From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 5:46 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 16, 2007


Good Morning . . .


If you want to be the popular one at a party, here's a good thing to do: Go up to some people who are talking and laughing and say, "Well, technically that's illegal." It might fit in with what somebody just said. And even if it doesn't, so what, I hate this stupid party.


TAX DAY!  Well, actually tomorrow . . .hope it's all worked out OK for everyone.  Also, my website has been updated with a few topical items of interest - the Browns Chicken trial, racial slurs, "Voting for Sanjaya" and other stuff - check it out if you have the chance!



1971 - Selena Quintanilla (singer)

1965 - Martin Lawrence (actor)

1955 - Ellen Barkin (actress)

1947 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball)

1939 - Dusty Springfield (singer)

1935 - Bobby Vinton (singer)

1930 - Herbie Mann (jazz flutist, composer)

1927 - Pope Benedict XVI (pope)

1924 - Henry Mancini (composer/conductor)

1921 - Peter Ustinov (actor)

1920 - Barry Nelson (actor)

1889 - Charlie Chaplin (actor)

1867 - Wilbur Wright (aeronautical)

1850 - Herbert Baxter Adams (historian)

1660 - Hans Sloane (physician/naturalist)



Are We Safe?

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general revealed in March that, although 52 teams are at work tracking down foreigners who remain in the country even after being ordered out, the agency still has a backlog of 620,000 of these fugitive aliens. (However, the inspector general also admitted that there are not enough cells to detain that many fugitives, anyway.)


In February, after a three-month court battle, Indian national Mohammed Yousuf Mullawala, 28, was ordered deported for submitting false documents to authorities after his visa expired. He originally attracted attention at a truck-driving school in Smithfield, R.I., where he was allegedly curious about buying dangerous chemicals. Also, while seemingly intent on learning to drive a big rig, he was reportedly uninterested in learning how to back one up.


In March, a 35-year-old Iraqi national was detained at Los Angeles International Airport after security workers discovered a half-inch magnet, wrapped in gum and inside a napkin, tied by a coiled wire and housed in his rectum. He was released after he convinced investigators that he is merely a practitioner of therapeutic uses of magnets.



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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