Monday, October 29, 2012           Edition: #4856

It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!

• Bobbi Kristina Houston-Brown’s grandmother Cissy Houston has backed off from an attempt to delay the 18-year-old’s inheritance for several years. Cissy & Pat Houston, co-executors of Whitney Houston’s estate, had filed legal papers hoping to drastically change the way Whitney’s fortune would be paid out because they felt it was ‘too much, too soon’. But now Bobbi and grandma Cissy have reached an agreement to return to the original payout plan. That means the kid is set to inherit an estimated $20 million, the first installment coming at age 21. (What we’re most surprised about … the fact Whitney had anywhere near that much moolah left!)
• ‘Personal photos’ of stunning “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara have been put up for sale after allegedly being stolen from her fiancé Nick Loeb’s BlackBerry. The sexy pics, which we’re told are personal in nature but are not nude images, were somehow hacked from Loeb’s phone before the couple got engaged in July. An inside source suggests Loeb lost the phone but, in any event, the photos of TV’s highest-paid actress are unlikely to become public as her legal and management teams have been aggressive about taking them off the market. (Gee, ya think Nick’s in the doghouse these days?)
• We know “Sex & The City” fans are already polarized on the prequel series, “The Carrie Diaries”, but just because there’s some television tampering going on doesn’t mean it has to be bad tampering. Even though the new series will follow the life of a high school version of ‘Carrie Bradshaw’, producers promise they have no plans to turn it into a miniature “Sex & The City” with ‘baby Samantha’, ‘baby Miranda’, etc. But there will  be some enticing ‘easter eggs’ planted for “SatC” purists to enjoy, most of them coming in the form of fashion. (The show debuts on the CW in January.)
• Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy’s relationship may be kaput, but that’s not keeping her from buying a Cape Cod mansion within tabs-keeping distance of her now rumored ex. Reports circulated recently that Taylor had entered into a contract to purchase the $4.5-million estate across from the Kennedys’ Hyannis Port compound. Sources say Swift still expects to close escrow on the 7-bedroom house with its own private beach in 3 weeks. (She may be heartbroken but then she writes a hit song after every bust-up … so it’s all good for business.)
• Playing terrorists on Showtime-TV’s “Homeland” has been no picnic for a couple of its stars. Emmy-winner Damian Lewis – who plays a Marine POW who’s ‘turned’ by a terrorist group – was nearly punched out by boozed-up barbecue guests in Charlotte NC, where the show is shot. And Iranian-born actor Navid Negahban – who plays terrorist leader ‘Abu Nazir’ – says he once came under severe scrutiny from airport security but was finally given a pass when a TSA agent turned out to be a big fan. (Just goes to show you how convincing the acting is on this series!)
• For years, the elaborate Halloween bashes hosted by Heidi Klum & Seal were legendary. Now that they’re splitsville, they attended separate costume parties this year, and their costumes speak volumes about who’s on a post-marriage rebound: Klum dressed as Cleopatra in an over-the-top gold lamé gown with massive gilded headdress; Seal showed up to his soirée in a Boston Celtics ‘costume’, basically a jersey with matching track pants; his date (only ‘a friend’) in a similar LA Lakers get-up. Then the poor guy left the party on his own. (Bottom line: ‘Klumopatra’ easily triumphs in the 2012 costume sweepstakes.)

• AIM Awards (London) – The annual Association of Independent Music Awards honor UK acts signed to indie labels. This year’s nominations are led by heavy metal group Enter Shikari. Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Madness are also nominated.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Bob Mould (“Silver Age”).
• “Dancing With the Stars All-Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – It’s country night. Performances by Little Big Town (“Pontoon”); Big & Rich w/Cowboy Troy (“Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”/”I Play Chicken With the Train”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Madonna (“MDNA”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Alicia Keys (“Girl On Fire”, out November 27th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Aussie band The Jezebels (“Prisoner”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Imagine Dragons (“Night Visions”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Interpol’s Paul Banks (“Banks”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Reba McEntire (“All The Women I Am”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Two Door Cinema Club (“Beacon”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – Vocalists from each team compete against one another.
• “World Series“ (FOX) – Giants & Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. Aretha Franklin sings the anthem before Game 5 (if it’s necessary).

