Monday, February 21, 2011        Edition: #4446
Hey, Have Another Sheetload!

WEEKEND TABLOID & BLOG BS:
• Today “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” is scheduled to start shooting in Vancouver BC through April 13th. Star Kristen Stewart is said to be sporting a cast on her arm after injuring herself during filming in Baton Rouge LA, where the 2-part final chapter of the trilogy has been on location since last November. ‘Part 1’ is due in theaters November 18th; ‘Part 2’ is scheduled to screen a year later. (And a year after that, we’ll all be saying ‘Robert who?’.)
– Dose.ca / “The People”
• 26-year-old one-time pop star Ashlee Simpson is apparently starting to move on following her surprise split from rocker Pete Wentz by house-hunting in Beverly Hills CA. She’s reportedly staying at sister Jessica Simpson’s home with her young son Bronx until she finds a place of her own. (Hard to believe but it’s been 7 years since “Pieces of Me” had her at the top of the charts.)
– UsMagazine.com
• At Friday night’s first-ever “Global Action Awards” in California, singer/actress Miley Cyrus was presented with the ‘Youth Leadership Award’ by singer/actress Hilary Duff for … helping to inspire the younger generation. Cyrus recently announced that ‘charity work’ is high on her list of things to do in 2011 and that she hopes to temporarily work as ‘a missionary in Indonesia’. (BS translation: I really blew my rep with that bong-smoking screw-up.)
– ContactMusic.com
• Actress Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James has had his new memoir, “American Outlaw”, picked up by Gallery Books. Though an official publication date has not yet been set, it’s likely to be released this year. Since splitting from Bullock after she discovered he’d been unfaithful, the 41-year-old biker-businessman-reality TV star has become engaged to celeb tattoo artist Kat Von D. (Who looks like she has the entire book inked on her epidermis.)
– SFGate.com
• Singer and monument to excess Mariah Carey has reportedly converted an entire wing of her Beverly Hills CA mansion into a nursery for her unborn twins. She & designer Kenneth Bordewick have been overseeing details, including ivory walls with 18-carat gold trim; walk-in wardrobes full of designer clothes; a top-of-the-line sound system; a retractable bigscreen TV; a pair of $2,200-sleigh cribs; a $2,800-changing table; and a red crushed-velvet, 24-carat gold & onyx sofa once used in Michael Jackson shows, which is valued at … $1 million. (These are going to be the most spoiled-rotten kids on the planet.)
– “Now Magazine”
• And pop phenom Justin Bieber was named MVP at the NBA’s “All-Star Celebrity Game” on Friday night for scoring 8 points for his team, even though they lost the exhibition game 54-49. Also showing off their basketball skills: “Chuck” actor Zachary Levi, rapper-singer Trey Songz, and “America’s Got Talent” TV host Nick Cannon (better know as Mariah Carey’s husband).
– TheStar.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Chromeo (“Business Casual”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Travie McCoy (“Lazarus”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Pitbull (“Planet Pit”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Screaming Females (“Castle Talk”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Phantogram (“Eyelid Movies”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Adele (“21”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Good Charlotte (“Cardiology”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Hayes Carll (“KMAG YOYO”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Big Time Rush (“BTR”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Britney Spears – She may soon be facing a lawsuit over her new single “Hold it Against Me” as country-rock duo the Bellamy Bros are now seeking legal advice about it’s similarity to their 1979 hit “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?”.
• Drake – He’s set to guest-star on “The LeBrons”, an upcoming animated web series starring basketball star LeBron James that’s set to debut in March. It’s a family-oriented series focusing on teamwork and staying in school, among other topics.
• Katy Perry – Her “California Dreams 2011” world tour kicked off last night in Lisbon, Portugal. The North American leg begins June 7th in Atlanta GA.
• Kenny Chesney – His sports documentary saluting his childhood hero, University of Tennessee football star Condredge Holloway, aired last night on ESPN.
• Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” has become the fastest-selling track in iTunes history. It’s hit #1 in all 23 countries where the iTunes store is available. It’s also made history as the 1,000th #1 single on “Billboard” magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ chart.
• Linkin Park – After having to cancel/postpone several shows due to the illness of co-lead singer Chester Bennington, their “A Thousand Suns” tour resumed Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas NV.
• Luke Bryan – His new hit “Someone Else Calling You Baby” tops the “Billboard” magazine ‘Country Songs Chart’ for the week ending February 26th.
• Shania Twain – Her memoir, “From This Moment On”, is due to be published in May.
• Soundgarden – The reunited band’s first-ever live album, “Live on I5”, is due out March 22nd. It’s comprised of performances from their 1996 West Coast tour. They say that putting together a new tour is still a work in progress.

