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

13th April 2004    #     Issue 155
Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.
~ Ogden Nash

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Moderator's Comment
                                             ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                            ~ Eva



Foot in the Mouth Disease
                                       ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                                ~ from Tom Antion

Is your email private
                                   ~ Guess Who

My Name is .. uh
                                   ~ Kenneth

Take Pride in Whatever you do



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Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

There are plenty of ways to make a point. With me
the most humorous way almost always scores.

Take the post ... 'take pride in whatever you do' for
example. In my opinion the joke listed there (received
for the ever colorful tOM tROTTIER ;) makes a great
telling point in favor of taking pride in whatever you do.

What d'you think ?

If you all like it too, I'd like to add a new section to I-Laugh
called Twisted Lessons. This would either be self contained
if the lesson is taught by a joke or a quote or use a link if the
lesson is taught by a cartoon or picture.

Do you feel this section should replace the stress relief section
or should it be an addition? Any of you enjoy the stress
relief URLs ??


With no further ado... here's I-Laugh # 155


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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

Miss me? Me too. It's been a long few months, as
my office buried itself in tax season.  We haven't come
up for air to see family, friends, or anyone...

Thank goodness our clients are such dear friends -
at least, since we pre-schedule our Saturday afternoon
appointments, we get to go out to dinner or the theater
with them once in a while.

I've been so reclusive this year that even my car
registered a protest. Getting in the other day to leave
for a doctor's appointment, she refused to start.
My baby was so lonely and neglected, she'd drained
all her battery power. Rick trickled a little juice her
way and patted her on the hood and she was all better.

Speaking of foot in mouth (post following this one)...
We are working on extensions today (buying four more
months to complete the tax returns), which are due on
Thursday. So, going through the entire list of clients on
the tax computer and my e-mail folders, I sent out
reminders to people we hadn't heard from.

Then, this afternoon, chatting with a friend, she updated
me on her activities with all the clients I've sent her. And,
OOPS, one of them was one of the guys I sent a reminder
to. Once she mentioned him, talking about mothering him
and taking care of his problems, I could just see my last
conversation with him, telling him how much he was going
to love this woman. That she was really going to treat him
so well, he'd never miss me at all.  Well, it turns out to be
true - so true, in fact, that she's totally mother-henning him.

Good to know my friends are taking care of my friends.

But you...how are you all doing?

Tell me all...I'll be coming up for air in May and want to
hear all about your adventures.

Best wishes,

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg

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===> Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Nobody took a chance of putting their foot-in-mouth
by guessing who that extract was from. It was from
the autobiography of Groucho Marx.

~ Gunjan

Comments -

===> Speaking Tip

Words are funny

Some words are simply funnier than others. Your word
choice can be the key to creating a successful witty line
or a dud.

All professional comedy writers agree on the following fact.
The sound of certain words can virtually guarantee a laugh.
In particular, the "K" sound in words is the granddaddy of
all funny sounds. In Neil Simon's play, The Sunshine Boys,
Willy, a main character, gives his nephew a lecture about
Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things.
You know what words are funny and which words are
not funny. Alka Seltzer is funny. You say "Alka Seltzer"
you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are funny.
Casey Stengel, that's a funny name. Robert Taylor is not
funny. Cupcake is funny. Tomato is not funny. Cookie
is funny. Cucumber is funny. Car keys. Cleveland . . .
Cleveland is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then, there's
chicken. Chicken is funny. Pickle is funny.

Someone actually researched why the "k" sound is funny.
It has something to do with the sounds we, as babies,
associated with comfort. Like cootchie-coo, cuddle, cozy, etc.
Note that these words don't have a "K" in them, but they have
the "K" sound.


    Those turkeys over at XYA (remember no Z's allowed)
company can't hold a candle to our team of installers.

    I'll bet you a cupcake to a cucumber the blue team will
outsell the gold team.

[Another tip from the different ways to be funny
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========= NEW DISCUSSIONS =============

===> Is your email really private ?

Hi Laughmates,

A couple of times earlier I've had this feeling that people
were scanning through my mail. I've known of course
that I haven't taken any big precautionary measures and
so if a technologically smart person really wanted to check
out my mail he/she probably could, but I always thought
no one would actually bother to do so. (Yeah the old
'lives of enlisted men being only marginally more
interesting than that of the officers' syndrome)

But recently after a couple of mail exchanges with Granny
in Canada I found quite a few of the spammers had
shifted from addressing me as Gunjan to the nickname that
Granny calls me. Amazing I thought ... till I came across this
post from the Frankelbiz.

 >From Daiv:

If you believe that your mail, on ANY server is NOT being read,
you are in for a nasty surprise.  Everywhere between you and your
recipient or you and the originator, your message is exposed to
prying eyes.  It will remain in a folder on either side, able to be
read by whoever feels it appropriate to do so.

Unless you use a full message encryption product like PGP (Pretty
Good Privacy), your message is able to be read, and likely to be
read, by content-searching spam filters, nosy net admins, packet
sniffers, and thieves at every step and every stop.

Welcome to the 21st century.  All your electrons are belong to us.

Daiv(tm) Russell, daiv@frankelbiz.com
Software Engineering Strategist

Well ... I thought you would like to know if you
didn't already.


Comments -

===> My Name is .. uh

My Name is .. uh

To some it's exciting
     To get up and talk

To hundreds of people -
     You won't see them balk.

     They'll never say um
Or insult someone,

     They sometimes get paid -
Their thoughts even weighed.

     If they want me to rise
To a group of good size,

     My knees will feel weak,
        My words will sound Greek,

              My nerves will be shot,
                  My thing this is not.

My voice will be squeaking,
     That's why I'm not good

        At public speaking.

                           Kenneth Hoffman

Reprinted with permission from the author who adds
"My real world advice to reluctant speakers is talk about
what you know and say everything like a revelation."

Comments -

===> Take Pride in whatever you do

An elderly Jewish gentleman marries a much younger woman.
No matter what he does sexually, the wife never achieves
orgasm. Since a Jewish wife is entitled to sexual pleasure,
they decide to ask the rabbi.

The rabbi listens to their story, strokes his beard, and made
the following suggestion: "Hire a strapping young man. While
the two of you are making love, have the young man wave a
towel over you. That will help the wife fantasize and should
bring on an orgasm."

They go home and follow the rabbi's advice.They hire a
handsome young man and he waves a towel over them as
they make love. It doesn't help and she is still unsatisfied.

Perplexed, they go back to the rabbi.  "Okay," he says to
the husband, "let's try it reversed. Have the young man make
love to your wife and you wave the towel over them."

Once again, they follow the rabbi's advice. The young man
gets into bed with the wife and the husband waves the towel.
The young man gets to work with great enthusiasm and the
wife soon has an enormous, room-shaking, earsplitting
screaming orgasm.

The husband smiles, looks at the young man and says to him
triumphantly: "You see, you young schmuck? THAT'S how
you wave a towel!"

Comments -

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

Beats Business School

"What's the usual tip?" a man growled when the
college boy delivered his pizza. 

"Well," the student replied, "this is my first delivery,
but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you,
I'd be doing great." 

"That so?" grunted the man. "In that case, here's five dollars." 

"Thanks," the student said, "I'll put it in my college fund." 

"By the way, what are you studying?" 

"Applied psychology."

(Thanks tOM)

Comments :

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


(Thanks Dianne)

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