From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 9:05 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 31, 2007

 

Good Morning . . .

 

Toward the end of the stone age, I bet there was already a feeling that metal was just around the corner.

 

Here's the last "Deep Thoughts" of the year - I hope everyone has a very happy and safe New Years, plus a healthy and prosperous 2008.  Don't forget that you MUST abide by your new year's resolution list (yeah, right)!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 31st

1972 - Joey McIntyre (singer)

1959 - Val Kilmer (actor)

1958 - Bebe Neuwirth (actress)

1952 - George Thorogood (musician, singer)

1948 - Donna Summer (singer)

1947 - Tim Matheson (actor)

1947 - Burton Cummings, Jr (singer)

1945 - Barbara Carrera (actress)

1943 - Ben Kingsley (actor)

1943 - John Denver (songwriter, singer, d. 1997)

1942 - Andy Summers (musician)

1941 - Sarah Miles (actress)

1937 - Sir Anthony Hopkins (actor)

1930 - Odetta (blues/folk singer, musician, songwriter)

1924 - Rex Allen (entertainer: rodeo star; singer; songwriter, d. 1999)

1908 - Jonah Jones (musician, singer, d. 2000)

1880 - George Marshall (US Secretary of State, d. 1959)

1869 - Henri Matisse (painter, d. 1954)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Ironies

On Nov. 7, news media reported that New York City's Serendipity 3 restaurant had been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the planet's most expensive dessert (a $25,000 chocolate sundae, featuring, among other delicacies, edible gold flakes). On Nov. 16, the same news media reported that the city's Department of Health had ordered Serendipity 3 closed after inspectors found a live mouse in the kitchen, along with mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 cockroaches.

 

A 21-year-old man was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours of Nov. 3, in Suffolk County, N.Y., as he was walking away from his disabled SUV. Police said that the victim was probably the same driver who, a few minutes earlier, had himself rear-ended a sedan and driven off without stopping. (And the day before, in Jacksonville, Fla., a 19-year-old man was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver when he climbed over a barricade after being hit by another hit-and-run driver.)

 

Many of today's environment-friendly new buildings are apparently terrible for birds. According to ornithologist Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College, between 100 million and 1 billion birds are killed each year colliding with glass, with a big culprit being the generous glass construction on buildings meeting the rigorous energy and environmental standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

 

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

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com)

 

 

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