From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 7:22 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 8, 2010


Good Morning . . .


If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now.


Oh, when the Saints . . . go marching in . . . Oh, when the Saints . . . go . . .  marching . . . in . . . Lord, how I want to be in that number . . . When the Saints go marching in!  What a great Super Bowl, and as if Mardi Gras needed to be more fun, tag on the celebrations of an NFL championship to the parade!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, February 8th                 

1979 - Josh Keaton (actor)

1977 - David "Phoenix" Farrell (bass player)

1974 - Seth Green (actor)

1968 - Gary Coleman (actor)

1968 - Claudette Pace (jazz singer)

1961 - Vince Neil (singer)

1942 - Robert Klein (comedian)

1941 - Nick Nolte (actor)

1940 - Ted Koppel (journalist, anchor)

1932 - John Williams (composer)

1931 - James Dean (actor, d. 1955)

1930 - Alejandro Rey (actor, d. 1987)

1925 - Jack Lemmon (actor, d. 2001)

1922 - Audrey Meadows (comedienne, actress, d. 1996)

1921 - Lana Turner (actress, d. 1995)

1919 - Buddy Morrow (bandleader)

1918 - Freddie Blassie (wrestler, d. 2003)

1902 - Lyle Talbot (actor, d. 1996)

1888 - Dame Edith Evans (actress, d. 1976)

1828 - Jules Verne (writer, d. 1905)

1820 - William Tecumseh Sherman (army officer, d. 1891)



Slut Birds

A team of researchers led by a University of Connecticut professor, writing recently in the ornithology journal The Auk, declared the local saltmarsh sparrow to be America's most promiscuous bird, in that 95 percent of the females hook up with more than one male during a mating season. The likelihood that any two chicks in a nest had the same father was only 23 percent, and in one-third of the nests, all chicks had different fathers. The researchers hypothesized that the frequent flooding of Connecticut's marshes destroys so many nests that non-choosy females have gained evolutionary advantage. (A wren in Australia and a parrot in Madagascar are said to be comparably promiscuous.)


Economic Recovery in Denver

As of early January, at least 390 new Denver businesses had applied for sales-tax licenses as dispensaries for legal (medicinal) marijuana. By comparison, Starbucks coffee shops number 208 in the entire state of Colorado. Among the first cannabis-centered businesses to open, in December, was the Ganja Gourmet on South Broadway, featuring lasagna, pizza, jambalaya, paella, flavored cheesecakes and other delicacies, all "spiced" appropriately for customers with doctors' prescriptions.


Least Competent Criminals, recurring themes

Brandon Stepp, 27, and two companions were arrested in Parkersburg, W.Va., in December after they became the most recent alleged drug runners to hide their marijuana unsuccessfully in their car's engine compartment. (The engine got hot; the dope caught fire.)  And a man fled without money from a Taco Bell in Haverstraw, N.Y., in October after being the most recent robber to conduct his transactions out of order. He first announced the robbery, but before the cashier could gather money for him, he asked the store manager for a job application. When the manager refused, the man walked out, empty-handed.


Least Competent Deer

A seven-point buck was found dead in Viroqua, Wis., in November, apparently after losing a head-butting contest with a cement-statue buck. Ramming contests are common during mating season, and the cement buck was about the same size as the dead one (but weighs about three times as much).



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



* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


You are receiving the Deep Thoughts Weekly as a friend who was initially added to my mailing list or subsequently opted in to receive it.  These will be delivered on Monday mornings unless otherwise stated.  Please fee free to share this message with others!  If someone wants to get on my mailing list, they can send me a request at or add their name online at


If you’d rather not receive this type of message, please accept my apologies for the intrusion . . . simply reply back to this e-mail ( with a request to be removed and you won’t receive it again.  Further information for friends and the curious can be found at