Thursday, June 12, 2014                 Edition: #5239

100% Grade A Bull!

★ 27-year-old “Glee” star Lea Michele was left heartbroken when her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith was found dead of a drug overdose in a Vancouver hotel room last year. But now she’s reportedly moving on, having dated Matthew Paetz for several months, who describes himself as a lifestyle and dating coach. The twosome met while shooting the video for Michele’s song “On My Way”.
★ 39-year-old comedian-TV personality Chelsea Handler says she’s quitting her E! talk show “Chelsea Lately” in August because she’s tired of having to discuss celebrities like the Kardashians. Quote: “To be quite honest I don’t really care about Justin Bieber and I don’t want to talk about him anymore. In order to make that happen I had to just stop doing my show.’‘ She says she’s looking for people to ‘educate’ her about her as yet undetermined next venture.
– Bang Showbiz
★ And Kit Harington’s hair has its ‘own contract’. The “Game of Thrones” star says he’d love to cut his long locks but is banned from doing so without permission from the hit HBO program. The 27-year-old actor admits he gets tired of ‘ridiculous’ negotiations between agents, managers, and HBO execs every time he needs to have his hair trimmed.

• Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester TN) – The annual 4-day mega-fest gets underway with more than 125 bands and 20 comedians scheduled to perform on 13 stages. The diverse music lineup includes: Arctic Monkeys, Avett Bros, Elton John, Jack White, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and many others. This year’s event also features ‘SuperJam’ sessions with a variety of artists collaborating.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Justin Timberlake (“The 20/20 Experience”). Rerun.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Sam Roberts (“Lo-Fantasy”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Nico & Vinz (“The Magic Soup & The Bittersweet Faces”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – LP (“Into The Wild – Live at EastWest Studios”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – First Aid Kit (“Stay Gold”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Martina McBride (“Everlasting”).
• Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala (NYC) – Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds receives the ‘Hal David Starlight Award’, which honors young songwriters who’ve made an impact in the music biz.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Kacey Musgraves (“Same Trailer Different Park”).

• Eminem – He’s become the 1st music artist to earn two ‘Digital Diamond Awards’ from the RIAA, signifying 10 million single song sales and streams. “Not Afraid” just earned that status, joining “Love the Way You Lie” f/Rihanna.
• Kanye West – He & new wife Kim Kardashian have jetted off to Mexico to enjoy a second ‘official’ honeymoon following their wedding in Italy last month. They’ve been staying in a private residence in the beachfront town of Punta Mita. Their daughter North turns 1 on Sunday.
• Morrissey – The former Smiths frontman has cancelled the remainder of his US tour after collapsing and being hospitalized in Boston MA with acute fever. Last year he also cancelled a string of US dates after suffering a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and double pneumonia.
• Nicki Minaj – She has just dropped the official video for “Pills N Potions”, which features a cameo appearance from The Game. “Pills N Potions”, produced by Dr Luke, is the first track from her upcoming studio album, “The Pink Print”, due later this year.
• Spice Girls – Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” may be dunzo stateside but the UK version is still alive, with auditions set to begin next Monday. Former ‘Scary Spice’, Melanie Brown, has just been unveiled as a new judge, joining Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Cheryl Cole on the panel.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Grimsby” – This upcoming spy spoof starring Sacha Baron Cohen has now added “Hercules” actor Ian McShane, “Homeland’s” David Harewood, and “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe to the cast. The story centers on a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who’s forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Baron Cohen.
• “Hail Caesar” – Josh Brolin has now joined the cast of this new Coen Bros film starring George Clooney as 1950s Hollywood fixer ‘Eddie Mannix’, whose job is to keep a movie studio’s stars in line. Brolin last worked with the Coens on 2007’s “No Country for Old Men”. No schedule for production or theater release has yet been announced.
• “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” – Former “America’s Top Model” contestant Yaya DaCosta has been cast as the late Whitney Houston in this upcoming Lifetime TV-movie biopic. The project is being directed by Angela Bassett, who was Houston’s co-star in the 1995 movie “Waiting to Exhale”.
• “Joy” – 23-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence has signed on for her 3rd project with director David O Russell, after previously starring in his films “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”. The new movie is the rags-to-riches tale of a single mom of 3 who becomes a multi-millionaire after inventing the ‘Miracle Mop’, and then hawking it on shopping network QVC.
• “The Stand” – Stephen King’s 1978 novel is being developed for the bigscreen as a 3-hour, R-rated epic with ‘an amazing A-list cast’, according to “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone, who’s set to helm the project. In 1994, Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe starred in an Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries based on the book.

