From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 7:45 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 1, 2010


Good Morning . . .


The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done”.


One week away from opening . . . assuming all continues to go well . . . and at this point it appears that will be the case!  Be sure to visit or our Facebook page (McGonigal’s Pub) for details.  With all this in mind, best to assume that “Deep Thoughts Weekly” will take a one week break and will return on Monday, March 15th


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, March 1st                      

1987 - Kesha Sebert (singer)

1978 - Jenson Ackles (actor)

1978 - Donovan Patton (actor)

1974 - Mark-Paul Gosselaar (actor)

1969 - Javier Bardem (actor)

1965 - Booker T (wrestler)

1958 - Nik Kershaw (singer, instrumentalist)

1954 - Ron Howard (director, actor)

1947 - Alan Thicke (actor)

1945 - Dirk Benedict (actor)

1944 - Roger Daltrey (singer)

1930 - Robert Conrad (actor)

1930 - Benny Powell (trombone player)

1927 - Harry Belafonte (singer)

1926 - Pete Rozelle (commissioner of the NFL, d. 1996)

1926 - Robert Clary (actor)

1924 - Deke Slayton (astronaut, d. 1993)

1922 - Michael Flanders (broadcaster, comedian, d. 1975)

1922 - Yitzhak Rabin (Israeli Prime Minister, d. 1995)

1917 - Robert Lowell (poet, d. 1977)

1916 - Dinah Shore (singer, actress, d. 1994)

1914 - Harry Caray (baseball broadcaster, d. 1998)

1914 - Ralph Waldo Ellison (writer, d. 1994)

1910 - David Niven (actor, d. 1983)

1904 - Glen Miller (bandleader, d. 1944)

1837 - William Dean Howells (author, d. 1920)



Bright Ideas

Lenoir County, N.C., sheriff's deputies raided a suspected marijuana farm in January and learned that the grow operation was all underground. The 60 live plants were being cultivated inside an abandoned school bus, which had been completely buried, using several backhoes, accessible by a tunnel and with a garage built on top of it.


Sometimes, Men Just Have to Prove Theirs Is Bigger

A 31-year-old man was stabbed in St. Cloud, Minn., in January. He told police that he and another man were approaching each other on a sidewalk, and when neither man gave way, the other man stabbed him. And Scott Elder, 22, was charged with shooting a 24-year-old man in Savannah, Ga., in October after an escalating argument that started when one of the two strangers sent a text message to a wrong number. One comment led to another, and the men agreed to meet in a downtown parking lot to settle things.  AND, Lankward Harrington, 25, was walking past a gardener working on lawn in Washington, D.C., in October 2006 when grass clippings blew onto his clothes. At his trial in October 2009, Harrington was convicted of murder for shooting the gardener four times in the face. Said Harrington, on the witness stand: "He got grass on me. [I] take pride in my appearance."


The Importance of the Dictionary

When Donald Williams was publicly sworn in as a judge in Ulster County, N.Y., on Jan. 2, offices were closed, and no one could find a Bible. Since holy books are not legally required, Williams took the oath with his hand on a dictionary. And apparently Merriam Webster's 10th edition dictionary is so influential that the Menifee Union School District in Southern California removed all copies from its elementary schools' shelves in January in response to a parent's complaint that the book contains a reference to "oral sex."



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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