December 23 2019

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Monday, December 23, 2019 – Edition: #6600

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This is the final edition of the Bull Sheet until Monday, December 30. The Bull Sheet will also not be publishing on Wednesday January 1, 2020 to observe New Year’s Day. All subscribers will receive account credits for missed service days. Happy Holidays, all!

★ “Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is reportedly in talks to join the judging panel of “America’s Got Talent” following the controversial departures of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. Vergara is said to have met with NBC bosses last week to discuss the potential gig, as well as a number of other proposed projects, including a possible Spanish-language series.
★ Margot Robbie once got so drunk at an awards show she thought she had died. She shared the story during her recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, recalling the first time she attended the Logie Awards in her native Australia at age 19. Robbie said: “I got so drunk I passed out in one of the toilet stalls. For a second in my drunken state, I was like, ‘Did I die? Is this purgatory? Am I in between heaven and hell right now? This is so weird.’” Eventually a member of the cleaning staff was able to convince her she wasn’t in the afterlife. (Although the next day, she wished she was!)
★ Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell released a koala into the wild to celebrate their engagement. The happy couple got engaged in July, and to mark the special occasion, they took a rescue koala from Australia Zoo – which is owned by Irwin’s family – and released it, so it can live freely. Speaking in a preview clip for the upcoming season finale of “Crikey! It’s the Irwins!”, Bindi said: ”The first time I met Chandler, he was a holding a koala. So, it only seemed right to celebrate our engagement by releasing a koala back into the wild.”
★ Get ready for a new “Jackass” movie. The crew’s first film since the death of Ryan Dunn is scheduled to premiere on March 5, 2021. At this point, no other details are available, but it is possible that franchise stars such as Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve “Steve-O” Glover, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Preston Lacy and Jason “Wee Man” Acuña may return. Jackass crashed into pop culture in the early 2000s with a controversial series on MTV. In 2002, the first film, “Jackass: The Movie”, debuted and was a big hit. It was followed by sequels in 2006 and 2010.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jeff Goldblum, Camila Morrone, Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra featuring Sharon Van Etten (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Jenny Slate, Megan Gailey (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Scarlett Johansson, the Weeknd (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): James Spader, Tim Meadows, Alison Roman, Terrence Higgins (R)
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rebel Wilson, Kacey Musgraves (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Jeffrey Dean Morgan (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Samantha Rodriguez & her siblings (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Elton John (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kate Bosworth, Michael Sheen, Trisha Yearwood, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, “The Masked Singer” winner Wayne Brady, Idina Menzel, guest host Ellie Kemper
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Idina Menzel, Mykal-Michelle Harris, King Calaway, the Singing Contractors
• “The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With Seth Rogen” (CBS): Rogen plays for Hilarity for Charity (HFC), the national Alzheimer’s nonprofit organization founded by him and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen.
• “Holiday Baking Championship” (FOOD): Jesse Palmer challenges the three remaining bakers to make a Christmas morning brunch using the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and eggnog.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): A collection of “Saturday Night Live’s” Christmas-themed sketches from various seasons, including D… in a Box, Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song, Martha Stewart’s Topless Christmas and more.

• Drake and Future — have been cooking something up — from behind the counter of an Atlanta-area McDonald’s. The two were spotted on Friday night wearing fast-food uniforms during what appeared to be a video shoot. Earlier this year, the pair teased that a “secret project” was in the works.
• Halsey — was one of the many thrilled fans who turned up to pack Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium for the first My Chemical Romance concert in seven years on Friday night. After the show, she shared a video of herself belting out the words of the band’s song ‘Famous Last Words’.
• Don McLean – was the special musical guest at Alex Trebek’s annual holiday party in LA on Wed. Trebek told the audience: “I can officially take this off of my bucket list. This was a real treat for me.” The two hadn’t met before.
• Sex Pistols – former guitarist Steve Jones has returned to hosting his Los Angeles radio show, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” for the first time in months after enduring a “nightmare” recovery following a secret heart attack. The 64-year-old revealed he has been in and out of hospital since August, after initially fearing he was having a stroke.
• Lindsey Buckingham – has announced his first performance since emergency open-heart surgery in early 2019, which resulted in damage to his vocal cords. He’s been added to the line-up for the Beale Street Music Festival, May 1 to 3 in Memphis, TN.
• Tom Petty — An all-star group has released a cover of his song ‘For Real’. The new version, dubbed ‘For Real – For Tom’, features Willie Nelson, his sons Micah and Lukas (collaborators with Neil Young as part of Promise of the Real), Jakob Dylan (son of Bob), Dhani Harrison (son of George) and Amos Lee. Proceeds benefit the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles that Petty supported.
• Carrie Underwood – has given fans a sneak peek at some new fashionable and athletic pieces which will be available soon as part of her CALIA collection. In the snap, she can be seen checking out various fabrics, likely considering what styles to incorporate into her next batch of sports bras, leggings, and more.
• Keith Urban – sang a stripped-down version of Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ on Saturday with Amy Shark. He was performing at Sydney Coliseum Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Earlier this year, Urban sang a countrified version of Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ as part of his Human Jukebox session.