• Arcade Fire – Drummer Jeremy Gara has confirmed they’re prepping a new album for 2013, a follow-up to their Grammy-winning 3rd album, “The Suburbs” (2010). The goal, he says, is to work through Christmas and get something finished around springtime.
• Jason Aldean – His recently announced 2013 “Night Train Tour” stop at Boston’s Fenway Park sold out in just 7 minutes on Friday. The July 13th show will feature special guests Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett.
• Lil Wayne – His private jet made an emergency landing on Thursday in Texas, then again on Friday in Louisiana after he suffered ‘seizure-like symptoms’. He was treated and released at medical centers both times. No details of the medical problem have been announced.
• Maroon 5 – Adam Levine has just spent a little over $4.8 million on the 6-bedroom ‘Benedict House’ in LA’s Benedict Canyon, a 7,000-sq-ft mansion on 4 acres, with views of the surrounding hills and the city. (Thank you, “The Voice”!)
• Nas / Lauryn Hill – Tonight they kick off the co-headlining “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour in Dallas, Texas.
• Rod Stewart – While promoting his new memoir, “Rod: The Autobiography”, he’s revealed that he and then-Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood used to do cocaine suppositories, because Wood was concerned that snorting the stuff was ruining his septum.
• Rolling Stones – 71-year-old drummer Charlie Watts has a masseuse on hand for his back after every rehearsal for the upcoming 50th anniversary concerts. Bandmate Ron Wood says Watts suffers terribly from the physical effort of banging out the beats.
• Sum 41 – For a weekend Halloween party, frontman Deryck Whibley dressed up as his ex-wife Avril Lavigne and his model-girlfriend dressed as Avril’s new fiancé, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. (From the photos, it looks like she has the better beard.)
• Usher – He’s paid $12,000 for a goldendoodle puppy that was auctioned at the annual “Pencils of Promise Gala” in NYC, a charity that builds schools in Third World countries.

According to new rankings by SplashData …
1. password (Unchanged)
2, 123456 (Unchanged)
3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
4. abc123 (Up 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. monkey (Unchanged)
7. letmein (Up 1)
8. dragon (Up 2)
9. 111111 (Up 3)
10. baseball (Up 1)

As a raft of surveys has shown, the love of the hue blue is a global affair. Ask people their favorite colour and in most parts of the world roughly half will say ‘blue’, a figure 3-to-4 times the support accorded to common 2nd-place finishers such as ‘purple’ or ‘green’. Just 1-in-6 people is blue-eyed, but nearly 1-in-2 consider blue the prettiest eye color, which could be why some 50% of tinted contact lenses sold are the kind that make your brown eyes blue. (Imagine your contacts if your favorite color was ‘white’. Creepy!)
– “New York Times”

1. If she looks out of place, she could be there on purpose. She’s savvy enough to know the proper dress code for a dive bar. So if she’s dressed to the nines, she’s probably not there for the beer list. Women go places all the time specifically to meet men. There’s your green light.
2. If she’s drinking red, she could want more action. Italian researchers have found that women who drink 2 glasses of red wine per day crave sex more frequently than women who drink less often. They credit red wine’s polyphenols, which improve blood flow.
3. If she’s wide-eyed, she could be adventurous. Florida State University researchers have found that when women look at men with wide eyes, raised eyebrows, and/or sidelong glances, they usually have higher levels of sexual openness.
4. If she’s sporty, she’s not too concerned about your looks. Meet a cute woman at the weight rack? Don’t worry about being sweaty. Athletic women tend to be less choosy when it comes to a guy’s looks, say Polish researchers.
5. If she seems like an ice queen, she may have been around-the-block. Villanova researchers have found that ladies with cold personalities tend to have more sexual partners. That, psychologists say, is because they aren’t as inclined to form relationships.
– Condensed from

Some municipalities in the Netherlands may begin heating bicycle lanes to encourage more people to cycle in Winter. The plan proposes using geothermal energy to prevent ice from forming on the lanes. The cost of doing this has been estimated to be a whopping $40,000-to-$80,000 per mile, but proponents say there would be savings from fewer accidents, reduced car expenses, and less salt used to de-ice streets. Another alternative would be putting straw down on paths, but that could cost even more. (Brainwave! Heated bike tires! Maybe not.)

