1. I was reminded over the weekend of the brilliance of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a SNL treasure from the 90s if ever there was one. Some favorites, including a few with thematic relevance:

I think a good product would be “Baby Duck Hat”. It’s a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties.

If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins most? I’d say Flippy, wouldn’t you? You’d be wrong though. It’s Hambone.

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.”

Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. 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.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they’d never expect it.

I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.

I think in one of my previous lives I was a mighty king, because I like people to do what I say.

If the vikings were around today, they would probably be amazed at how much glow-in-the-dark stuff we have, and how we take so much of it for granted.

Perhaps, if I am very lucky, the feeble efforts of my lifetime will someday be noticed, and maybe, in some small way, they will be acknowledged as the greatest works of genius ever created by Man.

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2. Then, over at The A/V Club: God said, “Rock!”: 8 artists who left secular music for God, then returned. A bunch of Mockingbird favorites among them:

  1. Cat Stevens
  2. Al Green
  3. Wanda Jackson
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Little Richard
  6. Hammer
  7. Josh Caterer
  8. Ma$e

A few that I might add: John Davis, Jeremy Enigk, Tommy James.