Tuesday, January 3, 2006        Edition: #3188
Happy Oh-Six!

TODAY actor Joaquin Phoenix hosts a screening of the Johnny Cash bio-pic “Walk the Line” at California’s Folsom Prison, nearly 4 decades after Cash recorded his groundbreaking live album there . . . So far no one’s confirmed it, but “Life & Style” magazine claims actress Nicole Kidman & her rumored fiancé, country star Keith Urban, were secretly married on the weekend . . . Donald Trump has been approached to run as a Republican candidate for NY Governor in 2006, but so far has not responded . . . The expression ‘jump the couch’ (meaning ‘to act weird’) has been named “2005 Slang of the Year” by the Historical Dictionary of American Slang, thanks to Tom Cruise’s bizarre guest appearance on “Oprah” . . . 31-year-old rehabbed model Kate Moss has a new boyfriend just weeks after dumping rocker-addict Pete Doherty, a boy-toy 11 years younger who’s identified only as ‘Jamie’ . . . “King Kong” actress Naomi Watts is rumored to be the latest actress to be courted as leading lady for the soon-to-shoot “Casino Royale”, but insiders claim she’ll turn down the opportunity to star alongside new ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig due to the infamous ‘Curse of the Bond Girl’ that seems to ruin actresses’ careers (witness former ‘Bond’ babes Britt Eckland, Barbara Bach, Ursula Andress & Halle Berry – but hey, what about Teri Hatcher?) . . . And Vietnamese police have dropped a charge of child rape against 61-year-old former glam rocker Gary Glitter due to lack of evidence but he will still be formally charged with committing lewd acts with children – which could cost him up to 12 years in the slammer (hopefully, someone throws away the key).

• Avril Lavigne – She’ll play an acoustic performance FEBRUARY 21st at the “2006 Winter Games” in Torino, Italy.
• Billy Currington – In “Billboard’s” first issue of 2006, his first-ever #1 country hit, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”, spends a 2nd week on top.
• Carrie Underwood – She’s been named by “Oklahoma Today” magazine as 2005’s ‘Oklahoman of the Year’, a title once held by Garth Brooks.
• Elton John – Fashion house maven Donatella Versace says it was he who intervened and  helped her kick her cocaine habit in 2004 by getting her to The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona.
• Jennifer Lopez – Cops have nabbed a pair of NJ men who were allegedly trying to extort $1 million in exchange for J-Lo & Marc Anthony’s wedding video, which had been stolen.
• John Mayer Trio – TONIGHT they guest on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.
• Rolling Stones – They’ve set a new record for ‘Highest-Grossing North American Tour’ with $162 million in ticket sales. The 2nd leg of the “Bigger Bang” tour begins JANUARY 10th in Montréal.
• Tom Jones – The Welsh oldies crooner is now a ‘Sir’ after being knighted in Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘New Year’s Honours’ list.

• “Wedding Crashers” (Comedy – DVD): Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn play buddies who crash wedding parties and woo vulnerable bridesmaids for hit-and-run romance and one-night-stands, until Wilson becomes smitten with a beauty (Rachel McAdams) and breaks the rules. This summer 2005 blockbuster earned close to $300 million worldwide.
• “Broken Flowers” (Dramedy – DVD/VHS): When a notorious womanizer receives an anonymous letter telling him he has a son, he hits the road in a journey through past affairs to find the mother of the child he never knew. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch created the aging ‘Don Juan’ character especially for actor Bill Murray to play. Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange & Tilda Swinton play the women of his past.
• “The Cave” (Horror Thriller – DVD): Cole Hauser plays the leader of a team of daredevil scuba divers on an expedition through a massive underwater cave system beneath the Carpathian Mountains in this subterranean creature feature.

The fewest marriages take place in JANUARY.

