Friday Humour Archives
The Friday Humour mailing list and archives are still operating. This index page and the archived emails are maintained and updated in their original format and with their original content as a tribute to the originator of the list Tony Sanderson, who died in June 2006. Rest In Peace Tony

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Last updated: 10:50:05 Tue 01 Jul 2014 AEST

This is the archive for a small humour mailing list called Friday Humour. There are only 300 or so recipients on this list, but with several of them regularly submitting humorous material for the mailout and with Davo and myself moderating, the content nevertheless tends to be of a reasonably high standard. (Mind you - that does not mean that it's always clean - simply that it's usually funny or interesting, as opposed to crass gutter humour!)

I don't have time (and probably never will) to index the stuff into categories - it is archived simply according to the original mailout transmission dates. So if you are browsing around, I'm afraid you'll just have to take pot luck, just as the list recipients do.

The early mailouts (from 1996 until November 1997) were all fairly short - typically only one joke or humourous story. But by the end of 1997, the steadily increasing number of contributions had pushed it up to several hundred lines per mailout, and this is where it's stayed until now.

Apart from that short introductory caveat, I don't mean to sound too serious - please feel welcome to click away and just enjoy. (BTW - there's more detail on the history of the list further below, if you are interested.)

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March 23, 2012 March 16, 2012 March 09, 2012 March 02, 2012
February 24, 2012 February 17, 2012 February 10, 2012 February 03, 2012
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April 23, 2010 April 16, 2010 April 09, 2010 April 02, 2010
March 26, 2010 March 19, 2010 March 12, 2010 March 05, 2010
February 26, 2010 February 19, 2010 February 12, 2010 February 05, 2010
January 29, 2010 January 22, 2010 January 15, 2010 January 08, 2010
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December 25, 2009 December 18, 2009 December 11, 2009 December 04, 2009
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October 30, 2009 October 23, 2009 October 16, 2009 October 09, 2009
October 02, 2009 September 25, 2009 September 18, 2009 September 11, 2009
September 04, 2009 August 28, 2009 August 21, 2009 August 14, 2009
August 07, 2009 July 31, 2009 July 24, 2009 July 17, 2009
July 10, 2009 July 03, 2009 June 26, 2009 June 19, 2009
June 12, 2009 June 05, 2009 May 29, 2009 May 22, 2009
May 15, 2009 May 08, 2009 May 01, 2009 April 24, 2009
April 17, 2009 April 10, 2009 April 03, 2009 March 27, 2009
March 20, 2009 March 13, 2009 March 06, 2009 February 27, 2009
February 20, 2009 February 13, 2009 February 06, 2009 January 30, 2009
January 23, 2009 January 16, 2009 January 09, 2009 January 02, 2009

December 26, 2008 December 19, 2008 December 12, 2008 December 05, 2008
November 28, 2008 November 21, 2008 November 14, 2008 November 07, 2008
October 31, 2008 October 24, 2008 October 17, 2008 October 10, 2008
October 03, 2008 September 26, 2008 September 19, 2008 September 12, 2008
September 05, 2008 August 29, 2008 August 22, 2008 August 15, 2008
August 08, 2008 August 01, 2008 July 25, 2008 July 18, 2008
July 11, 2008 July 04, 2008 June 27, 2008 June 20, 2008
June 13, 2008 June 06, 2008 May 30, 2008 May 23, 2008
May 16, 2008 May 09, 2008 May 02, 2008 April 25, 2008
April 18, 2008 April 11, 2008 April 04, 2008 March 28, 2008
March 21, 2008 March 14, 2008 March 07, 2008 February 29, 2008
February 22, 2008 February 15, 2008 February 08, 2008 February 01, 2008
January 25, 2008 January 18, 2008 January 11, 2008 January 04, 2008