LIFE IN CYBERSPACE:
In the past 5 years, we have doubled the hours we spend online, exceeding our TV time and more than tripling the time we spend reading newspapers or magazines. Most of us now play computer or videogames regularly, about 13 hours a week on average. By age 21, the average young person has now spent at least 3 times as many hours playing virtual games as reading. It took computer users 8 years to collectively spend 100 million hours building Wikipedia. We now collectively spend at least 200 million hours a week playing “World of Warcraft”. (Creepy!)
– “New York Times”

NO-PRICE MENU:
A café in Prague, Czech Republic has come up with a new way to boost business … let customers pay whatever they want. Owners of The Big Lebowski bar, which until recently was nearly empty every night, have managed to fill the place by scrapping their price list and letting people decide a fair price. Surprisingly, the customers haven’t been taking advantage of the situation. In fact, most are choosing to pay slightly more than the old prices. (Would you cough up a reasonable payment for food and service … or just try to weasel a free meal?)
– NYPost.com

SCHOOL CAVES IN:
A Chinese school inside a cavern set up by villagers in Guizhou province has been closed by officials because they claim it made China look ‘like a nation of cavemen’. The Getu village school was built with both the classrooms and playground inside an aircraft-hangar-sized cavern. But after pictures of it were seen worldwide online, officials have shut it down. The former principal says it’s a shame because they didn’t have to worry about weather; the acoustics were great; and rock strata were visible on the walls, which made learning geology far more interesting. (On the downside, the freakin’ school bell was deafening!)
– Orange.co.uk

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A look at life by the numbers …
• 80% of the wealthiest men in America are clean-shaven.
• 64% of married women sleep on the left side of the bed.
• 61% of women would give up chocolate forever in return for a ‘perfect body’.
• 31% of teenagers believe they’ll become famous.
• 30% of us say we are completely honest when using Facebook.
• 20% of wives make more money than their husbands.

AGE OLD QUESTION:
It’s commonly thought that if your parents live to be very old, you’re likely to as well. But a new study at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg suggests that’s not necessarily true. Researchers say lifestyle seems to have the biggest impact on lifespan, rather than hereditity. The study concludes that 50-year-olds who don’t smoke, have low cholesterol, and consume moderate amounts of coffee have the greatest chance of one day celebrating their 90th birthday. (Quit blaming Mom & Dad … it’s more about how you live your life.)
– PsychCentral.com

A REAL BRAINWAVE:
Neuroscientists at North Carolina’s Duke University have successfully uploaded information into a monkey’s brain via a wire and tiny electrodes in what is thought to be the first transmission of electronic data directly into a primate’s brain. It’s part of a project aimed at helping paralyzed people to walk again but the breakthrough could have wider implications, eventually allowing humans to control computers and machinery by thought alone, and perhaps even to communicate with each other. (What info would you want to upload into your pet’s mind?)
– “Sunday Times of London”

BS AMAZING FACTS:
• The average hug lasts 3 seconds. (Unless you’re a sumo wrestler.)
– “Daily Telegraph”
• The black bear’s heart stops for up to 20 seconds when it exhales breath during hibernation and starts again when it inhales. (The opposite of a bong-smoker.)
– BBC Science
• Parrots can be ‘left-‘ or ‘right-handed’. (Keep that in mind when handing your Macaw a pen.)
– “Earth News”
• The average age upon admission to a nursing home in North America is 79. Women are almost 3 times as likely to live in nursing homes as men. (Because they’re dead.)
– TTP

