Friday, August 29, 2008        Edition: #3847
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY in Cuba, jailed punk rocker Gorki Aguila, an outspoken critic of the government, goes on trial for ‘social dangerousness’, a charge that could carry up to 4 years in prison (but more likely a swift burst of lead to the head) . . . Sean Combs says he’s no longer using his private jet because the NY-to-LA round trip can eat up as much as $250,000, thanks to skyhigh fuel prices (aw, pity poor Diddy) . . . 8-gold-medal Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps will host the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) SEPTEMBER 13th, featuring musical guest Lil Wayne (if he’s not in jail) . . . NBC-TV likes its geek-action-comedy “Chuck” so much, it’s giving it a guaranteed full 2nd season even before any new episodes air (debuts SEPTEMBER 29th) . . . “The Muppet Show” may return to TV after 27 years if an as-yet-untitled new Disney film is well received (the last Muppets movie was “Muppets From Space” in 1999) . . . In her new humbly-titled book, “I Amaze Myself!”, actor Matthew McConaughey’s mom Kay McConaughey reveals that her actor son wasn’t planned and that her late husband died ‘in flagrante’ (who the heck is ‘Flagrante’?) . . . Reports say E! has pulled the plug on Denise Richard’s reality show “It’s Complicated” (a Ryan Seacrest production), but the network says ‘decisions are still being made on a 2nd season’ (BS translation: We wouldn’t want her kids to go unemployed!) . . . And the 3-bedroom NYC loft where actor Heath Ledger died is now up for lease and apparently the landlord thinks tragedy is good for business – jacking the already pricey rent an additional 4-grand to $26,000 per month (what a ‘Joker’!).

WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Country Rocks 2008” – SATURDAY in Halifax, Keith Urban headlines an outdoor concert on the Halifax Commons that also features Charlie Major and Aaron Pritchett.
• “Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Festival” – SATURDAY Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band take to the stage in Milwaukee WI in the final date of their summer itinerary.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – MONDAY rapper The Game is onstage.
• “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (NBC) – MONDAY Welsh soul singer Duffy (“Mercy”) is the musical guest.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – THIS MORNING Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl”) performs.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – TONIGHT rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry is on.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – MONDAY country star Toby Keith guests.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Guns N’ Roses – A 27-year-old Culver City CA blogger who calls himself ‘Kevin Skwerl’ has been arrested for allegedly violating federal copyright law by posting 9 of their unreleased songs online, purportedly from the “Chinese Democracy” album that Axl Rose has been working on for well over a decade. It’s unclear how he got his hands of the material but the tunes were quickly taken down. He’ll face charges in an upcoming court date after posting bail.
• Natasha Bedingfield – The Brit pop singer (“Unwritten”) has been signed as the spokesperson for the upcoming Electronic Arts video game, “Boogie SuperStar”. Made for Nintendo’s Wii, it’s a karaoke game that also captures players’ dance moves onscreen.
• TI – He’s set a new record for biggest jump to the top of the “Billboard” ‘Hot 100′ chart as his single “Whatever You Like” has soared from #71 to #1 in its 3rd week.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Babylon AD“ ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Vin Diesel plays a mercenary who takes a high-risk assignment in which he must escort a woman out of Russia. The further complication is that his client is carrying a synthetic virus which could bring about the end of humanity. Co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Mélanie Thierry. Shot in Sweden and the Czech Republic.
NET: http://www.babylonadmovie.com
• “College” ( R-Rated Comedy ): When 3 high school seniors visit a local college campus as prospective freshmen, a wild weekend ensues. Stars Drake Bell (Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh”) and Kevin Covais (the geeky guy who developed a following on “American Idol” in 2006). Shot in New Orleans LA.
NET: http://www.college-themovie.com
• “Disaster Movie” ( PG-13 Comedy ): Another spoof film from the makers of “Date Movie”. In this one, an unsuspecting group of 20-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events in the course of a single evening. Features Carmen Electra wrestling Kim Kardashian … nuff said.
NET: http://www.disastermovie.net

