Tuesday, January 17, 2012        Edition: #4670


Another Sheetload of Bull!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Today actor Terrence Howard (“Iron Man”) & estranged wife Michelle Ghent are due in court for a hearing on their increasingly ugly divorce battle (he’s asking for a restraining order – to match hers) . . . “Work It”, the cross-dressing comedy despised by critics and transgender activists, has been yanked from ABC-TV’s Tuesday schedule after just 2 episodes, with “Last Man Standing” repeats airing in its slot starting tonight (it might have worked if it was actually funny like the YouTube series “Sh-t Girls Say”) . . . Facebook has added a new ‘listen with’ feature which allows users to enjoy the same song at the same time as a friend via the site (this was previously known as ‘radio’) . . . 56-year-old “Golden Globe”-winner Kelsey Grammar (“Boss”) has confirmed he & 4th wife Kayte Walsh are expecting twins (his oldest daughter, 28-year-old Spencer is also expecting) . . . Actor and wannabe singer David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch” and, most recently, “Baywatch”) has had to scrap most of a 7-date UK tour featuring ‘music & laughter’ due to poor ticket sales (1 show in London has survived – for now) . . . 70-year-old actor Nick Nolte (“Hotel Rwanda”) is campaigning against 3-D TV because he’s convinced it  ‘disconnects the eyeball lens from the brain, so that whole system doesn’t function’ (speaking from experience?) . . . Actors Adrien Brody, Gary Oldman, Jamie Bell, and Willem Dafoe have donned dapper suits and strutted their stuff while serving as celeb fashion models for Prada during Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Italy (ah celebrity – free flight, free suit!) . . . And actor Sean Penn has accepted the unofficial job of ‘Ambassador-at-Large’ for the country of Haiti, after assisting in relief efforts ever since it suffered a devastating earthquake 2 years ago (is this a tricky way of getting him to leave?).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (“American Idol”); Chris Young performs his country hit “You”, from his recently released album “Neon”.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Grouplove (“Grouplove”); Ne-Yo (“Apprenticeship of Mr Smith”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Game (“The RED Album”); Thievery Corporation (“Culture of Fear”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Outasight (“Get It Together”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Kathleen Edwards (“Asking For Flowers”)
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Adam Lambert (“Trespassing”, out March 20th).

BS MUSIC NOTES:

• Martina McBride – Her greatest hits package “Hits & More” is out today, a career-spanning collection that includes four #1 country singles as well as 3 new songs from her old label RCA Nashville.
• Mumford & Sons – Marcus Mumford & actress Carey Mulligan are planning to wed in Britain this April once they’re finished with present commitments. She’s filming “The Great Gatsby” in Australia and he’s in the studio, recording the band’s next album. They met in February 2011 when she attended one of his concerts in the US.
• Reba McEntire – She’ll be appearing on an episode of NBC-TV’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” this season, the show that investigates family trees.
• Rise Against – Tonight in Austin, Texas they launch a Winter leg of tour dates in support of their most recent album, “Endgame”. The North American dates are sandwiched between UK and European treks.
• The-Dream – TMZ.com reports the singer-producer (real name Terius Nash) is in trouble with the Georgia Department of Revenue over an alleged unpaid tax bill of $117,000. The original figure was near $60,000, but interest and penalties have now almost doubled it.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Abduction” ( PG-13 Thriller ): Taylor Lautner (“Twilight Saga”) plays a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. The storyline has been described as ‘Bourne lite’.
• “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Nick Swardson (“Reno 911!”) plays a nerdy guy who heads for Hollywood, hoping to follow in his parents’ footsteps as adult film stars. Co-stars Don Johnson, Christina Ricci.
• “The Ides of March” ( R-Rated Drama ): George Clooney plays a presidential candidate with an idealistic young staffer (Ryan Gosling) who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Co-stars Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei.
• Also released today: “Delocated! The Complete Seasons 1 & 2” (TV); “Eat This New York” (Documentary); “Merlin: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); “Sliders: The 5th & Final Season” (TV); and “Waking the Dead: Season 6” (TV).

