Friday, August 4, 2017        Edition: #6028

Here’s More Bull Roar!

There will be no “BS” edition for Monday Aug 7 to recognize the local civic holiday.  All accounts will be credited for the missed service day.

★ Jeremy Renner broke both his arms while filming a movie called ‘Tag’.  How?  He dropped by Good Morning America to explain how a guy who appeared in ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’ could break 2 arms while filming a comedy.  He says that he  was doing a stunt on a 20-foot stack of chairs, and while the chairs didn’t fall, Renner did.  And while he was supposed to land on his feet, he ended up landing on his arms.  ‘Tag’ comes out next year.
★ ‘The Middle’ will end next year.   Launched in 2009, the comedy starring Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck, always garnered good reviews, but never became a blockbuster success like ‘Modern Family’, another ABC comedy that launched at the same time. ABC has promised a proper sendoff for the show in it’s 9th season, which begins on October 3.
★ The ‘The Big Bang Theory’ shows no signs of stopping any time soon, but series co-creator Chuck Lorre has offered some unofficial insight into its future.  He admitted that season 12 could “easily” be a natural end-point. According to him, they never thought they would reach season 11, let alone considered what’s going to happen after 12.  Lorre says: “One could easily presume that would be the end of the series but I’m just amazed we’re here.”  However, CBS’ Entertainment president Kelly Kahl was more optimistic, saying that she hopes the series goes 20 seasons.
★ ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will open on Broadway in Spring 2018. The critically acclaimed two-part play, which is a follow-up to J.K. Rowling’s hugely successful ‘Harry Potter’ novel and movie series, will feature seven lead members of the original London West End cast.
★ It looks as though ‘Miami Vice’ is the next 80s show to get the reboot treatment.  Vin Diesel will serve as co-exec producer and star in the revival, which is in development at NBC, the network that aired the original starring Don Johnson.  Reboots continue to be in high demand. Up this season are reboots of Dynasty, Roseanne, SWAT and Will and Grace.  The new Miami Vice is set for the Fall of 2018.
★ Now-broadcaster Alex Rodriguez, who made about $500 million during his playing days, admits 2014 was the year he hit rock bottom when he was given the longest-ever suspension in baseball history for using performance-enhancing drugs.  Here is what he had to day about missing the entire season: “That year off I just had to change and stop being a jerk.”   Now with his priorities re-focused,  A-Rod is about to make his debut as an ABC News contributor and is filming a pilot for CNBC to help former athletes find their calling after retiring from the major leagues.
($500 mil in the bank, a new job or two….plus the J-Lo thing.  I guess he’s doing ok now!)

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Alba, Tim Gunn, Andy Puddicombe, Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): The best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Charlize Theron, Jane Lynch, Amine, Brad Wilk ®
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Orlando Bloom, Zac Efron, Zach Woods, Sigrid ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Kathryn Hahn, Froth, Lucy Gillespie ( R )
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): The Finale
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Maxine Waters
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jim Parsons, guest co-host Jordin Sparks
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jessica Biel, guest co-host Busy Philipps
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Khloe Kardashian, Lin-Manuel Miranda ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Blair Underwood, Jeezy ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Ricky Gervais, Justice Smith ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Spring trends that need to end ( R )
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): A wine for cats; a portable shelter; a maintenance-free way to make anyone a gardening guru.
• “WE Day” (CBS): A celebration of young people dedicated to changing the world.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Judge Cuts 3” Contestants try to impress the judges; guest judge Laverne Cox.
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Former contestants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”; Sandra Lee; Lea Thompson.
• “Big Brother” (CBS): The new head of household moves rooms.

• Linkin Park – has thanked Chris Martin for his ”beautiful” rendition of ‘Crawling’ at Coldplay’s New Jersey concert on Tuesday. The singer performed a piano solo version of the Linkin Park hit from 2000.  Chester Bennington’s bandmate, Mike Shinoda, shared a video on Instagram.
• Foo Fighters – will play a special show tonight.   It is a rare intimate concert at the famed Metro in Chicago.  Their new album ‘Concrete And Gold’ is set to hit stores on September 15th.
• Paul McCartney – makes a guest appearance on the upcoming Foo Fighters album, playing (surprise!) drums.
• Jack White – has begun recording his third solo album.
• Gene Simmons – the calf in Texas that was born with facial markings with a striking likeness to his ‘KISS’ makeup has been named ‘Genie’.  (Should have gone with ‘Bess’.  As in ‘Bess, I hear you callin’….)
• Liam Gallagher – says he still likes to go out boozing because constant sobriety is ”boring”.  He says he has calmed down a lot now that he’s in his 40s but he doesn’t like to be on the wagon all time because life becomes too dull and he becomes too nice. (Actually, things are NEVER boring with Liam!)
• Kanye West – has filed a lawsuit claiming his insurance company doesn’t believe his mental breakdown was real. He is seeking $10 million.  West’s company claims it has not received payment from Lloyd’s of London for expenses related to the cancellation of West’s ‘Saint Pablo’ tour.
• Louis Tomlinson – he and Zayn Malik are letting bygones be bygones. Louis says that the two got back in touch, cleared the air, and their feud is officially over. Quote: “So we’re mates again, I suppose.”
• Miley Cyrus – has someone better than a fairy godmother to dress her — she’s got Dolly Parton! Cyrus says there are perks to having Dolly as a godmother. On top of having a go-to genius for voice lessons and song lyrics, Miley says there is also the advantage of “Having access to her closet!”
• Faith Hill – has been put on vocal rest, forcing the cancellation of last night’s ‘Soul2Soul’ tour stop in North Little Rock, Arkansas
• Joe Nichols – has included a cover of Sir Mix-a-lot’s 1992 cheesy rap hit ‘Baby Got Back’ on his new album ‘Never Gets Old’.  Mix-a-lot appears in the video.  (I’ve got a feeling that this actually might get old real quick…)

