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

12th March  2003    #     Issue 102
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
~ John F. Kennedy


Moderator's Comment -
                                                       ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                                        ~ Eva


Mad Hatter
                            ~ Uncle Joe Harris

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

Speaking Tip
                               ~ from Tom Antion


Help on a Quote
                              ~ Scott Simmerman

Power of Observation !
                                ~ Gunjan

The importance of phrasing it Right!
                               ~ From Dr Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest

Of course English is spoken all over the world
                             ~ Recd from The Doc


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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

I really had no comments to make this week. But
I couldn't leave this space blank. So I typed in some
junk. And then Windows crashed !!

I Laughed! It was almost as if I'd sold it a dummy !

Now it's time you laughed too with I-Laugh #102.

With best wishes,
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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates

Just some thoughts about kindness and distrust.

If someone you used to trust, but don't any longer, sends you
an apology bouquet that includes apples in the arrangement,
would you eat those lovely aromatic apples? Or would the
wicked witch in Snow White come to mind?

Is paranoia so bad? Even paranoid people can have enemies.

And sometimes, some inadvertently nice thing you do, comes
back to you.

Quite a while ago, I wrote a review about one of the most
delightful entertainment experiences I ever had.

It's out there. I go back periodically to order gifts for friends.

Then, out of the blue, last month, I got the nicest note from Geoff
Levin, one of the artists in the Celestial Navigation troupe, thanking
me for the review.

"Wow! Thanks is not really the right word. Your article on your website
blew me away. Celestial Navigations was born out of my love of Geoffrey
Lewis's stories and a burning desire to be part of his performances. It is
always a source of joy for me when our stories connect and inspire others."

That's not all - he sent me a complete set of their CDs.
I think I'm in heaven.  I can hardly wait for all my clients and staff to
leave today, so I can set them up and listen while I work. It's going
to be really hard to concentrate on tax returns this week!

Incidentally, if you ever want to learn how to enthrall an  audience, you've
got to listen to these CDs. And just imagine yourself in a dark room, with
a flickering candle or  fireplace....a slight breeze, perhaps from a fan, or
an open window...and listen to the voices. You'll be totally captivated.

Oh well, looks like I'll have to update the webpage with the new CDs
this week.

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg
http://taxmama.com  - 4 Secrets to Happy Tax Returns


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===> Mad Hatter


 > the Mad Hatter is always seen wearing a hat bearing a slip of paper
 > with the notation "In this style 10/6". We take this as inspiration to
 > behave in the style of the Mad Hatter on 10/6 (which is October 6
 > here, although in Britain MadHatterDay occurs on June 10...but I
 > digress...)

Not only is 10/6 June 10th in this sane corner of the world but the
10/6 on the mad hat is a price: ten shillings and sixpence. In the days
when we had a sane currency this was part of the L S D money
system - pounds, shillings and pence. Twelve pence were a shilling,
twenty shillings a pound (and there were two ha'p'nies -halfpennies -
or four farthings in a penny totalling 960 farthings to a pound).

Now we have the same insane inhuman hundred to everything
money system nobody knows what anything costs. We used to
know a florin was two bob (two shillings) and two and sixpence was
half a crown - which made five shillings a crown. What with guineas
and tanners and tenners we knew what was what and the price of
everything. And the value of a few things too.

My belief is we should bring back the groat (fourpence). Incidentally
at the time Tenniel was drawing 10s/6d was a considerable sum of
money; quite a few weeks wages for a housemaid or a gardener.
So a hat like that showed he was a gentleman with a place in

But then Alice was about the politics of the time, though
Tweedledum and Tweedledee are recognisable in party leaders
round the world even today!

~ Uncle Joe


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

Last week's extract was from The Selfish Gene by
Richard Dawkins. I guess I made it too simple by
mentioning the name in my comments. Is that why
nobody ventured a guess. I guess we should have
prizes for guessing shouldn't we ? Anybody
interested in sponsoring a prize ?

Also, I'd thought that the extract would generate some
comments cause I felt that The Doc would surely have
something to say on it and Stephanie, but unfortunately
they're both busy at present. Fortunately, another extremely
busy person (;Taxmama;) found the time to point to
another fascinating text related to The Beginning.

Here's an extract from it too ...


This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way.
It is always hanging around and following me about.  I don't like
this; I am not used to company.  I wish it would stay with the
other animals.  Cloudy to-day, wind in the east; think we shall
have rain.  ...  Where did I get that word? ...  I remember now--
the new creature uses it.

Let's see if you can where this one is from...



~ Gunjan

=== > Speaking Tip

SIT DOWN by Tom Antion

I keep a chair on stage with me and quite frequently I'll just
sit down. Sometimes I keep two chairs and put my feet up on one
while I'm sitting down. Sometimes I'll be standing and put one
foot on the chair and lean on my knee while I'm talking. Some
people have a barstool type of chair so they can take a load off
their feet, but still be pretty much upright while they are
presenting. This position can make you appear very relaxed on

I haven't seen any bean bags on stage yet, but hey, you could be
the first. :)

OK I know the Toastmasters out there are having heart attacks and
thinking how unprofessional this is. I beg to differ.
Professional means having a tremendous influence on the audience
and making an impact. I use the chair technique as an attention
gaining device and also to take emphasis off myself while the
audience is watching a video clip. I just go sit down and get out
of the way.

