

We won this battle. The hotel has been demolished.
The house is still there.

Linda Dorfmont

Comment -

===========  Dirty Tricks Department  ==========

===> Bit'er Butter

Jack Benny and George Burns became friends when both were young performers
working their way up through the vaudeville circuit, and they remained
friends until Benny died.

One day, they were lunching at a Hollywood restaurant, and Benny
was wrestling with the problem of whether or not to butter his bread.

"I like butter on my bread," he said. "But my diet strictly forbids butter.
Maybe I should call Mary and ask her what to do."

"Jack," Burns said, "don't be ridiculous. You're a grown man.
You should be able to decide, without your wife's help, whether
or not to butter your own bread."

"You're right," Benny said. "I'll just have the butter, that's all."

When the waiter arrived with the check, Burns pointed to Benny
and said, "He's paying."

"What?" Benny said. "Why should I have to pay the whole bill?"

"Because if you don't," Burns said, "I'll tell Mary about the butter."


Comments or Have a Humorous Tip to share?

===> Speaking of Dirty Tricks

In the course of our wrong number discussions, some of our
delightfully wicked members have started telling us about
deliciously dirty tricks they've played on friends, customers,
vendors, etc.

Well, the most wicked man of all, Paul Myers, has offered
to gather all our nasties and to edit about our mis-
adventures. If you have some tales, please, do share them
with us. Your cleverness and wit will be immortalized.

Please send them to


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