From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 8:00 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 23, 2009


Good Morning . . .


If you're at a Thanksgiving dinner, but you don't like the stuffing, or the cranberry sauce, or anything else, just pretend like you're eating it, but instead, put it into your lap and form it into a big mushy ball. Then, later, when you're out back having cigars with the boys, let out a big cough and throw the ball to the ground, then say, "Boy, these are good cigars!”


I’d like to first wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday this week . . . and then wish my son AJ (Alexander James) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY this Friday, when he turns five years old!  It’s hard to believe he’s that old already . . . the years seem like a blur they went by so fast.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, November 23rd                        

1995 - Austin Majors (actor)

1992 - Miley Cyrus (singer, actress)

1967 - Salli Richardson (actress)

1959 - Maxwell Caulfield (actor)

1954 - Bruce Hornsby (pianist, singer)

1945 - Steve Landesberg (actor)

1939 - Betty Everett (singer, d. 2001)

1931 - Gloria Lynne (singer)

1929 - Sybil Jason (actress)

1928 - Jerry Bock (composer)

1925 - Johnny Mandel (composer)

1915 - Ellen Drew (actress, d. 2003)

1913 - Maurice Zolotow (author, d. 1991)

1902 - Victor Jory (actor, d. 1982)

1888 - Harpo Marx (comedian, actor, d. 1964)

1887 - Boris Karloff (actor, d. 1969)

1859 - Billy the Kid (outlaw, d. 1881)

1804 - Franklin Pierce (14th US President, d. 1869)



Cultural Diversity

Charles Wesley Mumbere, 56, was a longtime nurse's aide at a nursing home in Harrisburg, Pa., until July, when the Ugandan government recognized the separatist Rwenzururu territory founded in 1962 by Mumbere's late father. In October, Mumbere returned to his native country as king of the region's 300,000 subjects.  And Jigme Wangchuk, 11, was a student at St. Peter's School in Boston when he was enthroned in November by a Buddhist sect in India's Darjeeling district as its high priest, covering territory extending to neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. He will live in seclusion in his monastery, except for contact with Facebook friends he made while in Boston.


Latest Religious Messages

"Bonnet books" are a "booming new subcategory of the romance genre," reported The Wall Street Journal in September, describing "G-rated" Amish love stories that sell well among outside readers but have found an even more avid audience among Amish women themselves. The typical best-seller is by a non-Amish writer, perhaps involving a woman inside the community who falls in love with an outsider. In one book described by the Journal, the lovers "actually kiss a couple of times in 326 pages."


The radical Islamist group Al Shabaab in Somalia recently began accosting and beating robed women whose bras made their breasts (even though covered) look too provocative. One mother told Reuters in October that police told her that any "firm(ness)" must be natural and not bra-enhanced.


Least Competent People

Daredevil Scottish stunt bicyclist Danny MacAskill, whose electrifying feats are featured on popular YouTube videos, suffered a broken collarbone in October when he tripped on a curb while out for a walk in downtown Edinburgh. And Phillip Mathews, 73, whose logging truck is equipped with a tall boom arm to facilitate loading, forgot to lower the arm after finishing a job in Bellevue, Iowa, in October, and when he returned to the highway, the boom proceeded to snap lines on utility poles he passed for the next 12 miles until motorists finally got his attention.



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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