➢ How would you like the chance to stream first-run movies from the comfort of your own home? Legally. With Red Carpet Entertainment, you can – but you’d better be rich. The idea for the startup, which has been called “the opposite of Netflix” was hatched by a pair of entertainment industry friends on a golf course. Although Red Carpet launched in October, the company is currently looking for 3,000 “rich” Americans who will put up $15,000 and pay up to $2,500 per movie to watch the latest theatrical releases in their homes. The company has deals with 10 major movie distributors, and with box-office sales slumping and projected to fall again next year, they say that moviemakers are happy to have a new source of revenue. Their most popular movie right now is “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon. No movie is priced below $500, and customers get to see a film twice in a 36-hour period.
(Why would the rich want to do this? Because they can!)
($2,500 per movie? At least you can bring your own snacks!)
➢ Going to the theater once a month might help you live longer. That’s what scientists at University College London are telling us. They tracked nearly 7,000 adults over the age of 50 for 12 years. Those who “engaged with the arts” every few months were 14% less likely to die by the end of the study. Visiting museums, theaters, art galleries more frequently – once a month – cut the risk by 31%. The scientists say that a regular trip to a theater or other place where you are exposed to artists’ works could improve mental health and encourage physical activity.
(Which kind of puts a damper on that first story, doesn’t it?)
(I don’t know how the test subjects made out, but I bet the scientists who had to track 7,000 adults over age 50 for 12 years nearly died of boredom!)
-TheStar, DailyMail

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 82% of us say we bought cellophane (Scotch) tape this holiday season.
• 69% of us say that the worst part of the holiday season is wrapping presents.
• 87% of us have employers who allow Christmas decorations in the workplace.
• 5% of us say we are still paying off Christmas bills from last year.
• 25% of us say we have tried to get into the wrong car after holiday shopping.
• 45% of us have re-gifted a present to a friend or co-worker.

A new survey asked 2,000 people in the UK to name the most iconic Christmas movie moments . . .
1. Kids decorate the Christmas tree for Charlie Brown (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
2. The leg lamp, “It’s fra-gee-le!” (A Christmas Story)
3. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” (A Christmas Story)
4. Schwartz gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole (A Christmas Story)
5. Dancing during rehearsal (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
6. Cindy Lou Who sings ‘Where Are You Christmas?’ (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
7. ‘When Christmas Comes to Town’ (The Polar Express)
8. “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!” (Home Alone)
9. ‘You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch’ (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
10. George Bailey running home and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (It’s a Wonderful Life)

22% of men leave their Christmas shopping until the last two days before Christmas. Only 9% of women do the same. 12% of us don’t even start our Christmas shopping until the January sales.


1943 [76] Harry Shearer, LA CA, TV voice-over actor (numerous voices on “The Simpsons” since 1989)/movie actor (“This Is Spinal Tap”)

1946 [73] Susan Lucci, TV actress, Scarsdale NY (‘Erica Kane’ on “All My Children” 1970-2011)

1964 [55] Eddie Vedder (Edward Louis Severson III), Evanston IL, alt-rock singer (‘Hard Sun’, Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017

1979 [40] Holly Madison, Astoria OR, model (“The Girls of the Playboy Mansion” 2005-09)

2002 [17] Finn Wolfhard. Vancouver Canada, TV actor (‘Mike Wheeler’ on “Stranger Things” since 2016)/movie actor (“It”) COMING UP…”The Turning”, 2020

• “Chanukah” began last evening, the 8-day Jewish celebration also known as “Festival of Lights”. Traditions include the lighting of candles placed in the menorah and the exchange of gifts. Children often play the spinning-top dreidel game. Ends at sunset Dec. 30.

