From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 8:03 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 11, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I remember when I was in the army, we had the toughest drill sergeant in the world. He'd get right up next to your face and yell, and if you didn't have the right answers, mister, you'd be peeling potatoes or changing the latrine. Hey, wait. I wasn't in the army. Then who WAS that guy?!?


Though they just started I have "Olympic Fever" already.  It's amazing how interesting it is can be to watch stuff like badminton at 2:00 AM in the morning.  Actually one of the most exciting events so far was in swimming, when in last night's men's 400M freestyle relays the USA beat loudmouth France for the gold.  Way cool, mes amis!



1985 - J-Boog (hip hop artist)

1954 - Joe Jackson (singer)

1953 - Hulk Hogan (wrestler, actor)

1950 - Steve Wozniak (inventor Apple computers I & II)

1949 - Eric Carmen (musician, singer, songwriter)

1937 - Anna Massey (actress)

1933 - Jerry Falwell (Protestant evangelist, d. 2007)

1933 - Jerzy Grotowski (Theatre director, drama theorist, d. 1999)

1928 - Arlene Dahl (actress, author, TV Host)

1925 - Carl Rowan (journalist, author, d. 2000)

1925 - Mike Douglas (TV host, singer, d. 2006)

1921 - Alex Haley (author, d. 1992)

1915 - Jean Parker (actress, d. 2005)

1902 - Lloyd Nolan (actor, d. 1985)

1862 - Carrie Bond (composer, d. 1946)



Least Competent Corrections Department

In July, convicted drug dealer Marcus Anderson opened the door of the Corrections Department van taking him to court, climbed out and walked away into downtown Baltimore. It was an ordinary van without a prisoner cage and whose driver had no gun, handcuffs, phone or radio (because Anderson had arrived late at the pick-up point for the regular prisoner van). An exasperated Judge Charles Bernstein later asked whether the driver had given him bus tokens, too. "If I were a young enterprising criminal," said the judge, "I'd come to Baltimore to set up my practice. This is the place to be. This is the Promised Land."


Frontiers of Science

Many nations are exploring how to curb cattle's release of the greenhouse gas methane, including altering cows' diets to reduce flatulence (which requires monitoring the gas compositions from the old and new diets). To collect the gas for measurement (according to a July report in London's Daily Telegraph), researchers at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology rigged a large plastic tank to the cow's back, with a tube to the backside to directly capture each emission. (The alternative, researchers pointed out, would require a human to follow a cow around with plastic bags.)



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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