From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 6:00 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 13, 2007


Good Morning . . .


I bet a funny thing about driving a car off a cliff is, while you're in midair, you still hit those brakes! Hey, better try the emergency brake!


What sort of wacko takes a short vacation to Arizona in August?  ME, which is why I was unable to send out this mailer last Monday.  Tell you what, nothing says "good morning" like finding a 2" scorpion early morning in the kitchen!



1967 - Quinn Cummings (actress)

1959 - Danny Bonaduce (actor)

1951 - Dan Fogelberg (singer)

1947 - Gretchen Corbett (actress)

1930 - Don Ho (singer, host)

1929 - Pat Harrington (actor)

1926 - Fidel Castro (Cuban leader)

1919 - George Shearing (jazz musician)

1899 - Alfred Hitchcock (The Master of Suspense: director)

1895 - Bert Lahr (Irving Lahrheim) (actor)

1860 - Annie Oakley (sharpshooter, performer)

1422 - William Caxton (printer)



The Continuing Crisis
French neurologists writing recently in the journal The Lancet described their surprise in finding, via brain scans, that a normally functioning 44-year-old man had a brain "more than 50 percent to 75 percent" smaller than average, consisting of little more than a thin sheet of brain material surrounding a large fluid buildup. The man is employed as a French government bureaucrat.


Northbrook, IL, husband Arthur Friedman persuaded his wife that after 10 years' marriage, they should become mate-swapping swingers, which he thought would enhance their relationship. His wife, reluctant at first, began to participate and eventually fell in love with another swinging husband, an event that precipitated the Friedmans' breakup, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. Friedman, with an inadequate appreciation of irony, sued the husband under Illinois' alienation-of-affection law, and in June, a jury actually found in his favor, for $4,802.87. However, the soon-to-be-divorced Mrs. Friedman said she felt humiliated by the implication that she had been "worth" just $480 a year.


In June, a 17-year-old boy survived but was seriously injured when he fell about 75 feet onto some rocks at California's Mount Diablo State Park. He had climbed over a handrail in order to fake a fall so that his pals could capture the plunge on video to put on his MySpace Web page.



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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