December 28, 2007 December 21, 2007 December 14, 2007 December 07, 2007
November 30, 2007 November 23, 2007 November 16, 2007 November 09, 2007
November 02, 2007 October 26, 2007 October 19, 2007 October 12, 2007
October 05, 2007 September 28, 2007 September 21, 2007 September 14, 2007
September 07, 2007 August 31, 2007 August 24, 2007 August 17, 2007
August 10, 2007 August 03, 2007 July 27, 2007 July 20, 2007
July 13, 2007 July 06, 2007 June 29, 2007 June 22, 2007
June 15, 2007 June 08, 2007 June 01, 2007 May 25, 2007
May 18, 2007 May 11, 2007 May 04, 2007 April 27, 2007
April 20, 2007 April 13, 2007 April 06, 2007 March 30, 2007
March 23, 2007 March 16, 2007 March 09, 2007 March 02, 2007
February 23, 2007 February 16, 2007 February 09, 2007 February 02, 2007
January 26, 2007 January 19, 2007 January 12, 2007 January 05, 2007

December 29, 2006 December 22, 2006 December 15, 2006 December 08, 2006
December 01, 2006 November 24, 2006 November 17, 2006 November 10, 2006
November 03, 2006 October 27, 2006 October 20, 2006 October 13, 2006
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February 17, 2006 February 10, 2006 February 03, 2006 January 27, 2006
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November 04, 2005 October 28, 2005 October 21, 2005 October 14, 2005
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July 15, 2005 July 08, 2005 July 01, 2005 June 24, 2005
June 17, 2005 June 10, 2005 June 03, 2005 May 27, 2005
May 20, 2005 May 13, 2005 May 06, 2005 April 29, 2005
April 22, 2005 April 15, 2005 April 08, 2005 March 31, 2005
March 25, 2005 March 18, 2005 March 11, 2005 March 04, 2005
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December 26, 2003 December 19, 2003 December 12, 2003 December 05, 2003
November 28, 2003 November 21, 2003 November 14, 2003 November 07, 2003
October 31, 2003 October 24, 2003 October 17, 2003 October 10, 2003
October 03, 2003 September 26, 2003 September 19, 2003 September 12, 2003
September 05, 2003 August 29, 2003 August 22, 2003 August 15, 2003
August 08, 2003 August 01, 2003 July 25, 2003 July 18, 2003
July 11, 2003 July 04, 2003 June 27, 2003 June 13, 2003
June 06, 2003 May 29, 2003 May 23, 2003 May 16, 2003
May 09, 2003 May 02, 2003 April 25, 2003 April 18, 2003
April 11, 2003 April 10, 2003 April 04, 2003 March 28, 2003
March 21, 2003 March 14, 2003 March 07, 2003 February 28, 2003
February 21, 2003 February 14, 2003 February 13, 2003 February 07, 2003
January 31, 2003 January 24, 2003 January 17, 2003 January 10, 2003

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November 22, 2002 November 15, 2002 November 08, 2002 November 01, 2002
October 25, 2002 October 18, 2002 October 11, 2002 October 04, 2002
September 27, 2002 September 20, 2002 September 13, 2002 September 06, 2002
August 30, 2002 August 23, 2002 August 16, 2002 August 09, 2002
August 02, 2002 July 26, 2002 July 19, 2002 July 12, 2002
July 05, 2002 June 28, 2002 June 21, 2002 June 14, 2002
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April 12, 2002 April 05, 2002 March 29, 2002 March 22, 2002
March 15, 2002 March 08, 2002 March 01, 2002 February 22, 2002
February 19, 2002 February 15, 2002 February 08, 2002 February 01, 2002
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December 21, 2001 December 14, 2001 December 07, 2001 November 30, 2001
November 23, 2001 November 16, 2001 November 09, 2001 November 02, 2001
October 26, 2001 October 19, 2001 October 12, 2001 October 05, 2001
September 28, 2001 September 21, 2001 September 14, 2001 September 07, 2001
August 31, 2001 August 24, 2001 August 17, 2001 August 10, 2001
August 03, 2001 July 27, 2001 July 20, 2001 July 13, 2001
July 06, 2001 June 29, 2001 June 22, 2001 June 15, 2001
June 12, 2001 June 08, 2001 June 01, 2001 May 25, 2001
May 18, 2001 May 11, 2001 May 04, 2001 April 27, 2001
April 20, 2001 April 11, 2001 April 06, 2001 March 30, 2001
March 23, 2001 March 15, 2001 March 09, 2001 March 02, 2001

