Monday, January 19, 2015        Edition: #5378

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★ Bill Cosby thanked hundreds of fans who turned out for shows in Denver CO on Saturday as a small gathering of protesters denounced the comedian, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women in the past 3 months. Outside the Buell Theatre in downtown Denver, about 40 protesters chanted “No more jokes!” and some pointed and shouted “Shame on you!” at ticket-holders as they lined up to get in for the first of 2 shows.
★ “Empire” star Terrence Howard says his past arrests for domestic abuse allegations were a byproduct of his rough-and-tumble upbringing and “not knowing how to deal with frustration”. During the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday he stressed that no criminal charges have ever been filed against him and he emphasized that he is now married with a new wife and brand new baby. Quote: “I’ve grown so much from anything that happened in the past.” FOX-TV has already ordered a 2nd season of “Empire” after airing just 2 episodes.
★ “Forrest Gump” actor Gary Sinise is staking his claim as king of the TV spin-offs after scoring a leading role in a new “Criminal Minds” project. Two years after wrapping up “CSI: NY”, the actor is returning to TV to head the cast of a “Criminal Minds” spin-off drama that will center on FBI agents who help US citizens in trouble abroad. Sinise will portray FBI veteran ‘Jack Garrett’ in the series, which will launch with a pilot episode later this year.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ 26-year-old Julianne Hough (“Dancing With the Stars”) & former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) are set to star as ‘Sandy’ and ‘Rizzo’ in a new live version of the musical “Grease”. “Grease: Live” is scheduled for broadcast January 31st, 2016 on FOX-TV. The 3-hour production follows the success of NBC-TV’s live musical shows “The Sound of Music Live!” and, most recently, “Peter Pan Live!” which aired in December.
★ And a new report contends that Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon signed a prenuptial agreement with a financial penalty for speaking publicly about any breakup. Cannon filed divorce papers last month following their decision to split in September. The pre-nup allegedly features a confidentiality clause stipulating that Cannon would have to pay his ex $250,000 for going public about their split, while Carey would have to hand him $500,000 for discussing it. The higher penalty reflects the fact that her financial worth dwarfed his when they wed.

• “Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC) – In a pre-recorded episode, the late Joan Rivers serves as a boardroom adviser as the teams prepare for an outdoor marketing event.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Miyavi (“Miyavi”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Bad Suns (“Language & Perspective”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The So So Glos (“Blowout”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Night Terrors of 1927 (“Guilty Pleas”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Lera Lynn (“The Avenues”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol”).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Alan Doyle (“So Let’s Go”, out tomorrow).
• “Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central) – Premiere of a new program that replaces “The Colbert Report” and features a panel commenting on current events.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Linda Perry (“8 Songs About a Girl”); Ozzy Osbourne (“Memoirs Of a Madman”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Jennifer Lopez again.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Common (“Glory”); Lee Ann Womack (“The Way I’m Livin'”).

• Adele – She’s reportedly offered over $7.5 million to buy a property in Malibu, California that features a panoramic view from a stone deck & infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a wine room, and a gourmet kitchen. Word has it the property would only serve as a part-time home.
• Black Crowes – They’ve now officially disbanded after 24 years together, according to guitarist Rich Robinson. They broke up in 2002, reunited, and then went on hiatus again in 2010. The last time they performed together was in 2013.
• Carrie Underwood – She remains #1 on the ‘Billboard Hot Country Songs’ chart for this week with “Something In the Water”.
• Genesis – Former drummer Phil Collins’ 13-year-old son Nick is already drumming in a band.
• Grateful Dead – The surviving 4 original members will reunite this Summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary jam band . 3 shows are scheduled for Soldier Field in Chicago IL July 3-5.
• Idina Menzel – She’s set to perform the pre-game anthem before Super Bowl 49 on February 1st in Glendale AZ.
• Lady Gaga – She’s revealed on Instagram that she is back in the studio making new music with RedOne, who produced a number of her biggest hits off “The Fame” and “Born This Way” albums.
• Mariah Carey – Her rumored Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace is now a done deal; it begins May 6th. In tandem with the performances, she’s releasing a new edition of her (misspelled) best-of album “#1’s” later this year.
• Meghan Trainor – She says her nickname in school was, appropriately, ‘Singer Girl’.
• Motley Crue – Jeff Tremaine, the filmmaker behind the madcap “Jackass” movies, has signed on to direct the biopic “The Dirt”. The film is based on the band’s best-selling autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions Of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band”.
• One Direction – Louis Tomlinson is hoping to follow in the footsteps of mentor Simon Cowell by setting up a production company to find hot new music talent. To that end the boy-band star has established a new business called 78 Productions Limited.

