Good Morning . . .
I guess of all my uncles, I liked Uncle Cave Man the best. We called him Uncle Cave Man because he lived in a cave and because sometimes he'd eat one of us. Later on we found out he was a bear.
Thought it would be nice to get another one of these messages out even though it's on a holiday. Have a great week, and I'll talk to you again "next year"!
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 25th
1971 - Dido (singer)
1958 - Rickey Henderson (baseball)
1954 - Annie Lennox (singer)
1949 - Sissy Spacek (actress)
1948 - Barbara Mandrell (country singer)
1946 - Jimmy Buffett (songwriter, singer)
1945 - Gary Sandy (actor)
1924 - Rod Serling (scriptwriter)
1918 - Anwar el-Sadat (Egyptian president)
1907 - Cab Calloway (bandleader, singer)
1899 - Humphrey Bogart (actor)
1893 - Robert Ripley (ripley's believe it or not)
1887 - Conrad Hilton (hotel magnate)
1821 - Clara Barton (nurse: founder of American Red Cross)
1642 - Sir Isaac Newton (mathematician, apple fancier)
5 BC (approx.) - Jesus Christ
In Mentor, Ohio, firefighters struggled to keep avid Christmas shoppers from continuing to enter the Dillards at Great Lakes Mall after a Dec. 6 electrical fire filled the store with smoke. And in Anderson, S.C., driver David Allen Rodgers, who was driving a float in the town's Christmas parade on Dec. 3 (despite being inebriated), was arrested after impatiently breaking out of the slow-moving parade line and speeding down Main Street, endangering riders and spectators. And in London, the regional manager of unemployment offices banned traditional Christmas decorations because he did not want his clients (since they are jobless in the holiday season) to feel worse by witnessing any festive spirit.
A Georgetown University student, whose dad bought him a $2.4 million off-campus house and who wants his eight best friends to live (and party) with him, ran up against a Washington, D.C., zoning law permitting no more than six unrelated people per house. In October, after researching the issue, the students filed papers declaring themselves a "church" (The Apostles of O'Neill, after owner Brian O'Neill) because churches are allowed to house up to 15 unrelated people. O'Neill's dad supports the students, as judged from his testy response to a Washington Post inquiry: "Who says they aren't a (real) religion?"
As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day. Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website. Have a great week!
*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com)
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