HOW TO LIVE LONGER:
A newly released study concludes that men from polygamous cultures outlive men who are only allowed to have one wife at a time. The research compares data from 140 countries that allow polygamy and 49 mostly monogamous nations. After accounting for socio-economic differences, it’s been found that men who have more than 1 wife live an average of 12% longer than their monogamous counterparts. (Or maybe it just SEEMS longer?)
– “New Scientist”

ANIMAL MAGNETISM?
Have you ever noticed that herds of grazing animals all face the same way? That’s the claims of scientists who’ve used images from Google Earth to confirm that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction. Wild deer also seem to display the behavior, a phenomenon that has apparently gone unnoticed by herdsmen and hunters for thousands of years. Researchers think Earth’s magnetic fields may be what influences the animals. (When you’re hiking in the woods, always take a heifer with you.)
– BBC News

TO CHEAT IS A TREAT:
German psychologist Dr Michael Mary, author of the new book “Five Lies Concerning Love”, claims that trying to create a fulfilling love life in a long-term relationship is a futile exercise. To have trust and harmony and at the same time the level of passion and desire one experiences on the first day of a relationship simply doesn’t exist, he says. Mary suggests the easiest way for married folks to add some excitement to their boring love lives is to … cheat on their partners. (Does that mean the plural of spouse is spice?)
– Ananova News Service

DID YOU KNOW?
• In 75% of North American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
• The body of the average baby is 75% water.
• There are more than 2,000 different varieties of cheese in the world.
• On average, Guinness sells 7 million glasses of beer a day.
• 21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore.
• A snail can crawl across a razor blade without getting injured. This is possible because it excretes slime that protects it.
– GreatFacts.com

BS CHRONOMETER 08.29.08
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1936 [72] John McCain, Panama Canal Zone, US Senator (AZ) since 1987/2008 Republican presidential candidate

1938 [70] Elliott Gould, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Ocean’s 11-13”, “M*A*S*H”)/ex-Mr Barbra Streisand (1963-71)

1956 [52] Dan Truman, Flagstaff AZ, country musician (Diamond Rio-“I Believe”, “Beautiful Mess”)

1958 [50] Michael Jackson, Gary IN, self-titled ‘King of Pop’ (“Thriller”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)/Lisa Marie Presley’s ex-weirdo/’father’ of Prince Michael I, Prince Michael II & Paris FACTOID: Rumor has it he’ll present an award with sister Janet at the upcoming MTV “Video Music Awards”.

1959 [49] Chris Hadfield, Sarnia ON, Canadian Space Agency astronaut/1st Canadian to walk in space

1971 [37] Carla Gugino, Sarasota FL, movie actress (“American Gangster“, “Night At the Museum”)

1975 [33] Kyle Cook, Frankfort IN, rock guitarist/vocalist (Matchbox Twenty-“Unwell”, “Bent”)

1977 [31] John Hensley, Louisville KY, TV actor (‘Matt McNamara’ on “Nip/Tuck” since 2003)

1980 [28] David Desrosiers, Sept-Iles QC, rock bassist (Simple Plan-“Untitled [How Could This Happen To Me?]”, “Welcome to My Life”)

1986 [22] Lauren Collins, Thornhill ON, TV actress (‘Paige Michalchuk’ on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” since 2001)

SATURDAY –
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) is 78; Comedian Lewis Black (“Root Of All Evil”) is 60; TV actor Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) is 45; Movie actress Cameron Diaz (“What Happens in Vegas”) is 36; Tennis player Andy Roddick is 26; Rock guitarist/vocalist Ryan Ross (Panic At the Disco) is 22.

