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Assisted By : Gunjan Saraf   mailto:gunjan@workinghumor.com

27th February  2002    #     048
"We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards
could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare;
now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."
~ Robert Wilensky, University of California


Moderator's Comment -
                         ~ Gunjan
                 ~ Eva


Overdoing the Show Me bit?
                               ~ Gunjan
Speaker Tips
                              ~ from Tom Antion

Is Laughter the best Medicine?
                            ~ Gunjan

Handling Mundane Jobs (1)
                           ~ Gunjan

Handling Mundane Jobs (2)
                          ~ Gunjan

Pop Ups
                          ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Dear LaughMates,

Just a dozen of you downloaded my Free Gift.
Don't tell me 95% of all Laughmates are MacUsers.
If you missed out last week, don't worry, your gift
is still waiting patiently for you at

In this issue I've got a couple of interesting things for

a) As the wz-ard for humorous quotations I've been doing
a search for quotations on Laughter and I found some really
great ones.... I've put the best ones together for you at

b) Other than quotations I found some really great articles
on Laughter which I'll tell you about.

Lastly before we go on with I-Laugh #48, I'd like to inform
you that Handling Mundane jobs (1) is related to cricket.
I know it's silly using cricketing stories, cause outside the
few nations which play cricket there's hardly any enthusiasm
for the game, but the incident was so appropriate and right on
the topic that I couldn't resist adding it. You can skip it if you're
allergic. :-)

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak


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===> From Your Other Moderator

Dear LaughMates,

It's so good to read all the upbeat humor in here. And I am
so grateful to Gunjan for keeping all our spirits up.

You may not believe it, but I have actually tried to provide
him with material for the last couple of issues. But, each
time, something intervened.

For instance, I was sitting here at the keyboard, writing to
you about my husband's new pet...the one he's at war
with, reminds me of Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, et al.
Rick now has a gopher under the front yard. (I say Rick
and not 'we' because he's the one obsessed with it.) Now,
I know that furball is eating the bulbs on some of my
favorite plants (we have the most amazing array of
narcissus that bloom into a small field of colorful trumpets
several times each year). But I can't help chuckling
watching Rick storming over to the new holes and trying
to see what new adventures his pet has had.

Finally, this weekend, we got a set of these devices that
generate a high-pitched sound or pulse, guaranteed to
encourage Go-Fer to move on. It's not meant to be heard
by human ears, just by rodents. And all I can think about
is the Wile E Coyote and his Acme devices. It will probably
make music Go-Fer loves and he'll sit back, being entertained,
munching more roots, excavating more tunnels and making
the sidewalk drop 5 inches.

Of course, Rick does see the humor in this, too. He's
eagerly waiting for the moment when our next door
neighbor comes over to kibbitz while he's working.
Rick is just busting to ask Bill if he hears the sound....so,
Rick can tell him he's always suspected Bill was a rodent.
Sigh. Children.

Oh, yes, I started to tell you why I couldn't finish. While I
was sitting here writing about all that, Rick came home
early, started looking over my shoulder (busted! nearly) and
decided we should sneak off to a matinee at the movies.
However am I supposed to get work done if my husband
keeps coming home?!

I hear about many women having a problem when their husband's
retire and start hanging around at home. (In fact, the Gilmore Girls
had a hilarious/painful episode about just that.) But what about
husbands who like you enough to keep coming home in the middle
of the day. What can you do with them --- and still get your work
done? (Hey! I already know your answer to the first part. It's the
second part that's hard for me.)

Your Comic Guide,

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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

====> Overdoing the Show Me bit

Hi Friends,

Remember just a couple of weeks back we were
discussing service and Tom Duguid had pointed
out how some organizations first make things awful
so that they can then  bowl you over with their
service. Well here's a great satire on some of the
other problems with too fantastic a service. This one is
from Laughmate D.C Stultz's 'The Morning Message'
(http://www.darlcomm.com) Enjoy it...

My husband and I fought constantly,
Why I married him, I'll never know.
For all those miserable years I said,
My hubby's got to go!

Tried poisoning cakes, stripping his brakes,
Salting his pork chops with lime.
Wiring his chair, igniting his hair,
Even though arson's a crime.

But I failed at each plot
'til I suddenly thought
Of a way that would set me free!
I got rid of him for good and, know what?
They couldn't do a thing to me!

I took him back to Wal-Mart!
They'll take anything back you know!
They said they couldn't recall selling him,
But they must have if I said so.

They just credited him to my Visa and said,
"Ya'll come back now, 'ya hear?"
They were so nice, polite, pleasant and insistent,
I'll take back his mother next year!

They'll take anything back at Wal-Mart,
Though it's broken or rotten or sweet.
And know what else? This time of year
You don't even need a receipt!

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments :

===> Speaking Tips

Here's the next article in the series of public speaking
tips from Tom Antion.


Most presentation skills books will tell you to be a polished
presenter you have to tie all your information together so it
flows smoothly. You must lead your audience and alert them that
slightly different, but related information is coming. This is
called transition or segue (pronounced seg'way).


Come with me to the amusement park. Look around a little bit and
tell me where the excitement is. Of course, it's over on the
roller coaster where transitions are sharp. They are sharp and
exciting even though you can see them coming. The excitement
isn't over at the kiddie choo choo train (notwithstanding, the
excitement you might feel watching your little munchkin on there
for the very first time) where turns and motion are mild so the
little ones don't get too upset. The excitement is also at the
bumper cars where you can get blind sided because cars are
coming at you from all directions. The excitement isn't at the
baby boat ride where a 2cm wave would flip your little bundle
of joy out of the boat.

