Monday, June 8, 2015        Edition: #5468

Sheet For Brains!

★ “Pong” and “Doom” are the first games to enter the ‘Video Game Hall of Fame’, chosen for their influence, longevity, reach, and iconic status. The project to find influential games that deserve to be inducted was begun in February by The Strong, the museum of toys located in Rochester NY. “Tetris”, “Super Mario Bros”, “Pac-Man”, and “World of Warcraft” have also been chosen to be part of a permanent exhibit of iconic games. Winners were whittled down from a list of 15 picked by an international panel of academics, journalists, and game experts. “Angry Birds” and “Minecraft” were nominated but didn’t make the final cut.
– BBC Technology
★ Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie want to buy a Greek island. They’re reportedly considering ponying up $4.7 million for the entire island of Gaia so their family can better enjoy private downtime. An insider says Angie fell in love with the place and at the relatively modest price they’ll have no problem building the vacation home of their dreams. The 43-acre island already has planning approval for up to 6 villas. That means Brangelina’s brood of 6 kids would finally be able to run around freely without worrying about paparazzi. The news follows reports that their home in New Orleans LA is now on the market for $6.5 million.
– “OK! Magazine”
★ Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen may have decided they wont be participating in John Stamos’ “Fuller House” on Netflix, but that doesn’t mean ‘Michelle Tanner’ will be forgotten. Participating cast member Jodie Sweetin, who played older sister ‘Stephanie’ on the original “Full House” TV series (1987-95), says the ‘Michelle’ character will still have “a presence” on the new show. Quote: “I love and support [Mary-Kate and Ashley], and I think we’re going to be just fine.” Sweetin also reveals that filming on the new series is set to begin next month.
– “Us Weekly”
★ And LA’s “ATX Television Festival” played host to a “Gilmore Girls” reunion of epic proportions Saturday night, with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, exec producer Daniel Palladino, and stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop et al reuniting to look back on the 2000-07 WB/CW series and where their careers have taken them since the show ended. Despite Patterson’s recent comments about a potential revival, Sherman-Palladino has burst that bubble by saying there’s nothing in the works at the moment. However, she says, “If it ever happened, I promise we’d do it correctly.”

• “Becoming Us” (ABC Family) – Debut of a new unscripted drama about Ben, a young fellow who is dealing with his father Charlie transitioning into ‘Carly’. Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, this show has more traction than it otherwise would have.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Milk Carton Kids (“Monterey”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Hiatus Kaiyote (“Tawk Tomahawk”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Børns (“Candy”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Palma Violets (“180”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Fall Out Boy (“American Beauty/American Psycho”).
• “Major Crimes” (TNT) – Oscar-nominee Mary McDonnell (“Dances with Wolves”) solves high-profile crimes in Los Angeles in the 4th season debut of “The Closer” spinoff.
• “Murder In the First” (Bravo) – Taye Diggs & Kathleen Robertson return as San Francisco police detectives. In the 2nd season debut, two students open fire on a school bus. This series follows the same crime through the entire season.
• “Odd Mom Out” (Bravo) – Author Jill Kargman stars as a satirical version of herself as she goes head-to-head with wealthy moms on NYC’s Upper East Side.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Faith Evans (“The King & I”). Rerun.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – Hopefuls in Detroit MI perform for the judges.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Alabama Shakes (“Sound & Color”).
• “Turn: Washington’s Spies” (AMC) – 2nd season finalé of the espionage series set during the US Revolutionary War.

