From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 5:56 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 30, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Many people don't realize that playing dead can help not only with bears, but also at important business meetings.


A friend of mine asked me if I could post the following message in this weekly letter - it's for a very worthwhile cause, from the recent American Idol "Idol Gives Back" show:  Sometimes you have to think how lucky we are and then think of some that are not.  If you want to try a make a difference in this world, logon to (or call 1-877-436-5243) and see how you can help save a child's life.  Even a $5 donation can help!  To learn more, check out   


Oh . . . and how 'bout those BULLS!!!



1982 - Kirsten Dunst (actress)

1973 - Jeff Timmons (singer)

1971 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson (singer/songwriter)

1963 - Michael Waltrip (NASCAR)

1961 - Isiah Thomas (basketball)

1948 - Perry King (actor)

1946 - Carl XVI Gustav (king of Sweden)

1944 - Jill Clayburgh (actress)

1940 - Burt Young (actor)

1938 - Gary Collins (actor)

1933 - Willie Nelson (singer, actor)

1930 - Cloris Leachman (actress)

1923 - Percy Heath (jazz musician)

1912 - Eve Arden (actress)



Cultural Diversity

On Jan. 31, several hundred Japanese husbands recognized the second annual Beloved Wives Day to upgrade Japanese men's notorious, deeply ingrained indifference to their spouses. Among the husbands' vows: be home from work by the unusually early hour of 8 p.m.; actually look into the missus's eyes and say "thank you"; and try to remember to call her by her name (instead of, as many apparently do in substitution, grunting at her). (Divorce in Japan remains relatively rare, but marital estrangement has been rapidly increasing in recent years.)


Several matrilineal cultures exist in the world, but on Orango Island, off the African coast of tiny Guinea-Bissau, women's power to choose marriage partners is nearly absolute, according to a February Associated Press dispatch. By custom, the woman selects a man, then prepares a special dish of fish marinated in palm oil, after which any reluctance on his part is regarded as dishonoring his family. Before the couple can cohabit, though, a family home must be built from driftwood and mud bricks, and fortunately for the man, that, too, is her job. Islanders told the reporter that men are becoming more assertive, but that change has brought with it the unheard-of phenomenon of divorce.



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


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at



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