Don't be afraid to do something out of the ordinary when the
situation allows . . . you don't want to be ordinary do you? If
you do, you're reading the wrong e-magazine.

(From Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter)

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Comments or if have you a tip to share -

=========== NEW DISCUSSIONS ===========

===> Help with a Quote

Hi Laughmates,

A little help on a quote. I've searched the "quotes" archives
and cannot come up with the actual quote I need.

But knowing some of the folks herein, I know that one of you has
"fingertip access" to it.

Source is Joseph Heller and book is Catch 22

Quote is right along the lines of:

    "Nothing made sense.  And neither did anything else."

I could go out and buy the book and read it again (and I might
do so anyway) but that particular quote seems to apply to how
most organizations work as well as anything I've ever (not) seen.

I'll use it right along with my Square Wheels cartoons that encourage
everyone to some main thoughts:

    Don't Just DO Something, Stand There!
    The Round Wheels are Already in the Wagon.
    Round Wheels of Today become the Square Wheels of Tomorrow.
    Nobody ever washes a rental car.


For the FUN of It!

Scott J. Simmerman, Ph.D. - The Square Wheels Guy
Performance Management Company - 800-659-1466

    Designer of Square Wheels training tools and other team products

Comments  -

Moderator's Comments - I thought I knew exactly where there
was a line like that ...  after Snowden died ! But I couldn't find it!
But I will too, unless one of you beats me to it !

===> Power of Observation

Hi Laughmates,

On the 8th of this month (woman's day) Hyundai had a huge
advertisement in the Times of India. It went blah blah for most
of the copy - describing my wife to me !

It then went on to say and I quote ... "This Woman's Day, take your
wife to the nearest Hyundai Dealer for a test drive."

We'll come back to this in a minute. This week I received a mail
from Laughmate Stephanie. The subject read "What Humor". I
know a couple of issues of I-Laugh do get dull sometimes but to
get a mail asking "What Humor" shook me up and nearly had me
standing in my chair. Fortunately Stephanie was not asking what
humor is there in I-Laugh but discussing a pdf that she has just
come up with, in which she suggests what humor a company,
which is looking for a humor program, should choose.

In that pdf she has a paragraph which says that most companies
use humor programs either to boost morale or to retain existing

Isn't that unfortunate? A humor program can boost so many another
skills, not just morale. For example tell me did you find anything
amiss with the Hyundai ad that you read above (Don't go back and
read it again yet)


Now put on your comic hat and go back and re-read the ad
and see if you find something funny that you'd missed !


If you're still wondering what I found so funny... sign-up for
Gunjan's comic eye view camp aimed at increasing observation
skills. (It runs on the principal that you can't see that you have
flies in your eyes because you have flies in your eyes !;)


Comments  -

=> The importance of phrasing it Right!

David and John are walking from religious service..David wonders
whether it would be all right to smoke while praying. John replies,
"Why don't you ask the Father?"

So, David goes up to the Father and asks, "Father, may I smoke
while I pray?"

The Father says, "No, my son, you may not. That's utter disrespect
to our religion."

David goes back to his friend and tells him what the good Father
told him. John says, "I'm not surprised. You asked the wrong question.
Let me try"

And so John goes up to the Father and asks, "Father, may I pray while
I smoke?"

To which Father eagerly replies, "By all means, my son. By all means."

~ From Dr Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest

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

===> Of course English is spoken all over the world

The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest
and room-service at a fine Japanese hotel.

Room Service (RS): Morny. Ruin sorbees.
Guest (G): Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service.

RS: Rye..Ruin sorbees..morny! Djewish to odor sunteen??
G: Uh, yes... I'd like some bacon and eggs.

RS: Ow July den?
G: What?

RS: Ow July den? Pry, boy, pooch?
G: Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.

RS: Ow July dee bayhcem--crease?
G: Crisp will be fine.

RS: Hokay. An san tos?
G: What?

RS: San tos. July San tos?
G: I don't think so

RS: No? Judo one toes??
G: I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what
     "judo one toes means."

RS: Toes! toes! Why djew don juan toes?
       Ow bow singlish mopping we bother?
G: English muffin! I've got it! You were saying "Toast."
     Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine.

RS: We bother?
G: No, just put the bother on the side.

RS: Wad?
G: I mean butter--just put it on the side.

RS: Copy?
G: Sorry?

RS: Copy, tea, mill?
G: Yes. Coffee please, and that's all.

RS: One Minnie. Ass ruin torino fee, strangle ache, crease baychem,
        tossy singlish mopping we bother honey sigh, and copy--rye?
G: Whatever you say.

RS: Tendjewberrymud.
G: You're welcome.

(Thanks Doc)

Comments :

===========  This week's Stress Reliever  ==============

If you're the impatient type then this could cause you
stress instead of relieving as it takes ages to load up.

But once it does ... it's neat !

(Thanks Dianne)

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