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

7th January 2004    #     Issue 145
Here I am, frisking round you, leaping, barking, pirouetting,
ready for any amount of fun and mischief.  Look at my eyes
if you doubt me.
~ from Jerome K Jerome's Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow


Moderator's Comment -
                                                              ~ Gunjan


Healthy Practice ?
                              ~ tOM

Poetic Replies
                 ~ tOM, Cynthia, Lane, Amit, Chris, Bernie

Speaking Tip
                                                   ~ from Tom Antion

Zen and Rocket Science of Newsletter Unsubscription
                                                   ~ Gunjan

Is it a good time to play ?
                                                   ~ Gunjan



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Moderator's Comments


Now you say something !


Now be honest. Were you able to start saying something,
the moment you read that ? If you could you're much better
than me at quick thinking and it's time there were more posts
from you than from me in I-Laugh ! ;)

The message above is what The Doc's answering machine says
and it has me flummoxed. It's a line that sort of begs you to say
something funny in reply. And have you noticed how hard it is to be
funny when you're trying hard to be funny. I just hope Doc never
plays a recording of my terrible attempts for you all. That would
be a terrible start to this year.

Which reminds me ... Happy New Year Laughmates ! How's
the New Year been treating you so far ?


For me, I've had a fantastic 2004 so far. For starters, I decided
this year, not to spend my money on any of the New Year's
Eve bashes, but instead headed out to my favorite bookstore
at 10am on the 1st January with the amount that I'd saved by
not going to a bash. Now with 2 new Dave Barry books and
Isaac Asimov's "Treasury of Humor" in my book closet I know
I'll have a hangover that'll last me through the month instead of
just through 1st January ! ;)

Next, John Counsel (who moderated I-Sales and
for some time had taken over the Adventive lists last
year) who hadn't been keeping well in 2003 and so
had been out of touch for sometime suddenly got
in touch again. It was great to hear from him and to
find out about one of his non-profit ventures ...
(Do check it out, it's quite interesting)

Lastly, some plans that I had for I-Laugh have moved
at good pace and hopefully I should be able to send
you an announcement mail before the next issue of

Hope you're having a good start to the new year too.
With no further ado, here's I-Laugh #145.


With best wishes
The EXcruciating WZard of Humorous Poetry


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==> Healthy Practice ?

Dear Gunjan,

In issue #144 Eva wrote ...

> Today she is a psychologist with a Ph.D. with a healthy practice.

Hmmm, sounds like she's starving if all her patients don't
need help...


Moderator's Comment -> Tom you got it all wrong,
it's the PhD who has a healthy practice ... and it's -
eating an apple a day ! ;)
~ Gunjan

===> Poetic Replies

In the last issue I mentioned the poetic greeting
that I sent to my friends. Here are some of the
poetic replies. (Not all are included as some
replies were pretty personal)

From tOM (who must have been on a roll)

Poems complex and excruciating
aren't worth time spent excoriating.
Just give them a prayer,
give thanks they're so rare,
then into the bit bin propitiating
From Cyn (www.cynthiamacgregor.com)

My new year's wish right back to you
Is for friends who remain ever true.
    For fortune and wealth,
    But most of all health,
And all else good in this year new.
From Lane

I gotta get back to you,
my motor isn't running
for rhyming, or listening
or lim-ricking or punning.

I just ran out of lime juice
that goes with coke and rum
so heading for the lemon tree
to go and get me some.

Maybe the fresh air and the
exercise expended
will perk me up and, then,
you will have done as you intended.


and by the way, happy new year!
From Amit (The Farmer at Dell ;)

The year was as good as any,
Hope there are like these many.
I wish you the same,
Health, wealth and fame!
from Chris (Partners-In-Rhyme)

A "Hoppy Gnu Ear", yet to see one,
But if it's your gift, and a FREE one,
Accept it, I will,
Except that my thrill
Is, I'd rather see one than be one.

[With apologies to the author of "The Purple Cow"]

In answer, this sentiment sappy,
To Gunjan, our fun rhyming chappy,
Have success prosperous,
Huge as rhinoceros,
And may your New Year be happy!
and from Bernie (www.deepfun.com )

An email from Gunjan is thrilling
To read it, I am always willing
no token is needed
for him to be heeded
yet with joyous anticipation I'm overspilling

a kiss on your general otherness,

===> Speaking Tip

Audience Gags.

Audience gags are offbeat jokes that occur unexpectedly
during a presentation. (Tom goes on to describe several
gags that he often sets up. We'll follow just one in this
issue of I-Laugh)

Dr. Heckle and Mr. Sly
What is one of the biggest nightmares a presenter can have?
That's right a heckler. Since I consider myself playfully sly,
I bring my own heckler and place him or her in the audience.
If you enjoy seeing an audience squirm, this is the way to do
it. Get an obnoxious friend or actor and give him or her some
believable, but outrageous, things to say. The faces of the
audience will be indelibly etched on your retina. It is hysterical.
You can't laugh though or you will be discovered too soon.
Make sure the meeting planner and security know what is going
on with this one so they don't call the police, although that can be
fun too (no I'm just kidding). You could, however, have security
in on the gag and have them drag the crying, screaming person out.
The dragging or carrying should be done in a comical manner or
after the gag is obvious so that the audience doesn't get upset.

