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

26th March  2003    #     Issue 104
If only God would give me some clear sign!
Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
~ Woody Allen


Moderator's Comment -
                                                         ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                                          ~ Eva


Speaking Tip
                                 ~ from Tom Antion


Smart God
                              ~ Willem
                              ~ Uncle Joe


Tough Situation Handling
                             ~ Humorous Example

          ~ How to tell a joke !


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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

Have you been stuck for a particular word. A word
that is on the tip of your tongue but for some reason
you aren't being able to think of it. It's a really irritating
state... isn't it. Well next time it happens you can take solace
from the fact that you know exactly what you're suffering
from... You're suffering from 'Lethologica'.

Unless, that was the word on the tip of your tongue, you
should have a ball waxing eloquent on the subject now ! ;-)

Talking of waxing when was the last time you smelled a piece of wax,
or a naphthalene ball or shoe polish? I smelt them yesterday while
attending Johnnie Walker's "Journey of Taste" a program designed to
teach laymen the appreciation of fine whiskies. It was quite an experience!
(Both the presentation and the smelling of those items.)

The presenter wanted us to smell some of these items, let our senses,
memories and imagination loose and try and get us to go beyond the
'wax' or 'naphthalene smell. And true enough, once you finish with the
quips like - 'What does naphthalene smell like .... It smells like
you start to smell warm blankets, train toilets, a particular swimming pool
dressing room where you had ............

Similarly the raw malts once you go beyond the strong spirit smell
can give you a whiff of the sea, cinnamon, fog, eucalyptus, smoke,
fog etc. etc. It was a really neat discovery for me. I always enjoy
the occasions when I have a few drinks but now I'm confident I'll
enjoy them much much more. Thanks Johnnie Walker !

I almost forgot ... How could a presentation which centers around
Scotland not have a few humorous moments and most of the
humorous moments in this one were aimed at pulling Uncle Joe's

What's the only good thing to come out of England ?
The Road to Scotland.

While hosting a party, remember - It doesn't matter if your
English is bad as long as your scotch is good !

That's enough kidding from me; Let's get on to some
serious laughing with I-Laugh #104.

With best wishes,
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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates

"Lethologica"? Sounds lethal, doesn't it?

Wouldn't it sound better as Mnemolexica ?
(Greek goddess of memory Mnemosyne and lexicon)

(aaahhh lehto - named after Lethe, the Greek
river of fortgetfulness)

Oh, don't get me started. I have this passion for the
etymologies of words.

For my 12th birthday, my brothers put their heads together
to see what they needed most. They decided they needed
a dictionary. So, for my 12th birthday, I ended with a great
big, red Webster's New World Dictionary of the American
Language. And, to their chagrin, I read it.

It was the most amazing book I'd ever seen. It had the
roots of all the words. There were stories about people
and places, and mythology and science. There were some
graphs and tables with some of the words. And in the back,
there were columns of the alphabets of several different
languages. Even more interesting, the book contained lists
of colleges in the US and Canada, with contact information.
There were Forms of Address for royalty, presidents and
business; weights and measures and special signs and
symbols.  There was an entire section about the history and
development of the language, with a discussion about the
differences  between American and British English.

(Would you know how to address a Baronet's wife?
Or a Roman Catholic Archbishop?  Or a Supreme Court
Judge? Or a King or Queen; or even a nun? And did you
know that while an Earl is addressed as "The Right
Honorable Earl of....." his wife is addressed as "The Right
Honorable Countess of..."?)

I read all that.

And while I don't remember ALL the details,  I know it had
all those things in it because, I still have that dictionary,
right on my desk. Use it all the time. (Don't ask for how
many years, ok?)

Some of the oddest things become treasures.

What's the story behind your oddest treasure?

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg
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=== > Speaking Tip


You've heard of stand-up comics, right? There's evidence from a
study done by The Wharton School of Business at the University of
Pennsylvania that you should be a stand-up presenter. This is
obvious if you are on the platform speaking, but not so obvious
in boardroom and sales presentations to smaller groups. These
results came from a controlled study of a situation where the
presenters tried to persuade people to invest in a new business

For the first group, the presenter sat down and talked across a
table. For the second group, all the facts and figures were
identical, but the presenter stood up and used visual aids. Can
you guess the results? In the first group, 58 percent of the
people agreed to invest in the new business. Not bad, right? It's
not too bad unless you compare it with the second group where 79
percent of the people agreed to invest.

Another study at the University of Minnesota found that a stand-
up presentation using visual aids will cause your customers to be
willing to pay 26 percent more money for your exact same product
or service.

