Thursday, January 27, 2000                                       Edition:  #1730

BS SIGNS IT’S TOO DAMN COLD:
• Street vendors selling hot dogs to put in your pants.
• This morning, CAA had to jumpstart [your co-host].
• Instead of the finger, irate drivers giving each other the mitten.
• It’s actually nice when a guy rubs up against you on the bus.
• Hookers are charging 20 bucks just to blow on your hands.
• Britney Spears performed a concert fully clothed.

BS CELEBRITY BUZZ:
According to the 6th annual Hanes Hosiery “Sexy Legs Survey” Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt have the sexiest legs in Hollywood (hey, what about Danny DeVito?)  . . . Britain’s golf-mad Prince Andrew is trying to raise funds to turn Windsor Castle’s 9-hole course into a world-class golf destination, after which he’ll CHARGE the wealthy big bucks to play with him (as opposed to Prince Charles, who has to pay Camilla to play with him) . . .. . . “Touched By an Angel” star Roma Downey says she’s in love with openly gay actor Rupert Everett, and intends to make him her husband (better wear some pants sweetie) . . . Speculation is Ricky Martin has dyed his hair bright blonde to look more like his idol George Michael, whom he’s been spending a lot of time with lately (hey, they’re just friends — nudge nudge wink wink).

MOVIES GETTING MADE:
Eddie Murphy is considering doing a remake of 1957′s “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (in his case it should be titled ‘The Incredible Shrinking Star’) . . . Buzz is Mel Gibson is pulling down $25 mill for his upcoming movie “The Patriot”, making him Hollywood’s highest-paid star . . . “Friends” Matt LeBlanc has signed on to the “Charlie’s Angels” movie project to play Lucy Liu’s macho boyfriend (that’ll take some acting) . . . Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have agreed to make a sequel to last year’s surprise hit “The Mummy”, creatively to be called “The Mummy 2″.

SUPER BOWL FACTS:
• Super Bowl viewers are mostly male — 65% men vs 35% women.
• ABC-TV has sold $130 million in advertising at an average rate of $2.2 million per 30-second spot. That’s up 38% from last year! Internet companies have bought up 20% of the ads.
• During the game, there are five 90-second commercial breaks each quarter and a 20-minute half-time. That means at least 50 minutes of inactivity breaking up the 60 minutes of actual playing time. No wonder some Super Bowls seem dull!
• Domino’s Pizza expects to sell more than 1.1 million pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday, with the biggest rush coming the hour before kick off. They also say the closer the score, the greater pizza sales. (Well let’s see, in the hour BEFORE kickoff, the score would be . . .)

POLAR PLIGHT:
An adventure group of 40 parachutists waiting to be rescued from the South Pole is feeling blue after the 6th attempt in 20 days to reach them has failed. Even though they’re in tents, temperatures often plunge to -20C, while winds reach 95 mph. (Authorities are now considering sending in a group of Winnipeg school kids who are used to these conditions.)

THE BULL SHEET 01.27.00

TODAY’S CELEB BIRTHDAYS . . .
1931    [69] Mordecai Richler, Montreal PQ, author (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
1961    [39] Margo Timmins, Toronto ON, pop singer (Cowboy Junkies-Misguided Angel)
1964    [36] Bridget Fonda, LA CA, film actress (A Simple Plan, Single White Female)
1967    [33] Dave Manson, Prince Albert SK, NHL D (Chicago Blackhawks)
1968    [32] Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (I’ll Never Pass This Way Again)
1971    [29] Patrice Brisebois, Montreal PQ, NHL D (Montreal Canadiens)
1976    [24] Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon SK, NHL D (Buffalo Sabres)

BS REASONS TO PARTY  . . .
According to the ‘International Thomas Crapper Society’, today is “Thomas Crapper Day”, in honor of the man who invented the toilet flush mechanism, on the anniversary of his death in 1910. Thomas Crapper & Co became engineers by appointment to the ‘throne’ of England.

The ‘United Alternative 2000 Convention’ begins today in Ottawa, an attempt to determine structure, policy platform, leadership, and election plans for 2001. (Gee, how do you choose between dynamic  leaders like Joe Clark and Preston Manning?)

ON THIS DAY IN THE ’90S . . .
1996    Lucien Bouchard sworn in as Québec Premier
1998    Identical twins Muriel & Murray Legate of Ft Saskatchewan AB turn 100 years of age against 50 million to 1 odds
1998    Shania Twain releases mega-hit “You’re Still The One”

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1858     [142] Ottawa 1st selected capital of Canada
1888    [112] ‘National Geographic Society’ founded (Washington DC)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Fun At Work Day
[Fri] National Kazoo Day
Direct Deposit Week
Fat Free Living Month

BULL’S BITS . . .
PHONE STARTER:

“What other activities will you be doing while watching Sunday’s Super Bowl?” (According to a new survey, 82% will be snacking, 52% think they’ll be yelling at the TV, 44% drinking beer, 39% swearing, and just 26% admit they’ll be betting on the game.)

NHL QUIZ:
• Which were the 4 founding teams of the NHL in 1917? (Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Quebec Bulldogs, Ottawa Senators. Note: Quebec was replaced by Toronto Arenas when play began.)
• Which team was the NHL’s first American franchise? (Boston Bruins, admitted in 1924.)
• How long was the first NHL season – 11 games, 22, or 44? (22)
• How many times have the Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup? (4 times during the team’s original incarnation from 1917-1934.)
(Source for all: “NHL Guide and Record Book”)

THE LAST WORD: Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.


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