Monday, October 21, 2013        Edition: #5084


• Could this be the hottest couple in show biz right now? Rumors about “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit model Kate Upton dating “Dancing With the Stars” choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been confirmed as the dancer has opened up about their relationship in a new interview. 33-year-old Chmerkovskiy says: “She’s a great girl that I never thought anything romantic like this could have happened.” Buzz has been circulating around the twosome for more than year after they were spotted acting intimate during her 21st birthday dinner. (Who’s hotter … him or her?)
• This is no joke: Sylvester Stallone says he can’t wait until “Rocky, The Musical” hits the Broadway stage. The production debuted in Hamburg, Germany last year and, after favorable reviews, is now set to move to NYC’s Winter Garden Theatre for previews beginning in February. Sly claims he’s been working on the project for 14 years. He created and starred in the classic 1976 boxing movie that evolved into a 6-film franchise. “Rocky, The Musical” is scheduled to officially open in March. (Featuring the show stopper: “Theme from Cuff & Link”.)
• Canadian Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro will be unable to attend the Stockholm awards ceremony in December because of ill health, the head of the Swedish Academy has announced. The 82-year-old short-story writer revealed in 2009 that she had undergone coronary bypass surgery as well as cancer treatment. She announced this year she’d decided to retire from writing. “Her health is simply not good enough,” Academy head Peter Englund says in a blog post, without giving details. (The process of winning the Literature Nobel takes years of lobbying by an author’s supporters. This time … perhaps too many.)
• “Ironside” and “Welcome To the Family” are no more as NBC-TV has axed both. The cancellation isn’t much of a shock as each is hovering around 2.5 million viewers. “Welcome To the Family” has been yanked immediately, while revamped ‘70s cop drama “Ironside” will air its final episode October 30th. The network will fill the timeslot with episodes of “Dateline” and specials until the end of the year, and ease into 2014 with a “Chicago Fire” spinoff, “Chicago PD”. (Out with the old, in with the … er … old.)
– QMI Agency
• And the new face of Chanel No 5 is … Marilyn Monroe. The company has announced that images of the iconic actress will be used in TV & print ad campaigns, including one in which she dabs on Chanel before the 1955 premiere of “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof”. In 1952, when asked by “Life” magazine what she wore to bed, she famously responded, “nothing but Chanel No 5”. That declaration went down in Hollywood history as an example of Monroe’s witty charm, and contributed to the mystique surrounding the perfume. The new ads begin appearing November 17th. (Bet they’re better than Brad Pitt’s.)
– Agence France-Presse

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Fifth Harmony (“Better Together”, out tomorrow).
• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Arcade Fire (“Reflektor”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Tedeschi Trucks Band (“Made Up Mind”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – The 8 remaining couples compete in the ‘Switch-Up Challenge’; Ariana Grande (“Yours Truly”), and Mika (“The Origin of Love”) perform.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Vanilla Ice (“Vanilla Ice Goes Amish”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Snoopzilla (“7 Days of Funk”, out December 10th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) –  Tomahawk (“Mit Gas”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – ‘Pearl Jam Week’ begins, with nightly performances from the band as well as other artists rocking Pearl Jam classics. Tonight Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell performs “Footsteps”, backed by the Avett Bros.
• Q Awards (London UK) – The annual music honors from Britain’s “Q” magazine are handed out. Thanks to his 24th album, “The Next Day”, David Bowie leads nominations with 6. Other acts leading the way are Arctic Monkeys, Daft Punk, and Foals with 3 nominations apiece.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – TLC (“20”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Thomas Rhett (“It Goes Like This”, out October 29th).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Guest co-host Paulina Rubio (“Brava!”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – The battle rounds continue; advisers Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and Ryan Tedder.

