From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 7:51 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 25, 2008


Good Morning . . .


For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here's a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?


The 2008 football season has "officially" started for me as we had my leagues fantasy football draft this past Saturday.   It's a great day when all the teams get together, drink a lot and try to avoid being ridiculed when a bad player choice is made.  My team has been on a bit of a slump the past few years but hopefully things are looking up in '08.  We did pick up Brett Favre as our #2 QB, so maybe that will turn out to be helpful - but regardless, as a Bears fan I'm just glad he doesn't play for the Packers anymore!



1981 - Rachel Bilson (actress)

1978 - Kel Mitchell (actress)

1970 - Claudia Schiffer (fashion model)

1968 - Rachel Ray (author, TV personality)

1964 - Blair Underwood (actor)

1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus (singer)

1958 - Tim Burton (screenwriter, director)

1955 - Elvis Costello (musician, songwriter)

1950 - Willy DeVille (singer/songwriter)

1949 - Gene Simmons (musician, actor)

1946 - Rollie Fingers (baseball)

1933 - Tom Skerritt (actor)

1931 - Regis Philbin (Television personality, talk and game show host)

1930 - Sean Connery (actor)

1921 - Monty Hall (actor, singer, game show host)

1919 - George Wallace (Governor of Alabama, d. 1998)

1918 - Richard Greene (actor, d. 1985)

1918 - Leonard Bernstein (conductor, d. 1990)

1917 - Mel Ferrer (actor, d. 2008)

1917 - Don DeFore (actor, d. 1993)

1916 - Van Johnson (actor)

1913 - Walt Kelly (cartoonist, d. 1973)

1909 - Ruby Keeler (dancer, actress, d. 1993)

1909 - Michael Rennie (actor, d. 1971)

1836 - Bret Harte (writer, d. 1902)



Can't Possibly Be True

Though it has been on national cable TV since mid-July, ratings have not been spectacular for the G4 channel's show, "Hurl!" leaving many Americans unaware of precisely how far standards of taste have fallen. "Hurl!" contestants are forced to gorge themselves, then are purposely, rapidly, twirled and shaken on carnival-type rides, with the last player to retain his stomach contents declared the winner. Wrote a Washington Post reviewer, it's "for people who found 'Fear Factor' much too nuanced."


A Dallas entrepreneur recently created a programmable device for those busy, busy parents who actually need to be reminded that they brought their tots with them in the car (lest their child become one of the several hot-car deaths a year in America). Provided that they're not too busy to set the system up, an alarm alerts them if they exit the car without the baby. Said one Texas woman interviewed by NBC News, "As a mom, you can get really distracted."



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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