Wednesday, March 15, 2017– Edition: #5932

It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is now set to release her debut novel in October. The 24-year-old describes her book “Mirror, Mirror” as a “twisty coming-of-age” story about a group of 16-year-olds trying to navigate school and relationships. She’s proposing to start an online book club with fans, to give them a place to discuss about issues in the novel. Cara actually wrote “Mirror, Mirror” with the aid of professional novelist Rowan Coleman.
– “Evening Standard”
★ Actor-comedian James Corden has hinted that he may bring his late night TV show home to Britain. The 38-year-old has become a household name stateside thanks to CBS-TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, due in part to the hit bit ‘Carpool Karaoke’. Corden quote: “We do have some stuff planned this year … which might involve being in the UK.”
– “Radio Times”
★ And a spin-off of the CBS-TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” has officially been given the greenlight. Speculation about a program following the early life of ‘Sheldon Cooper’ (Jim Parsons) has been circulating for months, and now it’s officially confirmed that a new show will center on the theoretical physicist’s high school days in Texas. A full season is scheduled to air 2017-18, starring Iain Armitage as the young ‘Sheldon’.
– BangShowbiz.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Big Brother Canada” (Global) – Arisa Cox returns as host in the Season 5 debut.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band f/Jenny Lewis & Shaggy.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Strawberry Girls (“American Graffiti”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Andy Shauf (“The Party”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Pitbull (“Climate Change”, out Friday).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Khalid (“American Teen”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Highlights of the blind auditions and a sneak peek at upcoming battles.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• The Chainsmokers – They’ve revealed their upcoming debut album features a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. ”Memories … Do Not Open” is due April 7th.
• Ed Sheeran – His new album “÷” (or “Divide”) has easily hit #1 on the ‘Billboard 200’, with the largest debut week so far this year.
• Hanson – The “MMMBop”-ing brothers are embarking on a world tour for their 25th anniversary as a band. The “Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour” kicks off May 21st at The Hop Jam Beer & Music Festival in Tulsa OK.
• Jason Aldean – This week he’s back in the recording studio making new music for his as-yet-untitled 8th album, the follow-up to “They Don’t Know”.
• Lionel Richie / Mariah Carey – Their “All the Hits Tour” was scheduled to begin tonight in Baltimore MD but has been postponed as Richie is recovering from a knee procedure. The tour is now expected to take place this Summer.
• Maren Morris – She’s releasing a deluxe edition of her debut album “Hero” on Friday, which includes the original 11 tracks plus 3 more. Maren played Amsterdam, The Netherlands last night as part of her “Hero Tour 2017”.
• Pearl Jam – They have invited all the drummers in the band’s history (5 in total) to join them at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 7th.
• Pink Floyd – “Another Brick In the Wall: The Opera” premiered in Montréal QC on Saturday and now it’s been announced the operatic version of the classic album “The Wall” is being staged at Ohio’s Cincinnati Music Hall next year, as part of the venue’s 98th season.
• The Who – 71-year-old guitarist Pete Townshend and 73-year-old singer Roger Daltrey have announced a 6-show Las Vegas residency, which kicks off at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 29th. It’s described as a ”first run”, meaning extra dates could be on the horizon.

WORLD’S FRIENDLIEST CITIES 2017:
According to a reader poll by a popular travel magazine …
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia.
4. Cork, Ireland.
3. Dublin, Ireland.
2. Charleston SC, USA.
1. Galway, Ireland.
(3-out-of-5, another reason to get to Ireland for St Patricks Day.)
– “Travel + Leisure”

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 99% of adults own at least 1 electronic device (including television).
• 79% of adults have checked Facebook in the past year.
• 66% of the world’s population has never experienced snow.
• 41% of guys admit that they’re scared of spiders.
• 39% of office workers say their biggest peeve with co-workers is them taking off their shoes.
• 10% of people claim they vacuum their home every single day.

