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The Negative Side of Humor: Put-Down Jokes

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Other articles at this website show that appropriately-timed humor on the job has the power to break down barriers between fellow employees and build positive connections or bonds in their place. Shared positive laughter promotes team building and helps teams communicate more openly and honestly. It supports the bottom line by helping us sustain peak levels of performance with an increasing pace of change, and the inevitable stress that goes with change.

We’ve all seen situations, however, where humor alienates people and creates barriers. The problem here, of course, is the kind of humor employees use on the job. Humor that disrupts and weakens teams is generally some kind of put-down humor—humor in which there is a clear victim or butt of the joke. This kind of humor always feels like “laughing at” rather than “laughing with.”

It seems to be part of human nature to tell jokes which poke fun at other groups or individuals. Entire countries are often known for their specific brand of put-down humor. When I lived in Paris for three years (in the 1980s), I discovered that the French loved to poke fun at the Belgians. A favorite butt of Canadian jokes is people from Newfoundland (“Newfie jokes”). When I taught at Texas Tech University in the early 1980’s, everyone I knew told “Aggie” jokes (putting down students from Texas A & M University).

If you know a lot of jokes poking fun at other racial or ethnic groups, the opposite sex, etc., and tell them on the job, it’s just a matter of time until you seriously offend someone (even if they laugh at your joke). With increasing levels of cultural diversity emerging in most work settings, the best rule of thumb is to simply not tell any put-down jokes on the job. A joke which you assume will not offend your listeners can easily offend someone within earshot of the joke, even though you’re not telling it to that person. If you must tell these jokes, save them for your friends when you’re outside the office. The one exception to this rule is that it’s generally OK to tell jokes putting down your company’s main competitors. For example, if you work for Coca-Cola, it’s always safe to poke fun at Pepsi.

In my programs, I often put myself at risk by telling a joke which demonstrates the offensive nature of put-down humor. For example, in the year or so after Bill Clinton was elected President, there were a lot of “Hillary jokes” going around. I ask my audience, “Who’s most likely to be offended by this joke?”

Bill Clinton is walking out of the Arkansas State Fair carrying a pig under his arm, and on the way out he runs into a farmer he used to know when he was Governor. The farmer says, “Hey Bill, what’s with the pig?” Clinton answers, “I got it for Hillary.” The farmer thinks about it and says, “Good swap.”

The audience quickly points out that most women and many democrats, and certainly Hillary, would be offended by the joke. And yet employees in companies across the country can still be found sharing such jokes around the coffee machine, walking down the hall, etc.

In one company I spoke to recently, an employee was fired for loading offensive jokes onto the computers of fellow-employees (they would see the jokes when they logged onto their computer). He assumed no one would know who fed the jokes into the system—an assumption which cost him his job.

Those who love put-down jokes complain that the workplace has just become too sensitive, and that those who are offended by their jokes need to “lighten up” a bit. While I earn a living helping people overcome “terminal seriousness” and begin taking themselves more lightly (while continuing to take their work seriously), I understand perfectly well why people are offended by jokes putting down other groups.

The joke-teller generally says something like, “Hey, it’s just a joke. I was only kidding. What’s the matter, can’t you take a joke?” The only problem is that unless you know the teller very well, you can never be sure whether the joke does or does not say something about their true underlying attitudes about the opposite sex or another racial or ethic group. There are enough people who do hold hostile attitudes toward the groups they put down in their jokes that, anyone who does not know you well will assume that you fall in this category. Since this can only disrupt the effectiveness with which you work together, the best approach is clearly to find another way to show your sense of humor on the job.

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Top 10 iPhone Jokes To Crack You Up

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The most popular smartphone on the planet, yet comes with a barrage of humor from the folk on the web. Here’s a collection of top 10 iPhones jokes that are bound to make you roll on the floor, laughing!

Q: How can you tell which one of your friends has the new iPhone X?
A: Don’t worry, they’ll let you know.

What do you call an iPhone that isn’t kidding around?
Dead Siri-ous

Q: What do you call a bent iPhone 6 plus?
A: A dead wringer.

Q: Why is the Apple still reporting record profits?
A: Because iPhone users are just as oblivious to the looming recession as they are to the people around them!

Q: What is written on Steve Jobs tombstone?
A: iCame, iSaw, iConquered, iLeft, iCameBack, iThinkDifferent, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iCloud, iRIP

Q: What do you get when you cross an iPhone 6 plus and skinny jeans?
A: A LG Flex.

Q: Why did Steve Jobs live his last moments in regret?
A: They say your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. Unfortunately for Steve Jobs, his iPhone 4S didn’t have a Flash player installed!