Facebook is abuzz with a new game. Essentially, you re-post your first-ever Facebook profile picture, and then nominate 3 friends to do the same. Why would this ever become a thing? Seems dredging up old photos taps into a universal nostalgia for an earlier time/self/social network. It’s unclear where this started exactly, but some tech blogs have prematurely christened it the new ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ or ‘Neknomination’. And while it’s difficult to quantify or track the spread of memes on Facebook, the term ‘first profile picture’ is now being tweeted thousands of times per day. (As if we need more opportunities to embarrass ourselves on Facebook.)

Today, the 3rd Monday in January, is dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most miserable day of the year. The idea began when a travel company issued a press release in 2005 claiming that psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall had developed an equation to determine the year’s most dismal day based on weather, post-holiday season letdown, broken New Year resolutions, etc. The equation still appears on his website, but what you cannot find is any published data to back it up. To be fair, Arnall himself admits his equation is not particularly scientific. We may say we hate Mondays, but a 2008 Australian study found that the day that scores lowest for most employees’ morale is actually Wednesday. (Seems we all hate ‘Hump Day’?)

A few terms that first came into common usage in 1915 …
• ‘Babe’ – This word was used to refer to an infant as far back as the Middle Ages, but the first documented use meaning ‘an attractive young woman’ dates from 1915.
• ‘Blues’ – Several songs previously included the word in their titles (“Dallas Blues”, “Memphis Blues”, etc) but use of the word as a musical genre came in “Chicago Sunday Tribune” in 1915.
• ‘Episode’ – First used to mean an installment of an entertainment series (as in “stay tuned for scenes from next week’s episode”) in “Moving Picture World” on November 13, 1915.
• ‘Jazz’ – In 1912 it meant energy, excitement, pep or restlessness, animation, excitability. The first reference to jazz as a musical genre is also from “Chicago Sunday Tribune” in 1915.
• ‘Lifestyle’ – The first recorded use of the term appeared in the publication “Mind”, when the author of an article referred to Impressionism as the ‘life-style of our age’.
• ‘Skinny’ – Skinny jeans are not so new; skinny meant tight-fitting a hundred years ago when a fashion report suggested: “Skinny clothes are in vogue this year.”
– Adapted from

If Disney World’s just not your speed, you can pull off the Hwy 192 tourist strip in nearby Kissimmee, Florida and shoot zombies in the head with a machine gun. The new ‘Machine Gun America’ attraction allows visitors – including children as young as 13 – to fire machine guns and other firearms in a variety of themed environments, from ‘007’ to ‘Western Shootout’ to ‘Gangster Land’ to yes, ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ (signs remind you: “Don’t forget, shoot ’em in the head”). There’s even a ladies-only theme called ‘Automatic Divas’. While the concept is new to Central Florida, similar attractions have been flourishing in Las Vegas. (Last Summer at an Arizona range, an instructor was killed when a 9-year-old girl lost control of an Uzi.)
– “Orlando Sentinel”

✓ When your dog licks you, it probably wants something, like food or attention. Licking also releases endorphins that calm and relieve stress.
✓ A dog can smell anywhere from 10,000-to-100,000 times better than the average human. Canines have 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to our measly 6 million.
✓ Dogs sniff rear ends because secretions released by glands there reveal lots of information, ie: a dog’s gender, diet, and mood. It’s sort of like talking with chemicals.
✓ Dogs’ paws smell like popcorn or corn chips because they have a lot of bacteria and yeast that grow in the moisture that gets caught in the many folds and pockets between their toes.
✓ A common myth is that a dog’s mouth is a magically clean place. A canine mouth is actually brimming with bacteria. Fortunately, a lot of those germs are specific to the species.
– Condensed “Mental Floss”

