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GET READY TO START NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH 2013 WITH A BANG!

International Fun-At-Work Day

Decorate-A-Smiley

Pursuit of Happiness Day

 

CHECK OUT THESE FUN APRIL FOOL'S DAY LINKS...

The Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time

Probably the most-asked question about April Fools Day: How did it start?

In 1708 a correspondent wrote in to the British Apollo magazine to ask, “Whence proceeds the custom of making April Fools?“ The question is one that many people are still asking today. The puzzle that April Fool’s Day presents to cultural historians is that it was only during the eighteenth century that detailed references to it (and curiosity about it) began to appear. But at that time, the custom was already well established throughout northern Europe and was regarded as being of great antiquity. How had the tradition been adopted by so many different European cultures without provoking more comments in the written record? References to April Fool’s Day can be found as early as the 1500s. However, these early references were infrequent and tended to be vague and ambiguous. Shakespeare, writing in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, made no mention of April Fool’s Day, despite being, as Charles Dickens Jr. put it, a writer who “delights in fools in general.“ Many theories have been put forward about how the tradition began. Unfortunately, none of them are very compelling. So the origin of the “custom of making April Fools” remains as much a mystery to us as it was back in 1708.

The 10 Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever

 

Scott Friedman, CSP, 2004-2005 President of National Speakers Association, suggests these 10 Ways to Celebrate Humor Month

10. Send out child-like invitations to your next meeting. Everyone brings a gift for a needy child.

9. Be a Cookie Monster! Come in early to drop off a cookie (or chocolate!!) on each employee's desk. No note. No announcement. Surprise!

8. Change the word "deadline" to "finish line" to celebrate all completions.

7. Practice kind acts of random. The third person to work today wins a photo with my Aunt Gladys.

6. Celebrate employees' 'inner child' by posting their baby pictures on a bulletin board and guess who's who.

5. Celebrate the first stress of the day! Computer issues? Bravo! Time for a latte and a chocolate croissant.

4. Make an "already done" list and celebrate your accomplishments.

3. Play theme music to match the tome of your upcoming meeting, i.e., Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." "What ever happened to her?".

2. Name that "hum." Organize a 'hum-along'. It's hard to be stressed when you're humming.

1. Enroll yourself in the Hokey Pokey Clinic and turn yourself around.

Scott's inspiring book, "Celebrate!: Lessons Learned From the World's Most Admired Organizations" is available at www.scottfriedman.net

 

ATTENTION HUMOR SCHOLARS...

The International Society for Humor Studies presents an International Humor Conference each year.

Check out and bookmark their website:
http://www.hnu.edu/ishs/



 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY...

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules. http://www.freecomicbookday.com

 

 

 

 
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