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

11th September  2002    #     Issue 76
In the end, everything is a gag.
~ Sir Charles Chaplin


Moderator's Comment -
                                      ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                      ~ Eva


Dotty Ideas Welcome
                                     ~ Joseph Harris

                                    ~ dc

Hospitals make one sick !
                                        ~ Arik

Speaking Tip
                                         ~ from Tom Antion


What's more important !
                                            ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Hi LaughMates,

I wonder if you've seen Charlie Chaplin's -'Modern Times'.
It was a movie about the effects of The Great Industrial
Revolution and how it affects people in repetitive jobs.

In spite of having switched careers about 4 times, myself,
I've never really had to do anything very repeatedly for too
long. So though I enjoyed the movie I didn't really
empathize and thought Sir Charles was exaggerating like

And then yesterday for some research I scrolled and read
about 5000 quotations. This morning, I'm in shock. My
dreams last night were scrolling vertically. I think I definitely
need a break !!

Without further ado, here's I-Laugh #76...

With Best Wishes,
Many a true word is spoken in jest.

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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

LOL! Reading Gunjan's comments about repetitive work
functions brings up so many free-associations on that topic
and about feeling sorry for people performing jobs that are
obviously awful (in your mind) or living in places that make
you feel pity.

First to the repetitive jobs. I used to have one of those. As a
bookkeeper, much of what I did was repetitive, entering the
same (kind of) transactions over and over again. I could do the
job blindfolded and still do it better than anyone I knew. And it
left my mind free to wander, create, imagine and be happy.
Gosh, I miss those simple days.

Sometimes, your 'awful' job might be someone else's heaven.

Moving on to moving in...Going to college, I used to see this
one apartment complex from the highway. Don't ask me why
I reacted to it each time. I don't know. That boxy building, right
near the highway always made me feel sorry for the poor, sad
people who had no choice but to live there. It must be so noisy
and so boring. And for over a year, I reacted to that building
every time I saw it.

Then, one day, when I decided to get divorced, I had to look for
a place to live. Having nearly two years of college left, it seemed
sensible to find a place close to the University. Visiting all the
buildings nearby, on all sides of the University, I finally broke
down and went to that place, too.

It turned out that, in the middle of that boring, boxy exterior, there
was a courtyard with a pool and volleyball court. There was a
spacious game room with a fireplace, pool tables and very
comfortable sofas and armchairs. All of the interior apartments
faced the nicely landscaped courtyard, with a view of the pool,
volleyball and gameroom. The rent was low and I could easily walk
the two blocks to school.

I ended up having some of the best times of my life in that sad,
pathetic building. Certainly some of the wildest! (I could fill books
about my escapades in the Boondocks - yup, it was even called the

So, let's raise a glass to repetitive jobs and pathetic housing!

What are your experiences with things that, on the surface, seemed
boring or unpleasant, but turned out to be delightful?


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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

=== > Dotty Ideas Welcome


 > (Uncle Joe if you're ever stuck for ideas for dotty ditties,
 > would you enlist our help? ;-)

Funny you should ask that. Though I must say in the world we
live in there is probably no shortage of material for dotty ditties!
I would love to hear any ideas. You can see my mistreatment
of ideas on my site or through Smile Poetry Weekly.

In searching to dit the dots and dot the dits - and remember that
Smile Poetry is strictly family friendly - I find many ideas start with
a bang and end with a whimper. This is known as the 'nul point'
(for those who know of the Eurovision Song Contest) system;
nothing comes of it.

Send me a thought in a brown paper bag -
I'll see if I can work it  into my mag.

Uncle Joe
Joseph Harris
Smile Poetry Weekly ezine

Dotty Ideas or Comments -

[Moderator's Comment - Well for starters what do you
think of .......

Hippos don't find hip hop hip !


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====> Broomstick ?

A Nimbus 2000 broomstick?

Sounds to me like Eva is wanting Santa to visit her early this year. Early
enough, in fact, so that she can ride around on Halloween in style.


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====> Do we really need them?

Gunjan shalom,

About ten years ago there was a big doctors strike in Israel.
The strike was for about three months or so.
The stats were positive - less people died in this period.....


May we'll never need to use a hospital.

Shana Tova,

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[Moderator Comments - Arik, I'm not sure about the situation
in Israel but if the same thing happened here in India and similar
stats were brandied about I wouldn't have much faith in them,
cause, here, a huge number of deaths that wouldn't be included
in the stats because of the closed hospitals. It's like saying crime
rates were lower cause no police complaints were lodged (if the
cops are on strike.)

Of course there are some like Benjamin Disraeli who tell you to
never trust statistics any way ....

"There 3 kinds of lies. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics."

However I do return your good wishes and hope that we never
do need a hospital.

Shana Tova



=== > Speaking Tip

9 Tips for Making your Humor Funnier by Tom Antion

=> Don't signal your punch line. If the humor in your punch line
depends upon the words "ruptured camel," don't say :
Did you hear the one about the ruptured camel?

=> Don't EVER repeat a punch line! Once the surprise is
revealed, the joke is history. I'll repeat this, but I don't want to
hear you repeating any punch lines. Let me repeat. Don't EVER
repeat a punch line. Don't EVER repeat a punch line. NEVER
repeat a punch line. You'll be shot by the humor firing squad if
you repeat a punch line. OK. I'll let you repeat one, but only
under certain circumstances. Here's the exception. If you had a
joke or punch line that bombed miserably, you can call it back
later to make fun of yourself.

=> You must absolutely, positively memorize your punch line.
You should be able to awaken out of a deep sleep in an
earthquake and, without hesitation, deliver your punch line
accurately. Give all the facts necessary for the joke to make
sense. The humor is lost if you leave out the necessary details.

