From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 8:32 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 17, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Basically, this is the way the economy works: I do a service for you, and you pay me, even if you claim you didn't want the service and that I "ruined" something of yours.


So, does everyone have their shopping done?  One week to go . . .  



1986 - Vanessa Zima (actress)

1975 - Milla Jovovich (actress)

1958 - Mike Mills (songwriter, bass player, singer)

1953 - Barry Livingston (actor)

1953 - Bill Pullman (actor)

1947 - Wes Studi (actor)

1945 - Chris Matthews (political commentator)

1942 - Paul Butterfield (musician, d. 1987)

1939 - Eddie Kendricks (singer, d. 1992)

1938 - Susan Watson (actress, singer)

1936 - Tommy Steele (singer, actor)

1930 - Bob Guccione (publisher penthouse)

1929 - William Safire (journalist, speechwriter, historian, novelist)

1903 - Erskine Caldwell (novelist, d. 1987)

1894 - Arthur Fiedler (conductor, d. 1979)

1892 - Edwin J Cohn (biochemist, d. 1953)

1861 - Arthur Edwin Kennelly (electrical engineer, d. 1939)

1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier (Quaker, poet, d. 1892)

1797 - Joseph Henry (scientist; father of the American weather service, d. 1878)

1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven (pianist, composer, d. 1827)



Fine Points of the Law

In November the Food and Drug Administration told Smiling Hill Farm of Westbrook, Maine, that it would have to recall all of its egg nog because it did not list "egg" as an ingredient on the label. Federal law requires the listing to protect people with egg allergies from inadvertently consuming foods that they might not have realized contain egg (even products called "egg nog").



The Texas Board of Education announced in November that it had made its selections of approved math textbooks for the next school year, even though the group of chosen books contained a total of 109,263 errors. Books of the industry giant Houghton Mifflin accounted for about 86,000. All publishers have guaranteed to correct the errors by the time the books are shipped.


In November, a 77-year-old man in Jacksonville, Fla., intending to help his daughter by riding his bicycle to Long Branch Elementary School to pick up her 4-year-old son (his grandson), arrived back home with a kid on the bike but did not realize that he had picked up the wrong boy. Said the picked-up kid's frantic mother, "(The two boys) don't even look alike."



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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