Wednesday, February 28, 2007           Edition: #3477
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TONIGHT fashion maven Tyra Banks is back with the 2-hour debut of the 8th season of “America’s Next Top Model” (CW/City TV) as 32 aspiring clothes-horses are immediately sent to boot camp . . . Amanda Coluccio, best friend of “American Idol” semi-finalist Antonella Barba (they auditioned together), says those risqué NSFW pics that have surfaced online are not her buddy at all – well, except for the less graphic ones where she appears topless on a beach (think this girl’s under a bit of pressure on TONIGHT’s show?) . . . 61-year-old ‘Best Actress’ Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) says she’d like a chance play Camilla Parker-Bowles onscreen, Prince Charles’ long-time lover whom he finally wed in 2005 (it would take an Oscar-worthy makeup job to ugly her up!) . . . 64-year-old Harrison Ford is said to be following a strict high-protein diet and a grueling fitness regime in order to get into shape for filming the return of “Indiana Jones” later THIS YEAR after an 18-year break from the action film series . . . Heather Mills’ upcoming participation on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) has the UK’s Federation of Disabled People in her native Britain up in arm(s), claiming if Mills is able to dance competitively she doesn’t need the blue disabled sticker on her Mercedes which gives her priority parking at the expense of others . . . And a report says Paris Hilton’s weekend 26th birthday bash in Beverly Hills was trashed by spoiled rich kid Brandon Davis, who mocked Paula Abdul’s Syrian ancestry until she stomped out; then made lewd suggestions to Courtney Love in front of her daughter causing them to leave; and finally he was tossed out himself after making a lunge for the diamond necklace Paris had borrowed for the evening (as they say: class will out).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Audioslave – Insiders say the band’s bust-up is all about money. Chris Cornell was writing all of their music, yet the other 3 members were getting an equal share in the multimillion-dollar publishing rights.
• Brad Paisley – The country star & his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have named their first child William Huckleberry Paisley. Fortunately, they plan to call the poor lad ‘Will’.
• Bruce Springsteen – The NFL is hoping the success of Prince’s half-time show at the Super Bowl will convince The Boss to consider performing at NEXT YEAR’s game. Also on the league’s wish list: Norah Jones to sing the pre-game anthem.
• Diana Ross – TONIGHT she guests on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel).
• The Doors – TODAY the classic rock band finally gets a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” to mark the 40th anniversary of its founding. Earlier THIS MONTH they received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 49th “Grammy Awards”.
• Fantasia – TODAY she’s a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” (syndicated/CTV).
• Jessica Simpson – Pizza Hut’s spokes-bimbo could experience internal bleeding if she ever sampled those Cheesy Bites she flogs in TV ads … she’s reportedly allergic to cheese!
• John Legend – TODAY he does the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• LL Cool J – TONIGHT he’s on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Usher – He’s become engaged to his stylist girlfriend, Tameka Foster, but no date for the nuptials has yet been announced.

BS CUTTING-EDGE VOCAB:
New terms leaking into the lingo …
• ‘Food Miles‘ – The distance that a food item travels from its source to the consumer. Purists believe the fewer ‘food miles’ a product travels, the fresher and less-processed it will be. (There’s stuff on the shelves at the corner store that could be measured in ‘Food Years’.)
• ‘Friending’ – To add a person to your list of acquaintances on a social networking website. (“I’ll friend you on my page at MySpace if you’ll friend me on Facebook, ‘kay?”)
• ‘Multi-Dadding’ – What a mother who has children from more than one father does. As more marriages break down and former partners take up with new partners, the practice has become a modern phenomenon. (Used to be known as ‘sleeping around’.)

THE WINDOWS OF THE SOUL:
Swedish scientists have found that the patterns in the iris of your eye may offer clues to your personality. Researchers have found several features in the colored disc around the pupil of the eye that can be measured, including ‘crypts’ (wavy threads that radiate from the pupil); and ‘furrows’ (lines curved around the pupil’s outer edge). By observing these traits in study subjects it was determined that those with dense ‘crypts’ (lots of wavy lines) tend to be warm-hearted and likely to sympathize with others. Those with a lot of ‘furrows’ (pupil rings) find it more difficult to control cravings and are more impulsive. (Those with pink squiggles radiating throughout the eyeball are most likely to work in radio.)
– “Social Studies”

THE L WORD DOWN UNDER:
Captive female koalas being studied at Australia’s University of Queensland have been observed engaging in same-sex acts, with some sessions involving as many as 5 koalas. Despite the presence of males, the females seem to prefer each other. Camera monitoring of the 130 koalas in captivity show there are 3 times as many same-sex encounters as heterosexual ones. Oddly, the behavior has only been observed in captive koalas; wild koalas are overwhelmingly hetero. (What’s so odd? Any of you observe humans behind bars lately?)
– “Fortean Times

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
• 73% of women but only 36% of men would agree to move on account of their partner’s job.
• 65% of men say they find too much makeup unattractive … on women, that is.
• 49% of moms use their children’s full names when disciplining them.
• 25% of men and 10% of women are able to juggle.
• 21% of women and 14% of men are double-jointed.
• 13% of men have not visited a relative in the past year.

