From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 7:49 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 28, 2008


Good Morning . . .


If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them.


I'm a huge football fan, but watching the NFL draft is actually less exciting than watching soccer.  Even watching it in HD doesn't help.  SO, anyone out there want to give me their expert analysis on how the Bears did?  I'm a bit confused . . .    



1981 - Jessica Alba (actress)

1974 - Penelope Cruz (actress)

1958 - Nancy Lee Grahn (actress)

1950 - Jay Leno (comedian, TV talk show host)

1948 - Marcia Strassman (actress)

1941 - Ann-Margret (singer, actress)

1937 - Saddam Hussein (president of Iraq, d. 2006)

1933 - Carolyn Jones (actress, d. 1983)

1926 - Harper Lee (author)

1926 - Blossom Dearie (singer)

1917 - Robert Anderson (playwright)

1908 - Oskar Schindler (industrialist, saved lives during Holocaust, d. 1974)

1878 - Lionel Barrymore (actor, d. 1954)

1874 - Sidney Toler (actor, d. 1947)

1758 - James Monroe (5th US President, d. 1831)



What Goes Around, Comes Around

Thirty years ago, before Wal-Mart became an international giant, a small video company made a "handshake" deal to shoot promotional footage of the firm's executives and was given free rein within the company. It made 15,000 tapes, including many, inevitably, showing Wal-Mart leaders in awkward situations. In 2006, an incoming Wal-Mart executive decided to end the relationship, devastating Flagler Productions' bottom line, and to compensate, the company began offering to research its library for historians and, more notably, litigants suing Wal-Mart on product safety, employment and union-busting issues. According to an April Wall Street Journal report, a treasure trove of embarrassing moments is available.


Least Competent Criminals

In a couple incidents in March and April, robbers were arrested in the act after police were tipped off in advance. The source of the tip each time was a store employee who had been brazenly notified by the perp to expect a robbery soon. Daniel Glen, 40, was arrested in Windsor, Ontario, having called ahead to make sure there was enough money in the convenience store's cash register.


An 18-year-old man was arrested in Chicago, having given his phone number to a Mufflers For Less employee and instructing him to call when the manager, with access to the safe, arrived at work.



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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