Friday, February 18, 2000                                             Edition:  #1746

Sunday NASCAR season kicks off with the 42nd annual “Daytona 500″ in Daytona Beach FL. So here’s a look at . . .
BS REASONS AUTO RACING IS BETTER THAN SEX:
• When you finish first, champagne gets dumped on your head.
• Engineers are always looking for ways to improve your performance.
• Caution flag comes out when wet spots or debris lie ahead.
• You can adjust your spoiler for more down pressure.
• You know you’re done when you see the checkered flag.

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys have both confirmed they’re engaged but aren’t revealing to whom (maybe each other?) . . . “Ally McBeal” seems to be falling apart as Courtney Thorne-Smith (‘Georgia’) is the latest to say she’s had enough and would like her own sit-com . . . Word is soon-to-marry Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones are expecting twins . . .Tabloids are saying OJ Simpson and his (currently alive) girlfriend are engaged to be married (they’re registered with the Ginsu people).

OPENING IN THEATERS TODAY:
Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow play sisters dealing with the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father Walter Matthau in the comedy “Hanging Up” . . . “Boiler Room”, a look at the sub-culture of the stock market, stars Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck . . . The no-name sci-fi adventure “Pitch Black”, about  marooned space travelers struggling for survival on a sun-scorched distant planet . . . Bruce Willis stars as a mob kingpin hiding out with the help of the Witness Protection Program in the comedy “The Whole Nine Yards” . . . After 8 Oscar nominations, “American Beauty” is cleverly being re-released (can you say $$?).

WHO WANTS TO MARRY A FAKE?
If that ‘motivational speaker and real-estate tycoon’ on FOX’s trashy special “Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?” Tuesday is really a wealthy mogul, it must have happened real quick. Our Internet research reveals that Rick Rockwell was working as a stand-up comedian in some fairly humble clubs as late as 1999. He also has screen credits for B-movie sequels “Return of the Killer Tomatoes”, “Killer Tomatoes Strike Back”, and “Killer Tomatoes Eat France!”. (Hmm, let’s see – a 2-bit actor and stand-up comedian. You don’t think the FOX folks would lie to us would they?)

MAYBE HIS NAME IS ‘CORLEONE’:
The FBI is investigating a Montreal Web server looking for a teenager using the ‘Net nickname ‘Mafiaboy’. Seems that hacker who’s been shutting down some of the world’s most popular Websites may be Canadian. (First clue – he never strikes during a Habs game.)

FRESH AIR:
Canada and the US have begun negotiations in Ottawa aimed at reducing cross-border air pollution levels by 85% starting in 2003. (Step one – get Howard Stern off Canadian radio.)

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THE BULL SHEET 02.18.00

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS . . .
1933     [67] Yoko Ono, Tokyo JAP, bad artist/bad singer/John Lennon’s widow
1954     [46] John Travolta, Englewood NJ, movie actor (The General’s Daughter, Civil Action, Face/Off)
1957     [43] Vanna White (Rosich), North Myrtle Beach SC, TV mannequin (Wheel of Fortune)
1964     [36] Matt Dillon, New Rochelle NY, film actor (There’s Something About Mary, Wild Things)
1969    [31] Alexander Mogliny, Khabarovsk RUS, NHL winger (Vancouver Canucks)/1st Soviet hockey star to defect to NHL

SATURDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
1955     [45] Jeff Daniels, Chelsea MI, movie actor (Pleasantville, Dumb & Dumber)
1960     [40] Prince Andrew (Albert Christian Edward Windsor), London ENG, Duke of York
1963    [37] Seal (Sealhenry Samuel), London ENG, pop singer (Kissed By a Rose, Crazy)

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
1966    [34] Cindy Crawford, DeKalb IL, fashion model/bad actress (54, Fair Game)
1975    [25] Brian Littrell, Lexington KY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely)

BS REASONS TO PARTY  . . .
[Int’l] Second Honeymoon Weekend
[Prince George BC] Canadian Women’s Curling Championship begins
[Toronto] Canadian International Auto Show begins

Sunday is “Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, when you’re encouraged to go outdoors and yell ‘hoodie-hoo’ at the top of your lungs to relieve winter blahs and encourage the arrival of spring.

ON THIS DAY IN THE ’90S . . .
1994    Final episode of “Street Legal” on CBC (longest-running, most-popular Canadian drama series)
1999    George Clooney makes final appearance as ‘Dr Doug Ross’ on “ER”
1999    New Kids on the Block alum Jordan Knight releases hit single “Give It To You”

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1901    [99] ‘Dust Removing Suction Cleaner’ (or vacuum cleaner) patented (inventor Cecil Booth was excited to claim “My invention sucks!”)
1930    [70] 9th planet ‘Pluto’ discovered
1978     [22] 1st ‘triathlon’ (“The Iron Man”-Kona HI)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[1 month Sunday] Spring begins
[Mon] Heritage Day (Family Day in Alberta)
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
National Cruise Vacation Month

BULL’S BITS . . .
BS TRIVIA:

Q: Who is currently the wealthiest Canadian?
A: 76-year-old Ken Thomson, who this week announced he’s selling off his entire newspaper empire except for the “Globe & Mail”. He’s worth about $20 billion.

THE LAST WORD:  I plan on living forever. So far, so good.


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