From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 8:41 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 22, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Here's a good thing to do if you go to a party and you don't know anybody: First, take out the garbage. Then go around and collect any extra garbage that people might have, like a crumpled-up napkin, and take that out too. Pretty soon people will want to meet the busy garbage guy.


I'd like to take this moment to wish all my friends a very Merry Christmas.  Be happy, safe, and if you're in the Chicagoland area, try to stay warm! 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 22nd           

1989 - Jordin Sparks (singer)

1962 - Ralph Fiennes (actor)

1953 - Bernadette Stanis (actress, singer)

1949 - Robin Gibb (musician, songwriter, singer)

1949 - Maurice Gibb (musician, songwriter, singer, d. 2003)

1948 - Steve Garvey (baseballer)

1945 - Diane Sawyer (TV journalist)

1944 - Barry Jenkins (drummer)

1927 - Peggie Castle (actress, d. 1973)

1917 - Frankie Darro (actor, d. 1976)

1917 - Gene Rayburn (game show host, d. 1999)

1915 - Barbara Billingsley (actress)

1912 - Lady Bird Johnson (first lady, d. 2007)

1869 - Edwin Arlington Robinson (poet, d. 1935)

1858 - Giacomo Puccini (musician, Italian opera composer, d. 1924)



Latest Religious Messages

"Intercessionary" prayer (having other people pray for you) is proliferating on the Internet, with the oldest such broker, Unity Church, now a Web presence (200,000 requests a year) after a century's operation by mail (500,000 last year) and telephone (another 1.3 million). Other Web sites also handle requests for life-saving miracles, inner peace and financial recovery (and one, on, quoted in a November New York Times report, asked for success on her financial accounting exam: "This is my third attempt on this paper, and I pray that the Lord will grant me wisdom and a clear mind").


An administrative court in Sweden overruled a government agency in November, thus requiring that the Madonna of Orgasm Church founded by artist Carlos Bebeacua be registered as a legitimate religious community. "The orgasm is God," he said, and "should be worshipped" as a "metaphor of life." It should not be limited to ejaculation but can be taught "through art or by looking at a landscape and thinking, 'Wow!'" Bebeacua already claims "a few hundred" followers.


The streak for the longest continuous chanting (already noted twice in the Guinness Book of World Records) is still active, according to an August Indo-Asian News Service dispatch from Ahmedabad, India. Clerics at the Shri Bala Hanuman temple started intoning "Shri Ram Jay Ram Jay Jay Ram" on Aug. 1, 1964 (more than 23 million minutes ago).



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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