Wednesday, December 3, 2014        Edition: #5352


Sheet For Brains!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Tomorrow morning the team behind the Sam Mendes-directed 24th ‘James Bond’ film reveals its title and cast via a livestream from the 007 Stage at Britain’s Pinewood Studios at 11 am GMT (3 am EST). The announcement will also be live-tweeted via the official handle @007. Alongside Daniel Craig, who returns in his 4th ‘Bond’ movie, reports suggest the cast includes Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz who will play the iconic ‘Bond’ villain ‘Blofeld’. Principal photography starts next Monday.
NET: http://www.007.com
– Variety.com
★ Even though she said she wasn’t interested at one point, Kathy Griffin will in fact replace the late Joan Rivers as host on E! channel’s dishy fashion critique program “Fashion Police”. Griffin admits she has some ‘big shoes’ to fill, but has decided the show is a good fit for her. Brad Goreski, of the Bravo show “It’s a Brad Brad World”, is also joining the cast. A new season of the series is expected to begin on January 12th.
– NYDailyNews.com
★ And actor Christian Bale has lashed out at Hollywood’s ‘whining’ stars, saying it’s time for his peers to stop complaining about paparazzi. The former movie ‘Batman’ tells “WSJ Magazine’s” December/January issue that he’s tired of hearing stars like George Clooney moaning about life in the spotlight. Quote: “Come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it.” His remarks could come back to bite him … in Hollywood, NOBODY picks on Clooney.
– WENN.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Decemberists (“What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”, out January 20th).
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Broods (“Evergreeen”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Hozier (“Hozier”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Taylor Swift (“1989″). Rerun.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Toni Braxton (“Love, Marriage & Divorce”).
• “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (NBC) – Matt Lauer hosts the 82nd annual lighting of NYC’s massive Christmas tree. Performers include Darius Rucker, Idina Menzel, Lady Gaga w/Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes, Mariah Carey, Pentatonix, Sara Bareilles, Trisha Yearwood, and – of course – the Rockettes. Tens-of-thousands are expected to crowd the sidewalks for the event.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – This midweek special features Christmas-themed skits from over the years.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Gavin DeGraw (“Finest Hour”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Yusuf/Cat Stevens (“Tell ‘Em I’m Gone”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• AC/DC – Yesterday the lawyer for 60-year-old drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Rudd has been out on bail since his arrest early last month. A procedural hearing in the case has been set for February.
• Courtney Love – She’s hitting the road with Lana Del Rey for a string of 8 concert dates next May, including a stop at LA’s fabled Hollywood Bowl. Earlier this year Del Rey referred to Love as ‘a friend and inspiration’.
• Creed – Former frontman Scott Stapp’s own teenage son is pleading with his father to stop posting paranoid and rambling video rants on Facebook. Thanks, kid.
• Fleetwood Mac – They’ve been confirmed as a headliner for the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival next June. It’s thought to be the first time the band’s ‘classic’ line-up has played a UK festival, and it will be their only festival date next Summer.
• Madonna – Apparently she still has the right stuff … she’s topless in a new spread for “Interview” magazine. At age 56. The interview is by her friend David Blaine; the photo spread is by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
• Wynonna –Tonight in Springfield, Ohio she launches her annual Christmas tour with her band The Big Noise. Her “A Simpler Christmas” show features holiday favorites as well as her greatest hits.

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 70% of us say we’re often disappointed by the gifts we receive during the holidays.
• 50% of men go to a hardware store (or building center) … every weekend.
• 35% of us dress casually at work … every day.
• 30% of us have no clue how to re-fill the windshield washer fluid in a car.
• 24% of cellphone owners say the room in which they use their phone most is … the bathroom.
• 2% of us claim we change the bed sheets … every day.