LIFE BY THE NUMBERS:
A BS breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 73% of men would rather NOT go dancing on a first date … or any date.
• 67% of us have experienced deja vu.
• 50% of women could forgive gambling away family savings, but only 30% could forgive an affair.
• 37% of us would actually ‘take it all off’ if we ended up on a nude beach.
• 30% of men say they’d feel insecure if their partner had more male friends then they.
• 24% of women try a new hairstyle at least once a year.

FACING FACTS:
A new beta service called SocialMedia-live is tracking some 38 million Facebook pages, generating stats on total number of ‘likes’, fan growth, and gender breakdown. A few interesting trends it’s unearthed …
• Adele is the music artist with the fastest-growing Facebook page, gaining 175,000 followers in a single 24-hour period over the weekend. Female fans make up 62% of her followers.
• Eminem’s Facebook page is also hot, attracting about 35-40 new ‘likes’ every minute.
• “Mob Wives” (VH1) is the TV series with the most action on its Facebook page, perhaps thanks to its current ‘Swear Jar Sweepstakes’ promotion.
– ReadWriteWeb.com

TV SHOWS BASED ON MOVIES:
BEST …
✓ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
✓ “Friday Night Lights”
✓ “M*A*S*H”
✓ “The Odd Couple”
✓ “Parenthood”
WORST …
✗ “Clerks: The Animated Series”
✗ “Delta House”
✗ “Ferris Bueller”
✗ “My Big Fat Greek Life”
✗ “Working Girl”
(So how about the new shows based on movies, “The Firm” and Napoleon Dynamite”?)
– Yahoo! TV

AUTO LITE:
At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there’s been a lot of hoopla over fancy new electric cars and hybrids, but less-noted has been the fact that automakers are shifting to smaller and lighter vehicles … with good reason. It’s by far the easiest way to boost gas mileage. A car’s weight is responsible for about two-thirds of the energy needed to move it, so slimming vehicles down is a simple way to boost fuel economy. Lighter steel and better designs have been bringing the weight of cars down dramatically, without hiking the price tag. (Still happy with that Hummer?)
– “Washington Post”

ANOTHER %#@#?!!!! STUDY:

Who has fouler language, men or women? A nationwide study on cursing finds that men are fully twice as likely to use swear words when angry as women. And they know more as well. While the average woman has 29 cuss words in her vocabulary, the average male is fluent with 50. (That’s a heck of a lot of body parts and religious expressions to memorize!)
– PA News

ROMANCE ONLINE:
Highlights of a recent poll on dating and the Internet …
• Internet users who’ve used it ‘romantically’ … 74%
• Think online dating can be dangerous … 66%
• Know someone who’s used a dating website … 31%
• Believe online dating is only for those in ‘dire straits’ … 29%
• Know someone who’s gone on a date after visiting a website … 26%
• Know somebody who found a long-term partner online … 15%
• Will admit to visiting a dating website … 10%
– Pew Internet & American Life Project

FOR THE RECORD:

The shortest scheduled flight in the world is just 1-and-a-half miles long (2.4 km), from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute, 14 seconds.
– “The Telegraph”

BS AMAZING ANIMAL FACTS:

• A snail can sleep for 3 years.
• Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
• The housefly hums, middle octave, key of F.
– ListsOPlenty.com

BS CHRONOMETER 01.17.12


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1922 [90] Betty White, Oak Park IL, TV actress (“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” 2012, ‘Elka’ on “Hot in Cleveland” since 2010, “The Golden Girls” 1985-92)/movie actress (“The Proposal”)

1939 [73] Maury Povich, Washington DC, TV talk show host (“The Maury Povich Show” since 1991)/Mr Connie Chung since 1984

1942 [70] Muhammad Ali, Louisville KY, 3-time heavyweight boxing champ with career record of 56-5 including 37 KOs and 19 successful title defenses for $69-million total earnings/Parkinson’s victim

