From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 9:25 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 8, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Children need encouragement, so if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.


OK, enough of the suspense . . . well, hang on for one more day!  I'll have an official announcement on the exciting new business venture tomorrow (Tuesday 6/9), so you can check out my website or just wait for the next edition of this publication & read about it here.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 8th              

1983 - Kim Clijsters (tennis)

1977 - Kanye West (rapper, producer)

1962 - Nick Rhodes (musician)

1958 - Keenen Ivory Wayans (actor)

1955 - Tim Berners-Lee (scientist, credited with inventing the World Wide Web)

1944 - Boz Scaggs (blues singer)

1940 - Nancy Sinatra (singer)

1933 - Joan Rivers (comedienne)

1931 - Dana Wynter (actress)

1927 - Jerry Stiller (comedian)

1925 - Barbara Bush (former First Lady)

1923 - George Kirby (comedian and impressionist, d. 1995)

1921 - Alexis Smith (actress, d. 1993)

1918 - Robert Preston (actor, d. 1987)

1869 - Frank Lloyd Wright (architect, d. 1959)

1847 - Ida McKinley (former First Lady, d. 1907)

1810 - Robert Schumann (composer, d. 1856)



World's Greatest Lawyer

Defense attorney John Garcia convinced a jury in Merced, Calif., in May that his client was not guilty of the "forcible rape with great bodily injury" of an 18-year-old woman in 2004, despite the fact that only his client's DNA-identified semen was present, mixed with the victim's blood, on the shorts she wore at the crime scene. Client Daniel Saldana's story was that he had previously had sex with his own girlfriend in the house where the rape occurred and that the girlfriend might have left her shorts on the floor and that the rape victim might have mistakenly put them on after the "other" man raped her.


Cultural Diversity

Over a 10-week period this summer, nearly 200 young Saudi women are auditioning for a beauty pageant, but one called "Miss Beautiful Morals," in which physical attractiveness is irrelevant, replaced by judging of the ladies' observance of traditional Saudi values, especially the honoring of their mothers. Saudi Arabia does have pageants devoted to physical beauty, as reported in News of the Weird in 2007 and 2008, but those are contests for camels and goats, based on such criteria as (according to one camel breeder) "big eyes, long lashes and a long neck."


Sci-Fi Movies Come to Life

Entomologists in San Antonio said in May that the "Raspberry ant" (whose colonies produce billions and cover everything in sight) had migrated north to within 75 miles of the city and would arrive by year's end, posing, said one, a "potential ecological disaster."  And a University of Florida researcher found, for a recent journal article, that mockingbirds, among all animals, are skilled at identifying particular humans who have displeased them and whom they wish to attack.



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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