From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 2:26 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 30, 2007


Good Morning . . .


If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now.


**Deep Thoughts Weekly will be taking a very brief time out - the next edition will be on Monday, August 13th.**


After about four weeks of inactivity, I finally got around to updating my website.  There's not a ton of new stuff but at least it's somewhat current again.  Speaking of websites, if you though MySpace was a bit over-the-top, it now has an unintentional sister site called - which is apparently a site dedicated to MySpace members who are deceased.  Creepy . . .



1974 - Hilary Swank (actress)

1972 - Brad Hargreaves (drummer)

1971 - Tom Green (actor, comedian)

1964 - Vivica A. Fox (actress)

1963 - Lisa Kudrow (actress)

1961 - Laurence Fishburne (actor)

1958 - Kate Bush (singer)

1956 - Delta Burke (actress)

1954 - Ken Olin (actor)

1948 - Jean Reno (actor)

1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor, Governor of California)

1941 - Paul Anka (songwriter, singer)

1939 - Peter Bogdanovich (director, writer)

1936 - Buddy Guy (blues artist)

1933 - Edd Byrnes (actor, singer)

1930 - Thomas Sewell (economist)

1898 - Henry Moore (sculptor)

1891 - Casey Stengel (baseball)

1863 - Henry Ford (auto manufacturer)

1818 - Emily Bronte (author)



Just don't use the names Melvin or Bertha
Some parents feel "unprecedented levels of angst" to pick cool enough names for their kids, with some even hiring consultants, according to a June Wall Street Journal report. Baby-book authors charge clients $50 for a list of "special" names, and half-hour phone consultations go for $95. Another adviser charges $350 for three calls plus a comprehensive linguistic history of the selected name, and one California mother paid $475 to a numerologist to "test" the name Leah Marie for "positive associations." The Journal blames the problem on too much information about names (from the Internet), as well as parents' fear of dooming their child for life by insufficiently distinguishing their kid from others.


Probation-Happy Judges
Judge Angelo DiCamillo of Camden, N.J., thought probation (and $750 restitution) was enough for six teenagers in June, even though they had wrecked a family's home during a party ($18,000 damages), urinated and defecated on the furniture and (except for one boy) declined to apologize.  Also in June, Judge Harold Kahn of San Francisco thought probation was enough for a woman who had claimed the identity of another (through stolen credit cards) and run up six months of bills and bad credit, and even though the thief was already on probation. (Bonus fact: The victim had collared the perp herself, following a chance meeting, and handed her to police.)



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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