Monday, October 31, 2016 – Edition: #5840

BS Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Mariah Carey is reportedly asking for a $50-million settlement from Aussie billionaire James Packer after the engaged pair split. She apparently believes a large settlement is due because she had to ‘uproot her life and move to Los Angeles’ for him. An inside source tells Page Six: ”Of course Mariah wants money, but she’s not getting $50 million. There’s no negotiations about money because they haven’t spoken since the split.”
– Bang Showbiz
★ Estranged couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans LA for $4.9 million. Brangelina bought the luxurious 3-story 1830s-era mansion in the French Quarter in 2007 for $3.5 million. And it seems the New Orleans property may not be the only Jolie-Pitt home up for sale. They’ve also reportedly agreed to part with Chateau Miraval, their country estate in the south of France. The 1,200-acre property was purchased for $60 million in 2012.
– “Us Weekly”
★ And California’s Mike Lin filed a trademark for “Nasty Woman” the day after Donald Trump used the term to insult Hillary Clinton during the 3rd US presidential debate. He immediately began selling T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan at his online store. Problem is, people on Etsy and other sites are selling their own “Nasty Woman” tees – so he’s gotta go after them. He may be in for a long court battle though; registering a trademark can take up to a year.

• “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts” (ABC) – Highlights of memorable moments from past CMA Awards and performances by country music artists.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Rap pioneers Sugar Hill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight: The Best of Sugarhill Gang”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – Couples perform an individual Halloween-themed routine.
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Ariana Grande (“Dangerous Woman”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Alice Cooper, of the Hollywood Vampires.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Triptides (“Hourglass: A Collection of Unreleased Obscurities”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Harry Connick Jr (“Every Man Should Know”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – 3rdeyegirl drummer Hannah Welton sits in.
• “People of Earth” (TBS) – Debut of a new sci-fi series about a journalist investigating oddballs who think they have been abducted by aliens. Stars Wyatt Cenac, Michael Cassidy.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Pop music veteran Ray Parker Jr (“Ghostbusters”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Big Sean (“Twenty88”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill serve as key advisers in preparation for the ‘Knockout Rounds’.

• Adele – Rumors are circulating in Britain that the 28-year-old has become engaged to her boyfriend of 5 years, Simon Konecki.
• AFI – They’re releasing their first new album since 2013’s “Burial” early next year. The self-titled new record is already available for pre-order in the iTunes Music Store.
• Blackberry Smoke – They’re set to debut at #1 on tomorrow’s new ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart with “Like an Arrow”.
• Elton John – He’s announced he’s putting out a vinyl box set of albums in collaboration with fashion house Burberry. The set is limited to 800 copies, yet even that might be a struggle to shift if recent sales are any guide.
• Kanye West – He’s added yet another show at The Forum in Los Angeles, making a total of 6. He already appeared at the venue last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and he’s now repeating that schedule this week.
• Little Mix – They’ve knocked James Arthur out of the #1 spot on the new UK singles chart, the first time one Brit artist has replaced another since last November.
• Outkast – Big Boi is expanding his dog empire by launching his own line of pet shampoo. He’s a co-owner of Pitfall Kennels in his hometown of Atlanta GA and has teamed with pet product guru Bobbi Panter on 6 different shampoos that are now being sold online.

Among things all females learn early on is you guzzle cranberry juice to prevent a urinary tract infection, which 1-in-5 women eventually get. The reason: cranberries purportedly have an ingredient that can keep bacteria from sticking to the bladder and urinary tract. But now researchers say that idea is nothing more than an old wives’ tale. A study of older women in nursing homes – where UTIs are the most commonly diagnosed infection – found no difference among women given daily cranberry capsules and those given placebos. Although this study only involves nursing home women, the researchers note that many other studies done in other situations have not shown any benefit. (No to self: sell Ocean Spray shares.)
– “New York Daily News”

• A Ukrainian man has officially changed his name to … iPhone 7. After an electronics store offered the latest Apple product to the first people to do that, 20-year old iPhone Sim (Ukrainian for ‘Seven’) got the coveted prize Friday. Sounds dumb but makes a bit of sense financially. A smartphone costs at least $850 in Ukraine, while a name change costs the equivalent of $2.
– AP
• An Arizona fugitive stopped for fast-food … in the middle of police chase. The 35-year-old who’s wanted on an outstanding warrant refused to stop when cops tried to pull him over. A police helicopter then followed him as he drove through greater Phoenix and even watched as he went through a drive-thru to order food. He was arrested after abandoning his vehicle.
– “Arizona Republic”