• “Festivus”, created in 1966 but little-known until mentioned in a “Seinfeld” episode in 1997. It’s dedicated to celebrating the season without the pressure and commercialism of traditional holidays.

• “HumanLight”, a Humanist holiday celebrated annually on December 23rd. Like “Kwanzaa”, it’s a modern invention, celebrating a positive approach to the coming new year.

• “Noche de Rabano” (Night Of the Radishes) in Oaxaca (‘wah-HAH-kah’), Mexico, when figurines are cleverly carved … from radishes. How festive! NET:

• “Pfeffernuesse Day”, a salute to the tiny spice cookies that are popular as a holiday treat in Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands, as well as among Mennonites in North America.

• “Roots Day”, a day to celebrate your heritage. Many of us are returning to our roots as we head home for Christmas, bringing us a cozy, comfortable feeling and a sense of belonging.

[Tues] Christmas Eve
[Tues] National Egg Nog Day
[Wed] Christmas Day
[Wed] No “L” Day
[Thurs] Boxing Day
This Week Is…Twelve Days of Christmas
This Month Is…National Tie Month

2015 [04] Oscar-winning movie “The Big Short”, starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell, opens in movie theaters

2018 [01] Miley Cyrus marries Liam Hemsworth. They split up eight months later.

2007 [12] World renowned jazz pianist Oscar Peterson dies in Mississauga, Ontario at age 82

2007 [12] Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (aged 29 years, 122 days) surpasses Wilt Chamberlain to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points

2014 [05] Dow Jones average hits a record 18,024 after taking less than 6 months to climb from 17,000 points (today it’s on the cusp of 28,500)


✓ Good King Wenceslas was not a king. He was a Duke.
✓ The first song played in space was ‘Jingle Bells’ in 1965.
✓ ‘Tiny Tim’ in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was originally named ‘Little Fred’.
✓ An average of 14,700 people visit hospital emergency rooms each holiday season because of decorating accidents.
✓ Google Trends data reveals that spiral-cut ham is a more popular Christmas table choice than turkey.
✓ The Germanic word for mistletoe literally means “dung on a twig.”

Best of BS . . .

• There’s something half-hearted about the way they say, “Oh wow — Q-Tips”
• They spend Christmas morning making up games involving wrapping paper
• You see them trying to shove everything back up the chimney
• Spelled out in Legos on the front lawn are the words “You Are Cheap”
• Moments after they unwrap their gifts, you see them up for sale on ‘Facebook Marketplace’.
• Your son simply refuses to understand why you couldn’t get him a date with Margot Robbie.
• They cite your gifts as a major factor in their decision to convert to Judaism
• You wake up and find the head of Baby Yoda in your bed
• They ask, “OK, now where are the REAL gifts?”
-Neloo, first published in ‘BS’ in 2017

Some of the gifts we don’t want …
• Anything that makes a spare roll of toilet paper into a decorative accessory for the bathroom.
• Anything that does not include batteries.
• Anything that is the start of a ‘fascinating new hobby’.
• Anything that you have to feed, water, walk, or have neutered.
• Anything that requires ‘hours of fun putting it together’.
• Anything with a magnet in it that sticks to a refrigerator door.
(All things considered, just send money, and we’ll do the worrying about the gift.)
– Adapted from

Leaving work for the  holidays…

If you think Christmas shopping on December 23rd is “last-minute”, you’re clearly an amateur.

• What were the first artificial Christmas trees made from?
a. Goose feathers [CORRECT]
b. Plastic
c. Metal
d. Real Christmas trees

• Which experience does a new poll find more than a third of young children cry about?
a. Unwrapping gifts.
b. Sitting on Santa’s lap. [CORRECT]
c. Trying to eat a drumstick.
d. “Batteries Not Included”.

What is your family’s unique/unusual/truly weird Christmas Eve ritual?

Question:  10% of families will do THIS before breakfast on Christmas morning. What is it?
Answer:  Argue.

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.



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