TODAY has been anointed by someone somewhere as “Start Your New Year’s Resolution Day”. The experts say you’re more likely to be happy if you make resolutions that are realistic. A few ideas for obtainable goals …
• Throw out non-essential numbers … that includes age, weight and height.
• Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members that fill that need.
• Keep learning. Learn more about computers, gardening, skydiving, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.
• Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
• The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourself.
• Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, etc. Your home is your refuge.
• Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
• Don’t take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, or a foreign country, but not guilt.
• Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every opportunity.
• Enjoy the simple things. It turns out they’re what’s important … whether you are wealthy or that’s just all you can afford.
– The Confidence Center

2006 is the year that the first of the so-called ‘Baby Boomer’ generation turn 60. Close to 100 million ‘Baby Boomers’ were born in North America between 1946 and 1964, a giant demographic bulge in the overall population that has fostered numerous trends over the past half-century. What do you think Boomers will be demanding next? Large-print cellphones? Orthopedic joggers? Bifocal HDTV?
– “Special Days Calendar”

Trend-watchers, many of whom are paid to tell companies what consumers will want in the future, say the must-have possessions for 2006 will include iPod enhancements, accessories and derivatives, as well as a handful of other tech items such as advanced digital cameras, cellphones and hi-def TVs. Michael Tchong, founder of trend-analysis firm Ubercool.com, predicts 2006 will be the ‘Year of the Laptop’, when sales of portable computers will outpace desktops. That, he claims, will lead to a rise in ‘tummy surfing’ – watching TV while surfing the ‘Net with a laptop balanced on your belly.
– “Globe & Mail”

People who eat too much white bread have larger waistlines than their peers who eat whole grains instead, according to a new study from Tufts University in Boston. That plushy white bread goes straight to your gut and then hangs out as belly fat. In fact, the researchers say, white bread is a larger contributor to a bulging waistline than alcohol, sweets, or meat and potatoes.
– AP


1926 [80] Sir George Martin, Holloway UK, really rich record producer (The Beatles)

1945 [61] Stephen Stills, Dallas TX, classic rock singer (CSN&Y-“Woodstock”)/double Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member for CSN&Y and Buffalo Springfield

1956 [50] Mel (Columcille Gerard) Gibson, Peekskill NY, movie producer/director (“The Passion of the Christ”)/movie actor (“Signs”, “Lethal Weapon” series)  UP NEXT: Now producing/directing the period adventure “Apocalypto” in Mexico.

1969 [37] Michael Schumacher, Hurth-Hermulheim, Germany, wealthy Formula-1 race car driver ($80 million/year)/7-time F-1 champ/brother of F-1 driver Ralf Schumacher

1981 [25] Eli Manning, New Orleans LA, NFL QB (NY Giants)/#1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft/brother of record-setting Indianapolis Colt QB Peyton Manning/son of NFL veteran Archie Manning

TODAY is the 114th anniversary of the birth of JRR Tolkien (1892-1973) in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Oxford University professor of English Language & Literature first published “The Hobbit” in 1937, and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 1954-55 … for which his heirs should now be EXTREMELY grateful.

TODAY is “Festival of Sleep Day”, as declared by some anonymous walking zombie somewhere. Thanks to a combination of late hours, alcohol, rich foods, exposure to unfamiliar surroundings and artificial light deep into the night over the holiday season, experts say most of us build up ‘sleep debt’, a condition which can affect how well we sleep for weeks afterward.

2000 [06] Final original daily “Peanuts” comic strip of Charles Schulz’s 50-year career

1987 [19] Aretha Franklin becomes the first female solo artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1871 [135] Henry Bradley of Binghamton NY patents ‘Margarine’ (“I can’t believe it’s not suet!”)

1888 [118] 1st ‘Drinking Straws’ patented, which are hand-rolled until 1905 (1st kid gets yelled at for blowing bubbles in milk)

1991 [15] 1st ‘Super Soaker’ squirt guns appear on the market (1st little sister tattles on brother for dousing her)

