Monday, January 27, 2014        Edition: #5146


Never Accept a Generic – Ask For Pure BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Miley Cyrus and Lorde took the stage at music producer Clive Davis’ annual “Pre-Grammy Party” on Saturday night. Jennifer Hudson also performed, alongside TI and Pharrell Williams, who both appear on her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”. The famous yearly bash also featured a performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
– MTV News
★ This week VH1 is staging 6 different shows in the NYC area in the run-up to this weekend’s Super Bowl. The “VH1 Super Bowl Blitz” features a different headliner (J Cole, Janelle Monae, Fall Out Boy, TLC, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw) performing at  a different venue each night from tonight through Saturday.
– HuffingtonPost.com
★ 40-year-old actor Neil Patrick Harris says he’s excited about moving to NYC as soon as filming on his TV show “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS) finishes. He and his fiancé, theater actor David Burtka, and their 3-year-old twins Harper & Gideon are set to move into a $3.6-million, 8,000-sq-ft townhouse in Harlem.
– ContactMusic.com
★ The results of the judging at the Sundance Film Festival were announced Saturday night. 28-year-old writer-director Damien Chezelle won the drama competition for his film “Whiplash”, which follows a jazz drummer attempting to perfect his music. The documentary prize went to Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo for “Rich Hill”, a film about 3 adolescents struggling to escape poverty in the town of Rich Hill, Missouri.
– Reuters.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Bachelor” (ABC) – Korean girl group 2NE1 performs (“AON: All or Nothing”)..
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Strypes (“Snapshot”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Jennifer Nettles (“That Girl”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Capital Cities (“In a Tidal Wave Of Mystery”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – The Lone Below (“The Lone Below”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Arctic Monkeys (“AM”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – A Great Big World (“Is There Anybody Out There?”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Meat Loaf (“Soundtrack”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• The Beatles – Tonight a 2-hour TV special is being taped, celebrating the legacy of the Fab Four’s famous debut performance on the old “Ed Sullivan Show”. The event is being shot at the LA Convention Center, taking advantage of the many artists in town for last night’s Grammy Awards. “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” airs on CBS-TV February 9th, exactly 50 years after the original event.
• Billy Joel – Tonight his Madison Square Garden residency begins in NYC. He’s announced he’ll perform once-a-month at the venue for as long as the fans will have him. Ensuing shows are already booked for February 3rd, March 21st, and April 28th. He’ll also perform on his 65th birthday, May 9th.
• Courtney Love – She has been found not guilty of libeling her former attorney. After a week-long trial in LA, she emerged victorious on Friday afternoon after a jury ruled in her favor. She was accused of libeling lawyer Rhonda Holmes in a 2010 tweet.
• Justin Bieber – Who was the blonde riding alongside the Biebs in his yellow Lamborghini in Miami FL? Her name is Chantel Jeffries, a self-described model and selfie snapper. The twosome were spotted over the weekend vacationing (hiding out?) in Punta Chame, Panama.
• Kanye West – Fiancée Kim Kardashian tells Jimmy Kimmel they’ll wed this Summer, hopefully in Paris, as it’s their 2nd home where they have an apartment. And according to UK tabloid “The Sun”, the pair are looking to hire Lady Gaga as entertainment at their wedding reception.
• Katy Perry – Due to overwhelming demand, 12 additional shows have been added to her “Prismatic World Tour”, including 2nd shows for Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Edmonton, LA, Toronto, and Washington DC. The North American leg begins June 22nd in Raleigh NC.
• Mariah Carey – The self-obsessed singer and hubby Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) are said to be writing a kids book starring – who else? – their twins Monroe & Moroccan.
• Sara Bareilles – The 34-year-old says she had a ‘mid-life crisis’ in 2013 and made a number of life-changing decisions. She took a new direction with her music, left LA after 14 years and moved to NYC, and also ditched a long-term relationship.
• Sugarland – Jennifer Nettles tops this week’s ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart with her new solo project “That Girl”. The album also ranks 5th on the all-genre album chart.

