From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 8:24 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 16, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later you might just think you’re having a good idea but it’s just eggs hatching.


We’re on the brink of the major construction for the pub and wine bar, which commences this week.  This is very exciting news as we push towards our late January opening!  I’ll be adding in a whole new website for this week and will finally update my personal one too.  Don’t forget about Facebook, as updates on there are more frequent.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, November 16th                        

1979 - Trevor Penick (singer)

1977 - Oksana Baiul (ice skater)

1970 - Martha Plimpton (actress)

1967 - Lisa Bonet (actress)

1964 - Dwight Gooden (baseball)

1952 - Shigeru Miyamoto (video game designer)

1950 - David Leisure (actor)

1942 - Joanna Pettet (actress)

1931 - Bob Gibson (folk singer, songwriter, d. 1996)

1922 - Royal Dano (actor, d. 1994)

1916 - Daws Butler (voice actor, d. 1988)

1907 - Burgess Meredith (actor, d. 1997)

1896 - Fibber McGee (actor, d. 1988)

1889 - George S Kaufman (playwright, d. 1961)

1873 - W C Handy (composer, d. 1958)



The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Troubling Products: Mattel is accepting pre-orders for the April 2010 release of the newest doll in the Barbie/Ken line, the spiffily dressed Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken (apparently to be showcased with a much younger, trophy-type Barbie).


The British retailer Debenhams announced in September that it would begin selling men's briefs whose opening is more accessible from the left side, for left-handers who have been forced for decades to manipulate a right-side opening. Previously, said a Debenhams executive, "(L)eft-handed men have to reach much further into their pants, performing a Z-shaped maneuver through two 180-degree angles before achieving the result that right-handed men perform with ease."


Animal Weird News

Among the species discovered recently in Papua New Guinea were tiny bear-like creatures, frogs with fangs, fish that grunt, kangaroos that live in trees, and what is probably the world's largest rat (with no fear of humans). Scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea announced the findings in September, among more than 40 new species from a jungle habitat a half-mile deep inside the centuries-dormant Mount Bosavi volcano crater.


Leading Economic Indicators

Surprisingly, the recession otherwise felt in the Phoenix area this year has largely spared one "profession": psychics. An October Arizona Republic report found that while longtime clients tended to reduce their use of astrology and related fields, their business was replaced by a new class of customers desperate to know the future -- those facing financial ruin because of bad home mortgages. (Few, wrote the reporter, seemed to sense the irony of purchasing questionable psychic services to overcome the consequences of questionable mortgage decisions.)



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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