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

6th November  2002    #     Issue 84
"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
~ Albert Einstein


Moderator's Comment -
                                            ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                            ~ Eva


Comments on Moderator's Comments
                           ~ Gunjan

                           ~ Joseph Harris

Lateral Thinking
                            ~ Linda Miller

Speaking Tip
                             ~ from Tom Antion


Ours not to reason why?
                            ~ Gunjan

Communication in Silence
                            ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Message

Hi LaughMates,

I received a comment this week saying I-Laugh
was getting shorter by the week. {The commenter
didn't comment whether he was thrilled about this,
or unhappy about this (wishful thinking by Gunjan?)}

Well, I had been working hard at practising laziness !
This week however I have sufferred a relapse and this is
one long issue. So let me not ramble any more and let's
get on with I-Laugh #84.

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

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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

So, tell me why I was crying?

We made the big move on Saturday.
Everyone showed up exactly on time.
Even the shredder folk were available to collect
our private, sensitive trash and cart it all away.
The movers performed magic.

Why did I sit down and cry?

And today, for the first time, I got the guts to try
Priceline.com to buy airline tickets to go to the Bahamas.

Well, so far, I have been waiting for over an hour for
their system to work. It seems, today is the day their
system is timing out.

At this rate, it would be much cheaper just to call
American Airlines, buy the full-price ticket and do
some billable work.

Remember to take into account the value of your own
time when you use discounts.

Incidentally, since we want to go there several days early
and just goof off, I decided to try the Entertainment 2002
book to try to use the 50% room rate discount. Turns out,
it's not available when I want to travel.

But, never fear, AAA is here!

Always, always remember to ask for those AAA rates. They
are often lower than most of the corporate rates. In this case,
yes, about 50% off.

Speaking of off,...I am off to check on the Priceline price again.

Your Comic Guide

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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

=== > Multipurpose ?

Last week our comic guide mentioned ....

> I am one of the few people left on this planet who refuses to carry
> a cell phone. Nothing personal guys, but aside from its few practical
> uses, it seems to enslave you.

Cell phones have been on my mind too recently. You see I attended a
party where after some liquor when jokes started to flow, these two
characters pulled out their cell phones and instead of a battle of wits
we had the priviledge of witnessing a battle of bits.

My first reaction was ... This is so silly. One doesn't go to a party
armed with his copy of Rugby Jokes/Gyles Brandeth/Jest for Pun ;-)
or whatever your brand of laughs is.

However after my 'speechless' experience I had a turn of heart
and felt my memory could use a 'bit' of help too. Of course, I feel
the smarter way to do things would be to pretend you've just got a
call and step outside for a bit, go through your SMS joke and then
deliver it as if it's one your all-time favourites or something you've
cooked up just now, but maybe I'm being a bit harsh.

What do you think of this use of cell phones? Would you use it?
Or in more ho(a)rse terms ... would you byte the bit ??


[Moderator:  OK I relent. That's a great use of a cell phone!]

Comments -

=== > Speechless

Well, there you are you see, Gunjan,

You should have learnt some of my dotty ditties. Then you could
have got them all tripping their tongues over A Feud Renewed:

The dude pursued the feud
And booed Health Food
When chewed, as crude.
He shampooed in a mood,
Viewed who'd wooed,
Tattooed and brewed.
But misconstrued
And, feud renewed;
Shampoo unglued;
His mood was skewed;
And the whole brood sued!

Joseph Harris
Smile Poetry Weekly ezine

Uncle Joe - If I could remember verses like that would I ever
be speechless? Maybe I should bite the bit, buy a cell phone
and you can SMS them to me. Which reminds me ... Does any
Laughmate have any idea how we can start an SMS list where
cell phone users can subscribe? I think 'Jest-a-quote' would
make a great SMS list. What do you think ?

Send both - your comments or if you know how to set it up to...



Comments -

=== > Lateral Thinking

That is absolutely right. It was in (I think) Florida earlier this year.
A further part of the mystery was that the tree was badly burned but
he had no burns and there were no prints leading to or fro. Easily
explained once you know the answer.

'Sedimentary, my dear Watson.'

Joseph Harris
Smile Poetry Weekly ezine

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=== > Speaking Tip

(In a classic case of bolting the barn door after the horse has
bolted Gunjan peeks into Tom Antion's book on what to do
when your humor flops!)

Saver Lines

Saver Lines are what you say when your supposedly humorous
statement does not get a laugh. You shouldn't be ashamed to have
to use saver lines. The top comedians in the world need them and
some purposely make mistakes so they can get a laugh from the
saver line. Johnny Carson was an expert at this. After a poor
response to a joke he would say a comically insulting line like,
"May an aroused herd of Yaks make an everlasting commitment
to your sister" or "This is the kind of crowd that would watch
Bambi through a sniper scope."

