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With over 700 posts, the Humor That Works Blog is a vast resource covering all sorts of humor topics. But it can also be a bit overwhelming; new readers aren’t sure where to start or what to focus on. Well, new readers should definitely start with the Getting Started Guide, but after that, it’s choose-your-own-adventure.

But if you want some insight from the author, I decided to share some of my favorite posts from the last 7+ years of writing about humor at work.

#1. Funny Work Jokes

Who doesn’t like a good one-liner? That was my thought with this collection of work jokes. Yes, there are plenty of posts on this blog that cover the benefits of humor or how to use it, but sometimes all you need is a laugh or 101.

Read 101 Funny Work Jokes to Get You Through the Day

2. The Best Teambuilding Exercise

Some of my posts are dedicated to teaching you how to do a very specific humor activity with the hopes that it helps you get started using humor by sharing all the details you need to repeat something I already know works. My favorite such exercise turns your peers into zombies.

Read Zombie Tag – A Teambuilding Exercise

3. The Power of Improv

I’m a huge proponent of applied improvisation and truly believe that improv can (and will) change the world. One post in particular wraps some of the wonderful life perspective that improv can provide into a nice list of ten.

Read 10 Life Tips from Improv Class

4. A Proper News Story

I’ve shared a number of personal updates over the years, all with the goal of keeping you abreast of what was going on behind-the-scenes of the company. No post was more meaningful than reflecting on my decision to leave my corporate job to pursue this project of humor at work.

Read 3 Year Anniversary of Leaving P&G

5. My Most Popular Post According to Google

The goal of the blog has always been to provide practical resources to various challenges. As an introvert, one challenge I ran into was creating engaging conversation with peers and coworkers, so I created a list of questions I could use to avoid terrible small talk. It turns out other people were looking for the same thing because this is my most popular post based on Google search traffic.

Read 50 Questions to Get to Know Someone

6. An Ancillary Skill

Humor That Works has never been exclusively about humor; it’s always been about being more effective. It just turns out that humor is one of the keys to being effective, even on personal tasks like learning how to wake up in the morning.

Read How to Stop Hitting Snooze

7. A Post to Prove My Mom Wrong

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places, including the radio / iTunes / Spotify. It’s why I decided to create an entire database of office humor–to curate inspiration into one spot. One of my favorite collections is that inspirational hip hop lyrics. Growing up, my mom was never a fan of me listening to rap (she didn’t like the lyrical content) but I realized that there’s a lot of positivity in the hip hop, so I wrote a post to prove her wrong.

Read 12 Inspirational Lyrics from Hip Hop

8. One of the Best Business Books

Reading has always been a great way to clarify my own thinking and ideas, particularly around humor at work. Periodically, I take the time to share what I’ve learned from what I’ve read. Peter F Drucker is one of those people who has taught me a great deal from his writings. His book, The Effective Executive is perhaps the first truly life-changing non-fiction book I ever read. So I shared some of the most important lessons from the book.

Read 12 Effectiveness Lessons from The Effective Executive

9. One of the Best Fiction Books

I think you can learn just as much from fiction as you can from non-fiction, and I set out to prove it by sharing some of the greatest wisdom from one of my favorite books and one of the most successful graphic novels of all time: The Watchmen.

Read Life Lessons from The Watchmen

10. A Post that Makes Me Smile

Building off the idea of getting inspiration from unlikely places, I found a site dedicated to creating inspirational picture quotes using prompts, error messages, and readouts from machines. It’s fantastic.

Read Unintentionally Profound Life Advice from Machines

Looking for More?

Still looking for more? Check out any of the other 700+ posts on the blog or read one at random.

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You never know where inspiration is going to come from. It could be a book you read, a moment you witness, or a line you read in the instruction manual of a product.

Wait, what was that last one? Turns out there’s an entire blog dedicated to life advice from machines. Here are my seven favorite.