OK. I'll admit, some thought should be given to transition,
especially with older, more traditional audiences, and when you
have a very high content presentation. But you don't have to be a
trite, snoozer by saying things like, . . . "Speaking of bananas.
I'm now going to talk about bananas." You could, however, do a
segue like that and then make fun of yourself for doing it by
saying something like, "Don't you think that transition was
really smooth?" Transitions are one of the places where you could
plan to use some humor. This works well with technical audiences
because they won't feel you are wasting their time. Since, in
their minds, you are REQUIRED to do a transition anyway, it's
OK if it's funny.

Segues aren't important at all for 85 percent or higher humor
content presenters or stand-up comics. You can just bang away
and as long as they are laughing, no one much cares about
transitions. If you are not in this category, then you can begin
paying a little attention to bridging the gaps between your
points and topics. Just don't be trite and don't think you have
to "say" something to make the transition.

You can make transitions by changing stage position, pausing,
using visual aids, giving out a handout, or picking up a prop. Do
anything that breaks the pattern of what you were doing in the
previous segment and introduces what you plan to do.

For verbal transitions, one-liners, anecdotes, and questions work
well. Also, people seem to like and need recaps, so I am in favor
of saying things like, "To recap this section . . ."

Whatever you do, think in terms of roller coasters and bumper
cars so you keep your audience excited and alert all the time.

Tom Antion
Great Speaking

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=====  New Discussions  =====

====> Is Laughter the Best Medicine?


We've gotten so used to the phrase 'Laughter is the
best medicine' ( I guess Reader's Digest has played
a big role in making the phrase so common) but is it
really the best medicine? In fact is it any medicine at all?

I really enjoyed Dr Diana's article on the subject. Take
a look, you should find it enlightening too.


(Clicking on this link may not work, you may have to copy
and paste it in your browser).

Would love to know your views on the subject.
Another page which in my opinion makes
interesting reading is ...'How Laughter Works'
at http://www.howstuffworks.com/laughter.htm/printable
Don't miss the conclusion of this one - 'Can Laughter
be Bad for me.'

Hope you enjoy these...

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Comments -

====> Handling Mundane Jobs (1)

This happened while I took a short break from writing
Handling Mundane Jobs (now 2) and watched the Nagpur
Test Match between Zimbabwe and India. Sachin Tendulkar
was batting on 150+. Sanjay Bangur batting with him was
70+. Sanjay had been batting brilliantly and playing some
lovely straight drives, when he attempted a reverse sweep
and was almost bowled. The commentators were horrified.
They expected Sachin to advice the young man playing in
only his second match to stay away from this risky shot
and to concentrate on the safer shots.

Instead, Sachin on the very next ball that he faced, himself
tried the reverse sweep. Not getting it perfectly, he tried it
again the very next ball and getting it much better got a
boundary for his efforts.

The commentators were pretty stunned by Sachin's effort.
I might have been too if this topic was not on my mind.

You may feel Cricket is a game but when you are a professional
playing it for over 200 days a year, I'm sure it becomes a job too.
And if you're facing a bowling attack which doesn't really offer
a challenge then even batting I'm sure must become a pretty
mundane job especially if you've batted for over 5-6 hours already.

As far as I know the best way to not lose concentration
while doing a mundane job, is to add a touch of variety, a bit
of fun. I'm thrilled to see that Sachin Tendulkar thinks so too.


coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments -

====> Handling Mundane Jobs (2)

Hi Friends,

One of the most painful things in life for me has always been
doing mundane or repetitive jobs. I remember the time as a
Medical Sales Rep I had to submit a daily report on my
activities of the previous day.

This was in the form of a form in which you filled number
of calls made, names of Hospitals visited, Doctors met,
sales closed and a couple more such columns which
I don't remember (It was over 15 years back!).

I used to see my colleagues scribble away quietly for 3-4
minutes everyday, write more or less the same stuff with
just the names and numbers varying and that too not by
much and hate having to do the same.

Within just a few days I got sick of scribbling the same junk
and instead starting adding some personal comments to my
reports. I'd make some funny nicknames for the Doctors and
add it or throw in little comments like Dr X made me wait for
2 hours yesterday. Next time I need to meet him it'll be
easier to have a heart attack. Or I love XXXXX nursing home
as it has such pretty nurses etc.

My colleagues used to laugh at me cause I was now taking
10-12 minutes instead of the 3-4 that they took, but I felt I'd
rather take 10 minutes and enjoy it rather than doing it in
3 minutes that I hated.

Unknown to me this was benefiting another person too.
I found out when I got a strong commendation from my
Sales Manager. It seems my report used to be his only
bright spot during the hour in which he went through all
those reports.

So, how do you handle mundane jobs? Grumble through
them, or try and play little mental or verbal games and
make them fun for yourself (and maybe others too)?

www.workinghumor.com - Let your Humor Work for you !

Comments -

====> Pop ups

Hi Friends,

Still waiting for your comments on Pop Ups/Unders.

coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments -

===========  This week's Humor  ==========


I think I have found inner peace.

I am passing this on to you ------- It is definitely working for me.

I read an article that said the way to achieve inner peace is to
finish things I had started.

Today I finished a 1/2 dozen donuts, a bag of chips, a bottle
of Merlot and a bottle of Absolut I opened 2 days ago. I feel
better already.

Pass this along to those who need Inner Peace....

(Moderator's Comment - Along with the rest of the issue please ;-)

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