From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 7:06 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 7, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I'm not sure I want to get the nickname "the love machine" because how would that affect my nickname now, which is "the lawn cutting machine?"


Hopefully everyone enjoyed a long and fun holiday weekend, along with probably viewing more than one set of evening fireworks - by the way, if you've never seen the Chicago fireworks live, I'd highly recommend it!  Now, the weather heats up and we're back to the grind . . . ugh . . .



1980 - Michelle Kwan (figure skater)

1970 - Cree Summer (actress)

1954 - Cherry Boone (singer)

1949 - Shelley Duvall (actress)

1946 - Joe Spano (actor)

1940 - Ringo Starr (drummer, singer, actor)

1927 - Doc Severinsen (jazz trumpeter)

1927 - Charlie Louvin (country singer)

1924 - Mary Ford (singer, d. 1977)

1922 - Pierre Cardin (fashion designer)

1919 - William Kunstler (prosecutor - Watergate, d. 1995)

1915 - Ruth Ford (actress)

1907 - Robert Heinlein (science fiction novelist, d. 1988)

1902 - Vittorio DeSica (director, actor, d. 1974)

1899 - George Cukor (director, d. 1983)

1887 - Marc Chagall (artist, d. 1985)

1860 - Gustav Mahler (musician, composer, d. 1911)



Cultural Diversity

Dozens of spas operate in Russia's Caucasus Mountains region, exploiting the mineral springs in the area, and apparently colonic treatment is a specialty. In fact, in June, the Mashuk-Akva Term spa in Zheleznovodsk unveiled a large monument to the enema (an 800-pound brass syringe bulb held aloft by three angels). "Let's beat constipation," read one banner. Said the sculptor: "This device is eternal; it will never change. We could promote this brand, turn it into a franchise with souvenirs and awards for medical doctors."


A 50-year-old woman, married for 30 years, asked for a divorce last October (according to the Al-Arabiya news Web site in Dubai) because her husband had peeked at her face under her veil as she slept. The man apologized and said he would never do it again, but she said the customs of her village (near the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt) dictate that he had contaminated the marriage by seeing her face.


His countrymen are too polite, wrote French doctor Frederic Saldmann in his new book (translated as "Spring Cleaning") and can improve their health by uninhibitedly embracing their bodily functions that he said too many Frenchmen suppress. According to a May dispatch from Paris in London's Daily Telegraph, Saldmann wrote that the intestines, stomach and esophagus benefit if gas is expelled promptly and pores freely excrete toxins. In fact, he wrote, doing away with antiperspirants also facilitates "a certain number of messages that are potentially very attractive to the opposite sex."



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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