December 22, 2000 December 15, 2000 December 08, 2000 December 01, 2000
November 24, 2000 November 17, 2000 November 10, 2000 November 03, 2000
October 27, 2000 October 20, 2000 October 13, 2000 October 06, 2000
September 29, 2000 September 22, 2000 September 15, 2000 September 08, 2000
September 01, 2000 August 25, 2000 August 18, 2000 August 11, 2000
August 04, 2000 July 28, 2000 July 21, 2000 July 14, 2000
July 07, 2000 June 30, 2000 June 23, 2000 June 16, 2000
June 09, 2000 June 02, 2000 May 26, 2000 May 19, 2000
May 12, 2000 May 05, 2000 April 28, 2000 April 21, 2000
April 14, 2000 April 07, 2000 March 31, 2000 March 24, 2000
March 17, 2000 March 10, 2000 March 03, 2000 February 25, 2000
February 18, 2000 February 11, 2000 February 04, 2000 January 28, 2000
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December 24, 1999 December 17, 1999 December 10, 1999 December 03, 1999
November 26, 1999 November 19, 1999 November 12, 1999 November 05, 1999
October 29, 1999 October 22, 1999 October 15, 1999 October 08, 1999
October 01, 1999 September 24, 1999 September 17, 1999 September 10, 1999
September 03, 1999 August 27, 1999 August 20, 1999 August 13, 1999
August 05, 1999 July 30, 1999 July 23, 1999 July 16, 1999
July 02, 1999 June 25, 1999 June 18, 1999 June 11, 1999
June 04, 1999 May 28, 1999 May 21, 1999 May 14, 1999
May 07, 1999 April 30, 1999 April 23, 1999 April 16, 1999
April 09, 1999 April 01, 1999 March 26, 1999 March 19, 1999
March 12, 1999 February 26, 1999 February 19, 1999 February 12, 1999
February 04, 1999 January 29, 1999 January 22, 1999 January 14, 1999
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December 23, 1998 December 18, 1998 December 11, 1998 December 04, 1998
November 27, 1998 November 19, 1998 November 12, 1998 November 05, 1998
October 29, 1998 October 22, 1998 October 15, 1998 October 09, 1998
September 24, 1998 September 18, 1998 September 10, 1998 September 04, 1998
August 27, 1998 August 21, 1998 August 13, 1998 August 07, 1998
July 30, 1998 July 24, 1998 July 16, 1998 July 09, 1998
July 03, 1998 June 26, 1998 June 19, 1998 June 12, 1998
June 05, 1998 May 29, 1998 May 22, 1998 May 15, 1998
May 08, 1998 April 30, 1998 April 23, 1998 April 09, 1998
April 02, 1998 March 26, 1998 March 19, 1998 March 13, 1998
March 05, 1998 March 02, 1998 February 20, 1998 February 13, 1998
February 06, 1998 January 23, 1998 January 16, 1998 January 09, 1998

December 26, 1997 December 19, 1997 December 12, 1997 December 05, 1997
November 28, 1997 November 21, 1997 November 14, 1997 November 07, 1997
October 31, 1997 October 24, 1997 October 17, 1997 October 10, 1997
October 03, 1997 September 26, 1997 September 19, 1997 September 12, 1997
September 05, 1997 August 29, 1997 August 22, 1997 August 15, 1997
August 08, 1997 August 01, 1997 July 25, 1997 July 18, 1997
July 11, 1997 July 04, 1997 June 27, 1997 June 20, 1997
June 06, 1997 May 23, 1997 May 16, 1997 May 09, 1997

So, anyway - why should humour be related to Friday's?

Well, no particular reason - it just happened to be archived off a small mailing list (of 200 or so recipients) who called themselves the "Humourites", and a collection of humour (or philosophy, or whatever) is more or less regularly posted out (by myself and Davo) to this group on Friday of each week. So I guess it's a sort of moderated humour group, somewhat styled after the rec.humour USENET news group which many of us followed through the late 1980's and early 1990's (pre-Netscape).

