From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 8:17 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 12, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room talking to you, which is why I don't like to read good books.


It looks like I'll be going to see the movie "Iron Man" this week, which is a treat as I rarely make it out to see movies. Anyone see it yet, or are you saving your movie viewing time to see the new Indiana Jones in a couple weeks?  By the way, isn't Harrison Ford old enough now to play "the mummy"?   



1978 - Jason Biggs (actor)

1969 - Kim Fields (actress)

1968 - Tony Hawk (skateboard star)

1966 - Stephen Baldwin (actor)

1962 - Emilio Estevez (actor)

1961 - Ving Rhames (actor)

1948 - Steve Winwood (singer)

1939 - Ron Ziegler (Press Secretary for Richard M. Nixon, d. 2003)

1938 - Susan Hampshire (actress)

1937 - George Carlin (comedian)

1936 - Tom Snyder (broadcast journalist, d. 2007)

1928 - Burt Bacharach (composer)

1925 - Yogi Berra (baseball)

1914 - Howard K. Smith (journalist and TV anchorman, d. 2002)

1907 - Katharine Hepburn (actress, d. 2003)

1828 - Dante Rossetti (poet, artist, translator, d. 1882)

1820 - Florence Nightingale (health activist and nurse, d. 1910)

1768 - Dolley Madison (4th US First Lady, d. 1849)



Better than the WWE?
Almost-anything-goes "ultimate fighting," also known as "human cockfighting," is a major "sport," mostly in Southern and Western states, but only in Missouri are kids as young as 6 permitted on the mats, according to a March Associated Press dispatch from Carthage, Mo. Members of the Garage Boys Fight Crew, ages up to 14, including one girl, regularly square off with only a few concessions in rules and protective gear from their adult counterparts. Parents seem to regard the sport as casually as they regard Little League or soccer, and sportsmanship is in evidence, as kids are still best friends, pummeling each other inside the cage but then heading off afterward to play video games.


Bright Ideas

Among the notable offerings at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland, in April were beer-flavored jelly (non-alcoholic) to spread on biscuits, and artificial, removable nose hair (swabs of pipe cleaner for the nostrils to block pollen and dust). ("Most people do not have enough nose hair," inventor Gensheng Sun told The Associated Press.) Italian engineer Enrico Berruti said it was his personal laziness that led him to develop a bed that makes itself, with automatic sheet-shaking and straightening. Diane Cheong Lee Mei of China swore that her novel computer software employed algorithms sophisticated enough to enable the user to detect the gender of any e-mail writer.



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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