Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Edition: #5769

It’s Another Running Of the Bull!

★ [UPDATE] Ciara and her NFL star-fiancée Russell Wilson are officially man and wife. The 30-year-old singer (“Goodies”) announced her engagement to the 27-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback in March, and the twosome wed at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England yesterday. A whopping 1,000 guests were said to be invited to the couple’s big day. The twosome has previously spoken about their decision not to have sex until they marry because of Wilson’s Christian beliefs. (Finally … last night it was party time!)
★ Celebrity offspring Brooklyn Beckham has reportedly landed a £100,000 payday (circa $130,000) for appearing in a commercial for Chinese mobile phone company Huawei. The 17-year-old son of David & Victoria Beckham filmed the ad earlier this week. Huawei is hoping to take advantage of his youth appeal as well as his millions of social media followers. An insider says, “People will think he’s only got this job because of his (famous) parents.” (Well actually, yeah.)
★ And “True Blood: The Musical” is now a thing. The long-running TV vampire drama ended its 7-season run in 2014 and now HBO is in the early stages of developing a stage musical version. Musician Nathan Barr, who composed the music for the show during its entire run, is leading the project, with the book & lyrics by “Living Dead Girl” author Elizabeth Scott. Like the TV series, the production is set in the fictional town of ‘Bon Temps, Louisiana’, where vampires live among humans. (This idea bites.)
– “New York Post”

• “Chelsea” (Netflix) – Blake Shelton (“If I’m Honest”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Jennifer Lopez (“Home”). Rerun.
• “Greatest Hits” (ABC) – Tonight Backstreet Boys, CeeLo Green, Coolio, Jewel, LL Cool J, Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly, Wiz Khalifa.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Fitz & The Tantrums (“Fitz & The Tantrums”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Dream Junkies (“Good Religion”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Kacey Musgraves (“Pageant Material”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Brandy Clark (“Big Day In a Small Town”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Wolf Parade (“Apologies To the Queen Mary”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Magic! (“Primary Colours”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – Mel B (Spice Girls). Rerun.
• Ottawa Bluesfest (Ottawa ON) – Through July 17th the annual festival at Lebreton Flats in Canada’s Capital Region features an eclectic lineup: Alessia Cara, Awolnation, Billy Idol, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Bryan Ferry, City & Colour, The Cult, The Decemberists, Duran Duran, Future, John Fogerty, The Lumineers, The Monkees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sam Hunt among others. Um, Bluesfest?
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Howard Jones (“Engage”); Phantogram (“Voices”). Rerun.

• Beyoncé – Her gig at London’s 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium on Sunday and Rihanna’s concert the week before were both half-empty despite tickets being SRO months before. It’s thought that scalpers using ‘ticket bots’ bought up tens-of-thousands of tickets, then failed to sell them at uber-inflated prices.
• Blink-182 – Ever since drummer Travis Barker barely survived a 2008 crash he no longer travels by airplane. So now the band is looking into getting him to Europe for a tour next Summer by … buying a boat. He usually takes the Queen Mary cruise ship over to the UK.
• Ed Sheeran – Just weeks after this year’s massive event, he’s reportedly in advanced talks to top the bill on the famous Pyramid Stage at next year’s Glastonbury 2017 at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.
• Justin Bieber – The 22-year-old pop star and 37-year-old Kourtney Kardashian have once again fueled romance rumors, being spotted at Story nightclub in Miami FL. The Biebs was there for the official after party following his “Purpose” world tour gig in the city, and also to mark club owner and restaurateur David Grutman’s 36th birthday.
• Nirvana – Frances Bean Cobain, the 23-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love, and her estranged husband Isaiah Silva (31) are reportedly locked in a court battle over her famous father’s guitar. Frances is denying that she gave Isaiah the guitar as a wedding present. They spit in March after a 2-year marriage.
• Pink Floyd – Tonight & tomorrow David Gilmour performs at a Roman amphitheatre in the ancient Italian town of Pompeii, the site of Pink Floyd’s classic “Live in Pompeii” 1971 concert film. It’s his first performance there in 45 years.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Rumi” – An online petition is protesting Leonardo Dicaprio being cast as 13th century Persian poet Jalaluddin al-Rumi, calling it more Hollywood ‘whitewashing’. The petition demands that a Middle Eastern actor get the role. Rumi was also an Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic whose influence transcended borders and ethnic divisions. The casting is not yet final.
• “Salty” – This crowd-funded project stars Antonio Banderas as an aging rock star and Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) as his pampered fashion model-wife. It’s adapted from Mark Haskell Smith’s 2007 novel about a woman abducted by a group of renegade buccaneers while on an exotic vacation. Principal photography on the action-comedy is now underway in Chile.
• “Thor: Ragnarok” – This week filming has begun on the 2nd “Thor” sequel. The Marvel series, featuring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god and Tom Hiddleston as his evil brother ‘Loki’, kicked off production in Australia on Monday. ‘The Hulk’ (Mark Ruffalo) is also making an appearance in the film to help his ‘Avengers’ teammate with a new threat.
• “Yardie” – Idris Elba is set to make his directorial debut with this adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel. The story follows the rise of a young Jamaican drug courier in London’s underworld in the 1980s. It’s as yet unclear if Idris will also appear in the picture. The script has been written by “Bronson” co-writer Brock Norman Brock.

