Monday, June 1, 2015        Edition: #5463

Sheeters Always Prosper!

★ Michael Jackson’s 2,800-acre ‘Neverland’ ranch – once home to a zoo, an amusement park, and its own fire station – has gone up for sale with a price tag of $100 million. Jackson bought the Santa Barbara CA property in 1987 for $19.5 million but struggled to pay for it, until an investment company stepped in to help save it from auction. The property is now called ‘Sycamore Valley Ranch’ and has undergone extensive redevelopment since Jackson’s death in 2009. Anyone wanting to view the property is being subjected to ‘extensive pre-qualification’.
– “Wall Street Journal”
★ The cast & creators of TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) have created a $4-million scholarship for future scientists. The program, which documents the achievements and obsessions of 4 science nerds, has just finished its 8th season. Although the sitcom is partly set at California’s Caltech, the fund sponsors studies in science, technology, engineering, and maths at rival UCLA. The endowment is the university’s 1st to be created by a TV series. Its first 20 scholars are being announced on the “Big Bang Theory” set this Autumn. Afterward, the scholarship will support 5 students each year.
★ A new book on 1940s-50s singing sensation Frank Sinatra is on the way. Produced with the participation of the Sinatra family and drawing upon their vast personal archives, “Sinatra 100” will feature 400+ photos, half of which that have never been seen by fans. According to the book’s author, Charles Pignone, there are no current artists that are capable of duplicating Sinatra’s extraordinary career. The tome will be published by Thames & Hudson later this year.
★ And  ‘Pussy Galore’ is back! Late author Ian Fleming’s famous leading lady is being reunited with ‘007’ in Anthony Horowitz’s new official ‘James Bond’ novel, titled “Trigger Mortis”. The new spy adventure begins in 1957, two weeks after the end of Fleming’s original novel “Goldfinger”. As well as ‘Galore’ (played by Honor Blackman in 1964’s “Goldfinger” film), the new book features a new ‘Bond’ girl called ‘Jeopardy Lane’; and ‘Jai Seung Sin’, described as a sadistic, scheming Korean adversary. “Trigger Mortis” is being published by Orion on September 8th.

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Courtney Barnett (“Sometimes I Sit & Think, Sometimes I Just Sit”).
• “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) – A 3rd season of this soapy series about Beverly Hills maids for the rich and famous premieres.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Imagine Dragons (“Smoke & Mirrors”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Hozier (“From Eden”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Waters (“What’s Real”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Noel Gallagher (“Chasing Yesterday”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Jon Theodore (Queens Of the Stone Age).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Mary Mary (“Go Get It”). Rerun.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Jason Derulo (“Everything Is 4”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – Paul Abdul & Jason Derulo join as judges as Season 12 of the dance competition begins with auditions in Dallas TX and Memphis TN.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ed Sheeran (“x”).
• “UnReal” (Lifetime/Slice/Showcase) – Debut of a new scripted drama that goes behind-the-scenes of a reality TV dating competition called “Everlasting”. A show about a show.
• “The Whispers” (ABC) – Premiere of a creepy new drama series about a mysterious something-or-other called ‘Drill’ who makes very bad suggestions to impressionable youngsters. Lily Rabe plays the psychologist who must sort all this out.

• The Bee Gees – A ‘lost’ Robin Gibb album is released today, 45 years after it was recorded. “Sing Slowly Sisters” was recorded in 1969-70 and existed on bootlegs only. The remastered version is titled “Saved By The Bell – The Collected Works of Robin Gibb: 1969-70”.
• Beyoncé – Much of her iconic 2008 “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” choreography was lifted from old Bob Fosse routines.
• Echosmith – Frontwoman Sydney Sierota has landed a modeling contract with top agency Wilhelmina Models. The 18-year-old joins a star-studded roster of multi-talented artists at Wilhelmina, including Nick Jonas, “Boyhood’s” Ellar Coltrane, and Coco Rocha.
• Jason Derulo – His new album “Everything Is 4” is out tomorrow. The 25-year-old tells “Daily Mirror” he often gets approached by ‘cougars’ who attempt to seduce him by singing the lyrics to his hit w/Snoop Dogg, “Wiggle”. Derulo doesn’t mind; in fact, he thinks it’s ”awesome”.
• Little Big Town – They’re once again atop the ‘Billboard Hot Country Songs’ chart this week with “Girl Crush”.
• Miranda Lambert – After a radio consultant’s comments last week about putting fewer female singers on country radio, she’s tweeted one simple message: “I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.”
• Taylor Swift – Her light-up concert wristbands are being credited with saving lives. After her gig in Baton Rouge LA, 3 girls were trapped in a smashed-up car after the one driving fell asleep. But their bracelets that flash in time to music eventually caught the attention of a woman driving by, who helped them out of the car and called for medical assistance.

