October 24, 2000       Who Let the Bull Out?       Edition:  #1917

TOP KIDS’ COSTUMES THIS HALLOWEEN:
• “Powerpuff Girls” (from the TV cartoon)
• “Pokemon” (TV cartoon, movies, video games)
• “Scream” (movie mask based on Edvard Munsch‘s painting)
• “Digimon” (TV, movies, video games)
• “Blues Clues” (TV characters ‘Steve’ and ‘Blue’, toys)
• Hippie (dress up like mom and dad used to and say ‘groovy’ a lot)
• “Dragonball Z” (yet another Japanese anime cartoon/video game)
(Source: retailer Party City)

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Author JK Rowling confirms the 5th ‘Harry Potter’ book will be titled “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and will likely hit bookstores next JULY (10-year-olds are lining up now) . . . Here’s an odd pairing — horror author Stephen King and rocker John Mellencamp, who are working on an as-yet-untitled ‘haunted musical’ they hope to stage on Broadway (‘The Phantom of Farm Aid’?) . . . Interesting that former Ronald Reagan aides, press secretary Marlin Fitzwater and speech-writer Peggy Noonan, have been hired as consultants for TV’s “The West Wing”, about a Democrat administration (that’s ‘cause they RAN the White House while Ronnie was napping) . . . ABBA is reportedly getting back together to compile an autobiography along the lines of “The Beatles Anthology” (thank god, I’ve been lying awake nights wondering what Bjorn’s motivation was for writing “Dancing Queen”).

DON’T TELL CASANOVA:
The legend of the ‘Italian stallion’ is nothing more than a myth, according to sex researchers at the Florence-based Institute of Andrology. Their new study finds that 20% of young Italian men 18-30 have no sex life at all and another 20% suffer from well, er, being done too soon.

THEY STILL TRAP LETTUCE:
There’s a new fad in Hollywood that’s destined to catch on – ‘invisible braces’ — which apparently straighten teeth over a longer period of time, but don’t stand out like the old metal jobs. Actors Gabriel Byrne and Mary Stuart Masterson are among celebs who’ve reportedly taken advantage.

WHAT ABOUT CONFERENCE CALLS?
To answer a new mini phone developed in Japan you just stick your finger in your ear! The ‘Whisper’ is worn like a watch and converts audio signals into vibrations that travel down the hand into your fingers. You speak into a microphone in the wristband. To answer a call, you tap your thumb and forefinger together. You dial out using voice commands. (“No I’m not giving you a ‘wet willy’, this call’s for you.”)

WORK-RELATED POLLS:
• According to a new poll by business publisher Commerce Clearing House, 60% of people who call in sick for work really aren’t. (In other shocking news – the sun came up this morning . . .)
• A new poll by Brit firm Jobsearch finds losing your job may also mean losing your sex drive. More than 50% of the jobless people surveyed confirmed they had less interest in fooling around after being let go. (Because they’d already been screwed.)

THE BULL SHEET 10.24.00

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS . . .
1947    [53] Kevin Kline, St Louis MO, movie actor (“Wild Wild West”, “A Fish Called Wanda”)
1975    [25] Corey Dillon, Seattle WA, NFL RB (Cincinnati Bengals) who set new NFL rushing mark SUNDAY of 278 yds in a single game, breaking Walter Payton’s 1977 record of 275
1979    [21] Ben Gillies, Newcastle AUS, rock drummer (Silverchair-“Pure Massacre”, “Tomorrow”)
1980    [20] Monica (Arnold), Atlanta GA, pop singer (“Angel of Mine”, “The Boy Is Mine”)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
TODAY is “National Bologna Day”, a good day to fry up a slice to add to your peanut butter sandwich.

TODAY is “United Nations Day” in honor of the UN’s founding 55 years ago in 1945.

FRIDAY is “International Telework Day” in the USA and Canada, when the International Telework Association & Council is encouraging anyone who can to avoid their daily commute and work from home. Get this – according to the ‘Father of Telecommuting’, Jack Nilles, 48% of workers could be telecommuting at least part of the time but only 10% are. (Join the movement — do Friday’s show from bed!)
PHONER: 310-476-3703 (Jack Nilles-JALA International, Long Beach CA)
PHONER: 202-547-6157 (Gail Martin-ITAC, Washington DC)
NET: http://www.telecommute.org/twa2000/index.htm

ON THIS DAY IN THE ’90S . . .
1992    [08] Toronto Blue Jays win World Series, defeating Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1901    [99] 1st to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel — and live (Anna Taylor expected fame and fortune, but died in poverty)
1939    [61] 1st-ever ‘nylon stockings’ go on sale (we can thank DuPont for pantyhose)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[1 week today] Halloween
[Sun] Daylight Savings Time ends
[Mon] Gemini Awards
National Save Your Back Week
National Pickled Peppers Month (sponsored by Peter Piper)

BULL’S BITS . . .
BS PHONE STARTER:

“What scary movie absolutely makes your skin crawl?”

MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SHOW BIZ:
1. CBS president/CEO Les Moonves (thanks to “Survivor”)
2. Julia Roberts
3. Tom Cruise
4. DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg & David Geffen
5. ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling
(Source: “Entertainment Weekly’s” new list of the ‘101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment’)

BS TAG LINE:
Acquaintance – a person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.


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