Monday, April 25, 2016        Edition: #5716

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★ Prince’s longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Jam has shed some light on the late star’s hip issues, which may have contributed to his demise. Reports are suggesting the “Purple Rain” hitmaker suffered an overdose of painkiller Percocet in the days before his death on Thursday, and some media outlets have speculated he might have been taking the drugs to help combat hip pain. But Jimmy can’t believe the stories suggesting Prince may have been dependent on pain pills: “He’s never really been a drug-taker of any sort. He has always lived a very clean lifestyle.”
– “Access Hollywood”
★ Meantime, Kim Kardashian has responded as an old video of Prince kicking her off stage has gone viral. The awkward moment happened at a 2011 concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Responding to the video’s re-emergence online, Kardashian has tweeted: “I will always remember this moment with one of my favorite artists! I was so star struck I froze! RIP Prince.” But her tweet has just set her up for more ridicule as many twitter users have pointed out that, rather than having a ‘special moment’ with Prince, he had unceremoniously booted her ample butt off.
★ Broadway veteran Betsy Wolfe has landed the coveted role of ‘Queen Elsa’ in the upcoming “Frozen” musical. The 33-year-old, who has appeared in New York productions of “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Everyday Rapture”, will reunite with songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who she teamed up with on “Up Here in San Diego, California” last year. Betsy will take on the role Idina Menzel voiced in the hit Disney film, meaning she gets to sing the anthem “Let It Go”. The production opens on Broadway in Spring 2018 after premiering in 2017 in Denver CO.
★ And legendary music producer Phil Spector has filed for divorce from his wife Rachelle Short, amid reports she’s spending all his money. The music mogul married Short in 2006 while in jail awaiting trial for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. After being found guilty, he was sentenced to 19 years-to-life. He’ll be 88 before he’s eligible for parole. In legal documents filed Friday, he alleges Short has been “spending like a mad woman”. Included on the list of her alleged extravagant purchases are plastic surgery, 2 homes for her mother, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari, and … an airplane. Spector’s net worth is (or was) around $35 million.

• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – The 9 remaining couples recreate dance routines from movies, music videos, and live performances.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) –  Iggy Pop (“Post Pop Depression”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Coathangers (“Nosebleed Weekend”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Run River North (“Run River North”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Bob Mould (“Patch the Sky”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Part 2 of a tribute to Prince.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ariana Grande (“Dangerous Woman”, out May 20th).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The top 11 perform in front of the coaches for audience votes.

• Beyoncé – Saturday night’s HBO special unveiled her 6th album, titled “Lemonade”. It became instantly available, but only on Tidal. The special consisted of films set to the new songs, split into chapters. “Lemonade”, like her self-titled 2013 record, is a ‘visual album’, and appears to tell the overall story of her and Jay Z’s relationship.
• Jason Aldean – After previously smashing attendance records set by Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band at Boston MA’s Fenway Park, he’s sold out his September 9th return to the home of the Red Sox in just 90 minutes on Friday. Kid Rock is also on the bill.
• Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself” has been in the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ top 10 for 22 weeks.
• Lady Antebellum –  Hillary Scott is the 2nd member to go the solo route, soon releasing “Love Remains”, a faith-based album under the moniker Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. Bandmate Charles Kelley released a solo disc earlier this year and has been touring behind it.
• P!nk – She’s the first performer announced for the May 22nd “Billboard Music Awards”, on which her new single “Just Like Fire” will make its television debut. The tune is from the soundtrack to the upcoming Disney movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, out May 27th.
• Prince – His death on Thursday means we may never get to hear his fascinating life story in his own inimitable words. Reports say he’d started work on a memoir just last month and had finished about 50 pages. It was tentatively titled “The Beautiful Ones”.
• Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger and ex Jerry Hall (now Mrs Rupert Murdoch) attended a wedding celebration for their son James Jagger and his wife Anoushka Sharma on Saturday. 200 guests attended the Cornwell Manor party in Chipping Norton UK. 30-year-old James is reported to have wed Anoushka in a low-key ceremony in upstate New York last September.