These dads likely won’t be getting any Fathers Day cards this Sunday …
✗ Assassin Bug – This pop’s job is to protect eggs until they hatch. His tactic involves eating the eggs on the outside edges of the brood, which are most likely to fall victim to parasitic wasps.
✗ Bass – After most of his newborns have swum away and a few stragglers remain, the daddy bass swallows them up as a reward to himself for helping the strong ones stay alive.
✗ Grizzly Bears – These baby-daddies are opportunistic hunters, willing to kill and eat anything that happens to enter their home turf … even their own cubs.
✗ Lions – Papa lions spend most of their day lying in the shade, waiting for one of their wives to bring home dinner. The female does all of the hunting and pretty much all of the parenting.
✗ Sand Goby – This pop snacks on the largest of his mate’s eggs because they take the longest to develop. Why? So he can get out of playing papa and get back to mating ASAP.
– Adapted from

Who said water slides were just for humans? Dog lover Federico Cano has created the Resort Canino Can Jane just outside Barcelona, Spain to offer fun and relief from Summer heat for pet poochies. The resort includes a purpose-built canine swimming pool, complete with fountains, slides, and extra-tough inflatable toys. The pool is especially designed to be the right depth for dogs of all shapes and sizes by offering gradually sloped sides for easy entry. One problem that owners will find at the resort, according to Cano, is getting their dogs out of the water. Quote: “They really burn off a lot of energy coming here. I can guarantee that [your dog] will sleep for the next 2 days.” (Is there a spa for pampered pooches as well?)

Fathers Day gifts that are frugal yet inspired and cover the ‘3 Bs’, things most father’s love …
• Baseball – Going to a real game can be extremely expensive, so grab a couple of gloves and a ball and ask your dad to play catch with you … just like the two of you did years ago.
• BBQ – Gather together some ingredients and invite dad into the kitchen where the 2 of you can spend the next couple of hours making a variety of BBQ sauces, rubs, and seasonings.
• Beer– For a unique twist, take dad to a homebrew shop and make the inaugural batch of a new family ale … complete with personalized labels.
– Sourced from

Gao Bingguo, a 54-year-old beekeeper from China’s Shandong Province, has been raising bees for more than 34 years so there’s probably no one better prepared to set a new record for ‘Most Bees Covering a Human’. In total, he’s managed to survive being covered with 326,000 bees weighing a total of 33 kg (67 lbs), a process that took 2-and-a-half hours. And it wasn’t a painless experience … Gao believes he was stung approximately 2,000 times.

Fair-haired soccer players are 15% more likely to score in a penalty shootout than dark-haired players. (In related news, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone blond.)
– “The Times”


1924 [90] George HW Bush, Milton MA, 41st US President (1989-93)/Dubya’s dad or ‘Bush 41’

1941 [73] Marv Albert (Aufrichtig), Brooklyn NY, longtime TV sportscaster (CBS, TNT)

1977 [37] Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Brobst), Shreveport LA, blues-rock guitarist-singer-songwriter (“Alive”, “Blue on Black”)

1979 [35] Robyn (Carlsson), Stockholm, Sweden, pop singer (“Dancing on My Own”, “With Every Heartbeat”)

1985 [29] Kendra Wilkinson, San Diego CA, reality TV personality (“Kendra on Top” since 2012, “Kendra” 2009-11, “The Girls Next Door” 2004-09)

1985 [29] Chris Young, Murfreesboro TN, country singer (“Who I Am with You”, “Tomorrow”)

• “Automotive Service Professionals Day”, begun in 2005 by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to salute auto mechanics and others involved in the maintenance of vehicles. (An attempt to reverse the image of one of the least respected professions?)

