From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 8:21 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 7, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window? The guy looks out it, and if he leans too far, he falls out. Wait. I guess that's like a regular window.


Just got back from a friend's 40th birthday party celebration weekend which was spent in Las Vegas.  First of all, thank you Kansas for winning your final four game as that helped fund some of my trip!  Also, the Planet Hollywood Casino (where we stayed) is very nice - check it out next time you're in town.



1964 - Russell Crowe (actor)

1954 - Jackie Chan (actor)

1954 - Tony Dorsett (football)

1951 - Janis Ian (singer)

1939 - David Frost (TV host)

1939 - Francis Ford Coppola (director)

1935 - Bobby Bare (country singer)

1933 - Wayne Rogers (actor)

1928 - James Garner (actor)

1922 - Mongo Santamaria (bandleader, musician, d. 2003)

1920 - Ravi Shankar (sitarist)

1915 - Billie Holiday ('Lady': jazz singer, d. 1959)

1897 - Walter Winchell (radio & newspaper gossip columnist, d. 1972)

1893 - Irene Castle (dancer, actress, d. 1969)

1770 - William Wordsworth (poet, d. 1850)



Cultural Diversity

In October, the government of Singapore, anxious about the city's declining birth rate, began teaching its high school polytechnic students in formal courses on how to flirt. Said Isabel, 18: "My teacher said if a guy looks into my eyes for more than five seconds, it could mean that he is attracted to me, and I stand a chance," according to a March Reuters dispatch. The course includes "love song analysis" and how to chat online.


Officials in the Shivpuri district of India's Madhya Pradesh state, needing a promising program to slow the country's still-booming birth rate, announced in March that men who volunteer for vasectomies will be rewarded with certificates that speed them through the ordinarily slow line to obtain gun permits. Said an administrator, the loss, through vasectomy, of a "perceived notion of manliness" would be offset "with a bigger symbol of manliness."



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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