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January 21 , 2013

Okay, it's near midnight and I'm still not done with this TGIF edition. I just had so much fun doing the cartoons I got carried away. I hope you like it.

There are also a couple of videos that I wanted to include but I've run out of time as well.

Actually, this has been an extremely busy week but doing this relieves some of the stress.

In a perfect world, this TGIF would be all that I do. But we have to live and scrape to put food on the table. Some of you are probably wondering, "is this Raoul for real? Is he really a nut who spends a few hours Thursday night to put out this TGIF email every Thursday midnight?' Sadly, the answer is YES. Sometimes I think "this week the emails will be really boring and I would have to make do with the jokes of years past." In truth, those weeks do happen, but most of the weeks many of you fill my email box with gold nuggets of jokes. Sometimes I get really tired and then a joke gets me laughing the rest of the day. Knowing that I may pass the joy to you keeps me going.

So to you who keep on sending me stuff, here's a BIG Thank You! And to the majority of you silent readers, Thank You for being part of this Friday experiment that has lasted almost 10 years!

Sent by Joji of Antipolo, Philippines
Words of Wisdom

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Joji of Antipolo, Don of Kelowna, Tom of Pasadena, Naomi of N Hollywood, Mike of New York, Shirley of Whittier and Tom of Pasadena.

This email is dedicated to all the workers of the world! As you know, I just re-send the best joke(s) and entertaining emails I get from people all over the world. Then I add my own original drawings (which I create on the spot as I put this email together) to give it a personal touch. Most of the time I create this a few hours before Friday midnight so if you catch a few typos, blame my tired mind and fingers. If this is your first time to receive this, welcome to a new and (hopefully) entertaining addiction.

Be sure to send me your favorite jokes. The newer the better. If it makes me laugh it could be among the TGIF Jokes of the week. Why not give your friends the gift of Funny Fridays? Subscribe them to Raoul's TGIF Jokes.
TGIF people!
The Crows of Massachusetts
sent by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

They found about 200 dead crows near Boston, Massachusetts, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.

They had a Bird Pathologist examine the remains of all the crows, and he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief.

However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by impact with a car.

The State then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine the cause of the disproportionate percentage of truck kills versus car kills.

The Ornithological Behaviorist determined the cause in short order:
When crows eat road kill, they always set-up a "Lookout Crow" in a nearby tree, to warn of impending danger.

His conclusion was that all of the Lookout Crows could say "Cah", but not one of them could say "Truck."

(If you aren't familiar with the Massachusetts accent, you won't get this. Sorry)

A TGIF Public Service --- No Joke!
Free Museum Pass This Weekend in L.A.
sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA

“Museums Free-For-All’ Saturday January 26th and Sunday January 27th at various local museums http://www.museumsla.org/news.asp in Los Angeles, California.

Get some culture!

A TGIF Website Sighting--- No Joke!
The Straight Dope
Discovered by Raoul

This is rare but once in a while I bump into some really cool sites that I just want to share with others. This is one of them:

The Straight Dope

I love the literary stye, the humor, the choice of topics ... even the cartoons. Some of you have probably heard of Cecil Adams and know what I'm talking about. Well, if not, this might be a delightful read.

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Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

John Pinette on France and Italy
Contributed by Mike of New York
WARNING: Some fowl language

John Pinette - France and Italy

This guy's really funny. Reminds me of a young Jonathan Winters with a couple more pounds. I was laughing so hard. After the video I noticed this guy's got a lot of other videos. When I have time I will look into these as well.

Black & White vs. Color
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Black and White vs Color

A beautiful Before and After effect --- a comparison between seeing things in black and white and in magnificent color. Even I, as an artist, could not have imagined such wonderful color combinations. Author! Author!

Obama Gangnam Style
Contributed by Shirley of Whittier, CA

Obama Gangnam Style

Some people have complained that I chose 2 videos with Ronald Reagan in the past weeks. Well, to give political equal time, here's a pretty popular parody of Pres. Obama doing that hit Korean dance. The double looks a lot like him.

Space Walk
Contributed by Naomi of West Hollywood, CA

Space Walk

A very interesting video of the Orbital Laboratory Space Station. It's pretty long but it held my interest. I had no idea what to expect. Looks like a huge camping adventure up there in space. I think I'd like to go and visit but to stay up there for 6 months is not my idea of fun.

Give us a sense of humor, Lord. Give us the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life. And pass it on to other folk

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