Unintentionally Profound Life Advice from Machines

1. Choose Yes

unintentionally profound choose yes

2. Peel and Remove

unintentionally profound peel and remove

3. Compose New Message

unintentionally profound compose new message

4. Input Value

unintentionally profound input value

5. Assume No Fault

unintentionally profound assume no fault

6. Seat Yourself

unintentionally profound seat yourself

7. Run Unattended

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Sure every state has their official song, but the true love for one’s home comes in the form of pop songs about the 50 states. Here are the best songs about each of the 50 states (note: some were easier to find than others).

50 Best Songs About the 50 States

thumb_US_State_alabama1. Best Alabama Song

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynrd Skynrd

thumb_US_State_alaska2. Best Alaska Song

“Alaska” by Dr. Dog

thumb_US_State_arizona3. Best Arizona Song

“Take It Easy” by The Eagles

thumb_US_State_arkansas4. Best Arkansas Song

“Mary, Queen of Arkansas” by Bruce Springsteen

thumb_US_State_california5. Best California Song

“California Love” by the 2Pac

thumb_US_State_colorado6. Best Colorado Song

“Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver

thumb_US_State_connecticut7. Best Connecticut Song

“Connecticut” by Judy Garland and Bing Crosby

thumb_US_State_delaware8. Best Delaware Song

“Hot Time in Delaware” by Saves the Day

thumb_US_State_florida9. Best Florida Song

“Mainline Florida” by Eric Clapton

thumb_US_State_georgia10. Best Georgia Song

“Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles

thumb_US_State_hawaii11. Best Hawaii Song

“Island Style” by John Cruz

thumb_US_State_idaho12. Best Idaho Song

“Idaho” by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons

thumb_US_State_illinois13. Best Illinois Song

“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

thumb_US_State_indiana14. Best Indiana Song

“Back Home Again in Indiana” by Louis Armstrong

thumb_US_State_iowa15. Best Iowa Song

“Iowa” by Dar Williams

thumb_US_State_kansas16. Best Kansas Song

“Kansas City” by Albert King

thumb_US_State_kentucky17. Best Kentucky Song

“Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Bill Monroe

thumb_US_State_louisiana18. Best Louisiana Song

“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry

thumb_US_State_maine19. Best Maine Song

“Maine Island Lovers” by Okkervil River

thumb_US_State_maryland20. Best Maryland Song

“Baltimore” by Randy Newman

thumb_US_State_massachusetts21. Best Massachusetts Song

“Massachusetts” by The Bee Gees

thumb_US_State_michigan22. Best Michigan Song

“Detroit Rock City” by KISS

thumb_US_State_minnesota23. Best Minnesota Song

“Shhh” by Atmosphere

thumb_US_State_mississippi24. Best Mississippi Song

“Mississippi” by Bob Dylan

thumb_US_State_missouri25. Best Missouri Song

“Missouri Waltz” by Johnny Cash

thumb_US_State_montana26. Best Montana Song

“Meet Me in Montana” by Dan Seals & Marie Osmond

thumb_US_State_nebraska27. Best Nebraska Song

“Omaha, Nebraska” by Groucho Marx

thumb_US_State_nevada28. Best Nevada Song

“Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley

thumb_US_State_new_hampshire29. Best New Hampshire Song

“A Town in Old New Hampshire” by Metropolis

thumb_US_State_new_jersey30. Best New Jersey Song

“Jersey Girl” by Tom Waits

thumb_US_State_new_mexico31. Best New Mexico Song

“Taos, New Mexico” by Waylon Jennings

thumb_US_State_new_york32. Best New York Song

“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra

thumb_US_State_north_carolina33. Best North Carolina Song

“Carolina in my Mind” by James Taylor

thumb_US_State_north_dakota34. Best North Dakota Song

“North Dakota” by Lyle Lovett

thumb_US_State_ohio35. Best Ohio Song

“Ohio” by The Black Keys

thumb_US_State_oklahoma36. Best Oklahoma Song

“Oklahoma Hills” by Jack Guthrie

thumb_US_State_oregon37. Best Oregon Song

“Portland, Oregon” by Loretta Lynn with Jack White

thumb_US_State_pennsylvania38. Best Pennsylvania Song

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

thumb_US_State_rhode_island39. Best Rhode Island Song

“Sweet Rhode Island Red” by Ike and Tina Turner

thumb_US_State_south_carolina40. Best South Carolina Song

“Hickory Wind” by Gram Parsons

thumb_US_State_south_dakota41. Best South Dakota Song

“South Dakota Morning” by The Bee Gees

thumb_US_State_tennessee42. Best Tennessee Song

“My Tennessee Mountain Home” by Dolly Parton

thumb_US_State_texas43. Best Texas Song

“If You’re Gonna Play in Texas” by Alabama

thumb_US_State_utah44. Best Utah Song