• “Detroit” (R-Rated, Drama): Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. (John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore)
• “The Dark Tower” (PG-13, Horror): The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. (Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick)
• “Kidnap” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure): A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. (Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple)
• “Wind River” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery): An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. (Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones)
• “Step” (PG, Documentary): STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. (Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon)

How many hours of a workday do you spend actually working?  Maybe less than you think.  Consider all the minutes you fritter away getting coffee, chatting at the water cooler, playing on your phone, checking personal email, getting more coffee, shopping online….  According to a survey, the average worker wastes about eight hours a week.  Workers reported spending about 56 minutes per day on their personal mobile device for non work-related activities, and an additional 42 minutes a day on personal tasks.  That’s about one workday per week total.  The younger generation wastes the most time at the office, with workers ages 18-34 wasting 70 minutes a day on their phone and 48 minutes on personal tasks.  What are the most popular ways we waste time on our phones?  In order, personal email, social media, sports sites and online shopping.
(I’d never shop at work.  At the end of the day I’d show at a net loss!)
(I easily waste 8 hours a week.  By Wednesday!)
(OK…who the narc who was HONEST in the survey!)

According to a poll of 18,000 people in 25 nations…(the number represents the percentage of respondents who feel that country has a positive influence on world affairs)
1. Canada 81%
2. Australia 79%
3. Germany 67%
4. France 59%
5. United Kingdom 57%
6. European Union 57%
7. India 53%
8. China 49%
9. United States 40%
10. Russia 35%
11. Israel 32%
12. Iran 21%
(Maybe one of the big problems in our world then, is the fact that MOST countries are NOT seen to have a positive effect?)

Just when you thought you had found the ultimate go-to Oreo flavor (Triple Double Chocolate, thank you very much), Nabisco is about to bless us with another option that’s sure to take the…um, cookie: Cookie Butter! This delectable cookie-flavored spread has become wildly popular this year, so of course the Oreo people couldn’t resist getting in on the hype.  We think.  A popular Instagrammer who often shares insider tips about upcoming snack launches recently shared a picture of the Cookie Butter Oreo packaging, claiming that the flavor will be released on Sept. 18.  Although Cookie Butter Oreos haven’t been officially confirmed by Oreo, it looks legit. The countdown to September starts . . . NOW!
(I’ll hold on for DOUBLE-STUFFED Cookie Butter Oreos, thank you very much!)
(I’m quite familiar with the taste.  Because I already dip my Oreo cookies in butter!)


1955 [62] Billy Bob Thornton, Hot Springs AR, movie actor (“Bad Santa”, “Sling Blade”)/TV actor (“Fargo” 2014)

1961 [56] Barack Obama, Honolulu HI, Former US President/Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2009)/US Senator (IL) 2005-08/Illinois State Senator 1997-2004

1968 [49] Daniel Dae Kim, Busan, South Korea, TV actor (“Jin-Soo Kwon” on “Lost” 2004-2010, “Chin Ho Kelly” on “Hawaii Five-0″ 2010-2017″)

1971 [46] Jeff Gordon, Vallejo CA, auto racer/owner (4-time NASCAR champ, 3-time “Daytona 500”  winner)

1988 [29] Tom Parker, Bolton UK, pop singer (The Wanted-”Glad You Came”)

1959 [58] Pat Smear (Georg Ruthenberg), LA CA, rock guitarist (Foo Fighters-“Everlong”, Nirvana-”You Know You’re Right”)

1963 [54] Mark Strong (Marco Salussolia), London UK, movie actor (“The Imitation Game”, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”)

1968 [49] Terri Clark (Sauson), Montréal QC, country singer (“Better Things to Do”, “You’re Easy On the Eyes”)

1978 [39] Whit Sellers, Roanoke VA, country drummer (Old Dominion) “Snapback”, “Break Up with Him”)

1980 [37] Jesse Williams, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Dr Jackson Avery’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2009)

Screenwriter-director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) is 47; Pop singer Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) is 45; TV-movie actress Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) is 44; Pop-rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 36; Broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr (“Hamilton”) is 36; Pop-rock bassist Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 33.