1962 [50] Jim Carrey, Newmarket ON, movie actor (“A Christmas Carol”, “Bruce Almighty”)

1964 [48] Michelle Obama, Chicago IL, US First Lady/wife of 44th US president Barack Obama/fashion icon/poverty awareness, healthy eating advocate

1971 [41] Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie), Romeo MI, country/rock singer (“All Summer Long”, “Picture”)

1980 [32] Zooey Deschanel, LA CA, TV actress (‘Jessica Day’ on “New Girl” since 2011)/movie actress (“Our Idiot Brother”, “500 Days of Summer”)/pop singer (She & Him-“In the Sun”/”I Can Hear Music”)/formerly married to Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard (2009-11)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .

• “Customer Service Day”, a reminder of just how important it is for any business.

• “Judgment Day”, a day to look at yourself in the mirror and see how you’re doing on your New Year’s resolutions. Some dissenting folk somewhere have named this “Ditch New Years Resolutions Day”, a day to be honest with yourself and admit that you’re never gonna do it … whatever it was.

• “Kid Inventors Day”, to acknowledge past & present accomplishments of kid inventors and encourage the creativity of future kid inventors. It’s estimated a half-million children and teens invent gadgets and games each year.
NET: http://www.kidinventorsday.com

• “Rid The World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day”, one of the highlights of “Healthy Weight Week” as declared by the ‘National Council Against Health Fraud’, which debunks unrealistic claims made by weight-loss companies.
NET: http://www.healthyweightnetwork.com/hww.htm

• “St Anthony Day”, honoring the patron saint of domestic animals. That’s why today is also the annual “Blessing Of the Animals” at the Cathedral in Mexico City, when chickens, cows, and house pets decorated with flowers are on parade. (Tomorrow is the annual “Scrape Off the Bishop’s Shoes Day”.)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .

1972 [40] Memphis, Tennessee officially renames Bellvue Street ‘Elvis Presley Boulevard’ (all the new street signs immediately disappear)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .

1995 [17] NFL’s Los Angeles Rams announce move to St Louis (the USA’s #2 market has been without a pro football team ever since)

1996 [16] Ottawa Senators play 1st game in new 18,000-seat ‘Palladium’ (later known as ‘Corel Centre’ and now renamed ‘Scotiabank Place’)

COMING UP . . .

[Wed] “American Idol” season premiere (FOX)
[Wed] Winnie The Pooh Day
[Wed] Thesaurus Day
[Thurs] Popcorn Day
[Thurs] Women in Blue Jeans Day
[Thurs] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
This Week Is … Hunt For Happiness Week
This Month Is … Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

BULL’S BITS


BS WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA IS LIKE YOUR CRAZY EX:
✓ Neither should be left unattended.
✓ Both require plenty of attention.
✓ You don’t want to mess with them when you’re drunk.
✓ You probably shouldn’t leave your kids alone with them.
✓ They can be totally addicting.
✓ They can give you a false sense of security.
✓ They can make you fall in love with them.
✓ They can drive you a little crazy.
✓ They can surprise you in unexpected ways.
✓ Much like your crazy ex, you shouldn’t rely on social media for all your needs.
– Thanks to Trish Forant.

BS PHONE STARTER:

Which politician do you think would look best in drag?

TRUTH OR BS?

• There’s a species of turtle in Jamaica that can fly. (BS, unless you score some really potent ganja.)
• When you sneeze, it can cloud your brain and affect your thinking for up to 40 seconds. (True.  Experts say many car wrecks and industrial accidents are caused by a single sneeze.)
• The average human body contains enough plutonium to make a nuclear bomb. (BS. But there is enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough iron to make a 3-inch nail and enough phosphorous for 2,200 match-heads!)

BS RANDOM JOKE:

There are 3 kinds of people … those who can count and those who can’t.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:

Question: For men, THIS takes about an hour.
Answer: That’s the average time it takes to get over an argument with their partner.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:

A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.


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