August 27 2018

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Monday, August 27, 2018        Edition: #6280

Bully For You!


There will be no “Bull Sheet” on Monday Sept 3, the Labour Day holiday. The Bull Sheet will resume on Tuesday, September 4th.

★ In an interview, Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the title character in next year’s “The Joker” movie, says he’s not very concerned with fan expectations regarding the legendary character.  Phoenix says he doesn’t actually care if he disappoints fans. When reporters pressed him on the matter, he remarked, “I could care less. I don’t really think that much about what people think. Who cares, who cares?”
(Ummm…the fans?)
★ Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle reportedly adopted a Labrador Retriever earlier this summer. The dog—whose name has not been announced—has joined Prince Harry and the Duchess on short-term jaunts to their home in the Cotswolds as well as keeping them company at their cottage at Kensington Palace. The Palace declined to comment. Meghan has always been an outspoken dog lover. In fact, one of her dogs, a beagle named Guy, resides in London as well.
★ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s” timeline has been adjusted. The Marvel film is being put on hold for the time being.  The film was supposed to go into pre-production this fall, with principal photography to begin in the winter. However, crew members preparing for pre-production have been dismissed.  Guardians Vol. 3 was set to be directed by James Gunn until he was fired by Disney in July after controversial jokes he made nearly a decade ago resurfaced on Twitter.
★ Emma Watson is the latest to join the star-studded “Little Women” adaptation. It’s unclear what role Watson will be playing, but we do know that it is the same role that Emma Stone was lobbying for.  Watson will be joining Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, and Laura Dern in the adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic, produced by Amy Pascal.
★ ‘Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves has been removed from “Celebrity Big Brother”. Alves says that he walked because, according to him, “I’m no longer interested in the show or anything to do with it.” CBB bosses, however, have been quoted as saying that “After a further incident, Rodrigo has been removed from the Big Brother house and will not be returning.” More than 1,000 viewers complained about Rodrigo after he used the N-word twice while in the house.
★ Tim Conway — best known for role on “The Carol Burnett Show” — is suffering from dementia, and his daughter is asking the court to take control of his medical care because his current wife is allegedly trying to move him out of his current facility. Conway’s daughter, Kelly, is asking a court to appoint her conservator so she can handle his medical treatments.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Tracee Ellis Ross, Dr. Sandra Lee, Chvrches ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Seth Rogen, Spike Lee, Big Boi ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Janelle Monae ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kelsey Grammer, Rainn Wilson, Franz Ferdinand, Joey Castillo ( R )
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Holly Hunter, Mariska Hargitay, Shawn Mendes ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Marc Maron, Bert Kreischer
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Vicki Gunvalson, Chloe Grace Moretz ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Michelle Wolf, Arie Luyendyk Jr. & Lauren Burnham ( R )
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mary Steenburgen, Morena Baccarin, guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba ( R )
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Joseph Fiennes, Daniel Cormier, Daphne Oz, Pentatonix
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Jessie Ennis, Debby Ryan, Adria Arjona, Kris Jenner ( R )
• “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC): A fickle female bounces back and forth between the male model and the French-Canadian; a new arrival refuses to take no for an answer when he’s turned down for a date by a woman who fell for his friend before he could get there; a bachelor leaves Paradise.
• “U.S. Open Tennis: First Round” (ESPN2): Opening-night festivities and matches from the year’s final Grand Slam, in Flushing, N.Y.