R.I.P. SPIDER-MAN:
He took his secret to the grave. An obituary in the “Minneapolis StarTribune” says that 35-year-old Aaron Joseph Purmort has died from a “radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years-long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long.” It goes on to say that civilians would know Purmort as ‘Spider-Man’ and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. The obit claims that his surviving son Ralph “will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.” Spidey’s funeral is being held today. (An obit with humor … ever seen one before?)
– QMI

BS BUZZWORDS:
New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Firstable’ – Initially; to start with. This comes from a mishearing of the phrase ‘first of all’. (“Firstable go to the bathroom before you get in the car, kids.”)
• ‘Happiness Curve’ – The U-shaped curve obtained by graphing individual happiness levels over time, which typically drop until midlife, level off for a time, and then rise. (For most, the biggest ‘downslope’ occurs from ages 35-to-50.)
• ‘Omega Block’ – An atmospheric phenomenon that forces cold air that normally sits over the North Pole further south. (Is it just us or are we seeing a lot of different terminology in the last couple of years to describe what we used to call ‘freaking cold!’?)
• ‘Vortex-Proof’ – Able to withstand extreme cold, particularly the frigid conditions created by the polar vortex weather phenomenon. (Right, ‘polar vortex’ … freaking cold!)

IS A CRUISE VACATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
A few questions to ask yourself before you book it …
✓ Are you a hands-on or hands-off vacation planner? On a cruise almost everything is planned for you. If you enjoy creating your own detailed vacation itinerary, a cruise may not be for you.
✓ Do you like meeting other travelers? On a cruise you better, because you’ll be rubbing shoulders with hundreds of others on deck and at the various dining and entertainment venues.
✓ Are you a picky eater? Cruise ships have really improved onboard cuisine of late, luring noted chefs. But even so, food options can be limited, especially if you adhere to a strict diet.
✓ How do you like to experience a destination? Cruise ships usually stop in many ports of call, but only for a short period of time. And you’ll have to adhere to the cruise ship’s schedule.
✓ Are you worried about health & safety? Despite a bad rap for flu outbreaks and other illnesses, the percentage of cruise passengers affected is actually tiny. Still, if the idea of a cruise leaves you feeling trapped or anxious rather than relaxed, it’s likely not a good idea.
✓ Do you get seasick? Opt for a bigger cruise ship. Avoid itineraries that involve numerous consecutive days at sea. And remember: Most people who suffer from motion sickness tend to find their sea legs after a day or two. (So it’s only 48 hours of agony.)
– Condensed from “US News & World Report”

MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES FOR 2014:
GIRLS
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
BOYS
1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
– BabyCenter.com

WHAT YOUR FACE REVEALS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH:
A sampling of facial features that may indicate you need a checkup …
• Deep Facial Lines – This could be a sign of osteoporosis.
• Red Cheeks – Can indicate internal issues, such as excess levels of the hormone cortisol.
• Purple Cheeks – Blue or purple cheeks suggests low oxygen levels in the blood.
• Shortened Teeth – Can be a result of acid reflux. Stomach acid literally dissolves teeth.
• Thinning Eyebrows – Loss of eyebrow hair is a classic sign of an underactive thyroid.
• Thinning Hair – In women, this might signal an overactive thyroid.
• White Rings In the Iris – Can indicate high cholesterol in the bloodstream.
• Yellow Skin & Eyes – May suggest significant liver damage, which triggers jaundice.
(This list is so handy … because doctors just love it when you self-diagnose.)
– Condensed from DailyMail.co.uk

WE WILL ROCK YOU:
San Jose Sharks fans now can feel the bone-crunching action in the hockey arena … from the comfort of their couch at home. In a first for the NHL, a system dubbed ’4-D Sports’ transmits a special signal from San Jose’s SAP Center to a gizmo under a fan’s couch, letting them ‘feel’ the action every time a player crashes into the boards. The remote vibration is made possible by sensors on the boards surrounding the ice rink which send a signal to a computer. The idea is to create an increasingly realistic virtual experience. But it’s an open question how many fans will sign up for the service, which costs $300, or whether it will go the way of other gimmicks such as 3-D TV. (For further realism, have your kid charge you $20 for a beer from your fridge.)
– @mercurynews