• Since color TV, only 1 candidate (Bob Dole) has worn a green tie in a US presidential debate.
– “Financial Times”
• In real-life Ben Whishaw, who plays gadget guru ‘Q’ in the new ‘James Bond’ film “Skyfall”, doesn’t even own a computer.
– “Daily Telegraph”
• Former ‘007’ actor Pierce Brosnan is the current narrator of kid’s TV show “Thomas the Tank Engine”.


1947 [65] Richard Dreyfuss, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“RED”, “Mr Holland’s Opus”)

1957 [55] Dan Castellaneta, Chicago IL, TV voice-over actor (‘Homer’ on “The Simpsons” since 1989)

1971 [41] Winona Ryder (Horowitz), Winona MN, movie actress (“Frankenweenie”, “Girl Interrupted”)

1984 [28] Chris Baio, Bronxville NY, indie rock musician (Vampire Weekend-“White Sky”, “Cousins”)

• “Hunters’ Moon”, the Full Moon of October, so-named because it allowed hunters of old to stalk the woods after dark. It’s also been called the ‘Beaver Moon’ as well as the ‘Frosty Moon’.

• “Internet Day”, observed on the 43rd anniversary of the 1st connection on what would become the ‘Internet’. On October 29, 1969 bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. Within a year, 10 sites were connected and there were soon applications such as email.

• “Laugh a Lot Suddenly For No Reason Day” … just before they take you away for safekeeping.

• “World Psoriasis Day”, an annual observance to increase awareness of the life-long skin disorder that causes red, scaly patches called lesions to appear on skin. It’s estimated some 125 million people worldwide are suffering from the malady.

1983 [29] Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of the Moon” becomes ‘Longest-Charting Album of All-Time’ as it logs its 491st week on the “Billboard” ‘Top 200’ album chart (lasts 740 weeks altogether until July 13, 1988)

1945 [67] 1st ‘Ballpoint Pen’ goes on sale, 57 years after it was first patented ($12.95)

1995 [17] Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers becomes the NFL’s all-time leading pass receiver, with 14,040 career yards (finishes career with 22,895)

[Tues] Checklist Day
[Tues] Create a Great Funeral Day
[Tues] Candy Corn Day
[Wed] Halloween
[Wed] Caramel Apple Day
[Wed] Magic Day

Disarmament Week / Give Wildlife a Break Week / International Magic Week / Peace, Friendship & Goodwill Week / Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week / World Hearing Aid Awareness Week


A highlight bit culled from 19 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• You get winded from knocking on the door.
• When someone drops a candy in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.
• You have to carefully choose a costume that won’t dislodge your hairpiece.
• You ask for high-fiber candy only.
• When the door opens you yell, “Trick or …” and can’t remember the rest.
• You’re the only ‘Batman’ in the neighborhood with a walker.
• You have to ask a kid to chew the candy for you.
• People say, “Great Keith Richards mask!”, but you’re not wearing a mask.
– First published in “BS” 2002.

☎ Vampires, werewolves, zombies … which are scariest?

There are now some 200 different artificial replacement parts for the human body. If you need a complete set, about how much will it cost you?
a. $2,500
b. $25,000
c. $25 million [CORRECT]
– “Fascinating Facts & Fallacies About Business”

My wife and I were happy for 25 years. Then we met.

Question: More than half of women admit they never, ever clean THIS.
Answer: Their purse.

Whoever rows the boat doesn’t have time to rock it.

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