• “Career Nursing Assistants Day”, the first day of the 37th annual “National Nursing Assistants Week”, which recognizes nursing assistants who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of patients in nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

• “Crowded Nest Awareness Day”, recognizing the condition ‘Crowded Nest Syndrome’, the series of problems that occur when children who’ve moved out of the house move back in for either financial or emotional reasons.

• “FIFA World Cup”, the world’s largest sporting event, gets underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s the first time a South American country has hosted. A few highlights …
– Brazil is crazy for ‘futebol’, and with good reason … their national team has the most World Cup championships (5) and is favored to win the 2014 tourney.
– A paralyzed volunteer from the Walk Again Project opens the tournament with a ceremonial kick made possible by a robotic exoskeleton that will move the user’s limbs, taking commands directly from brain waves.
– A pear-shaped plastic percussion piece called the ‘caxirola’ is the musical instrument of choice for the 2014 World Cup. It emits a gentle rattle sound that’s similar to rain sticks rather than a loud buzz like the ‘vuvuzela’ plastic horns during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

• “Jerky Day”, the 3rd annual observance celebrating the rich history, immense popularity, and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. In one poll, men picked jerky as ‘Best Road Snack’.

• “Peanut Butter Cookie Day”, a good time to dig out Grandma’s famous recipe and bake up a dozen. Though peanut butter has been around since the time of the Aztecs, peanut butter cookies did not become a favorite until the early 1900s.

• “Red Rose Day”, an annual celebration of the most popular cut flower. Also one of the most expensive!

• “Superman Celebration”, the annual festival weekend of ‘super’ events in Metropolis, Illinois.

• “World Day Against Child Labor”, an International Labor Organization-sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 to foster the worldwide movement against child labor in any of its forms.

1984 [30] Die-hard LA Lakers fan, actor Jack Nicholson, moons a group of Celtics supporters during an NBA basketball playoff game at the Boston Garden

1994 [20] Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles (OJ Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but held liable in a wrongful death civil suit)

1994 [20] Boeing 777, world’s largest ‘twinjet’ (powered by 2 engines), makes its initial flight (seating capacity for up to 451 passengers)

2007 [07] Town of Delcambre, Louisiana approves an ordinance setting a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $500-fine for being caught … in saggy pants

1979 [35] Kevin St Onge throws a single playing card a record 185 feet/56 meters (must have been some wind!)

[Fri] Friday the 13th
[Fri] “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; “22 Jump Street” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Missing Mutts Awareness Day
[Sat] World Blood Donor Day
[Sun] Fathers Day
[Sun] 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards (Toronto ON)
[Sun] “Game of Thrones” Season 4 finalé (HBO)
This Week Is … Credit Awareness Week
This Month Is … Dairy Alternative Month


• ‘BBQ Sword’ … $27.59
• ‘Brass Knuckles Beer Can Koozie’ … $9.99
• ‘Camo Golf Balls’ … $13.99
• ‘Dashboard Pole Dancer Jody’ … $10.99
• ‘Duct Tape Mug’ … $16.99
• ‘Giant Inflatable Rubber Duck’ … $299.00
• ‘Guitar-Shaped BBQ Spatula’ … $11.99
• ‘Horse Meat Apron’ … $15.99
• ‘Inflatable Beer Bucket’ … $21.99
• ‘Inflatable Toupée’ … $5.99

☎ Who is the greatest athlete of all-time? On our shortlist: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Bo Jackson, Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe, Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky.

Marriage is like a phone call in the middle of the night. First comes the ring, then you wake up.

Question: On average, parents tell their kids to do THIS 15 times per month.
Answer: “Tie up your shoe.”

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

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