From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 6:51 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 15, 2010

 

Good Morning . . .

 

If I come back as an animal in my next lifetime, I hope it's some type of parasite, because this is the part where I take it EASY!

 

We’re about two weeks from opening the Pub & Wine Bar . . . and holy crap do I have a ton to do!  However I’m still managing to get a few minutes in for the Deep Thoughts Weekly, so I hope all my readers are really appreciating these efforts! 

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, February 15th              

1976 - Brandon Boyd (singer)

1971 - Renee O'Connor (actress)

1967 - Jane Child (songwriter)

1964 - Chris Farley (comedian, d. 1997)

1954 - Matt Groening (cartoonist, “The Simpsons”)

1951 - Jane Seymour (actress)

1951 - Melissa Manchester (singer)

1947 - Rusty Hamer (actor, d. 1990)

1942 - Sherry Jackson (actress)

1941 - Brian Holland (songwriter)

1931 - Claire Bloom (actress)

1927 - Harvey Korman (comedic actor, d. 2008)

1914 - Kevin McCarthy (actor)

1907 - Cesar Romero (actor, d. 1994)

1882 - John Barrymore (actor, d. 1942)

1820 - Susan B. Anthony (civil rights leader, d. 1906)

1812 - Charles Tiffany (jeweler, d. 1902)

1809 - Cyrus McCormick (inventor, d. 1884)

1564 - Galileo Galilei (Scientist, Author, Astronomer, d. 1642)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Questionable Judgments

Only four days after the January earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, two Royal Caribbean cruise ships made a port call at a private enclave about 60 miles up Haiti's coastline from ground zero, turning loose hundreds of frolickers for "jet ski rides, parasailing and rum cocktails delivered to their hammocks," according to a report in London's The Guardian. Haitian guards employed by the cruise line manned the resort's 12-foot-high fences, but about a third of the passengers still declined to leave the ships, too upset by the unfolding disaster nearby to enjoy themselves. Royal Caribbean said it had made a large donation to the rescue effort and promised, also, to send proceeds from the port's thriving craft stores.).

 

Obsessions

Unless Stephen Gough, 50, changes his mind about wearing pants, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars, according to a January ruling of Scotland's Perth Sheriff Court. Gough, Britain's "naked rambler," is a freelance nudist who for years has roamed the United Kingdom countryside, interrupted by numerous jail stints for violating public decency. He was released from Perth Prison in December after his latest stay, but seconds later shucked his clothes and was re-arrested. (In his most recent trial, Gough acted as his own lawyer and somehow persuaded an overly fair judge to let him be naked in court.)

 

Latest Religious Messages

Televangelist Rod Parsley informed his flock in December that he urgently needed several million dollars because of financial problems attributed directly to Satan. According to a report in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Parsley's World Harvest Church was facing a $3 million deficit for the quarter ending in December after earlier in the year paying $3.1 million to settle a lawsuit over its day-care center's having too brutally spanked a boy. Wrote Parsley, "Will you help me take back what the devil stole?"

 

 

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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