From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent:Monday, June 11, 2007 5:44 AM

Subject:Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 11, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words "mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind.


So I went to see the BoDeans this past Saturday, a band which I've seen probably a dozen times now from when they started 20+ years ago in Waukesha, WI.  They were good as usual, and they played at Ravinia, which is a nice place to go . . . but it seems nowadays that concerts are generally shorter and cost much more money.  They played for slightly over 1 hours.  Oh, for the days of the long concerts at Poplar Creek, when $10 would get you a lawn seat . . . . .



1986 - Shia LaBeouf (actor)

1961 - Caroline Quentin (actress)

1959 - Hugh Laurie (actor)

1956 - Joe Montana (football)

1945 - Adrienne Barbeau (actress)

1939 - Jackie Stewart (auto racer)

1936 - Chad Everett (actor)

1935 - Gene Wilder (actor)

1913 - Vince Lombardi (football)

1910 - Jacques Cousteau (marine explorer)

1864 - Richard Strauss (composer)

1572 - Ben Johnson (poet and playwright)




Last year (according to a March 2007 Associated Press report), a computer technician for the Alaska Department of Revenue accidentally erased a disk containing all the data for paying the state's 600,000 residents their annual oil-revenue dividends, and a duplicate disk was also erased, and the fail-safe backup tape was discovered to be unreadable. It took two months of around-the-clock work for state employees to re-computerize all paper records. [CNN-AP, 3-20-07]


London's Daily Mail reported in April that it was probably a 17-year-old apprentice plumber, on his first day of work, who mishandled a blow torch and started the fire that quickly burned to the ground a waterside mansion in Devon, England, worth the equivalent of about $9.8 million. [Daily Mail (London), 4-17-07]


John Brandrick told London's Daily Telegraph in May that he will seek compensation from Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, England, because he's still alive. He was diagnosed in 2006 with pancreatic cancer, with about a year to live, and he quit his job, stopped paying his bills, and used his life's savings to enjoy his last days. However, he was recently told he merely had (non-fatal) pancreatitis, and now he's broke.



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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