Chinese electronics giant Lenovo has unveiled its new  ‘Smart Cast’ phone with a built-in laser projector that can be used to display a virtual keyboard for typing or piano keys for playing music. A kickstand mounted on the back of the phone keeps the device upright while the virtual keyboard is in use. The phone’s laser projector can also be used to beam images and videos onto walls. Adjusting the device’s lens can then turn it from a standard wall projector into ‘surface mode’, in which it beams the display onto a tabletop. (Cool, now you can watch “Orange Is the New Black” … on the side of your house.)
– BBC Technology

Brit music promoter Harvey Goldsmith says the biggest problem facing the recording biz today is the inability to produce enough vinyl records. It seems there just aren’t a sufficient number of pressing plants left to keep up with the demand, nor crafters who actually know how to make vinyl LPs. Sales of vinyl records have gone up 100-fold in the last 2 years, and risen almost 70% this year alone. Recent releases from Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Pink Floyd, and Royal Blood are among those fueling the demand. Nowadays if an artist wants to produce a vinyl version of their new project, they have to wait in line 4-to-6 months before a factory can schedule production. (Think vinyl’s back for good or just a passing fad?)
– “Daily Telegraph”

✓ Making out at the top of a Ferris wheel.
✓ Buying a guide – or downloading an app – and going on a stargazing date.
✓ Watching the sunset from the hood of a car.
✓ Having a candlelit outdoor dinner.
✓ Writing initials in the sand.
✓ Renting a convertible.
✓ Dancing outside in a rain-shower.
✓ People-watching in a park, and making up stories for each couple spotted.
✓ Making a bet about the outcome of a round of mini-golf.
✓ Flying a kite.
✓ Running under a water sprinkler to cool off on a hot day.
✓ Skinny-dipping.
– Adapted from “Glamour” magazine

Developers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine hope their new app can transform eyecare for millions of people in remote parts of the world. The ‘Portable Eye Examination Kit’ (PEEK) uses the phone’s camera to scan the lens of the eye for cataracts. It uses the camera’s flash to illuminate the back of the eye to check for disease. And its ‘Acuity App’ uses a shrinking letter that appears onscreen as a basic vision test. The first clinical tests in Kenya show the vision test gives equivalent results to traditional eye charts. It’s also relatively cheap, costing less than $500 compared to bulky eye exam equipment that can run $150,000+. (All well and good but what we wanna know is … can we get an app to replace a colonoscopy?)
– BBC Science & Technology

According to a new study the worst times to drink coffee are 8-9 am, 12-1 pm, and 5:30-6:30 pm. The best time is said to be an hour after waking up, regardless of the time.

“If the #1 song is about your butt, that’s a problem.”
– Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl


1937 [78] Morgan Freeman, Memphis TN, movie actor (“The Dark Knight Rises”, Academy Award-“Million Dollar Baby”)/advertising pitch-voice (VISA)

1947 [68] Ronnie Wood, Hillingdon UK, classic rock guitarist (Rolling Stones since 1975, The Faces 1970-73, Jeff Beck Group 1968-70)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1989)

1953 [62] Ronnie Dunn, Coleman TX, country singer (Brooks & Dunn-“Red Dirt Road”)  BS FACTOID: A new residency, “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas”, opens June 17th at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

1973 [42] Heidi Klum [‘kloom’], Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, fashion model/TV personality (“America’s Got Talent” since 2013, “Project Runway” since 2004)

1974 [41] Alanis Morissette, Ottawa ON, pop singer (“You Oughta Know”, “Hand in My Pocket”)/her “Jagged Little Pill” album (1995) sold over 33 million units worldwide

2000 [15] Willow Shields, Albuquerque NM, movie actress (‘Primrose Everdeen’ in “The Hunger Games” movies)

• “Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Hurricane Season” begins and continues through November 30th. Forecasters predict the 2015 season will be relatively tame, with 6-to-11 tropical storms, 3-to-6 of which could become hurricanes. At least 2 could reach Category 3 or higher. This year’s first 5 storms are named ‘Ana’ (already happened), ‘Bill’, ‘Claudette’, ‘Danny’, and ‘Erika’.

