From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 8:08 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 7, 2008


Good Morning . . .


"The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then I told myself, 'Go ahead, do whatever you want, it's ok by me.'"


It's just one week into the new year, and us folks here in the Chicagoland area have went from nearly a foot of snow and below-zero temps to a very spring-like 60 degrees (the high expected today).  The only thing consistent about our weather is that it's consistently wacky.



1969 - David Yost (actor)
1964 - Nicolas Cage (actor)

1957 - Katie Couric (talk show host, news anchor)

1956 - David Caruso (actor)

1948 - Kenny Loggins (musician)

1930 - Douglas Kiker (newscaster, d. 1991)

1928 - William Peter Blatty (author, filmmaker)
1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal (flautist, d. 2000)

1912 - Charles Addams (cartoonist, created "The Addams Family", d. 1988)

1911 - Butterfly McQueen (actress, d. 1995)

1800 - Millard S. Fillmore (13th US President, d. 1874)



The Entrepreneurial Spirit!

A warehouse on Chicago's West Side is "the world capital of fake (latex) vomit, where it's still made the old-fashioned way, ladle by ladle, formed and coagulated," reported the Chicago Tribune in December. Though it is not as popular as 50 years ago (7,000 units sold yearly, compared to 60,000 then), Fun Inc. President Graham Putnam said, still, "It's the best vomit on the market." According to the awe-struck Tribune reporter: "The texture is soft and sturdy, pliable and complex, with ridges of multihued solid chunks looking like a jagged lunar landscape ... perfect for the bathroom, refrigerator, auto seat or sidewalk."


Evangelical Christians, among all people of faith, seem excited to purchase products that reinforce their religious values, according to a marketer cited in a December Denver Post report, with the result an explosion of Jesus-themed merchandise such as Jesus riding a bull, surfing and playing soccer, Jesus air-fresheners and Grapes of Galilee wine. (Among the tackier products, according to a November report in London's Daily Telegraph, are "thongs of praise" underwear with an image of the Madonna and child, and a template to place on a bread slice in an oven to create toast with the Virgin Mary's likeness.)



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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