When it comes to saver lines there are two schools of thought:

THE FIRST SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is used more by comics
and speakers who use a very high percentage of humor. This method
is most effective when a speaker shows a high confidence level and
is fairly experienced. Say a witty, mildly attacking line to force them
to laugh after they didn't laugh at your joke or one-liner.

    Do any of you out there speak English?

    I've got a book for sale outside that explains these jokes.
       You may want to pick up a copy.

    (If one person is laughing) Will you be kind enough to run
       around the room so it looks like everyone is having fun?

    You have marvelous self-control.

    I've got 20 more bad jokes just like that one and no one
       gets out until you start laughing.

    [Pick out a well-known person in the crowd] Joe that's the last time
       using one of your jokes.

    I know you're out there, I can hear you breathing.

    I'm not going to wait forever for you.

    I was waiting on you a little on that one.

    That was a Polaroid joke. It takes one minute to get it.

    Everyone doesn't have to be funny all the time and I just proved it.

THE SECOND SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is used by less experienced
speakers and speakers who don't use much humor anyway.

If you don't use a high percentage of humor, the audience may not
realize what you said was meant to be funny. All you have to do is
keep right on talking and delivering your message (do give them that
short pause we talked about to give them a chance to laugh). As long
as your humor is making a point, you will be forgiven if it is not
tremendously funny.

Trick (advanced technique): Purposely set up a mistake or marginally
funny joke so you can use a saver line.

Trick: If no one laughs, you laugh. Then they think they are stupid
because they didn't laugh. Then they laugh.

~ Tom Antion

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=====  New Discussions  =====

====> Ours not to reason why ?

I find it amazing how so many people refuse to think
about what they are doing, it's purpose, how it's supposed
to benefit the organisation they work for or any related thoughts.

Last week I was astounded when I witnessed the following.
A lady had been asked to send the results of an athletic meet
to the newspaper by 6 pm. She got the results (aprox 20 pages)
only around 5 pm. Promptly she thought instead of compiling them
on to one sheet and taking out 6 prints she would just photocopy
all the pages. She asked me if it's ok .... it would cost the organisation
about Rs. 100/- extra (about 2$) but was much faster... so it should
be ok, right ?

I couldn't believe what she was asking. She has been around for some
time and has often heard us discussing press releases, how much
trouble we take to try and get decent coverage, etc. I asked her
which newspaper she felt would take the trouble of swimmimg
through 20 pages of handwritten and messy results. Her answer
"Who cares whether they go through it or not .... we would have
sent it well before the 6 pm deadline."

I was stunned. I asked her whether it was us who were keen that
the event of was reported or whether the neswpapers wouldn't
sell if they missed an important event like a school sports day ?
I couldn't believe that a person would do work which would in
effect be completely useless just to meet a deadline.
The lines from Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade reverberated
in my head as the only answer ...

Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
 Rode the six hundred.

I'm sorry to see that so many of us still work that way. Can it really
be FUN doing work without bothering to know what you are doing,
why you are doing it and what are you are supposed to achieve ?



====> Silent Communication

I was just mentioning to the Doc how I hadn't heard from
someone for quite sometime and was wondering what was
happening on that front. Here's the Doc's reply ....

Lack of communication from someone is certainly communicating,
is it? Whenever there is silence, we fill it in with something. I'll bet
you're going round and round on it. Why not email and ask him?

... Food for thought, isn't it ?

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

*The Ten Most Common Forms of Office Illness*

1.  The Macy's One Day Sale Flu.

2.  The Drivers License Renewal Appointment 24-Hour Virus.

3.  The Friday-Afternoon-Start-The-Weekend-Early
     Sudden Unbearable Stomach Pains.

4.  The I'm Looking for a New Job and I Don't Know
     How Long It's Going to Take, but I Want To Stay
     On The Payroll Until Then Mysterious Infection.

5.  The My Boyfriend's Got the Week Off So Suddenly
     I'm Too Contagious To Come In To The Office Disease.

6.  The I Need a Hair Cut and My Stylist Doesn't
     Make Evening Appointments Bout of Influenza.

7.  The There's No Federal Holidays for Two Months and
     I Want a Day Off Sickness.

8.  The It's Spring Break and I Want To Pretend I'm
     a Teenager Again General Ailment.

9.  The I've Messed Up Royally and I Won't
     Come In To Face the Music Terminal Illness.

10.  The I Really Am Sick and I've Got The Doctor's Bills
       and the Completed Medical Expense Reimbursement Forms
       to Prove It Infirmity.

(From Jo-Lene's Daily Humor)

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