From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 7:47 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 4, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex.


It was an enjoyable weekend as two friends had big parties - one involved a group trip to the Cubs game, another was his annual "Mardi Gras " party to celebrate six months after (or before) Mardi Gras.  By the way, where the heck is the summer going?  It's the beginning of August and it's time for  . . . football? 



1992 - Cole and Dylan Sprouse (actors)

1971 - Jeff Gordon (race car driver)

1962 - Roger Clemens (baseball)

1961 - Barack Obama (politician)

1958 - Mary Decker (track)

1955 - Billy Bob Thornton (Film actor, screenwriter, director)

1952 - Kristoffer Tabori (actor)

1944 - Richard Belzer (comedian, actor)

1940 - Timi Yuro (singer, d. 2004)

1939 - Frankie Ford (singer)

1921 - Herb Ellis (musician, singer)

1913 - Wesley Addy (actor, d. 1996)

1912 - Raoul Wallenberg (humanitarian, d. 1947)

1910 - William Schuman (composer, d. 1992)

1901 - Louis Armstrong (jazz musician, singer, d. 1971)

1900 - Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (d. 2002)

1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley (lyric poet, d. 1822)



The Litigious Society

School custodian Anthony Gower-Smith, 73, was awarded the equivalent of about $75,000 in June in London's High Court after suing Britain's Hampshire County government when he hurt himself falling off a 6-foot stepladder. Gower-Smith claimed that he had not been properly "trained" on how to use it, despite his long-time experience with such ladders, and despite his signed acknowledgment that he had indeed received training, and despite his having blamed himself just after he fell. (He disavowed the self-blame by saying that, at the time, he was woozy and didn't remember what he said.)


Shannon Hyman, now 24, filed a lawsuit in July against the Green Iguana Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg, Fla., for medical bills and lost wages when she was badly burned four years ago drinking a "flaming shot" of Bacardi 151-proof rum (which normally is consumed without incident, but Hyman had spit out the drink, spreading flames to her head and upper torso). Hyman told the Tampa Tribune: "I'm suing because I should not have been let in (because she was under 21 at the time). If I weren't let in, none of the events would have happened."



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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