SUNDAY –
Oldies singer Van Morrison (“Moondance”) is 63; Movie actor Richard Gere (“Chicago”) is 59; Comedian/actor Chris Tucker (“Rush Hour” films) is 36; TV actress Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 33.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “According to Hoyle Day”, honoring Britain’s Edmond Hoyle on the anniversary of his death in 1769. He’s the guy who took the time to formalize rules to many popular games. Thus the expression ‘according to Hoyle’ has come to mean ‘playing by the rules’.
• “Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordéon”, the 18th annual “World Accordion Jamboree” weekend in Montmagny QC, featuring squeeze box enthusiasts from around-the-globe.
NET: http://accordeon.montmagny.com
• “More Herbs, Less Salt Day”, because it’s ‘healthier, zestier and lustier!’ So go ahead, spice up your life! What’s the world’s most-used spice? Black pepper.

SATURDAY –
• “Day of Disagreement”, considered by some relationship experts to be the day of the year on which couples are most likely to bicker and have needless arguments. Why? Triggers might include post-vacation depression, domestic chaos getting ready for back-to-school, and financial strain after blowing the bank account over the summer.
• “National Buffalo Wing Festival”, the 7th annual through SUNDAY in Buffalo NY where some 20 tons of chicken wings will be deep-fried, drenched in hot-sauce, and served up. Events include ‘Bobbing for Wings’, the ‘Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant’ and the ‘US Chicken Wing Eating Championship’.
NET: http://www.buffalowing.com
• “Toasted Marshmallow Day”, celebrating that great summer treat on a stick. So how do you like yours done?
• “World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-Off” in Brady, Texas. The 35th annual featuring some 125 teams trying to get your goat to taste good. Hmm, what’s the proper wine to serve?
NET: http://www.bradytx.com/goat_cookoff_web/index.html

SUNDAY –
• “Great Klondike International Outhouse Race” in Dawson City, Yukon, the 30th annual dash though downtown streets involving decorated outhouses on wheels containing a ‘seated’ jockey and pulled by costumed runners. If you don’t happen to own an outhouse – they’ll rent you one!
NET: http://www.dawsoncity.ca/calendarofevents/
• “Love Litigating Lawyers Day”, cuz even shysters need affection.
• “The Running of the Sheep” in Reed Point MT, when hundreds of woolies charge down Main Street, then participate in the ‘Ugliest Sheep’ and ‘Prettiest Ewe Contest’.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/39u29p
• “Trail Mix Day”, celebrating the combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits (bark, twigs, compost), etc that takes about a gallon of water to wash down.
• “Veterinary Week”, to promote the ‘professionals who pamper and protect our pets’.

MONDAY –
• “Labor Day” in the USA & Canada, a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity and well-being of our nations. It has origins in a printers’ revolt in Toronto in 1872, when parades were held to support the workers’ bid for shorter hours. After seeing Canadian festivities, US labor leader Peter J McGuire and the Knights of Labor organized similar events in NYC in 1882. Labor Day became a statutory holiday in both the US and Canada in 1894. In dozens of other countries, May 1st is “International Workers’ Day”, a day of celebration for labor.

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1844 [164] 1st ‘White-Native Lacrosse Game’, in Montréal (natives win, of course)

1934 [74] 1st Boy Scout Camp in America opens at Hawk Mountain PA (the next day, the 1st ‘wedgie’ is reported)

1965 [43] 1st ‘Parachuting Bullfighter’, Luis ‘The Conceited’ Rios, misses a Spanish bullring and lands in the city dump

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2005 [03] Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 and causing over $115 billion in damage