Most popular child costumes …
1. Action/Superhero
2. Princess
3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc)
4. “Batman” Character
5. “Star Wars” Character
– National Retail Federation

With just 1 sentence in its October catalogue, retailer J Crew has triggered a veritable online panic about the death of … the skinny tie. Quote: “We widened our ties by ¼” to keep up with today’s changing proportions.” For the past few years, ties of 2½ inches (in some cases, as thin as just a single inch) have been commonplace among a certain set of tie-wearers. But J Crew’s ties are now 2½-to-2¾ inches. Skinny ties were really only a thing for the ultra-hip, young crowd. For those not in that demographic, 3-to-3¼ inches is standard. Besides skinny ties go best with skinny suits, and skinny suits are also going out of style in the fashion world. (Time to dig out those wide ’90s ties in the back of your closet, guys.)
– CBS News

Halloween handouts rated from worst-to-first …
• Nothing – The porch light is on, but no one answers the door. Ripoff!
• Religious Pamphlets – And a lecture on how evil Halloween is.
• Healthy Snacks like Raisins –What, no sugar tonight?
• Pencils and/or Erasers – This is a ‘treat’?.
• Old People Candy – Tastes stale. How long did they have this stuff in the cupboard?
• Soft Drink Cans – A giant brick you have to carry in your bag the rest of the night.
• Gum – Strangely dissatisfying on Halloween. And why is it so hard?
• Homemade Treats –From a random house somewhere on your route? Cold shivers.
• Self-Serve Candy – Bingo! But sometimes it’s all gone or has been exposed to the elements.
• Fun-Size Candy Bars – You know, the little shrunken ones. Takes 10 to satisfy a craving.
• Full-Size Candy Bars – Yasss! The holy grail of trick-or-treating.
– Adapted from

• Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 BC, which means it’s been around for over 6,000 years.
• According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
• Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
• The 1st known mention in print of trick-or-treating in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta.
• Halloween is the 2nd-highest-grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.


1961 [55] Larry Mullen Jr, Dublin, Ireland, rock drummer (U2-“Vertigo”, “Beautiful Day”)

1961 [55] Peter Jackson, Pukerua Bay NZ, filmmaker (“The Hobbit” films, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)

1963 [53] Johnny Marr, Manchester UK, rock singer-guitarist (Modest Mouse-“Float On”, The Smiths-“Sheila Take a Bow”) BS FACTOID: His autobiography, “Set the Boy Free”, is out November 15th.

• “Caramel Apple Day”, saluting the tasty Fall treat made by dipping apples on a stick into hot caramel (or Kraft Caramels back in the day). Thanks to mean-spirited booby traps, these are no longer popular as Halloween treats … unless you make them at home!.

• “Halloween”, a long tradition in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. In recent years, the celebration has spread to other countries around-the-world.

• “International Magic Day,” traditionally a day for magicians to meet, celebrated on the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death on October 31st, 1926.

• “International UNICEF Day”, observed on October 31st since 1967, the reason many trick-or-treaters collect donations in UNICEF coin boxes.

• “Knock-Knock Jokes Day”, celebrating their momentous contribution to the comedy world.

2006 [10] After 35 years at the helm, game show host Bob Barker announces he’ll retire from CBS-TV’s “The Price Is Right” (Drew Carey takes over)

2005 [11] The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album sells at an Amnesty International charity auction in Las Vegas for $118,000

2011 [05] “Day of Seven Billion”, the day officially designated by the UN Population Fund as the approximate date on which the world’s population reached 7 billion (coincidentally all of them are your Facebook friends)

