Friday, October 22, 2004        Edition: #2893
It’s Another Running of the Bull!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY the annual “Victoria’s Secret Christmas Dreams & Fantasies” catalogue is out, featuring model Tyra Banks sporting a diamond-encrusted Heavenly Fantasy bra worth a staggering $10-million (2,900 diamonds weighing 112 carats set in 18-carat white gold – how come she didn’t tip over?) . . . TONIGHT CBS-TV airs “Genius: A Night for Ray Charles”, featuring Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, Elton John, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder & others in a pre-taped concert at LA’s Staples Center (Ray Charles’ final album of duets has now sold more than a million units) . . . SUNDAY 30-year-old movie star Neve Campbell returns to the stage for the first time in 11 years, appearing in the NYC production “Syncopation” . . . Actresses Rebecca Romijn & Lara Flynn Boyle, models Rachel Hunter & Kate Moss, and the UK’s 45-year-old Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, have all stripped down to appear in nothing but heels and jewels for the upcoming book “Four Inches”, which will raise funds for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation (Britain’s “Sun” newspaper has started a campaign to encourage ‘Fergie’ not to inflict her wrinkled image upon us) . . . Brit bands Coldplay, The Darkness and Travis have agreed to participate in a  20th anniversary re-recording of Band Aid’s seasonal hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”and it’s hoped more acts will jump on the bandwagon (the 1984 original raised some $15 million for famine relief in Ethiopia) . . . And quickie-wed-then-quickly-shed Nicky Hilton has set her sights in a new direction – getting into the family business by opening her own hotel, preferably in Vegas (near lots of wedding chapels) QUOTE: “I’ve talked about it with people. I would design the place.” (Daddy oughta cut off the allowance and tell his kids to get a job!)

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Destiny’s Child – SATURDAY they’ll perform at the “Nordic Music Awards” in Oslo, Norway.
• Ozzy Osbourne – He must be getting older because wife Sharon is so fed up with his bad aim that she’s having urinals installed in the family’s British estate.
• U2 – NEXT WEEK Apple is launching iPods already loaded with the band’s new album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”, well ahead of the CD release NEXT MONTH. The special digital music players will also feature selections from the band’s 25-year back catalogue.
• Britney Spears – Her head was reportedly airbrushed over a 2-year-old body shot for the cover of her “Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” CD because she’s unhappy with the way she looks now. But she’s still not pleased with the result. She is quoted in British magazine “New!” as saying, “I look like a porn star. And why the blonde hair? I am so over being blonde.”
• Diamond Rio – THIS WEEK they hosted a charity golf tournament that raised $155,000 and nobody even made it to the 2nd tee! The event was called on account of rain after golfers had completed only the 1st hole.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Surviving Christmas” (PG-13 Comedy): Ben Affleck plays a lonely guy who revisits his childhood home and tries to rent the current inhabitants to serve as his family for the holidays. James Gandolfini & Christina Applegate co-star.
• “The Grudge” (PG-13 Horror Thriller): Sarah Michelle Gellar plays an American nurse living in Tokyo who is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse that locks people in a powerful rage before claiming their lives and spreading to another victim. A remake of the Japanese film “Ju-On”. During filming Gellar discovered she’s allergic to Japanese water so for the shower scene she was dressed in a little tube top and … black Hefty garbage bags from the waist down.
• “I Heart Huckabees” (R-rated Comedy opens wide): Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) hires ‘existential detectives’ (Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin) to help him examine his life, including his battles with a nasty corporate exec (Jude Law) and his relationship with his girlfriend (Naomi Watts).

YOUR DEODORANT IS MAKING ME SICK!
According to a new study, aerosols and air fresheners used in the home can have adverse effects on the health of mothers and babies, as they can cause diarrhea and earache in youngsters and depression in mothers. Researchers found that 32% more babies suffered from diarrhea in homes where air fresheners or aerosols such as deodorant, furniture polish and hairspray are used daily. (How ironic … you try to freshen the air and end up with a load of poopy diapers.)
– “London Sun”

FORGET THE LOCK-OUT, HERE’S THE LOCK-UP:
TODAY former St Louis Blues hockey player Mike Danton is scheduled to be sentenced after admitting in federal court that he tried to have his agent killed as part of a plot that unraveled when the would-be hit man turned out to be a police informant. He could face 7 to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. (A hockey player pleading guilty to murder for hire? Wouldn’t that only involve a 5-minute major and maybe a game misconduct?)
– CBS Sportsline

THE NEW BOTOX?
Over the centuries women have plastered some pretty extreme ingredients on their skin in the pursuit of youth, including lead, mud, paraffin and nightingale droppings. But Australian company Cat Media’s new anti-aging product may be one of the weirdest yet. A 50 ml jar of its ‘Antarctilyne’ retails for $58 and purportedly contains the wonder ingredient ‘Antarcticine’ which is – a ‘breakthrough protein discovered at the bottom of an Antarctic iceberg’. Just in case you’re skeptical, company ads show photos of cells called ‘extremophiles’ that promise to ‘plump skin without collagen injections’. (Next they’ll be selling pond scum.)
– “The Australian”

STABLE BOYS:
Mothers in a stable relationship are more likely to give birth to a boy, reveals a new study. The US National Bureau of Economic Research has found that the living arrangements of parents at the time a baby is conceived may play an important role in determining its gender. The findings published in “Proceedings of The Royal Society” support the biological theory that the gender of offspring may vary according to environmental conditions. (So instability equals females? You’d have a tough time selling that one around here.)
– BBC News

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
• 80% of the marriages that fail within the first year lacked approval from parents to begin with.
• 78% of married women fantasize about coming home to a clean house every day.
• 67% of men say they have a bottle of cologne in their car.
• 63% of females say women look better today than during their mother’s generation.
• 49% of single women & 38% of men say ‘personality’ is the single most important trait in a potential date.
• 40% of teenagers don’t eat breakfast.
• 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage door open.
• 10% of us have at least one french fry somewhere in our vehicle.