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Sept 1] Labor Day
[Sept 2] Ramadan begins (Muslim) / “90210“ debuts (CW)
[Sept 4] Newspaper Carriers Day / Cheese Pizza Day / Ganesh Chaturth (Hindu) / 33rd Toronto International Film Festival begins / “NFL Kickoff ‘08” (NYC) / 8th BMI Urban Awards (LA)
[Sept 5] 4th Fashion Rocks Concert (NYC) / Be Late For Something Day / Stand Up to Cancer telethon airs (ABC/CBS/NBC) / “Bangkok Dangerous” opens in movie theaters
[Sept 6] Canada’s Walk of Fame 2008 induction ceremony / Iguana Awareness Day / Fight Procrastination – Do It! Day / Toronto Virgin Festival begins
[Sept 7] Grandparents Day / Working Mother’s Day / 25th MTV Video Music Awards (LA CA) / “Rent” closes on Broadway (NYC) / “Sunday Night Football” debuts (NBC)
[Sept 8] “CMA Music Festival” special airs (ABC) / OJ Simpson trial begins (Las Vegas) / International Literacy Day / Boss-Employee Exchange Day / CCMA Awards (Winnipeg)
[Sept 10] “Canadian Idol” season finalé / World Suicide Prevention Day / Swap Ideas Day / 2008 CMA Awards nominees announced
[Sept 11] Atlantic Film Festival opens (Halifax) / 9/11 Remembrance Day / I Want to Start My Own Business Day / No News is Good News Day
[Sept 12] Video Game Day / Chocolate Milkshake Day / Day of Conception (Russia) / “Righteous Kill”; “Duchess”; “Burn After Reading”; “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys” open in movie theaters
[Sept 13] Chinese Moon Festival / Peanut Day / Positive Thinking Day / Computer Programmers Day
[Sept 14] Concert for Hope (LA) / Pet Memorial Day / International Cross-Culture Day / Pregnant Women’s Day
[Sept 15] Full ‘Harvest’ Moon / Hat Day / Care Givers Day / POW/MIA Recognition Day / National Hispanic Heritage Month begins
[Sept 16] Collect Rocks Day / Working Parents Day / Independence Day (Mexico) / UN International Day of Peace
[Sept 17] Women’s Friendship Day
[Sept 18] Play-Doh Day
[Sept 19] Talk Like a Pirate Day / “My Best Friend’s Girl”; “Lakeview Terrace”; “Ghost Town”; “Battle in Seattle”; “Igor” open in movie theaters
[Sept 20] 23rd Farm Aid (Mansfield MA) / New Kids On the Block world tour begins (Montréal) / International Student Day
[Sept 21] 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC) / Miniature Golf Day / World Gratitude Day
[Sept 22] “Dancing With the Stars“ season debut (ABC) / Hobbit Day / Dear Diary Day / Elephant Appreciation Day / Good Neighbor Day / Centenarians Day / 1st day of Autumn
[Sept 24] “Knight Rider” debuts (NBC) / National; “Punctuation” Day! / Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Sept 25] One Hit Wonder Day / Comic Book Day
[Sept 26] Food Service Employees Day / “Towelhead“ opens in movie theaters
[Sept 27] Hunting & Fishing Day / Ancestor Appreciation Day / World Tourism Day / World Maritime Day
[Sept 28] “Amazing Race” season premiere (CBS) / Ask A Stupid Question Day
[Sept 29] Polaris Music Prize (Toronto) / Goose Day / Pumpkin Day
[Sept 30] Canadian ‘Do Not Call List’ debuts / Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) / Mud Pack Day
[Oct 1] Tina Turner tour begins (Kansas City)
[Oct 2] Ramadan ends (Muslim) / 19th International Bluegrass Music Awards (Nashville)
[Oct 3] 14th National Denim Day
[Oct 4] Kenny Chesney releases “Lucky Old Sun” album
[Oct 5] “Rock Band Live” tour kicks off (San Diego) / “Miley’s Sweet 16 – Share the Celebration” (Disneyland)
[Oct 9] Yom Kippur (Jewish)
[Oct 13] Canadian Thanksgiving Day