• Ellie Goulding – The Brit singer is taking credit for playing matchmaker for DJ/producer Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift. She says she was excited to set up her longtime friend Harris with the 25-year-old singer as she thought they would be “brilliant together”.
• Janet Jackson – BMG, in partnership with her own Rhythm Nation Records, has confirmed it will release her 1st new album in 7 years. The as-yet-untitled project is due this Fall.
• Kanye West – He’s reportedly close to withdrawing his support from Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal, even through the two artists are long-time friends and collaborators. Word has it ‘Ye is considering releasing his upcoming album “Swish” via the new Apple streaming service.
• Kelly Clarkson – She says she’s planning on being pregnant by the end of the year. The “Heartbeat Song” singer already has 11-month-old daughter River with husband Brandon Blackstock and is hoping to try for another baby as soon as she finishes her upcoming tour.
• Lil Wayne – He’s expected to finally release the “Free Weezy Album” later this year. The first single, “Glory”, has debuted exclusively through Tidal. It’s also been announced that he’s joined the streaming service’s ownership group.
• One Direction – Former 1D singer Zayn Malik is reportedly in talks to tackle a stage role in the Old Vic Theatre’s “24 Hour Plays” series in London, during which writers and actors create plays which are put together and performed within a 24-hour period.
• Taylor Swift – She’s found a new way of frustrating paparazzi … walking backwards. She’s revealed on Tumblr she used the tactic when confronted by a photographer while walking in the woods. Quote: “I hiked the whole trail backwards and my security told me when to make turns.”
• A Thousand Horses – In its 21st week of release “Smoke” has finally arrived atop the ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart. It’s the band’s first #1 song.

Today Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service will apparently be revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in a move which could disrupt Spotify’s dominance of the sector. Rumors have circulated around the Californian tech giant’s move into streaming in the wake of its record-breaking $3.2-billion purchase of the audio equipment and streaming divisions of Beats Electronics last May. Now sources close to the matter are saying Apple is planning to officially unveil the new service, rumored to be called Apple Music, at WWDC. The service will reportedly work on a $10-per-month subscription model, with an extremely limited number of songs available to those opting not to pay. (Isn’t Songza, which is free, still the best one out there?)
– “Daily Telegraph”

YouTube’s new ‘Music Insight’ reveals some surprising facts about popular music artists. The analytics tool shows exactly where their videos are most often streamed. A few highlights …
✓ Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are at the top of the country music game but their main fan base is almost entirely in America, with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston their top 3 markets.
✓ Bruce Springsteen’s videos are more popular in London UK than NYC. The same is true of fellow New Jersey artist Bon Jovi.
✓ Coldplay have a lot of fans in Latin America. In fact, 6 of the top 10 markets where they are most popular are located there, with Mexico City topping the list.
✓ Ed Sheeran’s 3 biggest fan bases are the UK, the USA, and The Phillippines.
✓ Katy Perry is more popular in Mexico City than anywhere in the United States.
✓ Taylor Swift’s videos have been watched a staggering 3.3 billion times worldwide, but the new stats show she has more fans in Bangkok, Thailand than anywhere else.
This tool could be valuable in helping artists to plan tours targeting their most dedicated fans. (Could also help radio programmers select music.)
– BBC Entertainment & Arts

What’s being dubbed the ‘female Viagra’ may soon get marketing approval. A panel of experts is supporting the use of the drug ‘flibanserin’ to treat low sexual desire in women. During testing, women taking the drug have reported between 0.5 and 1 more sexually satisfying events per month, which researchers admit are very modest results but significant to those who have a clinical problem. The researchers also suggest that the drug carry warnings about possible strong side effects including fainting and tiredness. The final decision now moves to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has previously rejected the drug twice since 2010. (What brand name would you give the drug to make it appealing?)
– Sourced from “New York Times”

Japan is looking into installing toilets … in elevators. Officials from the country’s infrastructure ministry have proposed that temporary facilities plus emergency drinking water become a requirement in the aftermath of last week’s 7.8-magnitude undersea earthquake, which was felt across the country. In Tokyo alone, almost 20,000 elevators stopped after the quake, with 14 of them trapped between floors. In one case, passengers were stuck for over an hour before being rescued. During Japan’s devastating 2011 quake, some people were trapped in elevators for more than 9 hours. Japan is regularly shaken by minor earthquakes, but seismologists say it’s likely the capital will be hit by the ‘big one’ within the coming decades. (If stuck in an elevator, wouldn’t you rather have a fully stocked bar?)
– Kyodo News Agency

On October 24, 2003 the final flight of the Concorde Supersonic Transport came to an end, and with it, the promise that supersonic travel could transform the aviation industry. Now, more than a decade on, NASA is hoping to revive the dream of supersonic planes and has announced $2.3 million in funding to help make it a reality. The money will be spent on 8 different research projects that each aim to address technical challenges such as the impact of supersonic cruise aircraft in the stratosphere and noise reduction for the aircraft. (Soon you may be able to fly cross country against the time zones and arrive before you started!)
– Mail Online

• Chinese authorities consider the phrase ‘your mama’ too coarse for the Internet.
– “Bloomberg News”
• Iceland has the world’s happiest gay men.
– “Planet Romeo”
• Depression costs the United States an estimated $44 billion-a-year in lost wages.


