From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 7:13 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 9, 2009


Good Morning . . .


The sound of fresh rain runoff splashing from the roof reminded me of the sound of urine splashing into a filthy Texaco latrine.


I couldn't have found a more appropriate Deep Thoughts, as the sound of the rain over the past few days has been anything but pleasant.  It contributed quite a bit to making Sunday a crappy day at our house, but hey the skies have cleared and it's a new week.  WHEW!



1987 - Bow Wow (rapper, actor)

1980 - Chingy (rapper/hip hop)

1971 - Emmanuel Lewis (actor)

1964 - Juliette Binoche (actress)

1945 - Robin Trower (rock & blues guitarist)

1943 - Bobby Fischer (chess champion, d. 2008)

1943 - Trish Van Devere (actress)

1942 - Mark Lindsay (saxist, singer songwriter)

1940 - Raul Julia (actor, d. 1994)

1936 - Mickey Gilley (country singer)

1936 - Marty Ingels (actor)

1934 - Joyce Van Patten (actress)

1934 - Yuri Gagarin (Russian cosmonaut, d. 1968)

1933 - Lloyd Price (songwriter, pianist, singer)

1932 - Keely Smith (singer)

1926 - Irene Papas (actress)

1920 - Carl Betz (actor, d. 1978)

1918 - Mickey Spillane (writer, d. 2006)

1914 - Fred Clark (actor, d. 1968)

1910 - Samuel Barber (composer, d. 1981)

1902 - Will Geer (actor, d. 1978)

1856 - Eddie Foy, Sr (actor, comic, dancer, d. 1928)



Scenes of the Surreal

Allahmanamjad Barbel, 21, sought help in February at the police station in Barnstable, Mass., after his sister playfully put handcuffs on him at a birthday party and couldn't get them off. Police removed them and then, after running his name through the computer, discovered several outstanding warrants and immediately re-cuffed him.


Weird Biology

"Reproduction is no fun if you're a squid," said a biologist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, referring especially to the deep-sea squid. Finding a mate a mile down in pitch-darkness is hard enough, but the combination of males that are smaller and fearful of being overpowered and females whose reception of sperm involves being stabbed makes the insemination process especially traumatic. Sperm deposits can be extensive and burdensome to the female and are delivered by the reckless slashing of the skin by the male. In fact, according to a December report in Germany's Der Spiegel, in the darkness the male sometimes misses the female altogether and inseminates himself.


Why They Go Postal

An official of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Buffalo, N.Y., said in February that it would challenge the Postal Service's threatened suspension of a carrier who was using sidewalks to get from house to house this winter instead of walking across ice-packed, deep-snow-drift yards. Cutting across yards is required by Postal Service rules in order to speed up deliveries.



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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