From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 7:34 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 4, 2010


Good Morning . . .


When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.


Happy New Year, and new decade!  So, outside of the world-changing events like 9/11, how do you think the 00’s will be best remembered?  Compared to the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s, etc . . . good, bad or ugly?  Give it some thought.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 4th                  

1960 - Michael Stipe (singer)

1958 - Matt Frewer (actor)

1947 - Butch Atkinson (football)

1937 - Dyan Cannon (actress, singer)

1937 - Grace Bumbry (opera singer)

1935 - Floyd Patterson (heavyweight boxer, d. 2006)

1917 - Jesse White (actor, d. 1997)

1917 - Jane Wyman (actress, d. 2007)

1905 - Sterling Holloway (actor, d. 1992)

1838 - Charles Stratton (“Tom Thumb”, d. 1883)     

1809 - Louis Braille (inventor of Braille, d. 1852)

1785 - Jakob Grimm (author, d. 1863)



Wall Street in Africa?

In Somalia, which is without a central government to speak of and where very little functions beyond an Islamic resistance and individual warlords' fiefdoms, a robust "stock market" has emerged in the city of Haradheere for "investors" in the seagoing pirate "industry," to raise money and supplies for kidnappers in exchange for a share of the bounty once a ransom is paid. According to a December Reuters dispatch, 72 "companies" are listed on the exchange, enabling "venture capital" to fund greater piracy traffic and more sophisticated looting. There even seems to be a financial "bubble" at work, in that since the "exchange" opened, pirates' ransoms have doubled to about $4 million per ship.



Shannon Broome, 15, of Jacksonville, Fla., with her leg in a cast and still laid up from a June rollover accident in an SUV, was hit again in December when another out-of-control SUV came through her bedroom wall and re-broke the leg (among other injuries inflicted).


Recently, at the Abergele Hospital in North Wales, Geraint Woolford, 52, was moved into a room to await a partial knee replacement and discovered that his roommate was Geraint Woolford, 77, who was awaiting a hip replacement. According to a December report in the Daily Mail, they are not related, but both are retired police officers.


Cultural Diversity

Afghanistan's national game, buzkashi, is attempting a marketing transformation inspired by pro football's and basketball's growths in the United States over the last several decades, according to a November USA Today dispatch. The main hindrance is that buzkashi is often little more than violent anarchy. A team of 12 men on horseback tries to carry a goat carcass the length of a field, around a goal and back, through an opposing team "defense" that includes almost any tactic short of murder. Spectators are often trampled by riders disregarding boundaries, and horses have dropped dead on the field from abuse or fatigue. The head of the Buzkashi Federation said he aims to present the game for consideration to the International Olympic Committee.



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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