Proverb Fortune Cookie Humor
(Note: Determine if this is politically correct for your audience.)
Here is a cute excerpt from my public speaking course. Some presenters throw in a cute diversion to an otherwise boring presentation
by attributing a saying to an ancient Chinese philosopher. Since these
sayings are not attributed to anyone in particular, feel free to change
or update them to fit your situation and to add to their comedic value.
(The term 'original' here means as original as something can be after
being recited and translated for several hundred years.)
Original: You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from flying over
your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.
Update: You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from flying over your
head, but you can prevent them from pooping on your Gucci blazer.
Original: He who walk on eggs should tread lightly.
Update: He who walk on eggs should find out the price per dozen.
Original: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Update: People who live in glass houses should pull down the blinds.
The contrast of the update to the original provides the humor and is
practiced in your public speaking course.
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