From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 9:27 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 1, 2009


Good Morning . . .


There should be a detective show called "Johnny Monkey," because every week you could have a guy say "I ain't gonna get caught by no MONKEY," but then he would, and I don't think I'd ever get tired of that.


Getting this out kind of late this morning . . . I blame the thunderstorms last night for keeping me up, forcing me to sleep in (haha).  HEY, I will definitely have some great news on a new business venture to share (and perhaps solicit your advice for) by this writing next week, as the final pieces are falling into place in the next few days.  Perhaps check my website by weeks end for further details, or just stay tuned here!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 1st              

1982 - Danny Zavatsky (singer)

1974 - Alanis Morisette (singer/songwriter)

1973 - Heidi Klum (model, actress, designer)

1956 - Lisa Hartman (actress)

1947 - Ron Wood (musician)

1944 - Robert Powell (actor)

1941 - Dean Chance (baseball)

1940 - Rene Auberjonois (actor)

1937 - Morgan Freeman (actor)

1934 - Pat Boone (singer, actor)

1930 - Edward Woodward (actor)

1928 - Bob Monkhouse (comedian, actor, d. 2003)

1926 - Marilyn Monroe (actress, d. 1962)

1926 - Andy Griffith (actor)

1922 - Joan Caulfield (actress, model, d. 1991)

1921 - Nelson Riddle (orchestra leader, d. 1985)

1890 - Frank Morgan (actor, d. 1949)

1878 - John Masefield (poet, d. 1967)

1801 - Brigham Young (Mormon church leader, d. 1877)



Leading Economic Indicators

In April, a manager at a Dean Health System clinic in Madison, Wis., received corporate instructions to "immediately" lay off 50 listed employees, and the manager (a 30-year nursing veteran) decided that that included pulling one RN out of a room in which she was assisting with surgery, leaving just a physician and lower-level staff members present. A clinic executive later called the manager's timing an error, but said there were no adverse consequences to the patient.


Weird Science

In a recent journal article, researchers from the University of Whitwatersrand (South Africa) and the University of Sydney (Australia) reported that young male Augrabies lizards avoid older predatory males by, basically, cross-dressing (pretending to be female by suppressing their extravagant male coloration until they are fully developed and able to defend themselves). Thus, they avoid being attacked and, at the same time, increase their own freedom to hit on females. (They must still be careful, say the researchers, because the older males might whiff their male scent, which cannot be suppressed.)



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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