When you stand up, you instantly command authority, attention,
and interest. People know it's time to listen. When you are
standing, you can move about, which also keeps attention. Rigid,
feet-glued-to-the-floor presenters will elicit loud snoring in
short order. People also love visual aids, and you are the best
and most reliable one in your presentation.

(From Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter)

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Comments or if have you a tip to share -


===> Smart God


What if God created the world 'very good' (Genesis 1:31), with
no sickness or death or anything else bad, and mankind stuffed it
up by being disobedient? That is clearly the message of Genesis
chapters 1-3. He didn't include such things as 'phlegm and tooth
decay in His divine system of creation'. They are aberrations caused
by the rebellion of mankind to its creator, and the curse that was
subsequent to that.

I suppose He 'could easily have set up the whole Evolutionary Process
rather than having to do all the dirty work of Creation by hand.' if He
had wanted to do that. But He didn't. He created it by hand - or more
precisely, by the word 'And God said, "let there be ... and it was so".'
That is what He said He did, and the scientific evidence tends to support
this, so why do we have to consider something as improbable as evolution?

He would not say '"Hey, I had nothing to do with it, remember! Haven't
you read your Darwin or your Dawkins ?"' He would say "Hang on a
minute. I made this pace very good. You guys stuffed it up. Haven't you
read MY book - never mind Darwin or Dawkins. I did the job, they didn't,
so perhaps I know a little more about it than they do. And don't forget that
I provided the answer to the human race's stuff up - that's in My book too."

It reminds me of a story of a group of scientists who had actually worked
out how to create life (something that is actually just as far out of our
reach as it ever was). So they said to themselves 'Well, we can create
life now. We don't need God anymore'. So one of their number was
given the task of letting God know that He was redundant. This fellow
rocked up to God and let Him know that given that they now knew how
to create life, He was no longer necessary, as may as well go and toddle
off somewhere else.

God listened to this courteously for a moment, and then said "I'll tell
you what. Why don't we have a man making competition and see who
can do the best job?" The scientist said "Right!" and immediately scooped
up a handful of dirt to get started. "Hang on an minute', said God, 'you
get your own dirt!".

Just a brief comment on the 6 days - if you have a planet spinning at a
certain rate, and you have a light source, then you automatically have 'man
days' as you call them. Its all there in Genesis 1. All you have to do is
read it.


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Comments  -

===> Smart God


There's a book by Rodney Collins, The Theory of Celestial Time
(from memory) which offers (with mathematical support) a neat
relationship of 'days' with size, that's size of all the creature involved.
And he takes the reader on a journey from the microbe to the elephant
before launching off into planets and solar systems.

Step by step he illustrates how each creature has its three score years
and ten in its own timescale and then works up to a view of the
movement of our solar system, from the outside, appearing as a
coloured spiral.

I forget the time relationship he offers, but the point is not difficult to
grasp as we work up to galaxy to known universe to goodness knows
what is there that we don't know about. Not even our smartyboots

But I do recommend Collin's book it is a good read and the maths
is incidental and doesn't get in the way of his clear argument and
enthralling ideas.

Actually I have always thought the expanding universe was a
giant's sneeze.

Uncle Joe
Smile Poetry Weekly (fortnightly)

Comments  -

[ The book that has led to this discussion is...

The Selfish Gene - http://snurl.com/sgene]

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

===> Tough Situation Handling

An attendant on a cross-country flight nervously announced:
"I don't know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers
aboard and only 40 dinners." When the passengers' muttering
had died down, she continued, "Anyone who is kind enough to
give up his meal so someone else can eat will receive free
drinks for the length of the flight."

Her next announcement came an hour later. "If anyone wants
to change his mind, we still have 29 dinners available!"

Comments  -

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

How to tell a joke !

An English visitor to the United States was admiring the acres and
acres of orchard land on a mid-western farm.

"What an extraordinary amount of fruit!" he exclaimed. "What do
you do with so much?"

"Most of it, we sell," replied the farmer.

"But what about the part you can't sell?" asked the Englishman.

"Well," answered the farmer with a broad smile, "we eat what we
can and what we can't we can."

He laughed at his quip and the Englishman followed suit.

Weeks later, back in London, the Englishman was entertaining friends
at his club with stories of his travels in America. "A farmer over there
told me a jolly good joke," he related.

"It seems they eat as much of their unsold fruit as they're able to,
and the rest they put up in tins."

(From Dr. Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest

Comments :

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

Paintings In The Sky

(Thanks Dianne)

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