Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – Edition: #6022

Can You Believe This Sheet?

“The Bull Sheet” is shutting down for the holidays December 25th-January 1st inclusive. All subscribers will be awarded account credits for missed service days.  Following Dec. 22, the next edition of “BS” will be January 2, 2018. Thanks for a successful year of BS and Happy Holidays, all!

★ Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ fireplace exploded on Saturday, and the ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ co-host took to Instagram to show the messy aftermath.  Ripa captioned her pic: “When the fireplace explodes and you literally have no idea what to do. Grab the sleds and the cookie sheets?”  The photo showed the two gathering broken shards of glass onto…you guessed it – a cookie sheet and a round sled.  Thankfully, it seems that no one was hurt.
(Don’t they have people to do that for them?)
★ California’s Thomas Fire, the wildfire which has ravaged the Sunshine State and threatened many people’s homes, has now affected the celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe.  Oprah revealed on social media that the smoke was “too bad for breathing,” and she had to leave along with her dogs two weeks ago.  And on the weekend, Katy Perry reported that her brother David Hudson evacuated her family from her home in Santa Barbara
★ Johnny Depp’s former lawyers have filed a new lawsuit against the actor, insisting his reputation never suffered due to their services. Depp initially sued his former legal executives, claiming they mismanaged his finances, but they have now responded, insisting they can’t be held responsible for his financial problems. The lawyers claim they haven’t been paid since July.
★ It’s a hairy situation for the ‘Stranger Things’ cast as awards season sets in. Actor Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington on the Netflix series, said in an Instagram comment earlier this week that he’ll have his head shaved by the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, if his castmate David Harbour snags a Golden Globe next month for his portrayal of Police Chief Jim Hopper on the hit show.
(Is that a promise or a threat?)
★ Emilia Clarke has revealed that the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast has been issued a ”very strict” social media ban.  Clarke delighted fans last year with candid backstage pictures of herself and co-star Kit Harington goofing around when the cameras had stopped rolling, but her Instagram followers are in for a disappointment over the coming months because everyone who works on the show have been warned about sharing anything online, in her words: “because people need to stop spoiling it for everyone. It’s really frustrating.”
★ There’s never been a better time to revisit the real-life Watergate scandal, and that’s probably  why both George Clooney and Matt Charman are teaming up for an eight-part limited series delving into the Washington, D.C. case, which saw the American government brought to its knees.  Netflix is developing the special, and reports are that each episode will focus on a different individual who had ties to the scandal.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Gwen Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Rian Johnson ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Rebel Wilson, Paul Reiser, Gwen Stefani
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sally Field, Maggie Siff, Lady Antebellum ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Seth MacFarlane, Karlie Kloss, Seth MacFarlane
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Denis Leary, Bob Odenkirk, Stereophonics ( R )
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Dore ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Christian Siriano, Erika Jayne
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ed Helms ( R )
• “The Talk” (CBS): Annie Lennox, guest co-host Carnie Wilson ( R )
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Seth MacFarlane, Eden Grinshpan, Jojo Siwa, guest co-host Scott Wolf
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Idris Elba ( R )
• “The Voice” (NBC): Highlights of the artists’ final performances.
• “A Home for the Holidays With Josh Groban” (CBS): Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown perform during this annual event to raise awareness about adoption and foster care.
• “The Year: 2017: (ABC): A look back at the year’s historic and memorable moments in politics, pop culture and more. Included: President Trump’s first year in office; and the #MeToo movement.

• Taylor Swift – has created her very own social network app, ‘The Swift Life’, which was launched on Friday.  On Instagram, meanwhile, she invited her fans to join The Swift Life party, writing: “The Swift Life is available for free worldwide in the App Store. See you there!”  The app is described as a positive place for Swifties to interact with each other, and with Swift herself.
• Ed Sheeran –drinks every day. He says he doesn’t have a problem with booze because he doesn’t ”need” it, but he likes to have ”good times”.   Quote:  ”I like a drink, yeah. I have never woken up and said I need a drink but I love drinking every day”.
• David Guetta – wants his own song to be played at his funeral.  He produced the Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 single ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and says the song is so special to him, that its release was one of the happiest moments of his life and he wants it played when he dies.  (Sample lyric:   “Tonight’s gonna be a good, good night. Tonight’s the night (Hey! )Let’s live it up.”  Hmmm…Very appropriate for a funeral!)
• Elton John – A Grammy-organized tribute concert will take place January 30 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  ‘Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute’ will take place on January 30th, and performers are expected to include Miley Cyrus, Kesha, John Legend, Chris Martin, Sam Smith and Keith Urban.
• Judas Priest – frontman Rob Halford read his rejection notice from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame live on a Phoenix radio show, hours after the announcement that the British band was not part of the Class of 2018.  Although disappointed, he remained classy.  Quote:  “As I’ve said before, I think we deserve it…we just feel that heavy metal music deserves more space on the shelf of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  We were thrilled and honored to even be nominated.”
• The Doors – will release “Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970”, on DVD,  CD and digital video on February 23rd.  It captures the historic last Doors concert ever filmed.  The DVD also includes the bonus featurette “This Is The End”
• Keely Smith – the Grammy winning singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards, died Dec. 16th at 89.  She had been suffering from heart failure.  Her hits included “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and 1959’s “That Old Black Magic,” which she reprised with Kid Rock at the 2008 Grammy awards.
• Jake Owen –  appeared on an episode of TBS’ ‘Drop the Mic’, where he participated in a rap battle against comedian/actor, Wayne Brady.  Word is that he ‘represented’ himself well…
• Old Dominion – get themselves into the holiday spirit by sprucing up the vehicle with all sorts of Christmas cheer.   Matt Ramsey says that they put up a little Christmas tree, accompanied by a burning Yule Log on the TV.

