From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 1:40 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 31, 2008

 

Good Morning . . .

 

I hope, when they die, cartoon characters have to answer for their sins.

 

So, how is everyone doing with their NCAA tournament brackets?  Yup, I thought so.  Well . . . onto bigger and better things . . . not counting those two games in Japan, BASEBALL officially starts today!  How is your team going to do?  Will the Cubs live up to the hype?  Can Boston repeat?  Who will be the worst team by years end?  How many times will Ozzie Guillen use profanity when doing on-air interviews?  These and other questions to be answered within the next seven months!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, March 31st

1991 - Shannon LeClair (my niece)

1971 - Ewan McGregor (actor)

1948 - Rhea Perlman (actress)

1948 - Al Gore (45th US Vice President)

1945 - Gabriel Kaplan (actor, comedian)

1943 - Christopher Walken (actor)

1935 - Richard Chamberlain (actor)

1935 - Herb Alpert (bandleader)

1934 - Shirley Jones (singer, actress)

1928 - Gordie Howe (hockey player)

1927 - William Daniels (actor)

1927 - Cesar Chavez (civil rights activist, d. 1993)

1925 - Leo Buscaglia (lecturer, author, d. 1998)

1922 - Richard Kiley (actor, d. 1999)

1915 - Henry Morgan (comedian, d. 1994)

1732 - Franz Joseph Haydn (composer, d. 1809)

1596 - Rene Descartes (philosopher, d. 1650)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

The Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Cosmetics from the American company Blue Q, under the "Lookin' Good for Jesus" brand urging users to "Get Tight with Christ," were pulled from stores in Singapore in February due to complaints, but Blue Q said it's not abandoning that line of hand and body creams, lip balm, breath spray and bubble bath. (Of course, Blue Q also markets similar cosmetics under such brands as "Dirty Girl," "Cute as Hell," "Total Bitch" and "Virgin/Slut," as well as a car air-freshener by its brand "Cat Butt.")

 

Leading Economic Indicators

In the worst slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (where 80 percent of the people live on less than $2 a day), rice now sells for 30 cents a cup (double the price of a year ago), according to a January Associated Press dispatch, leaving the poorest of the poor to subsist mainly on "cookies" made with dirt. Choice clay from the central plateau is at least a source of calcium and can be baked with salt and vegetable shortening. However, recently in the La Saline slum, the reporter noted, the price of dirt, too, has risen about 40 percent.

 

 

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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