From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 7:51 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 18, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Just because swans mate for life, I don't think it's that big a deal. First of all, if you're a swan, you're probably not going to find a swan that looks much better than the one you've got, so why not mate for life?


My heart goes out to all those affected and touched by the recent NIU campus shootings (I have friends who have kids going there now, which makes it hit even closer to home).  Who really knows what sets off some people to do amazingly horrible things, but if going "off your medication" leads to such violence, perhaps prescribing the medication wasn't such a good idea in the first place . . .



1968 - Molly Ringwald (actress)

1968 - Dr. Dre (rapper)

1964 - Matt Dillon (actor)

1957 - Vanna White (game show hostess)

1954 - John Travolta (actor)

1953 - Robbie Bachman (drummer)

1950 - Cybill Shepherd (actress)

1950 - John Hughes (film director)

1933 - Yoko Ono Lennon (singer)

1932 - Milos Forman (filmmaker)

1931 - Toni Morrison (writer)

1930 - Gahan Wilson (cartoonist)

1925 - George Kennedy (actor)

1922 - Helen Gurley Brown (author, publisher, feminist)

1920 - Bill Cullen (TV host, d. 1990)

1920 - Jack Palance (actor, d. 2006)

1907 - Billy deWolfe (actor, d. 1974)

1859 - Sholem Aleichem (writer, d. 1916)

1848 - Louis Comfort Tiffany (artist, jeweler, d. 1933)



The Entrepreneurial Spirit!

The New Lucky Restaurant has been around since the 1950s in Ahmadabad, India, serving diners among the gravestones located at various points around the tables. No one is certain who was buried under the restaurant, according to a December Associated Press dispatch, but Indians aren't much spooked by the experience. Said a retired professor: "Graveyards in India are never scary places. We don't have a nice literature of horror stories, so we don't have much fear of ghosts." The restaurant's main concern is that waiters know the floor plan and don't trip over the ankle-high monuments.


It's the "holy grail" of beers, said a Boston pub manager, but, still, only 60,000 cases a year of Westvleteren are brewed because the Belgian Trappist monks with the centuries-old recipe refuse to expand their business (and even get on the phone to harass black-marketers). Westvleteren is sold only at the monastery gate, by appointment, with a two-case-a-month limit, at a price that's reasonable for retail beer, but anyone who gets it from a re-seller will pay 10 times that much. Producing more, said Brother Joris, to a Wall Street Journal reporter in November, "would interfere with our job of being a monk." Furthermore, said Brother Joris, referencing the Bible, "(I)f you can't have it, possibly you do not really need it."



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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