From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 7:01 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 30, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess was why several of us died of tuberculosis.


Yesterday, Mother Nature was nice enough to bless us with about half a foot of wet heavy snow, which despite its beauty proceeded to knock down tree limbs . . . some of which bounced off our roof.  Not little ones, BIG ones.  $%&#!!!



1979 - Norah Jones (singer)

1976 - Matt Doran (actor)

1968 - Celine Dion (singer)

1964 - Ian Ziering (actor)

1962 - M. C. Hammer (rapper)

1957 - Paul Reiser (actor)

1945 - Eric Clapton (rock guitarist, songwriter, singer)

1941 - Graeme Edge (drummer, songwriter)

1937 - Warren Beatty (actor)

1930 - John Astin (actor)

1930 - Rolf Harris (Australian entertainer)

1929 - Richard Dysart (actor)

1927 - Peter Marshall (TV host)

1913 - Frankie Laine (singer, d. 2007)

1853 - Vincent van Gogh (post-impressionist artist, d. 1890)

1746 - Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (artist, d. 1828)




In December, Idaho State University sent certified-mail letters to its adjunct faculty to disclose (as required by law) that some of them would soon be laid off. However, only the first-class mail fee was billed to the university, leaving each professor to pay on receipt the certified-mail surcharge in order to find out what the university would send them that was so important. (The Idaho State Journal reported that it was the Postal Service's error.)


The Continuing Crisis

After Elizabeth Russell, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter were arrested in February in Hartford, Conn., and charged with shoplifting from a Kohl's department store, her husband, Daryll, 47, and son, Jonathan, 19, arrived at the police station to bail them out. However, a quick check revealed that both Daryll and Jonathan had warrants against them for violating probation, and were arrested. Said a police lieutenant, "I don't ever recall having four related people in lockup at the same time."


Questionable Pricing: Yale University student Jesse Maiman, 21, filed a lawsuit against US Airways in March because someone stole the Xbox console from his luggage, for which he wants $1 million.



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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