From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 7:22 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 14, 2008


Good Morning . . .


You know one thing that will really make a woman mad? Just run up and kick her in the butt. (P.S. This also works with men.)


I'd like to wish my sister Melissa a very happy 40th birthday today, and on Thursday my niece Isabella turns three and celebrates by having her tonsils removed.  Worst . . . . birthday present . . . .  ever.  For me, the highlight of the week is my class reunion this coming weekend.  I'm apologizing to my liver in advance.



1968 - Melissa Berry (my sister!)

1966 - Matthew Fox (actor)

1952 - Jerry Houser (actor)

1941 - Maulana Karenga (originated kwanzaa)

1932 - Del Reeves (singer, d. 2007)

1932 - Rosey Grier (football, actor)

1930 - Polly Bergen (actress)

1928 - Nancy Olson (actress)

1927 - John Chancellor (radio/TV newscaster, d. 1996)

1926 - Harry Dean Stanton (actor)

1923 - Dale Robertson (actor)

1918 - Arthur Laurents (playwright)

1918 - Ingmar Bergman (director, d. 2007)

1917 - Douglas Edwards (TV's 1st evening news anchor, d. 1990)

1913 - Gerald R Ford (38th US President, d. 2006)

1912 - Woody Guthrie (folk singer, songwriter, d. 1967)

1911 - Terry-Thomas (actor, d. 1990)

1910 - William Hanna (cartoonist, d. 2001)

1903 - Irving Stone (novelist, d. 1989)

1903 - Ken Murray (actor, d. 1988)



Can't Possibly Be True

In the 1920s, when inmate "chain gangs" were in their heyday, Alabama sheriffs were allotted a prison meal budget of $1.75 per prisoner per day, with thrifty sheriffs allowed to pocket any excess for themselves.  According to a May Associated Press investigation, the policy, and the amount, are unchanged to this day in 55 of the state's 67 counties, and also unchanged is the fact that sheriffs have cut the menus so cleverly or drastically that some sheriffs still make money on the deal.  (The per-meal fee under the National School Lunch program for low-income students is $2.47.)


Mr. Gokhan Mutlu filed a lawsuit in May against JetBlue Airways for more than $2 million after he was ordered out of his seat by the captain during a full New York-to-California flight and told to stand up or go "hang out in the bathroom" for the duration. Mutlu had only a gift ticket, and an off-duty JetBlue employee who had originally agreed to sit in the cockpit jump seat changed her mind and thus was given Mutlu's seat.  Mutlu pointed out that he was un-seat-belted during turbulence and during the landing.


Vendors in Qingdao, China (where Olympic sailing events will take place in August), were reportedly selling, as unofficial Olympics souvenirs, key rings with heart-shaped plastic charms that contained live (at least temporarily) goldfish suspended in water.  Animal protection advocates were incredulous, according to a June report in the Sydney Morning Herald.



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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