From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 7:31 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 10, 2008


Good Morning . . .


If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.


At what has become an annual Brett Favre "retirement" cry-fest, last week was truly sad as this one looks like it's real.  Football is losing one of the best quarterbacks and competitors of all time.  Despite my lifelong loathing of the Green Bay Packers, I've always admired the man.  That Monday night game in 2003 against the Raiders that he played the day after his father's death will go down as one of the truly great sports moments I've ever witnessed.  Brett, on behalf of all football fans we'll miss you . . . and especially the Bears, who have beaten you six out of the last eight times!


FYI - Deep Thoughts Weekly is taking a short break.  The next edition will be out in two weeks, on March 24th.   Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!



1983 - Carrie Underwood (singer)

1977 - Shannon Miller (gymnast)

1966 - Edie Brickell (musician, singer)

1964 - Jasmine Guy (actress)

1964 - Prince Edward (British royalty)

1958 - Sharon Stone (actress)

1957 - Osama Bin Laden (Islamic terrorist)

1947 - Kim Campbell (prime minister, Canada)

1947 - Bob Greene (newspaper columnist)

1945 - Katharine Houghton (actress)

1940 - Chuck Norris (karate champion, actor)

1940 - Dean Torrence (singer)

1940 - David Rabe (playwright)

1928 - James Earl Ray (assassin - Martin Luther King Jr., d. 1998)

1923 - Jethro Burns (entertainer, musician, d. 1989)

1903 - Clare Boothe Luce (Playwright, journalist, public official, d. 1987)

1892 - Arthur Honegger (composer, d. 1955)

1888 - Barry Fitzgerald (actor, d. 1961)




Since at least the early 1990s, trillions of discarded plastic items have converged, held together by swirling currents, to form the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch that now covers an area twice the size of the United States and weighs about 100 million tons. "Every little piece of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the ocean is still out there," said one researcher quoted in a February dispatch in London's The Independent. An oceanographer predicted that the Patch would double in size in just the next decade. A 2006 United Nations office estimated that every square mile of ocean contains, on average, 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.


In early January, when a national deep freeze extended even to the Florida Keys, iguanas fell into their natural hibernation-like torpor, and some compassionate Floridians, unaccustomed to seeing iguanas that appeared nearly dead, took them indoors to warm them up, which is a mistake. The owner of the veterinary clinic in Marathon said one "sweet lady" called him about the five-footer she had dragged inside. "When it woke up," said the vet, "she couldn't understand why it seemed to be coming after her." "When they warm up, they go back to being a wild animal."



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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