Turns out youngsters who watch junk food ads crave more fast food. A new British study of kids aged 8-to-12 conducted by Cancer Research UK has shown that kids are hugely influenced by junk food commercials. This may help to explain why 1-in-5 children is obese by the time they start primary school. That figure shoots up to 1-in-3 by the time they leave. Obese children are around 5 times more likely to become obese adults. In light of the study results, it’s no surprise that a recent poll reveals 74% of UK residents are in favor of a ban on advertising junk food on TV before 9 pm. (Do you agree?)

After more than a thousand experiments, scientists at Freiburg University Hospital in Germany have concluded that we may in fact have a ‘sixth sense’ that warns us we’re being stared at. Researchers admit the effects are small, but there is evidence that people feel a ‘prickling’ sensation when someone unseen is staring at them. (Their next study will determine if your ears really do get a burning sensation when someone’s talking about you.)
– “British Journal of Psychology”

Ask listeners to add to this list of creative vacations for those lacking time and/or money …
• Don’t have much time off? Take a few aimless drives through the countryside.
• Organize a Summer block party.
• Get in training to enter a road race or walkathon.
• Try staying up all night at a casino or singles resort.
• Jumping through the sprinkler can awaken your inner child, as can catching fireflies in a jelly jar, or weaving dandelion crowns.
• Rent a quiet cabin in the woods where you can commune with nature.
• Suffering from heat exhaustion? Head for the mountains!
• Visit offbeat places of interest (ie: World’s Largest Pig, Tire Man, Vulcan Tourist & Trek Station, or Bruce the Moose), then show off the photos at your first annual ‘Christmas in July’ party.
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A BS compendium of recent ‘discoveries’ …
• Scientists say … taking a hot bath combats loneliness. Researchers think the association between warmth and security is inborn. (It works even better if you do it with someone else!)
• Scientists say … it’s a bad idea to give ice cream to a woman going through PMS. (You know what’s worse? Trying to take it away!)
• Scientists say … people who smoke cannabis seem to recover any short-term loss of brain function. (However, they never recover the thousands of dollars they’ve spent on munchies.)
• Scientists say … it’s now possible to grow human teeth. The feat was first performed in a lab in Boston, Massachusetts. (Now there’s great news for your in-laws!)