HOW NOT TO DIE WHEN SHOVELING SNOW:
✓ Warm up and stretch it out. Tight, cold muscles are just begging for injuries.
✓ If you don’t have an ergonomic shovel, remember that bending from the knees – not your back – is how to prevent an injury.
✓ Pace yourself. If you start to feel winded, take a break.
✓ Pay someone else to do it.
– “New York Daily News”

COFFEE CALAMITY:
Capsule coffee is an environmental crisis. That’s because coffee pods are really difficult to recycle, due to the specific material mix used – mixed plastics (PE and PP), paper, and aluminum – as well as the contamination caused by the coffee grounds. As most pods comprise 6 grams of coffee per 3 grams of material, it is clear that the rise of coffee pods has serious environmental implications. Luckily, coffee-makers are starting to react to this issue. Most, if they aren’t doing so already, are promising to offer fully compostable (or at least biodegradable) coffee pods in the near future. Ethical coffee brand Halo is one of the companies offering fully compostable packaging, an idea which co-founder Nils Leonard says was born out of frustration about most brands’ attitude … they don’t stand for anything outside profit. (This is a mutli-billion-dollar business. How much can making a biodegradable pod cost?)
– Metro.co.uk.

BS BUZZWORDS:
Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Millennial Side Hustle’ (aka ‘Gig Economy’) – Looking for ways to make money on contract or through part-time jobs. For many young adults this means no steady job, and no safety net.
• ‘Shrinkflation” – When the price of a product remains the same but the size gets smaller. Examples, anyone? Cheese, bacon, and laundry detergent come to mind.
• ‘Zombie Laws’ – Archaic laws still on the books. Legislators are looking to delete many from Canada’s Criminal Code, ie: bans on dueling, pretending to practice witchcraft, waterskiing at night, and spreading false news. (Wait, that’s a good one!)

BS PSYCHOLOGICAL LIFE HACKS:
• If you are in customer service, have a mirror somewhere facing the customer. They’re far less likely to get unreasonably angry when they can see themselves.
• If you want to get something from someone, try framing it as though it were an offer instead of a request.
• If you are still speaking after you’ve stated your position in a negotiation, you are not doing furthering your cause.
• A person’s name is the sweetest sound in the world to that person. If you remember a person’s name, you will make that person feel very special.
• Chew gum if possible when doing nerve-racking things. It somehow gets your brain to calm down.
• I you force yourself to smile, your mood will actually improve. Psychologists have even found that people are happier when they are asked to hold chopsticks between their teeth.
• If you can get someone to do something simple for you, they are more likely to do something bigger. It’s called gradual commitment.
• When you are trying to learn something, teach someone about it. It will really cement it into your mind.
• Stand up straight. Not only will people see you as more confident, you will actually feel more confident.
• People won’t remember what you said. They’ll remember how you made them feel.
– Adapted from List25.com

BS AMAZING FACT:
More people are filling out NCAA Tournament brackets this week than voted for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in last year’s US presidential election. The American Gaming Association estimates that, in total, around $10.4 billion will be wagered on the 3-week ‘March Madness’ hoops extravaganza that started last night with opening-round games and ends April 1st weekend at the Final Four in Phoenix AZ. That’s $1.2 billion more than last year. Only $295 million of that will be bet legally. (Without money on the line, a lot of sports can be really dull.)
– AP

BS CHRONOMETER 03.15.17

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1943 [74] David Cronenberg, Toronto ON, filmmaker (“Cosmopolis”, “A History of Violence”)/Order of Canada (2002)/Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999)

1955 [62] Dee Snider, Astoria NY, classic rocker (Twisted Sister-“We’re Not Gonna Take It”)/reality TV personality (“Celebrity Apprentice” 2012)

1963 [54] Bret Michaels, Butler PA, classic rocker (Poison-“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”)/reality TV personality (“Celebrity Apprentice” 2010/2013, “Rock of Love With Bret Michaels” 2007-09)

1972 [45] Mark Hoppus, Ridgecrest CA, rock musician (Blink 182-“Bored to Death”, “I Miss You”)

