Monday, June 12, 2017             Edition: #5994

100% Grade A Bull!

★ Adam West, who became famous for his poker-faced portrayal of Batman in the campy 1960s TV series, died on Friday after a battle with leukemia. He was 88.   Some facts:
• He was born William West Anderson in Seattle on Sept. 19, 1928. His father, Otto, was a wheat farmer; his mother, Audrey, was a pianist and opera singer.
• On the big screen, West played a wealthy husband who meets an early end in Paul Newman’s The Young Philadelphians (1959), was one of the first two humans on the Red Planet in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and contributed his velvety voice to the animated Redux Riding Hood (1997).
• West said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you.”
• After struggling for years without a steady job, West reached a new level of fame when he accepted an offer to voice the mayor of Quahog — named Adam West (how’s that for a coincidence?), on the long-running animated hit ‘Family Guy’.
• He returned to voice his iconic character in such cartoons as ‘The New Adventures of Batman’, ‘Legends of the Superheroes’, ‘SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show’ and ‘The Simpsons’, and the long-awaited DVD release of ABC’s ‘Batman’ in 2014 brought him back into the Bat Signal’s spotlight.
• The 2013 documentary ‘Starring Adam West’ culminates with him receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
• According to his family, West always saw himself as ‘The Bright Knight’ and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives.
(Holy classy guy, Batman!  We should all be as smart as West and be ‘in’ on the joke when others are having fun with us!)
-Hollywood Reporter
★ Sandra Bullock has obtained a restraining order against a man who broke into her Los Angeles home in 2014 amid concerns he was planning to sexually assault the actress.  Joshua Corbett was arrested after Bullock hid in her closet and called police. He was charged with felony residential burglary, stalking, and possession of a machine gun.
★ Amanda Bynes says that she’s been sober for three years. In an interview, Bynes says she misses acting and hopes to return to the small screen very soon. Amanda’s last acting gig was in Emma Stone’s 2010 teen drama Easy A.
★ Nick Gordon,  Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend who was found legally responsible for her death — has been arrested for domestic violence and kidnapping his current girlfriend.  Gordon was taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Sanford, Florida. He’s facing 2 charges — domestic violence battery and kidnapping/false imprisonment of an adult.
★ Good and bad news for fans of the ’24’ franchise.  ’24: Legacy’ has been cancelled following its debut season.  The good news?  Producers Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer are now reportedly in talks at FOX to reboot the ’24’ franchise once more.
(Paging Kiefer Sutherland…Mr. Sutherland…we need you!)
★ Zac Efron says he is proud that one of his best party tricks is to blow spit bubbles with his tongue.  The ‘Baywatch’ actor says that he has a ”pretty unique talent” that he is happy to show off at parties.  In an offbeat interview, Efron also revealed that he likes staying in hotels because he can steal things, and is particularly fond of the complementary footwear he finds in his suites. Quote: ”What have I not stolen from a hotel?”
(I always suspected that most women would sit and watch Zach do anything…and here is proof!)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Demi Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Nathaniel Rateliff, Charles Berry Jr. & Charles Berry III
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Uzo Aduba, T.J. Miller, Oliver Stone
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Brett Eldredge, Eric Moore
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Salma Hayek, Sofia Coppola
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Ludacris, the Menzingers, Troian Bellisario ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Roxane Gay
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Kurt Braunohler
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Will Arnett, Rory Scovel, Luis Fonsi
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Craig Conover, Bobby Moynihan
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Trevor Noah, Adam Glassman
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ginnifer Goodwin, Ellen K
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ethan Hawke, Tituss Burgess
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jamie Foxx, Connie Britton ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Jackie Miranne, Ellie Lee
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Al Roker, Ryan Seacrest, Tate Donovan ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Saniyya Sidney, guest co-host Kandi Burruss ( R )
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX): “Los Angeles Auditions No. 1” Hopefuls perform for the judges, vying for a place in the callback rounds.
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): “Los Angeles Qualifiers”  In the first qualifying round from Los Angeles, competitors must tackle six obstacles.
• “2017 NBA Finals” (ABC, SN): The Warriors host Cleveland in game 5.  Golden State leads the series 3-1.