“Salt Lake City” by The Beach Boys

thumb_US_State_vermont45. Best Vermont Song

“Moonlight in Vermont” by Willie Nelson

thumb_US_State_virginia46. Best Virginia Song

“Virginia Moon” by Foo Fighters

thumb_US_State_washington47. Best Washington Song

“My Oh My” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

thumb_US_State_west_virginia48. Best West Virginia Song

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

thumb_US_State_wisconsin49. Best Wisconsin Song

“Minnesota, WI” by Bon Iver

thumb_US_State_wyoming50. Best Wyoming Song

“Song of Wyoming” by Chris LeDoux

BONUS: Best Washington, DC Song

“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by The Postal Service

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goal setting quotes

In addition to curating content here, I also train people on using humor in the workplace. I recently gave a training on communication and was looking for a quotation that expressed the importance of having an agenda in meetings. I ultimately went with:

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” –Peter Drucker

But while searching, I also came across these 17 inspirational quotations on the importance of having a goal:

1. Yogi Berra

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” -Yogi Berra

2. Ernest Hemingway

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” –Ernest Hemingway

3. Paulo Coelho

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” –Paulo Coelho

4. Lewis Carroll

Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.
–Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

5. Seneca

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” –Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6. Napoleon Hill

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” –Napoleon Hill

7. Aldous Huxley

“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” –Aldous Huxley

8. Thomas Fuller

“A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.” –Thomas Fuller

9. J.M. Power

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” –J.M. Power

10. H Jackson Brown

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” -Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

11. Jennifer Yane

“The only thing that has to be finished by next Tuesday is next Monday.” –Jennifer Yane

12. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13. Charles C. Noble

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” –Charles C. Noble

14. Bill Copeland

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland

15. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes

17. Brian Tracy

“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” –Brian Tracy

18. Geoffry Abert

“The most important thing about goals is having one.” –Geoffry Abert

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Often times we go through life doing things the way our parents or friends did them, or the way we just figured out on our own. That’s not always to most effective way to get things done.

Here are “tutorials” for 10 hacks to make life more efficient.

1. Peel a Banana Like a Monkey

Pulling from the stem of a banana can make the top mushy or make a mess. So peel from the bottom instead.

2. Eat a Chicken Wing with One Hand

Chicken wings are delicious but messy. Here’s how to keep one hand clean when digging in. Warning: There’s a little bit of NSFW language.

3. Prevent Water from Boiling Over Using a Wooden Spoon

A watched pot never boils; an unwatched pot boils over. Unless you have a wooden spoon.

4. Tell if an Egg is Still Good

Have eggs that are past their expiration date? Use some water to see if they’re still good.

5. Seal a Bag of Chips without a Chip Clip

Want to keep chips fresh? Use this method to close a bag of chips without a chip clip.

6. Fold a Fitted Sheet

One of the sweetest lady’s ever teaches you how to actually fold a fitted sheet instead of crumpling it up into a mess.

7. Pack a Suitcase for Long Trips

This isn’t the most “on-the-go” method of packing but it is one of the best for getting the most amount of clothes into a carry-on bag.

8. Open Plastic Packaging with a Can Opener

Rather than tear your hands up or fumble with scissors, just use a can opener.

9. Wrap Up Headphones so They Don’t Get Tangled

According to this picture, whenever you put headphones in your pocket or bag, little gnomes come out to get them tangled. Here’s how to prevent that.

10. Make an iPhone / iPod Louder with a Cup

Want to listen to music but your iPhone / iPod / Android phone / Zune isn’t loud enough? Drop it in a cup.

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