From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 5:37 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 14, 2007


Good Morning . . .


When the age of the Vikings came to a close, they must've sensed it. Probably, they gathered together one evening, slapped each other on the back and said, "Hey, good job."


Hope everyone had a nice weekend and Mother's Day.  I'd also like to wish my sister and her husband a very happy 8th wedding anniversary which is this Tuesday.



1969 - Cate Blanchett (actress)

1969 - Danny Wood (singer)

1965 - Jose Da Silveira (artist)

1961 - Tim Roth (actor)

1952 - David Byrne (singer, guitarist)

1951 - Robert Zemeckis (director)

1950 - Peter Gabriel (singer)

1944 - George Lucas (film producer)

1943 - Jack Bruce (musician)

1936 - Bobby Darin (singer)

1933 - Laszlo Kovacs (cinematographer)

1885 - Otto Klemperer (conductor)

1727 - Thomas Gainsborough (artist)

1686 - Gabriel Fahrenheit (physicist)




Bright Ideas

In breathtaking attention to detail reminiscent of the movie "The Great Escape," some inmates at Michigan's Kinross Correctional Facility chipped through 8 inches of concrete, then continued tunneling until they had cleared the facility's two external walls by an extra 25 feet, but then a guard spotted an irregularity near a cell wall and discovered the operation. When stopped in March, the inmates were only 6 feet away (straight up) from freedom. (As in the movie, their greatest accomplishment was figuring out how to dispose of all that dug-out dirt without being noticed.)


To get her reluctant terrier "Missy" to eat dog food, Elaine Larabie decided to be a role model and eat some herself, after which, Missy indeed began nibbling at it. The next day, both Larabie and Missy were in Ottawa, Ontario, hospitals, vomiting and foaming at the mouth. The incident occurred in March, during the first days of the alert over rat-poison-laced pet food, and doctors suspected that as the culprit, but no definitive conclusion was reported in the press, and both Larabie and Missy recovered.



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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