• Katy Perry – did a 24/7 ‘livestream’ of her life from Thursday-Sunday as promotion for her new ‘Witness’ album.   It showed her doing everything from yoga, to sleeping, to more seriously breaking down during a session with a therapist.  She spoke with the therapist about everything from her difficult relationship with her parents to her past battles with alcoholism.  At one point, she admitted to thoughts of suicide in the past.  She said that she wrote a song about those thoughts and then felt ashamed.  Perry told her therapist: “You can be right or you can be loved. I just want to be loved.”
• The Backstreet Boys – have extended their Las Vegas residency. The group are also hoping to drop some new music later this year following by a world tour.
• Alice Cooper – is streaming ‘Paranoiac Personality’, the lead single to his forthcoming album, “Paranormal” due July 28.  The project includes guest appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.
• Bryan Adams – will receive the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award alongside songwriting partner Jim Vallance.  The pair are described by the performance rights organization as “Canada’s greatest songwriting duo of the last 30 years.”  It will be handed out June19.
• Randy Travis – The Texas Supreme Court won’t block the release of video footage from the night of his 2012 DWI arrest. The court declined the Travis’ appeal of a prior ruling that said the video should be made public.
• Florida Georgia Line – and Jason Derulo will team up with Hank Williams Jr. on a new version of ‘All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Monday Night’ for the 2017 season on ESPN.
• Gretchen Wilson – Her new record ‘Ready to Get Rowdy’ will hit the streets on Friday.  Kid Rock guests on one song. It’s her first new album in 3 years.

It’s the most mysterious signal ever received from space – a weird radio burst which some have claimed is proof of alien life.  But now a scientist believes he has cracked the mystery of the strange signal which arrived just before midnight on August 15, 1977.  The weird signal lasted 72 seconds, and inspired a scientist who was tracking the data to write, ‘Wow!’  The transmission became known as the ‘Wow’ signal.  But now, Professor Antonio Paris says that the signal WASN’T made by aliens – but was created by two comets passing Earth.  The Professor believes the signal was created by a comet with a large hydrogen cloud surrounding it – and to ‘prove’ his hypothesis, pointed a telescope at a comet this year.  He found strong signals of the same type as the ‘Wow’ signal – and believes that even if comet 266P (which was in the right area) isn’t responsible, another comet might be.
(Well THAT’s no fun.)
(The conspiracy theorists will tell you that he was forced to say that….)

A handy Aussie slang translation guide:
✓Fair Dinkum! – Honest
✓Aw, what are ya?– Don’t you think that was a rather silly thing to do/say?
✓’Rrrreckon – I concur
✓Bonza – Attractive
✓’Avago yamug! – Stop stalling and just do it.
✓Strike me pink! – Gosh
✓Slab – 24-pack of beer
✓Dog’s breakfast – Complete and utter chaos
✓Not bad – Absolutely terrific
✓Pretty ordinary – Absolutely terrible
✓No worries – a) You’re Welcome
b) I can do that
c) This situation is easily resolved

After decades of being referred to as ‘uncoolest’ accessory, it appears that the lowly fanny pack might be poised for a comeback.  That’s right, a number of Hollywood stars have made it the ‘must-have’ of the moment.  Really. The coolness factor of the bag has risen over the past few years with Kendall Jenner and rapper A$AP Rocky proudly sporting them.  Leonardo DiCaprio was seen with one on a trip to Thailand.  Sofia Richie wears hers hiking and Kourtney Kardashian has a few Chanel versions herself. And that is the key.  The 2017 fanny pack isn’t like the one you bought at the tacky tourist trap when you were fresh off the plane to Florida.  Today’s have STYLE.  And a nameplate.  Expect to pay anywhere from $30 at Urban Outfitters to $500 at Alexander Wan Gio.  Oh, and one more thing.  Don’t call them that. Today’s style mavens refer to them as ‘belt bags’.
(No, actually, I DON’T expect to pay $500 for a fanny pack…)
(I think these celebs are being paid to wear them.  But you couldn’t pay me!)