“It’s taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass.” (Um, not quite there yet.)
– Gwyneth Paltrow


1946 [69] Dolly Parton, Sevierville TN, country singer-songwriter (“I Will Always Love You”)/movie actress (“9 to 5”)/amusement park owner (“Dollywood”)  BS FACTOID: She’s just landed a major new deal with NBC Entertainment to turn her songs into TV movies.

1954 [61] Katey Sagal, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14, “8 Simple Rules” 2002-05, “Married With Children” 1987-97)

1972 [43] Drea de Matteo, Queens NY, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14, “Desperate Housewives” 2009-10, “The Sopranos” 1999-2006)

1981 [34] Bitsie (Elizabeth) Tulloch, San Diego CA (‘Juliette Silverton’ on “Grimm” since 2011)

1992 [23] Mac Miller, Pittsburgh PA, rapper/producer (w/Ariana Grande-“The Way”, w/Cobra Starship-“Middle Finger”)

• “Edgar Allan Poe Birth Anniversary”, celebrating the 1809 birth of the famed American writer of “The Raven”, who’s also credited as being the inventor of the mystery novel.

• “Healthy Weight Week” begins, the 22nd annual through January 24th, designed to debunk fad diets and advocate healthful ways of promoting fitness.

• “Martin Luther King Day” in America, a federal holiday observed annually on the 3rd Monday of January celebrating the life and achievements of late civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929-68). King’s equal rights campaign is documented in the new movie “Selma”.

• “Neon Sign Day”, patented 100 years ago by George Claude of Paris in 1915. Imagine Las Vegas without his invention.

• “Popcorn Day”, a day to celebrate the healthy (until you load it with salt & butter) and addictive treat.

• “Tin Can Day”, marking the patent of a process for storing food in tin cans issued to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett.

• “World Day of Migrants & Refugees”, celebrated in January each year after being instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X.

2004 [11] “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” debuts on FOX-TV (yet another cheesy reality series)

1993 [22] Fleetwood Mac reunites for the Inaugural Ball of US president-elect Bill Clinton

2007 [08] 1st McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant opens in Beijing, China

1977 [38] ‘World’s Largest Crowd’ as 12.7 million attend a religious festival in India (the bad news … only 3 port-a-johns)

[Tues] Penguin Awareness Day
[Tues] Disc Jockey Day
[Tues] Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Wed] Hugging Day
[Wed] Squirrel Appreciation Day
[Thurs] Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Activity Professionals Week / Handwriting Analysis Week / Healthy Weight Week / Hunt For Happiness Week / International Snowmobile Safety Week / No Name Calling Week / Sugar Awareness Week


Highlight bits culled from 21 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
✓ Assemble the family for your yearly ‘Naked Snow Angel’ ritual.
✓ Wear your entire wardrobe at once.
✓ Crank up the heat, open all the windows, and see if it’ll form a stratocumulus cold-front.
✓ Dress your snowman in a Speedo.
✓ Drink a pail-full of Extra Strength NyQuil, hibernate till Spring.
– First published in “BS” 2012.

1. Where on your body would you find your ‘philtrum’?
[It’s the little trough on your upper lip between the two lines running down from your nose.]
2. Where on a coin would you find the ‘reeding’?
[The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding.]
3. What’s the name of the white part of your fingernails?
[The ‘lunula’.]
– First published in “BS” 2002.

☎ What do you wish you knew how to cook?

You can tell the gender of an ant by dropping it into a jug of water. If it sinks … girl ant. If it floats … boy ant.

Question: Perhaps surprisingly, Florida has more of THESE than McDonald’s locations.
Answer: Tanning salons.

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.

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