From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 7:34 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 21, 2009

 

Good Morning . . .

 

If a kid ever asks you how Santa Claus can live forever, I think a good answer is that he drinks blood.

 

Since you know that I am ALL about being politically correct (ho ho ho, ha ha ha), “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings.”  Gifts are not important, especially if (like me) you haven’t bought any yet.   What really matters is spending quality time with your loved ones and understanding how fortunate you are during this holiday season.  It’s what’s in your heart that truly counts.  Merry Christmas everyone!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, December 21st                        

1969 - Jack Noseworthy (actor)

1966 - Kiefer Sutherland (actor)

1965 - Andy Dick (actor, director, writer)

1959 - Florence Griffith Joyner (track star, d. 1998)

1957 - Ray Romano (actor, writer, producer)

1955 - Jane Kaczmarek (actress)

1954 - Chris Evert (tennis)

1948 - Samuel L Jackson (actor)

1946 - Carl Wilson (musician, d. 1998)

1942 - Hu Jintao (President of Republic of China)

1940 - Jared Martin (actor)

1940 - Frank Zappa (musician, songwriter, singer, d. 1993)

1937 - Jane Fonda (actress)

1935 - Phil Donahue (TV talk show host)

1928 - Ed Nelson (actor)

1926 - Joe Paterno (football coach)

1926 - Freddie Hart (country singer)

1925 - Phyllis Love (actress)

1922 - Paul Winchell (actor, ventriloquist, d. 2005)

1918 - Kurt Waldheim (Austrian statesman, president, d. 2007)

1908 - Pat Weaver (President of NBC-TV, d. 2002)

1804 - Benjamin Disraeli (author, statesman, d. 1881)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

The Litigious Society

According to a November Chicago Sun-Times report, county officials in Chicago have agreed to pay a $14,000 injury claim to janitor Mary Tait, of the sheriff's department. The amount covers two incidents, in 1997 and 1998, in which she hurt her back in the same way -- while "reaching around to pick up a piece of toilet paper."

 

Compelling Explanations

The inspector general of the National Science Foundation revealed that on-the-job viewing of pornography Web sites was so widespread at the agency that the resultant ethics investigations hindered his primary mission of investigating fraud on grant contracts. The agency report, obtained by the Washington Times in September, said the heaviest user was a senior executive who logged on to pornography at least 331 days in 2008. He subsequently retired, but before leaving defended his habit, claiming that his Web site visits actually helped impoverished women in Third World countries to earn a decent living (by posing for pornography).

 

Ironies

Dr. Hulda Clark, 80, passed away in September of multiple myeloma, an advanced cancer of the plasma cells. Before she was stricken, she had authored three books touting her eccentric remedies as cures, first, for "all diseases," and then, especially, cancer. In her books "The Cure for All Cancers" and "The Cure for All Advanced Cancers," she urged those diagnosed to immediately stop chemotherapy and embrace her quixotic regimens, to subdue the "parasites" that cause cancer.

 

 

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

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird”, available at www.newsoftheweird.com.

 

 

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