BS CHRONOMETER 02.21.11

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1946 [65] Alan Rickman, London UK, movie actor (“Harry Potter” films, “Die Hard”)

1955 [56] Kelsey Grammar, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, TV actor (“Back to You” 2007-08, 5 Emmy Awards-“Frasier” 1993-2004)/movie actor (“X-Men: The Last Stand”)

1958 [53] Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country singer (“Shut Up and Kiss Me”, “I Feel Lucky”)

1979 [32] Jennifer Love Hewitt, Waco TX, TV actress (‘Melinda Gordon’ on “Ghost Whisperer” 2005-10)/movie actress (“Garfield”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”)

1987 [24] Ellen Page, Halifax NS, movie actress (“Whip It”, “Juno”)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Card Reading Day”, which either has something to do with tarot cards or getting around to reading all your Christmas cards so you can finally toss them out.

• “Family Day”, an official holiday in Alberta on the 3rd Monday of February since 1990. Saskatchewan adopted the idea in 2007 and Ontario added the mid-Winter break in 2008. Manitoba celebrates the holiday as “Louis Riel Day”.

• “International Residence Hall Student Staff Recognition Day”, aka ‘Pay Back the Weasels Day’.

• “Presidents Day” in the USA, always the 3rd Monday in February, originally to honor the birthdays of both George Washington (February 22nd) & Abraham Lincoln (February 12th), now recognizing all US Presidents.

• “UN International Mother Language Day”. (In school, we always found Latin was a real mother.)

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2000 [11] “Late Show” TV host David Letterman returns to work after quintuple bypass surgery

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1977 [34] The original members of the rock band KISS have their blood drawn to be mixed into the red ink to be used to print the first issue of the KISS Marvel comic book

1997 [14] Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” becomes the 1st debut single by a British group to top North American charts since The Beatles

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1878 [133] 1st ‘Telephone Book’ is published (New Haven CT), containing no numbers, just a listing of the 50 people who have phones (users call the operator and ask for a name)

1931 [80] ‘Alka Seltzer’ goes on the market (the original ‘morning after’ pill)

1948 [63] NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) is founded

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1983 [28] Donald Davis runs mile in a record time of 6 minutes, 7 seconds … backwards!

COMING UP . . .
[Tues] World Thinking Day
[Tues] Single Tasking Day
[Tues] Spay Day USA
[Wed] Curling is Cool Day
[Wed] Inconvenience Yourself Day
[Thurs] Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
[Thurs] Chili Day
[Thurs] Personal Chefs Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Build A Better Trade Show Image Week / Eating Disorders Awareness Week / Engineers Week / Entrepreneurship Week / Learning Disabilities Week / Read Me Week

BULL’S BITS

BEST OF BS:
A highlight bit culled from 17 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
LOST IN TRANSLATION:
The foreign equivalent to some common English expressions …
• We say “Go fly a kite!”, while the Spanish say “Go fry asparagus!”
• The Chinese equivalent of “You’re in over your head” is “You’re a baby with a runny nose who became emperor”.
• We say “Save your breath” when we want someone to stop talking, while in France they say “Save your saliva”.
• In Hawaiian, the expression “It’s nothing to lose sleep over” becomes “It’s a heap of relish made of octopus liver”.
• If you give the ‘thumbs up’ sign in Australia, it’s equivalent to a raised middle finger here. (They give you the thumb.)
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MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• Do all-you-can-eat buffets come with a time limit?
• Where does the sky begin? Are tall people walking around in it?
• Instead of the ‘backstroke’ why not just call it ‘making water angels’?
• If a picture’s worth a thousand words, how about a sculpture?
• If you eat pasta and antipasto, will you still be hungry?

BS PHONE STARTER:
It’s “International Snack Food Month”. In a recent survey, 90% of respondents admit they are snackers. What’s the most unusual snack you’ve ever seen someone concoct?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
What’s the difference between a tongue depressor and a shoe horn? Flavor.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Less than 5% of mammals do THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Mate for life as a monogamy. (“TIME”)

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
You are never too old to learn and never too young to know it all.


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