• Cassadee Pope – “Frame By Frame”, the new album from the 3rd season winner of “The Voice” is the top-seller on the “Billboard” country chart this week. It’s her first major-label album.
• Garth Brooks – He sent out this mysterious email message Friday afternoon: “The sevens have aligned. It has begun. Thank-you for believing.” He’s previously said he wouldn’t return to the biz full time until his youngest daughter Allie finishes high school. She graduates in 2014.
• Katy Perry – Her new album, “Prism”, is streaming in its entirety on her website ahead of tomorrow’s official release. The first 300,000 copies of the deluxe version of the album come in an iridescent package containing special ‘seed paper’ that can be planted.
• Lorde – Her single “Royals” has received RIAA ‘Platinum’ certification, which now recognizes sales of over 1 million downloads or downloads plus on-demand streams.
• Luke Bryan – He’s announced a new 18-show headline tour, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour”, which launches January 16th in Columbus OH. It includes a stop at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.
• Miley Cyrus – Her “Bangerz” album has debuted at #1 this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it had the year’s largest sales week for a female solo artist so far.
• Muse – Their upcoming concert film, “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium”, has been shot in 4K Ultra HD, which has much better resolution than regular HD. Fans will get a first look at the film November 5th when it premieres in 20 cities around-the-globe.
• Prince – He hosted a late-night party and performed with his new band 3rdEyeGirl on Saturday at his Paisley Park home/studio near Minneapolis MN. Doors for the ‘The Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party’ opened at 2 am. Admission to the bash cost $50.

University of Buffalo researchers have tested …. underwater wif-fi. The team dropped two 40-lb (18-kg) sensors into Lake Erie in an attempt to make a ‘deep-sea internet’ connection using sound waves instead of radio waves. The aim is to create an agreed standard for underwater communications, and to make underwater interaction and data-sharing easier. What’s the point? It’s hoped one use of the new technology could be in helping detect tsunamis, offering more reliable warning systems for anyone with a smartphone. (Also handy if you want to quickly post a pic on Instagram of the Great White Shark chewing on your scuba fin.)
– BBC News

A new ranking of the celebs with the most followers on social network …
5. Taylor Swift (35.56 million)
4. US president Barack Obama (38.45 million)
3. Lady Gaga (40.27 million)
2. Katy Perry (45.32 million)
1. Justin Bieber (45.89 million)

Salsa has now beaten out ketchup as the USA’s #1 condiment. As Hispanics now make up more than a quarter of America’s population, Hispanic foods & beverages have become an $8 billion-plus business. By 2017, it’s estimated that number may reach $11 billion. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously ‘American’, most people don’t even consider them ethnic. (See “Day Of the Nacho” in BS REASONS TO PARTY.)
– “Packaged Facts”

Been hearing strange noises in the night? Think your house just may be haunted? Well, now you can get answers, thanks to a new website. As the name suggests, tells you who, if anyone, has died in the place you call home. For $11.99, a search on the website scours millions of records to see if anyone spent their last days at your address. Realtors aren’t big fans of the idea, as a death on-site can reduce a property’s value by 15%-to-25%. So far, the search is only available for US properties. (But, of corpse, it’s likely to expand.)

When Transaero Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 in 2015, the Russian carrier’s superjumbo jet may end up having the highest seating capacity of any commercial airliner in the world … 652 seats. The seating will be divided into 3 classes: ‘Imperial Class’ (designed as suites), and ‘Business Class’ (full-flat seats with all-around access), with the rest in ‘Economy’. (Knees touching your chin.)
– “Today In the Sky”

More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.
– Magazine Monitor


1942 [71] Judy Sheindlin, Brooklyn NY, TV judge (“Judge Judy” since 1996)  BS FACTOID: It was reported in mid-2012 that Sheindlin is the highest-paid TV personality, making $123,000 per episode or $45 million annually for the 52 days she tapes her show each year.