=> NEVER, EVER explain your joke. If they don't understand,
it's your fault for telling the wrong joke to the wrong audience.

=> Use the fewest words possible to get to the punch line.
Brevity is truly the soul of wit (never use a worn out cliché
either). The longer the joke, the funnier it must be.

=> Don't walk around too much when telling a joke or story. I
walk, but I stop when important points are being made and when
I'm delivering a punch line.

=> If you use notes, highlight or mark upcoming jokes or stories
so they don't sneak up on you. They will need special emphasis.

=> Practice! Practice! Practice! I tell a joke or story 30 to 50
times in practice before I use it in a presentation.

from Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter

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=====  New Discussions  =====

===> What's more Important ?

When you look at quotations on winning,
you find lots of quotations like ...

Whoever said, ''It's not whether you win or lose that counts,''
probably lost.
~ Martina Navratilova

Ever notice that people never say ''It's only a game''
when they're winning?
~ Ivern Ball

Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.
~ Paul Newman
... which try and tell you that nothing matters but winning, and that
all the fairplay quotes or importance of participating rather than
winning quotes like the one below have been made for or by

The important thing in life is not victory but combat;
it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.
~ Pierre de Coubertin

Whether they are right or wrong I always thought was a good
topic for discussion. However, a couple of days back Akash was
sharing an incident from his college days which I think brings a
whole new dimension to this discussion.

It seems they had a cycling relay. Each team consisted of 10 (or
was it 12!?) members. Akash's team had a boy called Sheehan
who begged the other members to let him be the anchor and
pedal the last leg of the race. Akash's team was quite strong
and by the 3rd or 4th cyclist they had a good lead over the
other teams.

By the time Sheehan's turn came he had over half a lap's lead
over the second team. All he needed to do was not fall off and
there was no way on earth that their team could lose. Sheehan
started off nicely and did half his lap comfortably till he was right
in front of the grandstand. Now, he didn't even need to pedal.
He could have just cruised to victory.

But that's when the little humorous imp on Sheehan's shoulder
took over. He stops the cycle, gets off it and puts it on stand. He
looks at the back tire as if it has no air, then pulls out an
imaginary cycle pump and starts pretending to pump it. As the
second team catches up he is still busy with his flat tire act.

As team 3 goes past, his cycle is finally ready and to the
relief of his team he climbs back on. However he is now ready
for a Paul Newman act (doing cycle stunts in the movie Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance kid to the song - Raindrops keep
falling on my head.) He then goes on to (just as the last team
passes him) slow cycling but with actions that would seem as
if he was giving Lance Armstrong a run for his money.

The totally amazed and amused crowd cheers wildly knowing
it has just witnessed something that will live in each of their
memories forever. His own team which had initially been mad
at him when he had stopped the cycle, can find no words to
scream at him, as they are all rolling around with laughter.

Sheehan, to the best of my knowledge, never said ''It's not
whether you win or lose that counts,''  but his actions sure
spoke on his behalf that day. He not just proved that there's
more to sports than winning or losing, but that having fun and
making it fun for the audience is the MOST important thing.
(Aside for cricket fans - "Nasser Hussein are you listening? ;-)

Under the circumstances, that day, it would have been the easiest
thing in the world for Sheehan to win that day. But if he had just
pedaled on. It would have been just another win, and the race
would have been just another race. It wouldn't have become a
moment, which I'm sure, has every one who was there, (and the
thousands of others who must have heard the story from those
who were there) smiling at the recollection.

20 years since that incident Akash can't stop laughing whenever
he tells this story and tries to ape the actions of Sheehan. (Wish
I could record it and add a video file to this issue)

The memory is however touched with a tinge of sadness as
Sheehan died about 5 years back in his early thirties. When I
told Akash I'd like to use this story for I-Laugh, he said
- "Please dedicate the issue to Sheehan."

As a little tribute I'd like add ....

All his friends must miss him terribly, but I'm confident
that cycle races (and other sporting events) must have
become much more fun up there, in the last 5 years.
Can't wait to meet you someday Sheehan !


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

I saw a report recently, about how gravity, which is a
non-renewable resource, is gradually diminishing. Top scientists
agree... "With the present rate of consumption, the earth's supply
of gravity will be exhausted before the 22nd century."

There is a direct link between the vanishing of the ozone layer and
the decrease in the earth's gravity supply. We're already seeing the
effects of the disappearance of the ozone layer, but we're not
likely to feel the effects of vanishing gravity during our lifetimes.
However, our children will probably have to deal with the issue.

It is interesting to think of some of the results science has yet to
consider. The obvious impact will be on engineering (like keeping
bridges and buildings weighted down), but what about sports?
Breaking records for the high jump will become easier. Football
kicks will grow longer and an 92-yard field goal will not be
unheard of.

Until scientists discover a cheaper alternative, we need to help...
We Can Conserve Gravity.... Follow these simple suggestions:

(1) Walk with a light step. Carry helium balloons if possible.
(2) Use tape, magnets or glue instead of paperweights.
(3) Give up skiing and skydiving for more horizontal sports
         like snorkeling.
(4) Avoid showers .. take baths instead.
(5) Don't hang all your clothes in the closet ... Keep them in
         one big pile.
(6) Stop flipping pancakes

This is *not* a joke.

What could be more serious? After all gravity is the opposite
of comedy! You may be laughing now, but just picture your
great grandchildren wearing safety tethers and tied to concrete
posts, unable to play outdoors for fear of floating away on a
windy day. Please be gravity conscious, while we still have some.
(Thanks Dianne)

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