1957 [58] Scott Adams, Windham NY, comic strip cartoonist (“Dilbert”)

1962 [53] Nick Rhodes, Birmingham UK, classic rock keyboardist (Duran Duran-“The Reflex”)

1966 [49] Julianna Margulies, Spring Valley NY, TV actress (‘Alicia Florrick’ on “The Good Wife” since 2009, “ER” 1994-2000)

1977 [38] Kanye West, Atlanta GA, rap artist/producer (“FourFiveSeconds”, “Bound 2”)

1984 [31] Torrey DeVitto, Huntington NY, TV actress (‘Melissa Hastings’ on “Pretty Little Liars” since 2010, “Army Wives” 2013, “The Vampire Diaries” 2012-13)

• “Best Friend Day”, a day to salute our BFFs for being there … when nobody else is.

• “Name Your Poison Day”. Let’s say you can have all you want of one bad-for-you thing for the rest of your life without any repercussions. Which would you pick?

• “World Brain Tumor Day”, a day of awareness of the malady that’s killed off almost as many soap opera stars as heart attacks.

• “World Oceans Day”, a UN observance to honor our oceans, their marine life, and their  sea-lanes that enable international trade.

2009 [06] NYC’s legendary Apollo Theatre celebrates its 75th anniversary with a concert featuring, among others, The O’Jays and Patti Labelle

2008 [07] “Rolling Stone” publishes the ‘Top 50 Guitar Songs of All-Time’ (top 5, in order, are “Johnny B Goode”, “Purple Haze”, “Crossroads”, “You Really Got Me”, and “Brown Sugar”)

1966 [49] NFL and AFL football leagues announce their merger

2014 [01] World’s oldest man, Alexander Imich, passes away at age 111 in NYC (Japan’s  Sakari Momoi now has the title at 112; oldest woman is Jeralean Talley of Inkster MI at 116)

[Tues] Donald Duck Day
[Tues] World Pet Memorial Day
[Wed] CMT Music Awards (Nashville TN)
[Wed] Iced Tea Day
[Thurs] CMA Music Festival begins (Nashville TN)
[Thurs] Bonnaroo festival begins (Manchester TN)
[Thurs] Isle of Wight Festival begins (UK)

Automotive Service Professionals Week / Bed Bug Awareness Week / Body Piercing Week / Business Etiquette Week / End Mountaintop Removal Week / Headache Awareness Week / International Clothesline Week / Pet Appreciation Week / Rip Current Awareness Week


Highlight bits culled from 22 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
Contestant has 5 seconds to name 5 items in each category . . .
• 5 brands of shampoo
• 5 brands of pain relievers
• 5 songs by [recording artist]
• 5 dead rock [or country] stars
• 5 parts of a car engine
– First published in “BS” 1999.

You run down the list rapid-fire while your contestant decides whether each is the name of a thoroughbred racehorse or an odd listing from “The 100 Worst XXX Movie Titles” …
• Red Hot Cho Chos [Movie]
• Pan a Ram a Way [Horse]
• Airtight Granny [Movie]
• Beeping Miss Buffy  [Movie]
• Love His Knickers [Horse]
• Sexinonsense [Horse]
• The Price Is Right [Movie]
• The Fat, the Bald & the Ugly [Movie]
• Bumpin’ Donuts [Movie]
• Sandwich of Love [Movie]
• Kiss My Mark [Horse]
• American Pharaoh [Horse, who’s just won the 2015 Triple Crown.]
– First published in “BS” 2005.

Gargling is a good way to see if your throat leaks.

☎ Did you ever have a phone number that (accidentally) spelled something?

Question: The average age for someone to buy their first one of THESE is 41.
Answer: Motorcycle.

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

David Ashbaugh @ Q101 [CKMQ] Merritt BC; Rita Ballou @ Austin’s Country Alternative KOKE, Austin TX; Jim Stratford @ Rock 97.7 [CFGP] Grande Prairie AB; and Stephen Bishop @ Hot 91.9 Johannesburg, South Africa.

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