1949 [64] Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv, Israel, Israeli Prime Minister (2009-present, 1996-99)

1956 [57] Carrie Fisher, Beverly Hills CA, movie actress (‘Princess Leia’ in original “Star Wars” trilogy)/author (“Postcards From the Edge”)/screenwriter (“The Wedding Singer”)

1978 [35] Michael McMillian, Olathe KS, TV actor (‘Steve Newlin’ on “True Blood” since 2008)

1980 [33] Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles CA, socialite/apparel retailer/TV personality (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” since 2007, “Dancing With the Stars” 2008)/Kanye West’s fiancée

• “Adjust Your Chair Day”, observed annually on the 3rd Monday of October. Many people regularly sit in a chair that is not in an ergonomically correct position. This can cause all kinds of problems over the long-term, especially if you work at a computer.

• “Babbling Day”, a day of tolerance for those who run off at the mouth … unless they’re on-the-air. Broadcasting rule #1: ‘Tis better to be brief than boring.

• “Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day”, an annual chance to put things away, delete things you don’t need, and to get some structure in place on your computer screen. Just look at all those icons sitting around collecting virtual dust!

• “Garbanzo Bean Day”, celebrating the legume also known as the chickpea. They can be cooked and eaten cold in salads, cooked in stews, ground into a flour called gram flour, and shaped in balls and fried as falafel. They are also the basis of the increasingly popular dip hummus, which is the Arabic word for chickpeas. (Or drywall filler.)

• “International Day Of the Nacho”, celebrating the popular snack food that originated in Mexico. First created circa 1943 by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya while working at a restaurant called the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, the original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers.

• “Overseas Chinese Day”, an annual observation by Chinese ex-pats and those of Chinese descent when thousands return to their homeland for special celebrations. The country with the most overseas Chinese is Indonesia, with over 7.7 million; just ahead of Malaysia, with 7.6 million. The USA has 3.8 million; Canada 1.3 million.

• “Pumpkin Cheesecake Day”, a seasonal dish traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling. Did you know that cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2,000 BC? Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.

• “Reptile Awareness Day”, to raise awareness that habitat-loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptilian life.

2011 [02] The end of the world fails to materialize despite the prediction of 89-year-old radio preacher Harold Camping (his 4th attempt)

2003 [10] Elton John signs the deal for the first of his famous “Red Piano” concerts at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas

1879 [134] 1st practical ‘Electric Light Bulb’ is demonstrated by Thomas Edison (before that, what appeared over peoples’ heads when they had an idea?)

1998 [15] NY Yankees set a Major League Baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and post season combined

[Tues] Caps Locks Day
[Tues] International Stuttering Awareness Day
[Wed] iPod Day
[Wed] Mole Day
[Wed] TV Talk Show Host Day

Character Counts Week / Chemistry Week / Forest Products Week / Hospital Pharmacy Week / Lead Poisoning Prevention Week / Massage Therapy Week / Nuclear Science Week / Respiratory Care Week / Save For Retirement Week / School Bus Safety Week


Highlight bits culled from 20 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
A sampling of juvenile explanations, thanks to “Popular Science” magazine …
• “Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.”
• “Mushrooms always grow in damp places, so they look like umbrellas.”
• “The abdominal cavity contains the bowels, of which there are 5 … a, e, I, o, and u.”
• “A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.”
• “Vacuum: A large, empty space where the Pope lives.”
– First published in “BS” 2002.

• “Snow White, Seven Dwarfs and a Webcam”
• “The Little Sissy Who Snitched”
• “Daddy Loses His Job & Finds the Bottle”
• “Booty and The Priest”
• “You Were an Accident”
– First published in “BS” 1999.

It’s never good to second guess yourself. Or then again, maybe it is …

Question: People in the office that have bad attitudes are much better at doing THIS than people with good attitudes.
Answer: Responding to email.

The farther away the future is, the better it looks.

Rowan Clelland @ East Coast Radio, Durban, South Africa; Gillian Sheldon @ “The Queen Latifah Show”, Los Angeles, California; Orion Marra @ Hooligan Radio, St Petersburg, Florida; David Schmidt @ Lite Rock 98.9 [WJEZ] Pontiac, Illinois; and Lisa Reynolds @ Hot 101 [WHOT] Youngstown, Ohio. Welcome aboard, all!

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