• “Dunkirk” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance)
• “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (PG, Animation/Kids):  Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. (Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen)
• “Victoria & Abdul” (PG-13, Drama):  Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. (Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith)
• “Mother!” (R-Rated, Drama/Horror):  A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris)
• “Stronger” (R-Rated, Drama): the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson)
• “Leatherface” (R-Rated, Horror): A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge. (Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike)

When you ask someone to join you for a ‘glass of wine’, the term just might be all relative.  Cambridge University researchers say that according to historical evidence, the size of wineglasses has increased by SEVEN times since the 1700s.  Where 300 years ago, the average serving size for wine might have been 70ml, we are now looking at wine glasses with a capacity of around 450ml.  Scientists say that is a cautionary tale about the amount of alcohol that people consume, particularly around the holidays.  Why the larger glasses?  Besides the fact that to many of us bigger is always better, greater affluence has meant more people have shifted their interests toward drinking wine rather than beer or spirits.  And larger glasses also allow people greater pleasure from allowing finer wines to breathe when poured into ‘airier vessels’.
(As if I’m going to give it time to breathe!)
(Never mind the size…I just wish they could do something about the hole in the bottom of mine…)
(Who is this guy ‘Moderation’ that people are telling me to drink with, anyway?)

With Tiger Woods making a good showing of himself in his latest return to action after multiple surgery-related hiatuses, the thinking is that he might once again become one of the top golfers in the world.  But how much would you pay for a private lesson from Tiger?  One man paid $210,000 for just that.  Woods agreed to participate in a pro-am to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey at Bluejack National, a course he started designing in 2014. The event raised over $1 million thanks partly to an anonymous donor who bid $210,00 at a fundraising auction for a  private lesson from Tiger.  Great to put your money to good use, but if this guy golfs anything like I do, an hour of instruction from Tiger isn’t going to help him anymore than an hour with Adele isn’t going to make a difference in his vocal game.  I mean, what is Tiger going to tell me that my slightly better-at-golf-than-me buddy doesn’t tell me every time we are on the course?  Yes, keep my arm straight, turn my back foot, and follow through….
(It would be slightly more effective than taking driving lessons from Tiger, though!)
(Fine.  Just don’t take life lessons from him!)
(At least Tiger has a back-up plan in case his comeback doesn’t work out!)

➢ Eat More Garlic:  Garlic is known for its protective properties and has been used for centuries to help immunity.  If you don’t like its taste you can also try taking a supplement.  (It’s more the ‘breath’ thing that I’m worried about!)
➢ Exercise: Even a small amount of exercise can boost your immune system.  Exercise reduces the impact of stress hormones, which make us more vulnerable to colds and flu.  (I’d like to exercise my right to not exercise…)
➢ Cut Back on the Booze:  Alcohol can have a dampening effect on your immune system.  This doesn’t mean you have to cut it out altogether — not much fun over the festive season – but think twice about how much you’re drinking if you want to stay away from winter colds and flu. (I KNEW they were gonna say that…)
➢ Manage Your Stress:  When you are stressed out, it is harder for your body to fight bugs or infections.  Prioritize time for relaxation, especially in the stressful run-up to Christmas.  (At least if I’m relaxing, I don’t have to exercise!)
➢ Get Plenty of Sleep:  Being well rested can also stop you from becoming run down and therefore more susceptible to colds and flu.  And if you do get sick, sleep gives your body time to recharge its batteries and repair cells, leading to a faster recovery.
➢ Eat Well:  Lots of fruits and vegetables are recommended.  Nutrients are needed for every part of your immune system, including renewal, repair and defense against infection and illness.  (OK, put a tomato slice on my burger…)
➢ Take Omega 3: Whether from oily fish or from a supplement, Omega 3 not only help reduce inflammation but also increase airflow and protect the lungs from colds and respiration infections.  (You had me at ‘oily fish’!)
(I’m really starting to think that animals that hibernate for the winter are on to something!)