• Selena Gomez – She and Cardi B have teamed up on a song.  Gomez shared behind the scenes footage from the filming of the music video for ‘Taki Taki’, along with DJ Snake and Ozuna. According to DJ Snake’s Instagram, the song is his single.
Rihanna — will donate the proceeds from her latest make-up product to a charity that helps women and children in need. Her Clara Lionel Foundation will partner with the Global Partnership for Education and the Campaign for Female Education in order to provide scholarships to girls in Malawi.
• Ariana Grande – has confirmed that her song “Get Well Soon” is about her struggle with anxiety, particularly after the Manchester attack. She says she was able to write it with the help of Pharrell Williams:  “[Pharrell] kind of forced it out of me, because I was in a really bad place mentally.  It still took me a few weeks to feel better, but looking back at it now from a healthier place, it’s probably one of the most important songs I’ll ever write.”
• Dickey Betts – The former Allman Brother has cancelled an upcoming string of shows following a mild stroke.  The dates in Syracuse, N.Y.; Wallingford, Conn.; and Hampton Beach, N.H., that were set to begin Tuesday were cancelled after he was diagnosed with “post-stroke repercussions.” It is not clear when Betts suffered the stroke.
• Aldo Nova – whose 1981 hit ‘Fantasy’ was an early MTV staple, is returning to action, with a new album, “2.0”, that will hit stores Oct. 19.  It consists of new re-recordings of six tracks from his debut record (including ‘Fantasy’) and one new song, ‘I’m a Survivor’. It’s his first album since 1997’s largely instrumental “Nova’s Dream”.
• David Bowie – A mentor to him has died.  British choreographer, dancer and mime Lindsay Kemp — who helped shape Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ persona — passed away Sunday morning at 80.
• Aretha Franklin — Bill Clinton has been tapped as one of the headlining speakers at her funeral on Friday in Detroit.  Other speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Motown star and lifelong friend Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, record mogul Clive Davis and Rev. Al Sharpton.
• Miranda Lambert – says she is “happily single” after splitting with Evan Felker, who she had been seeing since February.  In July, Felker tried to get back with his ex-wife Staci Felker, who he left for Miranda, only to ghost Staci again while she was in the hospital.  (You know there’s a hit single in all of this!)
• Ashley McBride – says she “melted” when Garth Brooks asked her if he could put out a live version of her song ‘Girl Going Nowhere’ on an upcoming album.  Brooks has been playing it live since last year, changing the title to ‘Boy Going Nowhere.’

Some people drink to celebrate.  Some to relax.  Some to cope with stress.  And some drink for their health.  Well, that last one might have to go out the window.  A new analysis of drinking habits worldwide says that there’s no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health.  Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths, according to the study.  Those deaths include alcohol-related cancer and cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, intentional injury such as violence and self-harm, and traffic accidents and other unintentional injuries such as drowning and fires.  Senior study author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, says that “The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally.  We’re used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. But the evidence is the evidence.”
(Boy! I bet she’s a blast at a party!)
(I’m going to come right out and say it that someone should have told me this before the weekend!)
(I drink for health.  The health of people who I would’ve wrung their necks if I didn’t have a  good stiff drink!)

Canada Post is testing a number of new technologies at concept stores across the country in a bid to stay relevant in a time of reduced mail volume and decreasing revenue.  These “innovation labs” are designed with the online shopper in mind and feature innovations such as self-serve shipping stations and parcel drop boxes, which are open 24-7.  Some will feature drive-thru parcel services, others have free Wi-Fi and vending machines to sell stamps, prepaid envelopes and shipping supplies.  Some concept stores even go as far as offering on-site fitting rooms with full-length mirrors, where customers can try on their online purchases as soon as they receive them, with the idea that they can return them if needed without ever having to take them home.
(And without their husband finding out that they bought all that stuff, either!)
(So much for shopping locally!)
(Never before have I expected to get naked when at the post office!)

► Black:  A powerful color, many prominent figures drive (or are driven in) a black car.  Black car-owners tend to be detail-oriented.  (The also tend to be Batman!)
► Silver:  Represents a tech-forward, futuristic driver.  Many new vehicles are revealed in this forward-thinking color.  (That is NOT what I think of when I see a lot full of silver cars at Denny’s for the 4:30 senior’s special!)
► Brown:  This signifies a driver who is down-to-earth (ha!).  You might notice this vehicle on mountain roads or parked off a hiking trail.  This car (and driver) can take the dirt.
► Yellow:  When you see it, it makes an impact!  A yellow car indicates a joyful driver with a cautious driving style.  (But they look stupid when they have to go to a funeral!)
► Green:  Green car-owners love to put the rubber to the road.  They aren’t worried about what other drivers think, they are original and fun.  (And environmentally friendly?)
► Blue:  You can depend on someone who drives a blue car.  Blue car drivers tend to be self-assured and confident.  This color can also have a calming effect on those driving around them.
(A car that’s blue is fine…you just don’t want an engine that blew!)
► Red:  A red car-driver doesn’t mind being noticed.  They tend to be energetic and passionate.  They also tend to need help finding their parking spot.  Red helps.
► White:  Like owners of black cars, white car-owners know that it takes a bit if work to keep it looking clean.  White car-owners tend to be contemporary, tasteful and tend to live in a warmer climate.  (Because if you have a white car where it’s snowy, you can never find it!)
(My car color only says one thing:  That’s what was on the used car lot the day my last car bit the dust!)
(Never mind all this…just tell me what color car an undercover traffic cop is likely to drive!)