1975 [42] Eva Longoria, Corpus Christi TX, TV actress (“Telenovela” 2015, “Desperate Housewives” 2004-12)

1975 [42] will.i.am (William Adams Jr), LA CA, rapper/music producer (w/Britney Spears-“Scream & Shout”, Black Eyed Peas-“I Gotta Feeling”)

1977 [40] Joe Hahn, Glendale CA, nu metal DJ (Linkin Park-“Numb/Encore”, “In the End”)

1985 [32] Kellan Lutz, Dickinson ND, movie actor (“The Legend of Hercules”, “Twilight Saga”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Ides of March”, when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. It’s also the tongue-in-cheek observance “National Brutus Day”, recognizing the fact that no matter where you work, there’s as much backstabbing, plotting, and intrigue as there was in ancient Rome. The word ‘ides’ simply means ‘middle’. There’s nothing unlucky about it … unless you’re Caesar.

• “International Day Against Police Brutality”, begun in 1997 as an initiative of the Montréal QC-based Collective Opposed to Police Brutality and the Black Flag group in Switzerland.

• “True Confessions Day”, a good day to open up the ‘Morning Crew Confessional’ where anonymous callers shed their guilt by admitting their outrageous actions. You can even assign penance!

• “World Consumer Rights Day”, initiated by Consumers International to promote the basic rights of all consumers, to demand that those rights are respected and protected.

• “World Contact Day”, first declared March 15, 1953 by an organization called the International Flying Saucer Bureau. Today UFO contact groups will once again unite to collectively try and make peaceful contact with extraterrestrial beings. Hello? Anybody there?

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2013 [04] Rapper Lil Wayne suffers a seizure in California but later recovers in a Los Angeles hospital (lay off the cough syrup, dude)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2002 [15] Liverpool UK international air terminal is re-branded Liverpool John Lennon Airport as Yoko Ono unveils a 7-ft bronze statue of Lennon overlooking the check-in hall

2011 [06] Beginning of the Syrian civil war (and when will it end?)

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
2010 [07] Sony Music announces the ‘Biggest Recording Deal in History’, worth more than $200 million with the estate of Michael Jackson (10 album projects over 7 years, including one of previously unreleased material)

2015 [02] Boston MA reaches a new seasonal snowfall record of 108.6 inches, eclipsing the 1995-96 record of 107.6 inches

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Freedom of Information Day
[Thurs] Lips Appreciation Day
[Thurs] No Selfies Day
[Fri] “Beauty & The Beast”; “T2 Trainspotting” open in movie theaters
[Fri] St Patricks Day
[Fri] Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
[Sat] Forgive Mom & Dad Day
[Sat] Biodiesel Day
This Week Is … Act Happy Week (Is that a smile on your face or are you in rictus?)
This Month Is … Sing With Your Child Month (“The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round …”)

BULL’S BITS

BS TIPS ON WINNING YOUR OFFICE MARCH MADNESS POOL:
• Confirm with Siri that basketball is the game with the orange-y ball.
• Pick the team with the tallest players.
• Find out which star players have the least amount of homework due this month.
• Determine which coaches best implement the free-labor model.
• Pick the meanest-looking mascots.
• Don’t pick Duke.
• Remember that the shot clock is longer in college basketball than it is in the NBA so high-tempo teams can be forced to play out of their element by an opposing coach with a disciplined strategy. Then flip a coin.
– Thanks to Jonny Auping

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• A group of porcupines is known as what?
a. Troop
b. Posse
c. Prickle [CORRECT]

• According to DC Comics who is the fastest man alive?
a. ‘Quicksilver’
b. ‘The Flash’ [CORRECT]
c. ‘Bolt’
– “Trivia Crack”

BS RANDOM JOKE:
You’re slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ Today is “Shoe the World Day”. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Why?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: In a poll about income tax, THIS is the #1 thing respondents wish they could write off.
Answer: Starbucks coffee.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Be yourself because everyone else is taken.


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