TOP 5 GRAMMY SNUBS:
5. Kanye West’s “Yeezus” left out of ‘Best Album’ race.
4. Drake being snubbed from the top 3 categories (‘Artist’, ‘Album’, ‘Single’).
3. Lorde overlooked in ‘Best New Artist’ category.
2. Justin Timberlake’s omission from ‘Album Of the Year’.
1. Miley Cyrus shut out entirely.
– Canoe.com

THOU SHALT TWEET RESPONSIBLY:
A Church of England diocese has issued a list of social media rules for its staff and clergy. Among what have been dubbed the ‘Twitter Commandments’ …
I. Don’t rush in.
II. Remember tweets are transient yet permanent.
III. Be a good ambassador for the Church.
IV. Don’t hide behind anonymity.
V. Be aware of public/private life boundaries.
VI. Maintain a professional distance.
VII. Stay within the law.
VIII. Respect confidentiality.
IX. Be mindful of your own security.
(Actually, these are good rules for any Twit to follow.)
– BBC News

WHAT TO EXPECT IN TRAVEL IN 2014:
A quick peek at what’s on the traveling horizon in the near future …
• More, and flashier, cruise ships. The coming months will see the debut of at least 6 new major vessels.
• Self-service car rentals. Hertz, most prominently, will soon be replacing agents with faster self-service kiosks.
• Your phone as your hotel key. The Aloft chain recently announced it would have this technology ready in 2014. It already allows guests to check in by text message.
• Swanky independent airport lounges. American Express, for example, has launched ‘Centurion Lounges’, free for use by its Platinum card members.
• Goodbye, room service. NYC’s largest hotel, the New York Hilton, has already ditched it in favor of a food marketplace in the lobby. Room service just isn’t a money-maker for hotels.
• More alternatives to hotels. Short-term apartment rental websites like FlipKey, Homeaway, and Rentalo are flourishing. AirBnB has 50,000 units on offer, more than any single hotel chain.
– TheStar.com

SUPER BOWL PROP BETS:
They are called ‘proposal bets’ and you can get Vegas odds on just about anything that might happen at Super Bowl 48 this Sunday, including …
✓ Will it snow during the game?
✓ What will be the temperature at kickoff? (Over/Under 34 F)
✓ Will Denver Bronco Knowshon Moreno cry during the national anthem?
✓ How many times will Peyton Manning say ‘Omaha’ during the game? (Over/Under 27½)
✓ How many times will ‘12th Man’ be said by announcers during the game? (Over/Under 2½)
✓ Which song will Bruno Mars perform first at halftime? (“Treasure” is 2/1 favorite.)
✓ What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head? (Fedora is 2/3 fave.)
✓ Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance?
✓ Will Seattle’s Richard Sherman receive a taunting penalty in the game?
✓ What color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning team?
– CBSSports.com

BS AMAZING FACT:
There are several different approved ways of saying ‘Hyundai’, depending on where you are …
In UK ads: ‘high-UUN-digh’.
In US ads: ‘HUN-day’, rhymes with Sunday.
In Spanish language ads: ‘HAN-die’.
In the original Korean: ‘HYUN-day’.
– BBC News

BS CHRONOMETER 01.27.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1957 [57] Frank Miller, Olney MD, graphic novelist/artist (“300”, “The Wolverine”)/movie director (“Sin City” films)

1959 [55] Cris Collinsworth, Dayton OH, NFL TV analyst (“NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2009, “Inside the NFL” since 2008)/former NFL WR (Cincinnati Bengals 1981-88)

1965 [49] Alan Cumming, Aberfeldy, Scotland, TV actor (‘Eli Gold’ on “The Good Wife” since 2010)/movie actor (“The Smurfs” movies, “Any Day Now”)

1968 [46] Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, “Paint Me a Birmingham”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Australia Day”, the national day commemorating the 1788 landing of Captain Arthur Phillip at Sydney to establish a penal colony. The official anniversary was yesterday; the statutory holiday is being observed today.
NET: http://www.australiaday.com.au

• “Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day”, observed annually on the last Monday of January to celebrate the padding we all like to pop.
NET: http://www.fast-pack.com/bubblewrapappreciation.html
Don’t have any addictive bubble wrap with you? Try some virtual popping here …
NET: http://www.urban75.com/Mag/bubble.html
Or play music on this bubble wrap keyboard …
NET: http://www.virtual-bubblewrap.com/playmusic.shtml

• “Chocolate Cake Day”, for some unknown reason. But then … do we need one?