BS AMAZING ANIMAL FACT:
Dogs turn their heads to left or right depending on whether they are listening for verbal content or intonation.
– “The Times”

BS CHRONOMETER 12.03.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948 [66] Ozzy (John) Osbourne, Birmingham UK, rock singer (“Let Me Hear You Scream”, Black Sabbath-”Paranoid”)/former reality TV star (“The Osbournes” 2002-05)

1960 [54] Julianne Moore, Fayetteville NC, movie actress (“The Kids Are All Right”, “The Hours”)

1968 [46] Brendan Fraser, Indianapolis IN, movie actor (“The Mummy” films, “Crash”)

1983 [31] Andy Grammar, LA CA, pop singer-songwriter (“Miss Me”, “Keep Your Head Up”)

1985 [29] Amanda Seyfried, Allentown PA, movie actress (“Les Misérables”, “Mamma Mia!”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Day of Persons With Disabilities”, sponsored by the United Nations.

• “Roof Over Your Head Day”, an annual observance to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1964 [50] 1st broadcast of the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” TV special (wow, that claymation looks almost real, doesn’t it?)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1979 [35] 11 fans are killed in a stampede to get unreserved seats at a concert by The Who in Cincinnati, Ohio (“The Who Hits 50!” tour next hits Nottingham UK this Friday night)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1999 [15] Tori Murden becomes the 1st woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo (Canary Islands to Guadeloupe in 81 days)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1984 [30] Oldest-known bridegroom (103-year-old cradle-robber Harry Stevens weds 83-year-old Thelma Lucas in Wisconsin)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] “Peter Pan Live!” (NBC)
[Thurs] World Wildlife Conservation Day
[Fri] “The Pyramid”; “Wild” open in movie theaters
[Fri] “A Very Grammy Christmas” (CBS)
[Fri] International Ninja Day
This Week Is … Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
This Month Is … Safe Toys & Gifts Month

BULL’S BITS


PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS YOU’LL NEVER SEE:
• “One heavy thick layer will work better than several thin layers applied over time.”
• “To service this unit without removing the back, insert 2 fingers in the holes marked ‘Maintenance’ and pull.”
• “This material can be applied under any weather conditions.”
• “Breathing the vapors from this fluid is harmless and may result in a feeling of increased energy.”
• “Avoid wearing safety glasses that may hinder visibility.”
• “If you are in doubt as to whether the outlet is properly grounded, try different wiring combinations or modify the plug to fit.”
• “After applying, tools need not be cleaned since material will disintegrate and fall off in an hour.”
• “For a quick start, just plug it in and turn it on. Read directions later at your leisure.”
• “Parts and accessories approved by the manufacturer may be more expensive and no more effective than second-party parts.”
• “Unlimited Warranty: We guarantee this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship, missing features, and annoying characteristics.”
• “If part will not fit easily, apply force with a large blunt instrument.”
• “Extra batteries included.”
– Thanks to Don Ward

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which place name would you find in Antarctica?
a. Blood Falls [CORRECT. A glacier regularly pours out oxidized salty water that is red, making it look like the ice is bleeding.]
b. Sweat River.
c. Tears Mountain Range.
d. Urine Lake.
– Sourced from BuzzFeed.com

BS ‘MUST-HAVES’ FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:
1. Food
2. Air
3. Water
– Thanks to Aubrey Cloutier

BS RANDOM JOKE:
They say it is better to give than to receive. I say it depends on the gift.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s a skill that all guys should possess? (In a recent survey of men, ‘fix a toilet’ is #1, followed by ‘read a map’, and ‘do the laundry’.)

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Experts say you could save $2,500 a year just by doing THIS every day.
Answer: Packing your own lunch.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Don’t let aging get you down … it’s too hard to get back up.


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