BS AMAZING FACT:
Swedish astronomer Anders Celcius proposed that the boiling point of water should be 0 degrees C and the freezing point 100 C. The system was reversed after his death in 1744.

THE BULL SHEET 10.22.2K4

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1938 [66] Christopher Lloyd, Stamford CT, TV actor (‘Lou Russo’ in the new CBS-TV drama “Clubhouse”)/movie actor (“Back to the Future I-3”)

1952 [52] Jeff Goldblum, Pittsburgh PA, movie actor (“Independence Day”, “Jurassic Park I & 2”)

1968 [36] Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell), Kingston JAM, hip-hop artist (“Angel”, “It Wasn’t Me”)

1968 [36] Shelby Lynne (Moorer), Quantico VA, country singer (“Killing Kind”, “Slow Me Down”)

SATURDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
Former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson is 79; Movie director Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) is 50; Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 48; Parody singer Weird Al Yankovic is 45.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
Retired rocker Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) is 68; Movie actor Kevin Kline is 57; Pop singer Monica (Arnold) is 24.

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
TODAY is …

• “Frankenstein Friday”, honoring the ‘mother’ and ‘father’ of “Frankenstein” – spooky author Mary Shelly and creepy movie actor Boris Karloff. Darmstadt, Germany is home to the annual “Frankenstein Festival” THIS WEEKEND. It’s the site of the actual Frankenstein Castle that inspired Mary Shelley’s famous horror novel.
• “National Barber Day”, honoring the scissor-handed folks who run clip joints.
• “Holy See Day” in Vatican City, the tiny country’s national day.
• “National Nut Day”. Ask anyone to name a nut and most will start their list with ‘peanut’, which isn’t a nut at all – it’s a legume. Definition of a nut – “A hard, dry, indehiscent fruit formed from two or more carpels but containing only one seed.”

SATURDAY is …
• “TV Talk Show Host Day”, to celebrate those ‘gifted with the personality and intellect to enable them to bring out the best in their guests’. Based on that, which current TV host is best? And which should get canned?
• “Make a Difference Day”, a day set aside to help others, whether it be spending quality time with someone who needs company or volunteering in the community.
• “Canning Day”, honoring the 1752 birth of French chef/chemist Nicolas Appert, who came up with the concept of sealing perishable food in jars. For this, he is known as ‘the father of canning’, but he also came up with many other inventions, including the bouillon cube.

SUNDAY is …
• “Bologna Day”, a good day to fry up a slice to add to your peanut butter sandwich. Yum!
• “United Nations Day”, honoring the anniversary of the day in 1945 that the majority of the world’s countries adopted the charter that formed the UN.
• “Mother-in-Laws Day”, honoring their ‘contribution to family life and good humor in enduring humiliating bad jokes’. Remember, behind every successful man there’s a surprised mother-in-law.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1939 [65] 1st ‘televised pro football game’ features Brooklyn Dodgers beating Philadelphia Eagles 23-14, picked up by a total of 500 TV sets

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1942 [62] Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” hits #1 on record charts and stays there for 11 weeks (becomes biggest-selling single of all-time until Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″ knocks it off)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1897 [107] 1st ‘used car dealership’ opens, in London UK (and 1st tires are kicked)

1938 [66] 1st ‘photocopy’ made by inventor Charles Floyd Carlson of Astoria NY (next day, 1st photocopy of an employee’s butt)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1995 [09] ‘Largest gathering of world leaders’ in history marks 50th anniversary of United Nations in NYC

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] Punk For A Day Day
[Mon] Cartoonists Against Crime Day
[Mon] International Greasy Foods Day
This Week Is … National Character Counts Week / Business Women’s Week
This Month Is … Communicate with Your Kid Month / Fantasy Month

BULL’S BITS . . .
BS SIGNS SHE’S INTERESTED:

Women give constant physical signs when they are interested in a man. Unfortunately, most guys just can’t read them. Here are some of the more common signals …
• Women who move their bodies frequently while talking with you are trying to get your attention.
• Laughter is a sign she thinks you’re cute and funny, but guffaws signal she’d rather be with someone else.
• If she’s touching herself – flipping her hair, fixing her clothes, playing with her jewelry – she’s hot on you!
– “Men’s Health”

BS PHONE STARTER:
Which male celebrities obviously color their hair? (One we’ve just noticed is FOX-TV baseball analyst Tim McCarver. Another is CNN anchor Aaron Brown.)

BS WEB GOODIE:
At the Votergasm Website the diligent can pledge to withhold sex from those who don’t vote in the US Presidential Election. Those who pledge can choose their levels of abstinence and reward …
• ‘Citizen’: “I pledge to withhold sex from non-voters for the week following the election.”
• ‘Patriot’: “I pledge to have sex with a voter on election night and withhold sex from non-voters for the week following the election.”
• ‘American Hero’: “I pledge to have sex with a voter on election night and withhold sex from non-voters for the next 4 years.”
NET: http://www.votergasm.com

TOP SWAPS:
The week’s most requested music files online …
1. Usher/Alicia Keys – “My Boo”
2. Ciara – “Goodies”
3. Nelly – “My Place”
4. Akon – “Locked Up”
5. Green Day – “American Idiot”
– BigChampagne online music measurement.            .

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: 1 in 10 women have put their job on the line for this.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: To get revenge on a co-worker.
         
BS DEEP THOUGHT:

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.


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