• “Family Literacy Day”, to promote the importance of reading & learning together as a family.
NET: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/en/family-literacy-day

• “Punch the Clock Day”, a day to calmly do your job stress-free, then go home and enjoy your real life. (“I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted paychecks.”)

• “Swap a Brown Bag Lunch Day”, to add some excitement to your noon hour.

• “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 English ‘throne’.

• “Vietnam Peace Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1973 peace deal signed in Paris that brought an end to America’s (then) longest war.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1994 [20] Former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw joins FOX-TV’s NFL broadcasting crew

2004 [10] On “American Idol” (FOX) contestant William Hung butchers “She Bangs”, which eventually leads to an unlikely record contract

2010 [04] “The Catcher In the Rye” author JD Salinger dies, after years of seclusion

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1964 [50] In a milestone for the UK recording industry, the entire British top 10 is made up of British recording acts for the first time

1984 [30] Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi-Cola TV ad (leads to numerous face restructures)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1858 [156] Ottawa is selected to be the capital of Canada

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2004 [10] 13-year-old New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) becomes the youngest actress ever nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category of the Academy Awards (Charlize Theron later wins for “Monster”)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Data Privacy Day
[Tues] Kazoo Day
[Wed] Curmudgeons Day
[Wed] Puzzle Day
[Wed] Seeing Eye Dog Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Catholic Schools Week / International Hoof Care Week / Meat Week / Medical Group Practice Week / World Leprosy Week

BULL’S BITS


BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 20 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
WHY FOOTBALL IS BETTER THAN SEX:
• You have a coach on the sidelines
• There is instant replay.
• People cheer when you score.
• You can take a timeout if you’re tired.
• Protective equipment is reusable.
– First published in “BS” 2000.

BURGERS WORLDWIDE:
The Australian Meat & Livestock Corp has surveyed burger cuisine around-the-world. A sampling of how various nationalities like their hamburgers …
✓ South Africa … topped with bacon and bananas.
✓ Korea … mixed with pickled cabbage.
✓ Germany … raw with onions.
✓ Argentina … boiled and topped with a fried egg.
✓ Australians find all this bizarre; they prefer to top off a quarter-pounder with beets or pineapple.
– First published in “BS” 1994.
NET: http://www.FreeRadioPrep.com

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What are the most irritating female habits? (According to “The Savvy Woman’s Success Bible”, the absolute worst are: Nagging, complaining, just plain talking too much, being too sensitive, taking forever to get dressed, and being messy.)

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
About 1-in-10 men say no matter how hard they try they just can’t remember which?
a. Their wedding anniversary.
b. Their wife’s birthday.
c. Their first lover’s name. [CORRECT]

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: THIS is said to be the worst thing a guy can put in his online dating profile.
Answer: That he doesn’t want kids.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
We’re making progress. Things are getting worse at a slower rate.

NOW ON OUR SHEET LIST:
Neil McDonald @ Swindon 105.5 Swindon UK; Jeremy Hegna @ 94.7 The End [KZND] Anchorage AK; Mike Wixson @ 1059 The Region [CFMS] Markham ON; Brian Smith @ 90.7 Hope FM [WNFR] Port Huron MI; Derek Marshall @ 106.1 Kiss FM [ZFKK] George Town, Cayman Islands; Darci @ IntellectualRadio.com, Maywood IL; Ed Carter @ Country 98.3 [WKSR] Pulaski TN; Dee Dee Reed @ AM Gospel, Chicago IL; Eddy Kimani @ 98.4 Capital FM Nairobi, Kenya; and LD Rizzo @ EEDA Radio 1, Plymouth UK.


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