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18th December  2002    #     Issue 90
I don't exaggerate. I remember big.


Moderator's Comment -
                                               ~ Gunjan


                          ~ Ian Purdie

Ideas to ponder over .... and Discuss
                             ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                                ~ from Tom Antion


Fine Tune Your Memories
                   ~ Gunjan


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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

Guess what ! I've been hitting the surf and enjoying myself off late. No, I haven't yet managed to sneak away for a holiday (I hope to do that next week) but I've got myself a cable internet connection. After 12 years of paying by the minute it seems so crazy being online 24 hours a day.

The old phrases like 'don't waste internet time/money on useless stuff like...' have flown out of the window.

For a couple of days I couldn't concentrate on any of the jobs that I normally did offline as I never was offline anymore ! ;-)

Although I seem to be getting over that gradually, this issue of I-Laugh is still written in a rush. If I finish it quickly, I'll be off surfing again ! ;-)

Hope you won't find any major goof-ups as you go through the hurriedly keyed in I-Laugh #90.

With best wishes,
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=====  Continuing Discussions  =====

===> Innocents

> So, have you ever done something impossible, because you didn't know 
> better?

Not so much from not knowing better. I've had some spectacular successes though because friends or acquaintances have told me "I couldn't do it".

Not in the context of not being allowed, meaning it was beyond my capacity. It was "impossible".

"Challenge" the greatest motivator of all to one who finds many things, particularly routine things, boring at times.

I've also had some spectacular failures as well. OK at least I tried.

Ian C. Purdie

Moderator's Comments : Come on Ian, give us some details of some of those successes (maybe even the failures if you feel we can all learn something from them).

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====> Ideas to ponder over .... and Discuss

Hi LaughMates,

The Doc [lit-subscribe@topica.com] and Stephanie West Allen
[http://www.ThoughtWear.com] correctly identified last week's extract as having been taken from Sun Tsu's - "The Art of War". Can we have a round of applause for both of them please ?

And now let's move on to our extract for this week. This one should definitely be up Chacha Joe's alley.

... Being a journalist, Hacker had no particular talent for reporting the facts.

Apart from the discrepancies, there was also a certain amount of boring repetition, inevitable in the diaries of a politician. Years of political training and experience had taught Hacker to use twenty words where one would do, to dictate millions of words where mere thousands would suffice, and to use
language to blur and fudge issues and events so that they became incomprehensible to others. Incomprehensibility can be a haven for some politicians, for therein lies temporary safety.

Guess who wrote/said this or from where it is taken

Share your thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages
of being verbose...


=== > Speaking Tip

Ways to be funny - Exaggeration

Expanding or diminishing proportions can be a fun way to create
humor. It's similar to a caricature artist that outrageously exaggerates
the features of an individual, while still keeping the person recognizable.

I did a talk one time for Secretaries Day at a large insurance company.
I was making a point about how hectic it always was for the secretaries.
It went like this, You're answering the telephone, the fax machine is
ringing, you're making copies, and you're filing every policy clear back to
1910. The secretaries could relate to each item mentioned. They obviously did lots of filing, but certainly not as far back as 1910. Exaggerating this
date was funny to them and drove home the point that they always had lots of work piled up.

The key to using exaggeration is to inflate or deflate whatever you are talking about so much that it is obviously an exaggeration. In the last
example you wouldn't want to use the year 1994 if you were doing the
talk in 1995 because it is very likely that an insurance company would
really be working on a file for a year or more. That's not funny.

Of course, who am I to tell you what is funny. I spent two terms in the
third grade Truman's and Eisenhower's.

~ Tom Antion

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====> Fine Tune Your Memories

Dear Laughmates,

Yesterday we had a couple of relatives joining us for dinner. Gradually the conversation turned to trips and journeys and then on to the worst experiences that people have had on trips. I sat and listened dutifully for some time at these dull, bitchy tales but after a while couldn't digest any more. They were turning my sweet curds sour.

The story that had just got over (told by my cousin sister) was of a time that somebody, who was supposed to drop them to the railway station, had unnecessary delayed them, so that finally they had to run across miles of platforms, kids in one hand, luggage in another.

I was getting sick of these tales so I butted in.
"How long since this incident has happened?," I asked.

"About 5 years," she replied.

"And have you ever thought that if in the same incident instead of thinking of the person who was to drop you ... as the villain and poor yourself as the hapless victim who suffered, you thought of yourself as the amazing heroine who managed to run 2 miles with a baby in one hand and a 3 ton weight in the other you'd feel thrilled about the same incident. Proud of your own achievement rather than mad or hurt about the other person's stupidity".

Later, I was thinking to myself, I now know why I have so many great memories. Fine Tuning your memories makes them so much more pleasant and it also gives you a sense of accomplishment if you can rewrite/reconstruct them well. As if you're an author or something.

As Dennis the Menace once said .... "I wasn't fibbing. I was trying
to create a fable like Aesop and those other guys."

~ Gunjan

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As it's the height of the shopping season Dianne sends us this guide to understanding Advertising Lingo and warns us...
Let the buyer be(a)ware!

Different color from previous design.

Parts are not interchangeable with previous design.

Imported product.

Almost as good as the competition.

No provision for adjustments.

The advertising agency doesn't understand it.

Rush job. Nobody knew it was coming.

Manufacturer lacks test equipment.

Unit on which all parts fit.

No other reason why it looks the way it does.

Previous flaws fixed - we hope.

Factory had a big argument with distributor.

We finally got one to work.

We finally figured out a use for it.

Impossible to fix.

Ours, not yours.

We made it work long enough to ship it.

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