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August 13, 1994|Steve Harvey

A little grave humor: Norman Naylor, the president of the Los Angeles Funeral Society, has proposed changing the name of the group's newsletter to take advantage of the society's initials--and to inject a light note into the somber business.

Naylor suggests calling it: "Just for LAFS."

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Now for some CPR humor: We're not kidding. Stephen Glenn, founder of Comedy Trainers, offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes taught by certified instructors who are also comics.

"It's conversational humor," Glenn said of his Garden Grove-based business. "We're not making fun of heart attacks or anything. It's improv style, involving the students."

Glenn, whose slogan is, "Have Mannequins, Video and Humor--Will Travel," charges $24 for a four-hour class.

And how did he get the idea? "Well, I started teaching at a comedy traffic school about nine years ago," said Glenn, himself a comic and an actor, "and realized that the idea of utilizing comedians as instructors is a growing industry."

The name of the Burbank-based traffic school, by the way, is Whee'l Make U Laff.

(Whee'l pause here until you've stopped laffing at the name.)

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Party-pooper: Joyce Stern, an accounts clerk at Redondo High School, notes that when the school rented a Ferris wheel for an event, it had to agree to some strict terms. The company's contract said, in part:

"A friendly but serious note--please do not allow children or guests to hit or kick our employees."

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Speaking of amusement park attractions: James Groom of Hacienda Heights snapped today's photo in the polar climes of La Mirada.

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Waiter, what did you say is in this sauce? Ben Pine of Santa Monica, meanwhile, came upon a menu item that might curb one's appetite immediately.

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Ice Station L.A.: We never realized that L.A. can go to such extremes, weather-wise. While the rest of the town has been baking, the Coliseum sign off the Harbor Freeway was observed giving a reading of minus 70 degrees for several days.

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Floogie update: Our query about the derivation of the song title, "Flat Foot Floogie With the Floy-Floy," brought a note from Esther Rowntree of San Luis Obispo. She informed us that "floogie" is slang for a prostitute. We dare not ask what "floy floy" means.

miscelLAny:

Bulletproof Saran Wrap? Well, not quite. But Global Safety of Marina del Rey is selling an invisible mesh that it claims will protect windows against "environmental disasters" such as fires and earthquakes and "is bullet-resistant up to a .44 magnum." But it ain't cheap. A spokeswoman said the price for the average house can be a shattering five figures.

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