Which foods work best at specific times of the day? Here’s what to eat, when, if you are eating to lose weight, according to the experts:
○ Breakfast: Oatmeal, greek yogurt. Think protein.  A healthy breakfast containing protein-rich foods can be a simple strategy for people to stay satisfied longer and be less prone to snack. (Yup, that’ll do me at least until I’ve brushed my teeth!)
○ 10am snack: Broccoli or carrots with low-fat yogurt dip, or apple slices with peanut butter. Choose foods that require chewing, therefore taking a bit of time to eat, and pair them with a good source of protein. (Broccoli at 10am?  I’ll wait ‘til lunch, thanks!)
○ Lunch: Salmon sandwich with veggie sticks.  Cook extra protein at dinnertime the night before, such as tofu, chicken or another lean meat or fish.  (Can I deep-fry that?)
○ 4pm snack: Banana, low-fat yogurt or chocolate milk, or almonds and a piece of fruit. Be sure to have some type of protein or healthy fat, as this will sustain you longer than a carbohydrate on its own. Have a snack three to four hours after lunch. Often we can’t tell that our blood sugar is dropping.  You don’t want to suddenly crash and reach for donuts or chips. ( Leave them for me!)
○ Dinner: Baked chicken or fish with rice and ratatouille. This is a good example of covering the food groups with something that is colorful and satisfying.  One quarter of your plate should be lean protein; one quarter whole grains; and one half veggies or salad.  (Isn’t Ratatouille a rat?)
○ Bedtime snack:  Apple slices sprinkled with a little cinnamon or a glass of milk with a plain arrowroot cookie.  Eat something light, but remember breakfast is not that far off.  You’ll want to be hungry for it.  (Yesssss!  I can eat cookies to lose weight!)


1924 [93] George HW Bush, Milton MA, 41st US President (1989-93)  BS FACTOID: He celebrated his 80th birthday by … skydiving.

1979 [38] Robyn (Carlsson), Stockholm, Sweden, pop singer (“Indestructible”, “Dancing on My Own”)

1981 [36] Adriana Lima, Salvador, Brazil, fashion model (“Elle”, “GQ”, “Vogue”)/estimated earnings of $10.5 million in 2016, world’s 2nd highest paid model

1985 [32] Chris Young, Murfreesboro TN, country singer (“I’m Comin’ Over”, “Tomorrow”)

1985 [32] Kendra Wilkinson, San Diego, CA, reality star (former playboy playmate and star of “Girls Next Door” and “Kendra”)

• “Automotive Service Professionals Day”, begun in 2005 by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to salute auto mechanics and others involved in vehicle maintenance. (We salute you.  Now call me some time with some GOOD news!)
• “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.
• “Jerky Day”, the 4th annual observance celebrating the rich history, immense popularity, and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. In one poll, men pick jerky as ‘Best Road Snack’.
• “Peanut Butter Cookie Day”, a good time to dig out Grandma’s famous recipe and bake up a dozen. The treat first became a favorite in 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.

[Tues] Sewing Machine Day
[Tues] Weed Your Garden Day
[Tues] World Pet Memorial Day
[Wed] Family History Day
[Wed] Flag Day
[Wed] Strawberry Shortcake Day
This Week Is…Men’s Health Week
This Month Is…National Dairy Month

2003 [14] Movie actor Gregory Peck, star of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, dies at age 87

1997 [20] In the first ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

2007 [10] Delcambre, Louisiana approves an ordinance setting a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $500-fine for being caught … in saggy pants

2011 [06] Dallas Mavericks win their 1st NBA title, beating  Miami Heat 4 games to 2


• Disney makes twice as much money from their theme parks than what they make from their actual movies.
• Sales of rope went up 10% in New York’s Upper East Side after the book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey” came out.
• Stanley Kubrick had his secretary fill 500 pages with the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” for props in “The Shining.”
• 5,840 people in the United States have a last name that ends with their first name, with Donald MacDonald being the most common.
• There are 4,746 people in the U.S. with an identical first and last name, with Thomas Thomas the most common.
-Each button on an Xbox controller is designed to withstand 3 million presses.
-World of Weird

● ‘Angry Joe’s Saliva Jamboree’
● ‘Baby Kangaroo Steak House’
● ‘The Muzak Café’
● ‘Flatliners’
● ‘Cyber-Geek’s Food Emporium’
● ‘The School Lunch-A-Teria’
● ‘TGI Mondays’
● ‘Pukees’
● ‘The Office Vending Machine’
-First published in BS in 2015

☎ What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done while driving to work?

My rabbit broke a mirror but he didn’t have any bad luck because he has four rabbit’s feet.

Question: Only 25% of teens have one of these.  What is it?
A: A wristwatch (Adults: still above 50%)

It is easy to stand a pain, but difficult to stand an itch.

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