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14th January 2004    #     Issue 146
Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.
~ Moliere

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Moderator's Comment -
                                                              ~ Gunjan


Sure Let's Play ?!
                              ~ Uncle Joe

Poetic Comment
                              ~ Uncle Joe

Speaking Tip
                               ~ from Tom Antion


Prime Candidate
                                                   ~ Lane

Breezy Spam
                                                   ~ Bob Dvorak



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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

When Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote in the
18th century...

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.

... he must have had a time machine. How else
would he know that Gunjan with all his mouse
clicks won't be able to launch his 'Jan plans' in
time ? ;)

But I hope he is wrong as far as the second part
is concerned and my plans won't come to nought.

I do hope that before the end of this week Sam Song
(my mouse) and me will have something interesting for

In the meanwhile ... it's been a while since you double
checked your ink stocks and visited Phil and Clara at

With no new tricks, here's I-Laugh #146.


With best wishes
The EXcruciating WZard of Humorous Poetry


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==> Sure Let's Play ?!

Dear Gunjan,

The idea that all dogs either never tire of a game or do not
possess an advanced sense of humour was disproved by my
last one. Having found a stick (on one occasion a log larger
than she which she carried over a hundred yards to challenge
my throwing ability) she would happily chase and retrieve,
then, without warning let me throw, join me in gazing after it,
slump to the ground tongue lolling and she panting; and would
look at me as if to say 'your turn'.

Chacha Joe
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===> A Poetic Comment

An avid zine reader is Gunjan
But gets pain somewhere near the pun jab;
With a thousand to ban
Because they're so drab
It seems he is a hard to please man.

My lim rhyme he'll now say is awful
Because it does not stay in step.
By lim lore it is sinful
(Maybe it's like crep)
So like zines it will add to the binful.

Those zines that walk only as ghosts
And no longer receive any posts
Alas they are many
(From Abergavenny?) -
But I-laugh shall always have hosts.

Chacha Joe
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===> Speaking Tip

Audience Gags.

Ten Wanted Men

I staged a gag at a seminar one time that was loads of fun
and took less than one minute to complete. Before the
program, I picked out about 10 fun-loving audience members
to help me. I gave them secret instructions that were to be
carried out on a certain cue during the program. To start the
gag, I had my assistant interrupt the seminar to give me an
important note. The note read (I used a serious expression):

  It appears that someone is in attendance today with another
  man's wife. There is a large and irate man on his way here
  right now. If you want out, there is a backstage door you
  can use to escape quickly.

At this point, 10 men jumped up out of their seats and ran
keystone cop style out the door. Once they realized what
was happening, several women jumped up and ran out too.
It was great fun and the gag sure woke up everyone who
had a heavy lunch.

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===> Prime Candidate !

My father-in-law received a collect call once from Ohio.
Since his kids lived in West VA he thought maybe they
were traveling and had a problem. So he accepted the
call charges, only to find that he did not know the caller.
He said so and was about to hang up when the stranger
asked,"Excuse me, could you please lend me $500.00?"

My Father-in-Law replied "Sir, didn't I just tell you, I do
not know you."

The man responded: "I know that. I just figured anyone
dumb enough to accept a collect call from a stranger might .....:?

~ Lane

===> Breezy Spam

I keep receiving a Spam e-mail from a sender who wants
to know "how come I haven't claimed my cash prize." I
read the fine print today. It turns out that by registering with
them I am guaranteed a prize of at least $1.00, and will be
entered in a monthly drawing (no indication, that I saw, of
odds of winning) for $2500.

The downside of this con, I'm sure, is that I'll be sending my
e-mail address to thousands of spammers who are just itching
to stuff my mailbox. Having said that, it's obvious that this guy's
still in business, so he must be finding "takers" for his come-on.
In other words, there are individuals out there who are
"Conned With A Win."

(This was posted by Bob Dvorak in the P.U.N.Y
discussion list http://groups.yahoo.com/group/puny
and is reprinted with permission)

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

Encouraging Words ...

An older Jewish gentleman was on the operating table
awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned
surgeon, perform the operation.

As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak
to his son. "Yes, Dad, what is it?" "Don't be nervous, son;
do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if
something happens to me ... your mother is going to come
and live with you and your wife...."

(From Jo-Lene's Daily Humor)

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