From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 5:57 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 16, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Probably the earliest fly swatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.


So I had the chance to take my 2 year old son to his first Cubs game on Sunday.  A beautiful day, a packed house, and outside of his slight upchuck from eating too much junk (topped off by cotton candy), AJ had a great time.  We made it through almost half the game, which was just long enough to see all the scoring . . . and to make the day even better the Cubs hung on to win 7-6.



1971 - Corey Feldman (actor)

1968 - Barry Sanders (football)

1967 - Will Ferrell (actor)

1963 - Phoebe Cates (actress)

1958 - Michael Flatley (dancer, choreographer)

1942 - Margaret Court (tennis)

1924 - Bess Myerson (actress, corporate spokesperson, civic leader)

1915 - Barnard Hughes (actor)

1911 - Ginger Rogers (actress)

1907 - Barbara Stanwyk (actress)

1907 - Orville Redenbacher (popcorn gourmet & tycoon)

1872 - Roald Amundsen (explorer)

1821 - Mary Baker Eddy (religious leader)



The Litigious Society

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in an April car crash after he collided with a stopped tow truck on Interstate 64 in the middle of the night, and according to a police report, Hancock was intoxicated, speeding, un-seat-belted, and talking on his cell phone at the time. Nonetheless, in May, Hancock's father filed a lawsuit claiming that the causes of the crash were (1) the tow truck operator, (2) the driver who was being assisted by the tow truck operator, and (3) the manager of the restaurant in which Hancock had been drinking.


Compelling Explanations

Lame: Jonathan Powell, 17, was convicted in April of sexually assaulting a college student in Iowa City, Iowa, after his DNA was found in several places on her body. Powell explained the DNA by claiming that he had merely bumped into the woman accidentally while jogging and had become so "entangled" with her that he was unable to free himself for about "45 minutes."


Police in Kyoto, Japan, said in March that a man had been detained after firing a dozen rounds from his house toward a new, 11-story condominium building next door. The man explained that he was angry that the building was blocking the sunlight he had previously enjoyed.



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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