• Cranberries have 4 hollow chambers in them, which allows them to float in water. Want to know if you have a good cranberry? Make sure it can bounce.
• Elvis Presley didn’t write any of his songs and none of The Beatles could read music.
– Sourced from


1940 [76] Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), Liverpool UK, rock drummer (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band)/bad singer (“Photograph”, The Beatles-“Act Naturally”)

1968 [48] Amy Carlson, Glen Ellyn IL, TV actress (‘Linda Reagan’ on “Blue Bloods” since 2010)

1981 [35] Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner Jr), Huntington Beach CA, metal rock guitarist-vocalist (Avenged Sevenfold-“This Means War”, “Hail To the King”)

1994 [22] Ashton Irwin, Sydney, Australia, pop drummer (5 Seconds to Summer-“Don’t Stop”, “She Looks So Perfect”)

1995 [21] Maddie Marlow, Sugarland TX, country singer (Maddie & Tae-“Fly”, “Girl In a Country Song”)

• “Chocolate Day”, started by the Confectioners Association to promote what is almost every woman’s (and many a man’s) weakness. Some say chocolate from the New World (mostly Mexico) was introduced to Europe on this date in 1550. Suggestions for today’s menu …
– Breakfast: Chocolate cereal; chocolate cream-filled doughnuts; hot chocolate.
– Morning Snack: Chocolate bar to give you a boost until lunch.
– Lunch: A big tall glass of chocolate milk; chocolate pie or pudding for dessert.
– Afternoon Snack: Chocolate covered raisins, which contain both vegetable and fruit.
– Dinner: Chocolate liqueur aperitif; chocolate-flavored coffee; chocolate cake.
– Evening Snack: Chocolate ice cream, of course!

• “Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day”. If she’s a teenager, good luck! Like are you tryin’ to embarrass her or what?

• “Global Forgiveness Day”, begun in 1994 as an excuse for us to get in touch with our need to forgive and be forgiven. A good day to knock that chip off your shoulder and make peace.

• “Macaroni Day”, saluting one of the more popular forms of Italian pasta. How would the average student survive without mac & cheese?

• “Running Of the Bulls” begins in Pamplona, Spain, an annual event during the “Fiesta San Fermin”. Starting today we’ll likely get the usual listing of ‘cornadas’ (wounds from goring).

• “Tell the Truth Day”, challenging each of us to go an entire day without telling a lie or saying anything misleading or dishonest. Is this possible?

2011 [05] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, the final film based on the wizard fantasy books, premieres in London UK on its way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie

2007 [09] “Live Earth: Concerts For a Climate In Crisis” take place in 11 locations on all 7 continents, featuring performances by over 150 musical acts (which emit about 7 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere)

2009 [07] Hundreds-of-thousands converge on LA’s Staples Center at a public memorial for Michael Jackson (millions more watch on TV and the Internet)

2005 [11] A series of 4 explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people, including 4 suicide bombers, and injuring over 700 others (known in UK as “7/7”)

2007 [09] The ‘New Seven Wonders Of the World’ are unveiled (Great Wall of China, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Mexico’s Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal, and Petra in Jordan)

2013 [03] Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the 1st Brit to win men’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships since Fred Perry in 1936

2015 [01] Climatologists from 5 leading universities announce that 163 of Bob Dylan’s 542 songs reference climate (almost a third) making him the musician most likely to mention the weather in his lyrics (The Beatles rank #2, with 48 of 308 songs)

[Fri] “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”; “The Secret Life of Pets” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Bald is In Day
[Sat] Body Painting Day
[Sun] Don’t Step On a Bee Day
[Sun] Piña Colada Day
This Week Is … Farriers Week
This Month Is … Hot Dog Month


Activities include …
• Jumping to conclusions.
• Going around in circles.
• Flying off the handle.
• Carrying things too far.
• Dodging responsibilities.
• Pushing your luck.

I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

Which is kept in a safety deposit box in NYC?
a. Marilyn Monroe’s toenails.
b. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs. [CORRECT]
c. Donald Trump’s heart.
– “QI”

☎ Finish this sentence … you know what ticks me off?

Question: The average household has 6 of THESE.
Answer: Refrigerator magnets.

To err is human. To admit it is not.

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