Q: How many Apple iPhone early adopters does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 3001. 1 to do the work and 3000 to go online and bitch about the lack of obscure features!

Q: What do the latest iPhone applications do?
A: Whiten teeth and perform lasik eye surgery!

Q: According to Apple what is the leading cause of iPhones overheating?
A: Downloading images of Katy Perry!

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Humor: Top 10 Football Jokes

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In spite of the fact that football serenades are incredible in a football stadium, they are not perfect to sing at home. Regardless of jokes not being as basic or appealing as serenades, they are as yet valuable in ridiculing your opponents and can be utilized as a part of regular situations. Here are our main ten football jokes you can use amid Euro 2016 wagering and past.

A considerable lot of these are based around worldwide football groups and players, yet you merely need to substitute for the sake of the group or player of the individual you’re endeavouring to twist up – you can get a lot of mileage from these works of art.

“My missus just split up with me because she thinks I’m obsessed with football.
I’m a bit gutted about it; we’d been going out for 3 seasons.”

“What’s the difference between The Invisible Man and Scotland? You’ve got more chance of seeing The Invisible Man at the World Cup Finals.”

“During the World Cup in Brazil, the England team visited an orphanage. “It was heart-breaking to see their sad little faces with no hope.” said João, age 6.”

“What’s the difference between England and a Tea Bag? The tea bag stays in the cup long.”

“I was playing Football Manager on my PC when I was offered the Scotland job. I knew it was a poor squad with no future, so I declined the offer. I then put the telephone down and returned to Football Manager.”

“In 26 years as Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League trophies, 10 community shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League cups, 2 Champions Leagues and only used one piece of chewing gum.”
“The missus accused me of caring more about my fantasy football team than my own kids. In my defence, I had Smalling, Kompany, Shaw and Baines.”
“What do you call an Englishman in the knockout stages of the World Cup? A referee.”
“I hate it when people compare Lionel Messi with Jesus. I mean he’s good and all, but he’s no Messi.”
“What ship has never arrived in the ports of Liverpool? The Premiership.”
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Top 5 Jokes On Travel and Voyage

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Has the travel bug bitten you yet? Let’s take a look at the top 5 jokes on travel, that’s bound to make you laugh all day!

The Blonde and The Lawyer

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game? The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vice versa. ” Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep. The lawyer, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00.” This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game. The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer. “Okay” says the lawyer, “your turn.” She asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?” The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the library of congress, no answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers, to no avail. After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.00. The blonde says, “Thank you,” and turns back to get some more sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, what’s the answer?” Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep. And you thought blondes were dumb.

The Father and The Lady

A very distinguished lady was on a plane arriving from Switzerland. She found herself seated next to a nice priest whom she asked: “Excuse me Father, could I ask a favor?” “Of course my child, What can I do for you?” “Here is the problem, I bought myself a new sophisticated hair remover gadget for which I paid an enormous sum of money. I have really gone over the declaration limits and I am worried that they will confiscate it at customs. Do you think you could hide it under your cassock?” “Of course I could, my child, but you must realize that I can not lie.” “You have such an honest face Father, I am sure they will not ask you any questions”, and she gave him the ‘hair remover’. The aircraft arrived at its destination. When the priest presented himself to customs he was asked, “Father, do you have anything to declare?” “From the top of my head to my sash, I have nothing to declare, my son”,he replied. Finding this reply strange, the customs officer asked, “And from the sash down, what do you have?” The priest replied, “I have there a marvelous little instrument designed for use by women, but which has never been used.” Breaking out in laughter, the customs officer said, “Go ahead Father. Next!”

The Couple Travellers

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, “Relatives of yours?” “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.”

The Gar-Lic Scene

A nice respectable lady with a savory smell of perfume got on the bus and took a seat beside me. After some moments I dared to ask her: “Excuse me lady do you mind me please to ask you what is the name of this perfume and where did you buy it from? I want to buy one for my wife.” The lady responded: “It is Chanel and from Paris.” After about ten minutes later I felt a strong wind in my belly so I slowly blew it out. Some seconds later she broke and said: “Offf… what is this smell my God”? I said: “Gar lic and from Gilroy city in California.”

The Canadian Tourist

An elderly Canadian gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At the French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked, sarcastically. The elderly gentleman admitted he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” The Canadian said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible, Canadians always have to show your passports on arrival in France!” The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look, then he quietly explained, “Well, when I came ashore at Juno Beach on D Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find any Frenchmen to show it to.”

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