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===> Zen and Rocket Science of Newsletter Unsubscription

Every few weeks I get a mail saying ... I have been trying
to unsubscribe for x number of weeks. Get me off your
list, you @$$%^&.

I wonder what efforts the writer of that note must have taken
for those x number of weeks. I mean how difficult is it to
unsubscribe from a newsletter after all ? (Please note that
I'm talking only about genuine ezines and newsletters and
not spam lists which are a different ball game.)

Normally most ezines have either an unsubscribe email
option or a website link or both. This is normally found
at the bottom of the newsletter. For I-Laugh if you go to
the bottom you'll find ...

Unsubscribe by sending a mail to:

So clicking on it and hitting send should do it ... right ?
Wrong. It's important you first double check which
email address you are subscribed with. For example
we (Eva and I) are subscribed to quite a few newsletters
and many affiliate programs which send newsletters from
our laugh at taxmama address, which then forwards the mails
to both our addresses.

If either of us clicked on this link and sent an unsubscribe
mail, it would be a waste of time as the mail would go out,
for me, from gunjan at workinghumor which is my default
address and probably from taxmama at taxmama for Eva.
The receiving listbot or listmanager software would search for
these addresses, not find them, curse us in machine language
and then forget all about it.

You MUST find the email address that you are subscribed
with. In I-Laugh this is easy ! All you have to do is check the
first line which says To xxx@yyy.zzz

In quite a few newsletters (like my own Jest for Pun for example)
that option is unfortunately not available. In which case you have
to see in what mailbox you are receiving it and if any other email
addresses forward to that box.

You then have to make sure that you send out the mail from
that email address. If you are using an email program like
outlook express that give you the choice of sending out mails
as plain text or html, then select plain text as quite a few
list managing software still can't cope with html messages
and think the mail is all Greek.

The problem that you can sometimes have is that you may
not be able to send out mails from the subscribed address.
In which case you are in a bit of trouble. Ask the list owner
to help you out. But remember it's not his or her fault that
you are no longer able to send mails from the subscribed

I don't know if these note writers have tried this out ... coz
if they had I just don't see why it took them 4-6 weeks.
Maybe they've been trying to learn the machine code curses
so they can curse the listmanaging software back. Or maybe
they've been trying to practice their hacking skills to clean
up the list owners databases themselves. For me the above
works wonderfully and that's why I'm subscribed to over
50 newsletters currently and must have tried out atleast
1000 others in the last 4-5 years.

Hope it works for you too. If it doesn't, let me know and
I'll tell you the other method which involves silent meditation
for 16 weeks !

~ Gunjan
The EXcursive WZard of Humorous Quotations

Comments -

===> Is it a good time to play ?

Dear Laughmates,

Matt Weinstein, the author of 'Dogs Don't Bite
When a Growl Will Do' recently sent me a review
copy of his book. The subtitle reads 'What your dog
can teach you about living a happy life'. As I've never
had the pleasure/honor of having a dog myself, I dug
into it eagerly to cover the gap in my education.

The first interesting thing that I found was something
which by some chance of fate I'd managed to pick
up without having a teacher, but it really made me feel
sorry that I'd never had the pleasure of having a dog
as a companion.

Here are the paragraphs that I'm talking about ...

There are very few things that are certain in this lifetime,
but here is one of them : I will get tired of throwing the
ball long before the dogs are tired of chasing after it. I
will be the first one to cry "Uncle!" in a game of tug-of-war
with the red cloth snake, the blue octopus, the stretchy
brown dachshund, or any of the dog toys at all.

When I pull out the squeaky toy fish, I've never seen one
of the dogs give me a look that says, "Can't we do this later?
I'm too tired!" Even if the squeaking of the fish has roused
them from a sound sleep, the dogs always respond by
scrambling instantly to their feet with a look that says,
"Great idea! Glad you thought of it! Let's play!"


Most of my companions on the other hand will, more
often than not, reply with the enthusiasm of the Vultures
in Disney's Jungle Book. And boy what a dampener
that is !

The only time I had a companion with an attitude like that
we painted the entire town and it's outskirts all the shades
from pink to crimson and went through weeks together
at a stretch without a touch of blue in our lives.

In my humble opinion, if we start to respond with the same
enthusiasm to any calls for play as Matt's dogs do, our games,
parties or whatever plans we or our companions cook up for
fun, would be twice as much fun!

~ Gunjan

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A Lesson in Problem Solving ...

Several women appeared in court, each accusing the others of
causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building
where they lived. The women were arguing noisily, even in the

The judge, banging his gavel to quiet them, said, "We are going
to do this in an orderly manner. I can't listen to all of you at once.
I'll hear the oldest first."

The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.

(From Jo-Lene's Daily Humor)

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