A BIGGER SECTION OF Cs:
About a quarter of babies are now born by Caesarean section even though the World Health Organization estimates only 15% are through medical necessity. So why the popularity? Observers think it’s partly because doctors are increasingly worried about lawsuits stemming from difficult natural births. Another reason is that many of today’s new moms mistakenly think that C-sections are easier, less painful, and not as messy. (They’re just too posh to push.)
– “GQ”

THE PERFECT PASSWORD:
Computer security experts say that the ideal password is used for one site only. It uses both upper and lower case letters in combination with numbers and/or other keyboard characters. Sounds simple but the problem is it’s just not easy to remember something along the lines of  ‘EAJst9s74*$d!2′, especially when the average person is now estimated to have about 20 passwords, and that number is growing by 20% each year. It’s no wonder we can’t seem to keep track of which one we need. (Because many of us end up using the same combination over and over, the security of many of our identities is as flimsy as a 4-number combo.)
– BBC Click Online

BS AMAZING FACT:
All snow crystals are hexagonal. (Interesting, but it doesn’t make them any easier to shovel.)

THE BULL SHEET 02.28.07

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944 [63] Kelly Bishop, Colorado Springs CO, TV actress (The grandmother, ‘Emily Gilmore’, on “Gilmore Girls” since 2000)

1955 [52] Gilbert Gottfried, Brooklyn NY, comedian whose distinctive whiny voice has made him big bucks as a voice-over artist (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, “Aladdin”)

1957 [50] Cindy Wilson, Athens GA, classic rock singer (B-52′s-“Love Shack”)

1961 [46] Rae Dawn Chong, Edmonton AB, TV actress (“Zoe Busiek: Wild Card” 2003-04, “Mysterious Ways” 2000-02)/movie actress (“Commando”, “The Color Purple”)/actor-comedian Tommy Chong’s daughter

1969 [38] Pat Monahan, Erie PA, pop singer (Train-“Calling All Angels”, “Drops Of Jupiter”)

1973 [34] Eric Lindros, London ON, NHL player (Dallas Stars, ex-Toronto Maple Leafs)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Floral Design Day”, focusing on the art of flower arranging, both as a profession and a hobby.

• “International Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day”, the 7th annual sponsored by the Industrial Accident Prevention Association. The organization notes that while it takes a worker an average 47 days to recover from a broken bone, a worker suffering from an ‘RSI’, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, takes an average 52 days or 71 days to recover, respectively.

• “Public Sleeping Day”, either highlighting the plight of the homeless or something to do with Charlie Sheen.

• “Tooth Fairy Day”, honoring the tradition of bartering molars for moolah. Where’s it come from?  No one knows for sure but there was a fairy tale In 18th-Century France about a ‘tooth mouse’ who hides under a pillow. The tooth fairy as we now know her didn’t make an appearance until the early 1900s, as a generalized ‘good fairy’ with a professional specialization. So how much is she paying for prime enamel these days?

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1983 [24] 125 million watch 2.5-hour final episode of “M*A*S*H”, most viewers ever for a single episode of a TV series, which will likely never be topped due to the proliferation of hundreds of cable and satellite TV channels (the series lasted 8 years longer than the real Korean War)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1996 [11] “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette wins “Grammy Award” for ‘Album of the Year’

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1977 [30] Canada’s federal government announces creation of new, publicly-owned passenger railway to be called ‘Via Rail’ (then starts tearing up railway tracks all across the country)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1854 [153] ‘Republican Party’ founded in Ripon WI (‘The Bush League’)

1940 [67] 1st ‘Televised Basketball Game’ (Fordham vs Pittsburgh at NYC’s MSG)