[Jan 4] Trivia Day / Perihelion (Earth closest to the Sun) / 2006 NCAA Championship Series National Title Game (Rose Bowl)
[Jan 5] “Dancing with the Stars 2″ debuts on ABC-TV / Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday (Sikh)
[Jan 6] Epiphany or Three Kings Day (Christian) / International Respect For Living Day / National Smith Day / Show & Tell Day at Work
[Jan 6-Feb 28] Carnival Season
[Jan 7] Orthodox Christmas / Old Rock Day / I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day / Organize Your Home Day
[Jan 8] Elvis Presley’s Birthday / Bubble Bath Day / Eat Something Raw Day / Volunteer Fireman’s Day
[Jan 9] Play God Day / Thank God It’s Monday Day / “The Bachelor 9″ debuts on ABC-TV / Clean-Off-Your-Desk Day
[Jan 10] 32nd People’s Choice Awards / BS Egg Balancing Day / Peculiar People Day / Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice (Islam)
[Jan 11] Tattoo Pride Day / International Thank-Yous Days / NASA launches probe to Pluto
[Jan 12] Pharmacists Day
[Jan 13] Make Your Dream Come True Day
[Jan 13-14] Sound & Speed Celebration (Nashville TN)
[Jan 14] Full Moon (Wolf Moon) / Assembly Line Worker’s Day / Dress Up Your Pet Day
[Jan 15] Fresh Squeezed Juice Day / Hat Day / World Religion Day
[Jan 16] Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA) / 3rd Golden Globe Awards / Hot & Spicy Food International Day / Human Relations Day / Elementary School Teachers Day
[Jan 17] “American Idol 5″ debuts on FOX-TV / Get to Know Your Customer Day
[Jan 18] Winnie the Pooh Day / “Skating with Celebrities” debuts on FOX-TV
[Jan 19] International Sing-Out Day / Penguin Awareness Day
[Jan 19-29] 2006 Sundance Film Festival
[Jan 20] Philately Day
[Jan 21] Hugging Day / Squirrel Appreciation Day / Miss America Pageant (Las Vegas NV)
[Jan 22] Producers Guild of America Awards (LA CA) / Answer Your Cat’s Question Day / Speak Up & Succeed Day / Rid the World of Fad Diets Day
[Jan 23] Canadian General Election / Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day / Handwriting Day / Measure Your Feet Day / Compliment Day
[Jan 24] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
[Jan 25] Opposite Day / 6th International Internet-Free Day / Robbie Burns Day / School Nurse Day
[Jan 26] Australia Day
[Jan 27] Fun At Work Day / Punch the Clock Day / Thomas Crapper Day
[Jan 28] 58th Directors Guild of America Awards / Kazoo Day / Clash Day / International Make Your Point Day
[Jan 29] Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) / Corn Chip Day
[Jan 30] Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
[Jan 31] Academy Award nominations announced / Al Hijra (Islamic New Year) / Backwards Day
[Feb 2] Groundhog Day / “The Lord of the Rings” stage musical previews begin (Toronto ON)
[Feb 4] Midpoint of Winter
[Feb 5] Super Bowl XL / Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction
[Feb 8] 48th Grammy Awards (LA CA)
[Feb 10-26] XX Olympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
[Feb 28] Mardi Gras / Pancake Day
[Mar 5] 78th Academy Awards


• Beware of 10-year-olds with pennies on skyscraper roofs.
• Live and don’t learn.
• A short man will tell you a tall tale.
• You will be injured in a disco inferno.
• You will have bad sex and bad pizza, in that order.
• Your name will appear in the newspaper in a matter involving the justice system, pudding and naked abandon.
• While you are giving an important speech, someone in the audience will ask, “Are you imagining us in our underwear?”
• Canada Pension Plan will run out the day you retire.
• You will be halved by a bad magician.
• You will swing your arm and hit a lawyer.
• 2,390,670,980 fortunes = 1 tree. Please recycle.
• Cash value: 1/20th of a cent. Spiritual value: Yang.

Do we really need all the ‘extras’ on movie DVDs? Lately producers are scrounging for scraps from the cutting room floor to fill space with alternate beginnings, endings and other chaff.

Today’s Question: Twice as many men as women have done THIS on a first date.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Said “I love you.” (Gee, wonder why?)

A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.

A big moo-out to Gerry Forbes at CJAY 92 Calgary AB who has just re-upped for another year of “BS”; and “The Bull Sheet” welcomes samplers this week that include Joaquina Jones @ WBOL Bolivar TN; Scott Stoyko @ Classic Rock C98 [CJYC] Saint John NB; and Shane Schneider @ KG Country 95.5 [CKGY] Red Deer AB. Remember BSers, we bonus you ONE FREE MONTH of service for each and every new subscriber you refer!


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