Back in 1976, Brit journalist Stephen Pile founded the ‘Not Terribly Good Club’ to celebrate those who shoot for the stars and fall flat on their faces. At meetings, members would discuss and show off their inability to do things. But the rules were absolute: no success. Over the next few years, Pile collected some of his favorite tales of failure and published them as “The Book of Heroic Failures: The Handbook Of the Not Terribly Good Club” (still in print). Unfortunately, Pile included a ‘Not Terribly Good Club’ membership form in the back pages. As the book’s popularity grew, so did the club … thus violating another of its bylaws. In the face of such embarrassing success, Pile had no choice but to disband the organization. (But we can all still belong … just reach for the bottom!)
– “Mental Floss”

More than 9 million VR (Virtual Reality) headsets are going to be shipped in 2016, according to analyst firm IDC, far more than the 350,000 that retailed last year. Some of the growth will be down to the first consumer-ready versions reaching customers. So-called ‘tethered’ headsets work with a PC or a game console that pipes images to their display. These are likely to be popular with gamers. However, most numerous will be ‘screenless’ systems (such as Samsung’s Gear VR) that use smartphones as their main display. These require a smartphone capable of handling the high-quality video used for VR. (In other words, your phone is about to become totally outmoded … again.)
– BBC Technology

Imagine if you could ditch all your expensive beauty products and just drink gin to look younger. A new gin brand claims you can. ‘Anti-aGin’ is a 40% proof booze distilled with pure collagen. It has in its ingredients some classic botanicals known for their rejuvenating properties – chamomile and tea tree with nettle, witch-hazel and gotu kola – along with classic gin components. The maker claims the ingredients have been chosen for their revitalizing qualities which can – quote – heal sun-damage, inhibit scar formation and … wait for it … help smooth cellulite, apparently. (We suspect that the best this gin will do for your aging is … help you forget it.)

The ‘Antbo’ is both a high-tech pet shaped like a large ant, and a tool for introducing users to the possibilities of robotics and computer programing. According to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign currently underway, the device features 6 legs and 2 antennae on its head, which house the light, distance, stereo sound, and touch sensors. The battery-powered toy, which weighs in at less than a half-pound, actually learns from playing, can be controlled by voice, and can exhibit emotional responses to certain scenarios – like trembling or glancing from side-to-side – just like a real pet. The $59-device also features pre-programed controls as well as several sensor modules that let more seasoned builders upgrade their ‘Antbo’ to perform more complex tasks. (And for just $599 more they’ll sell you ‘Antbo’ traps to get rid of the little pests.)

Does shampoo stop working when your hair gets used to it? It’s not a simple question. The short answer is no. Beauty experts say the same shampoo used on the same hair under the same conditions produces the same results. BUT the condition and needs of your hair can change, or the weather can become more humid, or the sun stronger, or the air drier. So changing product to fit your hair’s specific needs around the time you feel your favorite has ‘stopped working’ can be temporarily beneficial. (OK, honest now … how many different shampoos in your bathroom?)

• The average iPhone user unlocks their mobile 80 times-a-day.
– “The Verge”
• The average woman throws away 300 lbs (136 kg) of sanitary products in her lifetime.
– “The Local”
• The average stalker typically contacts 21 people known to the victim.
– BBC News
• For every $1,000 of music that is sold, the average musician makes $23.40.


1940 [76] Al Pacino, NYC, 5′-6″ movie actor (“Scent Of a Woman”, “The Godfather Part II”)/TV actor (“You Don’t Know Jack”, “Angels in America”)

1964 [52] Hank Azaria, Queens NY, TV voice actor (‘Moe Szyslak’/’Chief Wiggum’/’Apu’/’Comic Book Guy’/’Cletus’/’Professor Frink’ and others on “The Simpsons” since 1989)

1969 [47] Joe Buck, St Petersburg FL, sportscaster (FOX-TV’s lead play-by-play guy)/son of late Hall of Fame sportscaster Jack Buck

1969 [47] Renée Zellweger, Katy TX, movie actress (“Cold Mountain”, “Jerry Maguire”)/briefly Mrs Kenny Chesney (2005)  UP NEXT: “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, out September 16th.