1952 [66] Paul Reubens/Pee-wee Herman, Peekskill NY, TV actor (“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” 1986-1990)/movie actor (“Blow”)

1953 [65] Alex Lifeson (Zivojinovich), Fernie BC, rock guitarist (Rush-‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Closer to the Heart’)

1961 [57] Tom Ford, Austin TX, fashion designer (head designer for the fashion brands YSL and Gucci/2008 Menswear Designer of the Year)

1969 [49] Chandra Wilson, Houston TX, TV actress (‘Dr Miranda Bailey’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1969 [49] Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, reality star (“Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” 2004-12)

1970 [48] Tony Kanal, Kingsbury UK, rock bassist (No Doubt-‘It’s My Life’, ‘Underneath It All’)

1979 [39] Aaron Paul (Sturtevant), Emmett ID, TV actor (“BoJack Horseman” since 2014, “Breaking Bad” 2008-13)/movie actor (“Need for Speed”) COMING UP…”The Parts You Lose” 2019

• “Banana Lovers Day”, an annual celebration of the fruit with appeal. Some ‘nana facts here …NET:

• “Just Because Day”, a chance to do something spontaneously without rhyme nor reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, we want to, or they’re expected of us. None of those reasons apply on this day…just because.

• “Motorist Consideration Day”, because a little bit of consideration by drivers will result in fewer accidents and definitely less stress.

• “Petroleum Day” (aka Oil & Gas Industry Appreciation Day), honoring the world’s first commercially successful oil well, drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania 159 years ago today in 1859. (When many of today’s problems began.)

• “Kiss Me Day”, also known as First Kiss Day, commemorates Popeye’s first kiss with Olive Oyl. Some sources claim today marks the date of Popeye and Olive Oyl’s first on-screen kiss, where Olive Oyl said “My hero” after kissing Popeye.

• “Tarzan Day”, on this day in 1912, Tarzan made his magazine debut. Tarzan was the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and two years later Mr. Burroughs published the first of a series of novels based on this amazing character.


[Tues] Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

[Tues] Bow Tie Day

[Wed] Chop Suey Day

[Wed] International Day Against Nuclear Tests

This Week Is…Be Kind to Humankind Week

This Month Is…Motorsports Awareness Month


1955 [63] “Guinness Book of World Records” is 1st published.  Over 70 million copies have been sold.

1991 [27] Pearl Jam release their debut album “Ten”, which launches them to stardom and puts them in the forefront of the Seattle grunge movement.

1992 [26] John Lennon’s original handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ ‘A Day In the Life’ fetch $87,000 at a Sotheby’s auction

2017 [01] Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas.


2012 [06] The first interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity

1994 [24] 1,592,744 balloons are released by Disney Home Video in England, setting a record

1998 [20] Canadian dollar drops to its lowest point ever … 63.31¢ US (today, about 77¢)


✓ The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to spot the light of a firefly at a distance of 7,000 miles.
✓ When ‘Toy Story 2’ was in production, an employee accidentally deleted the film. Luckily, a pregnant animator had a copy on her home computer because she wanted to work while taking care of her baby.
✓ If Bill Gates spent $1 million a day, it would take him 218 years to go broke.
✓ At his peak, Pablo Escobar earned $420 million a week.
✓ The world spent $1735 Billion on war in 2012. It would take $135 billion to eradicate global poverty.
✓ In California, the word people most often google “how to spell” is ‘Beautiful’.

• Hosting the family reunion – sober.
• Leaving the window open during the monsoon.
• Putting baby in the corner.
• Going outside.
• Not water-skiing.  But if I did, I’d probably regret that too.
• Sharknado
• The fact that I’ve invented new places to sweat.
• Realizing that my summer home is actually just my home.
• That nude beach – bad idea.
• Eating all Winter.

August is “Inventors Month”, a good excuse to review …
• The Waterproof Tea Bag
• World’s Largest Microchip
• The Compact Limousine
• The Glow-in-the-Dark Sundial
• Imitation Cubic Zirconia
• The Impact-Triggered Parachute
• All-Terrain Roller Blades
• Armpit-Scented Deodorant
-First published in BS in 2015

Let’s settle this once and for all … is chunky or smooth peanut butter better? Why?


I just sold my homing pigeon.  Again.


Which culinary treat is made by fermenting vinegar and hot peppers in a French oak barrel for 3 years?
a. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
b. Tabasco Sauce [CORRECT]
c. Frank’s Red Hot


Question:  A survey of young adults found french fries to be the most addictive food, followed by…What?
Answer:  M&Ms

It doesn’t take talent to practice.


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