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Mar 1] International Day of the Seal / Pig Day / Share a Smile Day / Peanut Butter Lovers Day / St David’s Day / 2006 RSP deadline
[Mar 2] Salespersons Day / 38th NAACP Image Awards / “Black Snake Moan”; “Wild Hogs”; “Zodiac” open in movie theaters
[Mar 3] I Want You To Be Happy Day / Full ‘Worm’ Moon / Holi (Hindu)
[Mar 4] International Scrapbooking Day / Chinese Lantern Festival
[Mar 5] Multiple Personalities Day / Unique Names Day / Academy of Country Music Awards nominees announced (Nashville TN)
[Mar 6] Frozen Food Day
[Mar 7] Stop Bad Service Day
[Mar 7-10] Canadian Music Week 2007 (Toronto ON)
[Mar 8] Aunts’ Day / International Women’s Day / Plant a Flower Day
[Mar 9] Panic Day / Barbie doll’s Birthday / Employee Appreciation Day / “300” opens in movie theaters
[Mar 10] Canadian Radio Music Awards (Toronto ON) / Salvation Army Day / Mario Day / Osama Bin Laden’s birthday / 2007 Soul Train Music Awards (Pasadena CA)
[Mar 11] Daylight Saving Time begins / Worship of Tools Day
[Mar 12] 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction (NYC) / Middle Name Pride Day / Commonwealth Day
[Mar 13] Ear Muff Day / Good Samaritan Day / Open an Umbrella Indoors Day / Genealogy Day [Mar 13-Apr 2] March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament
[Mar 14] Potato Chip Day / Save a Spider Day / World Pi Day
[Mar 14-18] South by Southwest Music Conference (Austin TX)
[Mar 15] Ides of March / Buzzard’s Day / Absolutely Incredible Kid Day / True Confessions Day
[Mar 16] Everything You Do Is Right Day / Freedom of Information Day / Lips Appreciation Day /
“I Think I Love My Wife”; “Premonition”; “Shooter”; “Sunshine” open in movie theaters
[Mar 17] Submarine Day / St Patrick’s Day / World Maritime Day / Maple Syrup Saturday
[Mar 18] Quilting Day / Forgive Mom & Dad Day
[Mar 19] “Dancing with the Stars 4” debuts (ABC) / Teenagers Day / Annual Office Coffee Cup Washing
[Mar 20 ] Quilting Day / Agriculture Day / Proposal Day / Single Parents Day / Stephen Colbert Day (Oshawa ON)
[Mar 21] Spring arrives (7:07 pm ET) / Snowman Burning Day / Teacher Appreciation Day / International Astrology Day / Children’s Poetry Day / World Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
[Mar 22] International Goof-Off Day / As Young As You Feel Day
[Mar 23] World Meteorological Day / No Homework Day / “The Hills Have Eyes 2”; “The Last Mimzy”; “TMNT” open in movie theaters
[Mar 25] Family Day / Sing Out Day / Elton John’s 60th Birthday Celebration (NYC)
[Mar 26] Make Up Your Own Holiday Day / Legal Assistants Day
[Mar 27] National Joe Day / Photography Day / Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day / Organize Your Home Office Day
[Mar 28] Something On a Stick Day
[Mar 29] Mom & Pop Business Owners Day / Vietnam Veterans Day
[Mar 30] I Am In Control Day / Hot Dog Day / Take a Walk in the Park Day / Doctor’s Day / “Meet the Robinsons”; “The Reaping” open in movie theaters
[Mar 31] Bunsen Burner Day / Tater Day / Muhammad’s Birthday (Islamic) / 20th Kids’ Choice Awards (LA CA)
(Mar 31/Apr 2) March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four (Atlanta GA)
[Apr 1] April Fools Day / 2007 Juno Awards (Saskatoon SK) / Palm Sunday (Christian) / Wrestlemania 23: Battle of the Billionaires (Detroit MI)
[Apr 3] Passover (Jewish)
[Apr 6] Good Friday
[Apr 8] Easter Sunday / “The Sopranos” final episodes begin (HBO)
[Apr 9] Toronto Blue Jays home opener
[Apr 16] 2007 CMT Music Awards (Nashville TN)

BULL’S BITS

BS ‘DOUBLE-A GAME’:
Each word of the 2-word answers to the following begins with the letter ‘A’ …
• He just won a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Oscar for “Little Miss Sunshine”. [Alan Arkin.]
• This company has the world’s largest fleet of commercial airplanes. [American Airlines.]
• This Canadian production company is behind TV’s “CSI” (CBS/CTV). [Alliance Atlantis]
• This social policy attempts to deal with under-represented minorities. [Affirmative Action.]
• This is the British version of CAA. [Automobile Association or AA.]
• The famous “Iditarod Sled Dog Race” that begins THIS WEEKEND is scheduled to end
MARCH 18th in this city. [Anchorage, Alaska.]
• The name of the university football team from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. [Acadia Axemen.]
• This group makes up 13.4% of the total US population. [African- Americans]
• This city of 1.1 million is the Down Under hometown of “Without a Trace” star Anthony LaPaglia (CBS/Global). [Adelaide, Australia.]
• Actress Lindsay Lohan has attended some of their meetings. [Alcoholics Anonymous.]

BS BODY WATCH:
Celebrity / Passing / Days Awaiting Burial
• James Brown / December 25, 2006 / 65
• Anna Nicole Smith / February 8, 2007 / 20

BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s your absolute worst piece of clothing?

BS RANDOM JOKES:
• We take the ‘chain-of-command’ very seriously around here … and I’ve got the leg-irons to prove it.
• I wish I’d known you when you were alive …

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: If you are average, by the time you graduate from highschool you have consumed 1,500 of THESE.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Even if you fall flat on your face, you’re still moving forward.


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