"Friday humour" (as a regular weekly event) started around 1997 (at which time I was the Computer Systems Manager for a site of 120 scientists and other assorted bods at one of the many divisions of an Australian scientific research organisation called CSIRO). The particular division where I worked then was located in an old Melbourne suburb called Port Melbourne. (And - yep, it was within walking distance of the sea - quite nice!)

Occasional humour mailouts had actually started back in Feb 1996 as part of a quick method of testing the site's email system after having made any sort of significant change. It eventually became obvious that most site personnel were actually finding these "tests" a pleasant addition to their day (!), so in May 1997 I finally decided to make it a regular weekly posting in its own right.

Some people also began sending in their own contributions - and so the whole thing became a regular event. I can't really remember why we settled on Friday as the "humour day". Perhaps it had something to do with our habit of going "off site" to various pubs for lunch on Fridays ... but either way - after a few months, it became known as "Friday Humour".

In the early days, the mailout was quite small - typically just one joke. Towards the end of 1997, with many people now regularly sending in contributions, the jokes respository was growing faster than I could send them out. One or two people asked me why I didn't just "make it bigger" to clear the backlog - so I started making it bigger ... and bigger. For most of its life, the Friday mailout has typically been around the 400-500 line mark.

In the early days, list members would occasionally post a funny cartoon or photograph too, but for quite a while, I just couldn't figure out a good way to cleanly include such stuff in the mailout. I certainly didn't want to send them off as mail attachments; this would just make the size of the posting too large for some of our recipients' mailboxes.

As mailers gradually became more "URL" aware through the late '90s, the idea occurred to me of just placing the pictorial stuff on a web server somewhere and providing people with links to them via the mailout. At that time though, the only server I knew of which had sufficient room for hundreds or thousands of megabytes of such material was the one at my work - and I certainly couldn't risk putting the stuff on there because some were X-rated!

To cut a boring long story short, that's where the idea for this server (bluehaze) was born. There were other reasons for it, of course, such as (eg) a scientific colleague Lachlan Cranswick wanting a facility which we could fully control ourselves. Just having a 'net-connected server where we could both store anything that suited us had been on our minds since 1995.

Anyway, I organised a machine and put Linux on it, found an ISP, and starting from Friday Sep 10th, 1999, made a tentative beginning toward the inclusion of pictures. And to cap this off, in November of that year an ex-work colleague by the name of Steve Harding also made his server available for some of the larger ones (he having more bandwidth than bluehaze), and that of course helped too!

I tried to kill the list on December 22nd, 2000 because compiling it on a regular weekly basis is no longer feasible. But Davo (our HR manager, Footy Tips organiser, and Stereo AM fanatic of many years standing) has kindly offered to assist in keeping it on the air (and at present, he's doing alternate weeks).

And have I ever done any of this on CSIRO time? Nup! I'm not the Systems Mgr at our new, merged "super division" at Claytown, so I rarely have reason to test the mail system. So I've almost invariably done the joke mailout in my own time - after work on a Thursday. (I only mention that in case someone wrongly assumes that CSIRO employees waste precious Govt resources on weekly humour mailouts :)

BTW - the HTML-ised humour files (and this page) are created automagically by a unix shell script I wrote on Saturday Mar 4th, 2000, called convert. This takes my (Pine) mail 'folder' called frihumour (which is where I save the friday humour mailouts each week) and context-splits it into a set of automagically-named output files - these are then filtered and formatted into crude HTML with a cyclic collection of background colours and header graphics. Dates and so on are sniffed out from the mail header info on the way through. And as you could probably guess - this index page (including what you're reading now) is also re-built by this process.

So why write a program (script) to do this? Well, I just couldn't face hand-splitting and hand-formatting the whole lot to begin with, and I also knew damn well that if I had to face formatting up yet another new file each week on top of compiling the original mailout, it'd just be the final straw. This way, keeping these web pages in sync with the weekly mailout has been a breeze.


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