• “ANZAC Day”, a public holiday in Australia & New Zealand commemorating the 1915 landing at Gallipoli, Turkey by the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. The holiday salutes their incredible bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.

• “Hairstylist Appreciation Day”, honoring the ‘great contribution snippers & coiffeurs make to our self-esteem’. So don’t forget to say thanks for the good hair day!

• “Plumbers Day”. OK, let’s all do the plumbers’ salute … drop your pants 2 inches!

• “Red Hat Day”, an annual celebration of the ‘Red Hat Society’, begun in 1997 as a social organization for women over 50 and to reshape the way they’re viewed. There are now millions of mature women who attend various ‘RHS’ events worldwide.

• “Malaria Awareness Day”, the 9th annual observance with the ultimate goal of eradicating malaria on the African continent. Step 1 is providing mosquito nets for prevention.

• “Mani-Pedi Day”, an annual celebration of clip joints.

• “World Penguin Day”, marking the annual northward migration of penguins which happens each year on or around this day. Penguins do not fly. Rather, they walk or waddle their way.

2009 [07] TV actress Bea Arthur (“Maude”, “The Golden Girls”) dies in Los Angeles at age 86

2002 [14] Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes of girl group TLC (“Waterfalls”) dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras at age 30

2007 [09] During a Rolling Stones world tour, aides to US president George Bush are told they can’t book a $7,000+ 5-star hotel suite in Vienna, Austria because Mick Jagger already has it

2009 [07] Rascal Flatts’ 6th studio album, “Unstoppable”, hits #1

2014 [02] Spotify removes, “Sleepify”, an album of total silence by funk band Vulfpeck from its streaming site (the band had encouraged fans to stream it on repeat overnight to generate money for a no-admission tour).

[Tues] Audubon Day
[Tues] Hug an Australian Day
[Tues] Help a Horse Day
[Tues] Pretzel Day
[Tues] World Intellectual Property Day
[Wed] Administrative Professionals Day
[Wed] International Guide Dogs Day
[Wed] Little Pampered Dog Day

Administrative Professionals Week / Air Quality Awareness Week / Bedbug Awareness Week / Crime Victims Rights Week / Dance Week / Environmental Education Week / Fibroid Awareness Week / Infertility Awareness Week / Medical Lab Professionals Week / Money Smart Week / Occupational Health Nursing Week / Playground Safety Week / Scoop the Poop Week / Sky Awareness Week / World Week of Action for Animals in Labs


Highlight bits culled from 23 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• Your neighbor knocks on your door at 2 am … with an axe.
• That annoying ooze constantly seeping down your neck from your ruptured eardrums.
• You’re response is “It’s 7:15” whenever someone asks “How’s it goin’, dude?”
• 12 hours after listening to music, you’re still able to use your nose ring as a tuning fork.
• You have to retire from AC/DC because you’re deaf. I SAID YOU HAVE TO …
– First published in “BS” 2001.

• “Look at this. It’s really bright and hot.”
• “I think you use it like lotion or something.”
• “Touch it to your eyeball.”
• “Wait, I’ll go get a razor.”
• “Cool, look guys. This door is usually locked but now it isn’t.”
• “We can use the cat litter scoop!”
• “That’s weird. It doesn’t smell like apple juice.”
• “I give really good haircuts.”
• “Put the trampoline at the bottom of the stairs.”
• “I don’t know. Just eat it.”
– First published in “BS” 2014.

☎ Romantic love is a poor basis for marriage. Do you agree or disagree?

He looks intelligent. However, when he opens his mouth the effect is spoiled.

Question: A poll show that 7% of women stop doing THIS after having their first child.
Answer: Coloring their hair.

The only time a woman wishes she was a year older is when she’s expecting a baby.

Victor Leamer @ Mix 106 [KSUP] Juneau AK; Danny Creighton @ Radio 1 Dubai UAE; and David Wingert @ Boomer 1490 [KOMJ] Omaha NE.

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