USA
[Sept 1] Labor Day
[Sept 2] Ramadan begins (Muslim) / “90210“ debuts (CW)
[Sept 4] Newspaper Carriers Day / Cheese Pizza Day / Ganesh Chaturth (Hindu) / 33rd Toronto International Film Festival begins / “NFL Kickoff ‘08” (NYC) / 8th BMI Urban Awards (LA)
[Sept 5] 4th Fashion Rocks Concert (NYC) / Be Late For Something Day / Stand Up to Cancer telethon airs (ABC/CBS/NBC) / “Bangkok Dangerous” opens in movie theaters
[Sept 6] Iguana Awareness Day / Fight Procrastination – Do It! Day / Federal Lands Cleanup Day
[Sept 7] Grandparents Day / Working Mother’s Day / 25th MTV Video Music Awards (LA CA) / “Rent” closes on Broadway (NYC) / “Sunday Night Football” debuts (NBC)
[Sept 8] “CMA Music Festival” special airs (ABC) / OJ Simpson trial begins (Las Vegas) / International Literacy Day / Boss-Employee Exchange Day / “Monday Night Football“ debuts (ESPN)
[Sept 10] World Suicide Prevention Day / Swap Ideas Day / 2008 CMA Awards nominees announced
[Sept 11] 9/11 Remembrance Day / I Want to Start My Own Business Day / No News is Good News Day
[Sept 12] Video Game Day / Chocolate Milkshake Day / Day of Conception (Russia) / “Righteous Kill”; “Duchess”; “Burn After Reading”; “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys” open in movie theaters
[Sept 13] Chinese Moon Festival / Peanut Day / Positive Thinking Day / Computer Programmers Day
[Sept 14] Concert for Hope (LA) / Pet Memorial Day / International Cross-Culture Day / Pregnant Women’s Day
[Sept 15] Full ‘Harvest’ Moon / Hat Day / Care Givers Day / POW/MIA Recognition Day / National Hispanic Heritage Month begins
[Sept 16] Collect Rocks Day / Working Parents Day / Independence Day (Mexico) / UN International Day of Peace
[Sept 17] Women’s Friendship Day
[Sept 18] Play-Doh Day
[Sept 19] Talk Like a Pirate Day / “My Best Friend’s Girl”; “Lakeview Terrace”; “Ghost Town”; “Battle in Seattle”; “Igor” open in movie theaters
[Sept 20] 23rd Farm Aid (Mansfield MA) / New Kids On the Block world tour begins (Montréal) / International Student Day
[Sept 21] 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC) / Miniature Golf Day / World Gratitude Day
[Sept 22] “Dancing With the Stars“ season debut (ABC) / Hobbit Day / Dear Diary Day / Elephant Appreciation Day / Good Neighbor Day / Centenarians Day / 1st day of Autumn
[Sept 24] “Knight Rider” debuts (NBC) / National; “Punctuation” Day! / Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Sept 25] One Hit Wonder Day / Comic Book Day
[Sept 26] Food Service Employees Day / Native American Day / “Towelhead“ opens in movie theaters
[Sept 27] Hunting & Fishing Day / Ancestor Appreciation Day / World Tourism Day / World Maritime Day
[Sept 28] “Amazing Race” season premiere (CBS) / Ask A Stupid Question Day
[Sept 29] Goose Day / Pumpkin Day
[Sept 30] Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) / Mud Pack Day
[Oct 1] Tina Turner tour begins (Kansas City)
[Oct 2] Ramadan ends (Muslim) / 19th International Bluegrass Music Awards (Nashville)
[Oct 3] 14th National Denim Day
[Oct 4] Kenny Chesney releases “Lucky Old Sun” album
[Oct 5] “Rock Band Live” tour kicks off (San Diego) / “Miley’s Sweet 16 – Share the Celebration” (Disneyland)
[Oct 9] Yom Kippur (Jewish)

BULL’S BITS
BS TOP SWAPS:
The week’s most requested music files online …
5. Rihanna – “Disturbia”
4. Lil Wayne – “Got Money”
3. Chris Brown – “Forever”
2. Rihanna – “Take A Bow”
1. Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl“
– Big Champagne online music measurement

BS PHONE STARTER:
If you were going to rent out your spouse, how much would you charge?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’m writing a book. So far I’ve got the page numbers done.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: This time of year, 50% of kids argue with their parents about THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Back-to-school clothes.
 
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.


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