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January 4 , 2013

So what did you do during the holidays? If you're like me (and lots of other folks I've compared notes with) mine was quieter than usual. I watched so many videos with family. Can't remember when I had so much luxury of time to waste. But lest you think it was just nonsensical entertainment, I actually immersed myself in documentaries and talk shows. What can I say? This world is full of extremely intelligent people. I'm totally psyched!

In Japan, they have created the first human-engineered retina using stem cell technology. Inspired by the horrible tsunami, a Japanese inventor developed Polymer Concrete which may revolutionize construction. In New York, two broadcasters have a mission to explore concepts and ideas sharing their findings in an ongoing project called Radiolab. I watched a long lost video interview of Steve Jobs which was taken in 1995 --- which was just a year before he was re-hired to chair Apple. Apple was in such a bad shape the company was 90 days away from bankruptcy. I followed the lives of video game designers (Indie Game: The Movie) --- about the intense stress, the isolation from society --- each with the modern American dream of creating a multi-million dollar game. And this is just the tip of my holiday video iceberg.

We live in exciting times and the world is full of creative people. As Steve Jobs said, the computer has given us the ability to go beyond our wildest dreams. 2013, here I come! Are you coming with me?

Sent by Peter Paul of S. Pasadena
Words of Wisdom

It doesn't matter what people think of you. It only matters what you think of YOU. Don't change because one person doesn't like you.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Peter Paul of S Pasadena, Dette of Dalipuga, Ron of Pasadena, Naomi of North Hollywood, Mike of New York, Tom of Pasadena, and Don of Kelowna.

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!
sent by Dette of Dalipuga, Philippines

The difference between in-laws and outlaws?

Outlaws are wanted!

Team Effort
sent by Ron of Pasadena, CA

A senior drove her car into a ditch just outside of town. Luckily, a local farmer came along with a big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move.

Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull!" Buddy didn't move.

Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Molly, pull!" Still, Buddy didn't move.

Finally the farmer said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.

The senior was most appreciative, but curious. She asked the farmer, "How come you called your horse by the wrong name three times?"

"Oh," the farmer said, "Buddy can't see anything, and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!"

Brain Study
Teaser sent by Naomi of North Hollywood, CA

I've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers.

Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind.

And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long, long ways down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

7H15 M3554G3
53RV35 7O PR0V3
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
R34D1NG 17
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F
U C4N R34D 7H15.

Only great minds could have read that. This is weird, but interesting.

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid, too.

How about this? Can you raed this?

Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it

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Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Plan B: When the Breathalizer Fails
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Sobriety Test

Funny prank on suspected drunk drivers. Light-hearted humor.

Hanging Acrobats
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

BReathless Acrobatics

This is a combination trapeze and gymnastics act. I didn't know you could catch someone with your feet. Are they in shape or what?

Concierto in G ... as in Garbage
Contributed by Michael of New York

Music from Garbage

Who would have thought you could do so much from a heap of garbage? Now this is recycling!

Patty Cake Cats
Contributed by Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

Patty Cake Cats

So I'm sure you're wondering why that title ... stop the postulation and watch the video!

Hope your first Friday of the year is a good one!

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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