From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 8:01 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 19, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I'm not afraid of insects taking over the world, and you know why? It would take about a billion ants just to AIM a gun at me, let alone fire it. And you know what I'm doing while they're aiming it at me? I just sort of slip off to the side, and then suddenly run up and kick the gun out of their hands.


Is it just me or were too many people in the Chicagoland area going a bit over the top about the "end of the world" type of arctic cold this past week?  It's not like we've never had sub-zero temperatures here before.  Still, it was rather "cool" to be driving around at 4 PM on a Wednesday afternoon and see a temp of -8 listed on the car thermometer!     


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 19th    

1982 - Jodie Sweetin (actress)

1980 - Jenson Button (race car driver)

1971 - Shawn Wayans (actor, writer)

1969 - Junior Seau (football)

1969 - Wendy Moniz (actress)

1961 - Paul McCrane (actor)

1953 - Desi Arnaz Jr. (actor, musician)

1951 - Dewey Bunnell (singer, songwriter)

1949 - Robert Palmer (singer, d. 2003)

1946 - Dolly Parton (singer)

1944 - Shelley Fabares (singer, actress)

1943 - Janis Joplin (singer, d. 1970)

1942 - Michael Crawford (actor)

1939 - Phil Everly (singer)

1930 - Tippi Hedren (actress)

1926 - Fritz Weaver (actor)

1923 - Jean Stapleton (actress)

1922 - Guy Madison (actor, d. 1966)

1918 - John H. Johnson (editor, publisher, d. 2005)

1839 - Paul Cezanne (artist, d. 1906)

1813 - Sir Henry Bessemer (inventor, d. 1898)

1809 - Edgar Allan Poe (poet and author, d. 1849)

1807 - Robert E. Lee (Civil War Confederate General, d. 1870)

1736 - James Watt (inventor, d. 1819)



Least Competent Criminals

Jessica Cohen, 20, was re-arrested in Cincinnati in December. She had gone to the local Public Defender's Office seeking a lawyer to represent her on a theft charge, and while there, according to police, stole an employee's cell phone. (However, she had already filled out paperwork with her name and address.)


The Litigious Society

Two customers who lined up for the 5 a.m. November "Black Friday" opening at the Long Island, N.Y., Wal-Mart (in which a worker was crushed to death) filed lawsuits against the store because of the crowd's unruliness. Fritz Mesadieu, 51, and son Jonathan, 19, said they got neck and back pain from the surge of customers and that their medical and legal expenses amounted to at least $2 million.


Elizabeth Shelton, 21, filed a lawsuit in Houston in December against the truck driver that she accidentally rear-ended in a 2007 crash, while she was intoxicated, and in which her boyfriend was killed. Though she was convicted of manslaughter, she is now suing for $20,000 damage to her Lexus SUV and for "pain and suffering," basing her claim on the fact that the blameless driver she hit was uninsured. In all, her lawsuit names 16 defendants, including insurance companies and banks. Shelton is the daughter of a state court judge.



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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