• “Chocolate Chip Day”, saluting those tiny little morsels of decadence that make almost any dessert taste better. (There are hardly any calories in them, right? They’re just little.)
• “Coast Guard Day” in America. The ‘Revenue Cutter Service’, formed on this date in 1790, merged with the ‘Life Saving Service’ in 1915 to become the US Coast Guard.
• “National Night Out”, the 32nd annual event promoting crime & drug prevention as concerned people in urban neighborhoods across North America ‘take back the streets’ by going out en masse after dark.
• “International Beer Day”, an annual worldwide celebration of brewskies on the 1st Friday of August. So, the best beer in the world is …?  (The next one?)

• “Oyster Day”, celebrating the shell-shucked crustacean enjoyed by many as a delicacy. (What brave soul could have first decided to eat one of these icky-looking things?)
• “Underwear Day”, the 13th annual organized by online retailer, which normally attracts hundreds of underwearers to NYC’s Times Square. It’s a good excuse to take a vote: Boxers, Briefs, Boxer-Briefs, or Commando?
• “Mustard Day”, the annual honoring the ‘condiment of kings’. It’s sponsored by Middleton, Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of mustard memorabilia.
• “Work Like a Dog Day”, an opportunity to recognize those individuals who work especially hard.

• “Fresh Breath Day”, a gentle reminder to maintain oral hygiene. If you’re average, you have over 10 billion bacteria in your mouth right now. Some of them churn out stinky chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide, the same gas that gives rotten eggs their odor.
• “Root Beer Float Day”, saluting the yummy-tasting treat that is made by plopping ice cream into a flagon of root beer. Did you know root beer started out as a health tonic?
• “Wiggle Your Toes Day”, a chance to air out your piggies, wiggling them around for all to see. The best place to wiggle your toes on a hot August day is in a swimming pool. Or, sit on a dock and stick your wiggly digits in the water.

• “Civic Holiday” in parts of Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, & Nunavut).  It’s observed as “New Brunswick Day” in NB; “Saskatchewan Day” in SK; “British Columbia Day” in BC, “Simcoe Day” in Toronto ON; “Colonel By Day” in Ottawa ON; “Heritage Day” in Alberta; and the semi-holiday “Natal Day” in Nova Scotia & PEI. For everybody else, it’s just … Monday.

2013 [04] Actor Peter Capaldi lands the lead role of “Doctor Who” in the 12th incarnation of the Brit TV sci-fi show (In July, Jodie Whittaker was introduced as the Thirteenth Doctor)

1990 [27] Mariah Carey’s debut single, “Vision Of Love”, hits #1 on pop charts

2010 [07] Former Fugees musician Wyclef Jean announces his intention to run for President of Haiti (it is later revealed that he is not eligible)

2012 [05] At the London Games, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius (‘The Blade Runner’) becomes the 1st amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics (now a convicted murderer)


• Chewing gum for an hour burns about 11 calories.
• Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.
• The pleasant feeling of eating chocolate is caused by a chemical called anadamide, a neurotransmitter which also is produced naturally in the brain.
• American dog owners who walk their pet five times a week save a combined $419 million in healthcare costs.
• For teens, Instagram is the most important social network, followed by Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, respectively.
• There are 13 minerals found in beer that are necessary for human life.

✓ Your phone contains more cat pics than anything else.
✓ You have conversations with your cat and reply to their meows as if you know exactly what they’re saying.
✓ You share food with your cat.
✓ You spend more time/money/effort finding presents for them than for your family and friends.
✓ You get more worried about leaving your cat while on vacation than leaving your house.
✓ You sign off birthday/Christmas cards with their signature paw-o-graph.
✓ You have to stop yourself from talking about them at every opportunity.
✓ Nothing makes you smile more than coming home from work to see them sitting at the window, waiting for you.
✓ You instantly dislike anyone who doesn’t share the same love of cats as you.
✓ You think at least 10 times a day that life would be so much easier if you were a cat too.
– Adapted from “Metro”/first published in BS in 2015

☎Who is the one celebrity you just can’t stand?  Why?

I thought I understood the meaning of “When Pigs Fly” but then…the swine flu.

Question: 32% of women do this while getting ready to go out. What is it?
Answer: Look at their butt in the mirror

Love the life you live.  Live the life you love.

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