[Nov 1] “The Middle-Earth 6-Film Collection” released / All Saints Day / Day Of the Dead / Authors Day / Family Caregiver Day / Family Literacy Day / Go Cook For Your Pets Day / World Vegan Day
[Nov 2] “50th CMA Awards” (ABC) / All Souls Day / Cookie Monster Day / Plan Your Epitaph Day
[Nov 3] Cliché Day / Men Make Dinner Day / Sandwich Day
[Nov 4] “Doctor Strange”; “Trolls” open in movie theaters / “The Crown” series debut (Netflix) / Love Your Lawyer Day / Use Your Common Sense Day
[Nov 5] Love Your Red Hair Day / Sausage & Kraut Day / Stout Day
[Nov 6] Daylight Saving Time ends / “Soul Train Awards” (Las Vegas NV) / MTV Europe Music Awards (Rotterdam, Netherlands) / International Day for Preventing the Exploitation Of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict / Saxophone Day / Zero Tasking Day
[Nov 7] Fill Our Staplers Day / Merlot Day / Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
[Nov 8] USA Election Day / Abet & Aid Punsters Day / Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day / Parents as Teachers Day
[Nov 9] World Freedom Day
[Nov 10] Sesame Street Day / World Science Day for Peace & Development
[Nov 11] “Almost Christmas”; “Arrival”; “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” open in movie theaters / Remembrance Day (Canada) / Veterans Day (USA) / “Red Oaks” series debut (Amazon) / Origami Day / Red Lipstick Day
[Nov 12] Fancy Rat & Mouse Day / World Pneumonia Day
[Nov 13] World Kindness Day
[Nov 14] Full ‘Beaver’ Moon / Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day / Spicy Guacamole Day / Pickle Day / Operating Room Nurse Day / World Diabetes Day / World Orphan Day
[Nov 15] Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day / Entrepreneurship Day / Philanthropy Day
[Nov 16] International Day for Tolerance
[Nov 17] Latin Grammy Awards (Las Vegas NV) / Beaujolais Nouveau Day / Great American Smokeout / Homemade Bread Day / Unfriend Day / World Prematurity Awareness Day
[Nov 18] “The Edge of Seventeen”; “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” open in movie theaters / “The Taylor Swift Experience” opens in NYC / Married To a Scorpio Support Day / Apple Cider Day
[Nov 19] Family Volunteer Day / Guinness World Record Day / International Men’s Day / Mother Goose Day / Adoption Day / Survivors of Suicide Day / World Philosophy Day / Women’s Entrepreneurship Day / World Toilet Day
[Nov 20] “The Affair” season debut (Showtime) / “American Music Awards” (ABC) / African Industrialization Day / Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day / Name Your PC Day / Transgender Day of Remembrance / World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
[Nov 21] World Hello Day / World Television Day
[Nov 22] Go For a Ride Day / International Start Your Own Country Day
[Nov 23] ARIA Awards (Sydney NSW) / Dr Who Day / Image Consultant Day / Espresso Day
[Nov 24] Thanksgiving (USA) / “The Simpsons” 600-episode marathon begins (FXX) / Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
[Nov 25] “Bad Santa 2”; “Moana” open in movie theaters / “Gilmore Girls” reboot debuts (Netflix) / Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day / Flossing Day / Fur Free Friday / International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day / Shopping Reminder Day / Sinkie Day
[Nov 26] World Day of Giving / Small Business Saturday
[Nov 27] Grey Cup (Toronto ON) / Freckle Pride Day / Electric Guitar Day
[Nov 28] Cyber Monday
[Nov 29] Electronic Greetings Day / International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People / Square Dancing Day
[Nov 30] Computer Security Day / Meth Awareness Day / Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting (NYC) / Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


Highlight bits culled from 23 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• Soaping your neighbor’s Microsoft Windows.
• Tipping cows … more than the standard 15%.
• Eggo-ing your neighbor’s car.
• Prank-calling a girl and asking in a spooky voice, “Do you like light-hearted romantic movies?”
• Ringing the neighbor’s doorbell, lighting a paper bag on fire, then attempting to place dog doo in bag.
– First published in “BS” 2001.

✓ Going to bed early is your superpower.
✓ Coffee tastes even better the earlier you drink it.
✓ A sunrise is the most beautiful thing in the world.
✓ Your focus is best in the quiet of early morning.
✓ Having time to make or buy breakfast changes the whole pace of your day.
✓ The best time to shop is first thing in the morning. There’s no one else in the store.
✓ Getting to work before everyone else is smart. All that time to finish stuff before emails start.
✓ Commuting before rush hour? Even smarter.
✓ That “It’s only noon and I’ve accomplished so much!” feeling is totally awesome.
– First published in “BS” 2014.

☎ At what age should kids quit trick-or-treating? Some say after age 13 isn’t normal.

Question: Stats show the average person consumes 24 lbs of THIS per year.
Answer: Coffee.

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Wayne Bavin @ Town 102, Ipswich UK; Leighton Morris @ Wolverine Radio [WJGP ] Jewett City CT; Jason Gunn @ More FM Christchurch NZ; and Willie McKenzie @ Stirling City Radio, Stirling, Scotland.

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