1963 [54] Jennifer Beals, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Flashdance”, “The Book of Eli”)

1967 [50] Criss Angel (Christopher Sarantakos), NYC, Las Vegas illusionist (“Criss Angel: Believe”, “Criss Angel: Mindfreak”)

1970 [47] Tyson Beckford, Rochester NY, model (Former Ralph Lauren Polo model and host of “Make Me a Supermodel” 2008-2010)

1972 [45] Alyssa Milano, Brooklyn NY, TV actress (“My Name is Earl” 2007-08, “Charmed” 1998-2006, “Who’s the Boss” 1984-92),  Movie actress (“Hall Pass”)

1980 [37] Jake Gyllenhaal, LA CA, movie actor (“Source Code”, “Brokeback Mountain”) COMING UP…Wildlife, 2018

• “Look For an Evergreen Day”, a day saluting people for whom only a fresh-cut real tree will do for Christmas.  For them, the scent of fresh pine helps to capture the feeling of the holidays.  (But remember…just because you find one, it doesn’t mean it’s yours!)

• “Oatmeal Muffin Day”, a day to enjoy the cholesterol-lowering benefit of oatmeal in your muffins … then slather on a ton of butter and enjoy!

• “Holly Day”, while the prickly leaves and berries make lovely additions to any holiday décor, eating holly can be bad for your health. The leaves and berries can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and other issues. While toxic to dogs, cats and horses, consuming 20 or more berries can actually be fatal to children. (Happy Holly-days, here’s a deadly plant for you!)

• “Hard Candy Day”, a celebration of all types of hard candies—everything from lollipops to candy canes to caramels. (If you don’t have one, just ask any older lady carrying a purse.  She has at least 30 in there…guaranteed.)

[Wed] Go Caroling Day
[Wed] National Sangria Day
[Thurs] Crossword Puzzle Day
[Thurs] Don’t Make Your Bed Day

1997 [20] “Titanic” opens in theaters. It becomes the top-grossing movie of all time, with a soundtrack that sells about 15 million copies, thanks mostly to the Celine Dion hit, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’

2001 [16] “The Fellowship Of the Ring”, the first movie based on JRR Tolkien’s “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy, opens in theaters in some 16 countries around-the-world

2014 [03] A study on advice given by talk show host Dr Mehmet Oz shows that only about 46% of his suggestions are supported by legitimate medical evidence

2005 [12] Elton John turns down an offer of close to $6 million to secure TV rights to his civil union to David Furnish

2014 [03] Darlene Love sings ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on “Late Show with David Letterman” for the final time (when she first performed it in 1986, it went so well that Dave made it a Christmas tradition, and every year she would come back to sing it)

1917 [100] 1st ‘National Hockey League’ games played (5,500 fans watch Montréal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators 7-4, while 700 soldiers get in free to see Montréal Wanderers defeat Toronto Arenas 10-9)

2015 [02] 33 years after its release, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” becomes the 1st album to sell more than 30 million copies in the U.S.


✓ The pin that holds a hinge together is called a pintle.
✓ Forks, mostly being two-tined, used to known as “split spoons.”
✓ Air becomes liquid at about minus 190 degrees Celsius.
✓ 80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars.
✓ Statistics show that people with high, medium and low income groups spend about the same amount on Christmas gifts.
✓ Due to earth’s gravity, it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 metres.

• All the gifts would say “From Santa Paws”.
• I’d probably get a phone with collar ID.
• They would make us return the gift so they could go get it again.
• Mmmmm.  Bacon.
• Some people wouldn’t mind working retail during the holiday season.
• They would do a better job than most men.
• All the presents would be buried instead of wrapped.
• Christmas morning would be Ruff.
• They’d make it clear to us “Who’s been a good boy?”
• I don’t have a dog so I wouldn’t get shihtzu.


☎ What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

The best Christmas present is a broken drum, because you just can’t beat it.

• In Dr Seuss’ famous story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, what was the name of the Grinch’s dog?
a. Max [CORRECT]
b. Snax
c. Grunch

• What’s the angel’s name in the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
a. Gabriel
b. Michael
c. Clarence [CORRECT]

• What happens when a bell rings in “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
a. A wish is granted.
b. An angel gets its wings. [CORRECT]
c. The fries are done.

• Where did ‘Frosty the Snowman’ melt?
a. In a lake.
b. In a greenhouse. [CORRECT]
c. In a Turkish bath.
-First published in BS in 2016

Question:  The average family uses one of THESE 7-and-a-half years before throwing it away.
Answer:  An artificial Christmas tree.

Christmas isn’t a season.  It’s a feeling.

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