• “Dare Day”, a day to do something that you have been wanting to do but couldn’t get up the courage to try.

• “Flip a Coin Day”, a day of easy decision making. Just flip and follow the results.

• “Global Day of Parents”, a UN observance since 2012 to honor all parents throughout the world and appreciate their selfless commitment to their children.

• “Go Barefoot Day”, a day to enjoy the comforts and pleasant sensations of shedding footwear. Why? Because it feels great! The members of the ‘Society For Barefoot Living’ believe you should go barefoot all the time.

• “Heimlich Maneuver Day”, honoring the ‘abdominal thrust’ method of stopping choking, first described by Dr Henry Heimlich in a June 1974 article in the journal “Emergency Medicine”. Dr Edward Patrick, a Heimlich associate, claims to be the procedure’s uncredited co-developer.

• “Leave the Office Early Day”, a day for pros to work harder, finish quicker, and get home early to spend more time with their families.

• “Say Something Nice Day”, a day to thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. Remember, if you can’t say something nice … mum’s the word!

• “World Milk Day”, initiated by the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization in 2001 to focus attention on milk and the milk industry. (Humans are the only species that drinks another animal’s milk.)

2009 [06] Conan O’Brien debuts as host of NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” (steps down after 7 months due to a dispute with the network … and a $33-million payoff)

2012 [03] Madonna begins her “MDNA Tour” in Tel Aviv, Israel, the first of more than 65 cities she will perform in worldwide

1980 [35] CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour TV news network, makes its debut by signing on at 6 pm ET from its Atlanta, Georgia HQ

2002 [13] 16 skydivers set a new world record by jumping simultaneously from a hot-air balloon 10,000 ft (3,048 m) over Peterborough, England and landing safely on 6,000 rolls of bathroom tissue (a publicity stunt)

[Tues] “Pretty Little Liars” season debut (ABC Family)
[Tues] Bubba Day
[Tues] Full ‘Strawberry’ Moon
[Tues] Yell Fudge at the Cobras in North America Day
[Wed] “Entourage” opens in movie theaters
[Wed] Running Day
This Week Is … Sun Safety Week
This Month Is … Men’s Health Education & Awareness Month


Highlight bits culled from 22 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• “Even though I scored 4 goals, it was really a TEAM effort.”
• “Rest assured, our players NEVER take painkiller injections.”
• “I don’t care if I am not scoring so long as the team is winning.”
• “My groin pull has absolutely NOTHING to do with our last team party.”
• “Honest coach, I only had 2 beers last night.”
• “Don’t worry, my roommate is a really heavy sleeper.”
• “That teenage blonde who’s been following me around is actually my NIECE.”
– First published in “BS” 1999.

• There’d be a ‘Rehearsal Dinner Kegger’ … until the cops showed up.
• Bridesmaids would wear matching blue jean cut-offs and crop-tops.
• Tuxes would have team logos on the back.
• Vows would mention ‘cooking’ and ‘sex’ specifically, but omit that ‘forsaking all others’ part.
• Two words: ‘Tailgate Receptions’.
• And oh yeah … BYOB.
– First published in “BS” 2000.

☎ What trends should never return? Everything comes around again, but that doesn’t mean it should. Fashion from the ’90s and early ’00s is coming back, but shouldn’t some things stay in the past? (Chunky belts, UGG boots, over-gelled hair, visible thong underwear, etc.)

So two Irishmen walk into a pub … hand in hand.

Question: 1-in-5 women surveyed say they’d rather walk on coals than do THIS.
Answer: Wear a swimsuit.

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.

Mark Buckles @ K105 [WKHG] Leitchfield KY; Titch Wild @ Link FM East London, South Africa; Desean Carter @ Internet Radio, Cleveland OH; Paul Brothers @ Global TV [CIHF] Halifax NS; Nicolaas van der Walt @ Lucky Radio, Johannesburg, South Africa; Jessie David @ Kitchener ON; and Tony Murrell @ Rise FM Mombela-Mpumalaga, South Africa.

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