From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 7:11 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 17, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.


Ouch . . . after the pummeling at the hands of USC this past weekend I'm on a four game losing streak with my Huskers when attending their games.  Perhaps I need to take a different approach, and for my next one try going to a game when they're not playing a top ranked team!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 17th

1982 - Wade Robson (entertainer)

1970 - Mark Brunell (football)

1951 - Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson (actress)

1948 - John Ritter (actor)

1947 - Jeff MacNelly (cartoonist)

1938 - Paul Benedict (actor)

1935 - Ken Kesey (author)

1931 - Anne Bancroft (actress)

1928 - Roddy McDowall (actor)

1926 - Bill Black (musician)

1923 - Hank Williams Sr. (musician, songwriter, singer)

1922 - Ursula Howells (actress)

1904 - Dolores Costello (actress)

1900 - J. Marriott (hotel magnate)



Civilization in Decline
In Des Moines, Iowa last week, applications for preschool grants from about 30 districts received a failing grade, not due to an inadequate plan but because the districts didn't follow directions. The districts, hoping to share $14.6 million in state funding, were asked for a double-spaced narrative describing how they would use the money. Instead, the districts single-spaced their explanations and their applications were rejected.  Officials said it would be unfair to let some districts give longer, single-spaced explanations, but conceded that some applications that used one-and-a-half spaces may have sneaked through.


Last week Russia tested a nuclear-grade vacuum bomb, which Russian designers are naming the "father of all bombs," since MOAB ("mother of all bombs") was already taken by the U.S.  It is touting the "environmental friendliness" of this bomb, as its electronic shockwave merely evaporates everything nearby, with no messy radiation or fallout afterwards. 



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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