From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:30 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 12, 2007

 

Good Morning, Bryan . . .

 

If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that's another weakness.

 

. . . and let the NCAA games begin!  Beginning this Thursday, 64 total games in three weeks of awesome basketball . . .out of all the major sporting events, this is probably my favorite one.  I'm only a bit sad in that my alma mater (Loyola) didn't make it yet again, in fact the last time they made the tourney I was still in school - THAT'S a long time ago!  Anyway, best of luck to all of you filling out the bracket pools over the next few days. 

 

NOTE - the next "Deep Thoughts Weekly" will be out a date late, on TUESDAY March 20th

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, March 12th

1962 - Darryl Strawberry (baseball)

1959 - Marlon Jackson (singer)

1948 - James Taylor (singer)

1946 - Liza Minnelli (actress)

1941 - Barbara Feldon (actress)

1940 - Al Jarreau (singer)

1932 - Andrew Young Jr (Civil rights activist)

1928 - Edward Albee (playwright)

1923 - Wally Shirra, Jr. (astronaut)

1922 - Jack Kerouac (Writer)

1921 - Gordon MacRae (actor)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Science on the Cutting Edge

An international team of biblical scholars learned recently that the sect thought to have been responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls (the Essenes) became extinct because they were too modest about their toilet habits. According to a November report in London's Independent, the researchers found evidence of heavy fecal bacteria in a secluded area (which was also a graveyard) and deduced from the scrolls that the Essenes rejected defecating in the open (which would have allowed sunlight to kill the bacteria).

 

A January National Geographic TV special revisited an underreported Cold War struggle between Soviet and U.S. scientists rushing to perform head transplants. Russian Vladimir Demikhov, working in secret in the 1950s, grafted the head and upper body of a puppy onto the neck of a large mastiff (and both reportedly bemusedly tolerated the other for the four days that the "puppy" lived). American Robert White of Cleveland, Ohio, reportedly transplanted a dog's brain into another dog's neck and noted which characteristics transferred with the brain (until the dog died days afterward). (When even limited word got out about White's 1970 rhesus monkey head transplant, the public outcry forced his lab to close.)

 

 

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!

 

Bryan McGonigal

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com)

 

 

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