Monday, September 30, 2013        Edition: #5069

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

Zee bull is back! All subscribers have received account credits for missed service days during our vacation hiatus. BTW, Portugal is ‘tri-legal’ (tree leh-GOW) … very cool!

✶ Host Tina Fey let the newbies stand out on the 39th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) over the weekend. 6 new comics made their debut and bucked a long-standing trend on the opener by getting some serious face time in their first 90 minutes. (One or more of these people may become household names: Beck Bennett, Brooks Wheelan, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells.)
– QMI Agency
✶ 26-year-old “Glee” star Heather Morris (‘Brittany Pierce’) has become a first-time mom after giving birth to a baby boy. The actress & her longtime boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell, became parents to son Elijah on Saturday. Reports about Morris’ pregnancy first broke in April. (Mom or not, she’ll always be remembered as ‘that dumb cheerleader’.)
✶ A familiar face is coming to Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “American Idol” Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard. With a starting weight of 462 lbs, Ruben says he’s determined to change his unhealthy lifestyle. Part of his plan is to reserve 2 hours each day for himself. “The Biggest Loser” returns Tuesday, October 8th. (Remember he used to wear shirts with his area code ‘205′ on them? That’s about what he needs to lose.)
✶ “Forbes” has unleashed its annual list of rap music’s biggest earners. Diddy is on top for the past fiscal year with $50 million; Jay Z is 2nd with $43 million; Dr Dre 3rd at $40 million. Also in the top 10: Nicki Minaj ($29 million), Birdman ($21 million), Kanye West ($20 million), Lil Wayne ($16 million), Wiz Khalifa ($14 million), Ludacris ($12 million), and Pitbull ($11 million). (How does Diddy rake in so much dough doing diddly?)
✶ And Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned the new ‘Miss Universe’ on Saturday night. The pageant was moved from the Indonesian capital Jakarta to the resort island of Bali due to protests by Muslim fundamentalists. US-born Young, who moved to the Philippines at age 10, beat out 126 other contestants and pledged to ‘share what she knows to educate people’. (Not to mention bringing peace to all mankind.)
– BBC News

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Demi Lovato (“Demi”); Moby (“Innocents”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – The couples perform, then face elimination.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Justin Timberlake (“20/20 Experience: 2 of 2″).
• “iHeartradio Music Festival, Night 1″ (CW) – Performers include Elton John, fun,  J Cole, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and Robin Thicke.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Lumineers (“The Lumineers”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Milo Greene (“Milo Greene”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – The Naked & Famous (“In Rolling Waves”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Avett Bros (“Magpie & The Dandelion”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Sting (“The Last Ship”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Gary Clark Jr (“Blak & Blu”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – More vocalists audition for the coaches.

∙ Backstreet Boys – Nick Carter’s new memoir, “Facing the Music & Living To Talk About It”, reveals that his parents, who owned a Jamestown NY bar, were heavy drinkers and he was given his first booze at age 2. He went on to struggle with alcohol abuse and drug addiction.
∙ David Bowie – Fashion design house Louis Vuitton has signed up the 66-year-old musician to star in the 2nd part of its ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’ ad campaign.
∙ Flaming Lips – Tonight they kick off a string of East Coast North American dates in Boston MA. Australian rock band Tame Impala is the opening act.
∙ Jack Johnson – “From Here to Now to You” has debuted at #1, making it the 4th chart-topping album of his career.
∙ Justin Timberlake – The 2nd half of his latest album, “20/20 Experience: 2 of 2″, is out today with 10 new songs. It includes unreleased material from the first “20/20″ sessions as well as new studio work. Both the Deluxe Version and Vinyl Deluxe Version include 2 bonus tracks.
∙ Katy Perry – Tonight she closes the “iTunes Festival” in London with a preview of her upcoming 3rd album “Prism” (out October 22nd). The month-long music series has included performances from Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, and Robin Thicke.
∙ Lorde – Today the “Royals” singer releases her debut album, “Pure Heroine”. Tonight the 16-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) performs in NYC.
∙ Nirvana – The childhood home of Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen WA is on the market for $500,000. It comes with artifacts, including holes he put in the walls and band names (Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin) he scrawled on them. His mattress is also reportedly in an upstairs crawl space.
∙ Rihanna – Fans were infuriated and showed it by booing when she showed up over 90 minutes late for her show in Adelaide, Australia. One disgruntled attendee tweeted: “Thanks for a disappointing show … as if Adelaide doesn’t suck enough already.”
∙ Taylor Swift – She’s testing her acting chops again, this time in the upcoming drama film “The Giver”, based on the young adult novel. She’ll join a cast that already includes Alexander Skarsgård, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep.

Actor James Franco’s new novel “Actors Anonymous” (‘an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity’) comes out October 15th. A few of its most Franco-esque lines …
∙ “Sometimes it is painful to be oneself; at other times it seems impossible to escape oneself.”
∙ “I am an actor, so I can play everything. Everyone is in me, and I am a part of everyone.”
∙ “I am Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando and Jimmy Stewart and Jean-Paul Belmondo and Steve McQueen. I am Meryl Streep and Natalie Wood and Cate Blanchett and Marilyn Monroe.”
∙ “Seeking your place, that is reality. And if your place is not amongst the people of your time, then do your work for other times, for the times to come, or do your talking with your heroes of the past.”
∙ “I’m here to entertain you, but I don’t really care about entertaining you, know what I mean?”

Have you heard of the ‘hedonometer’? It’s a nifty thing that traces key words on Twitter and uses them to judge how happy people are on any given day. A graph shows happiness rankings for each day based on the use of tweeted words such as ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘family’, etc. Interestingly, the happiest days measured between September 2008 and now have been the Christmas Days of each year. So far in 2013, Valentines Day has been the one most full of positive social-media words. The team responsible for the project is talking about enlarging it to include more networks besides Twitter, and other countries besides the USA.
– Adapted from “Globe & Mail”

A new ranking of the best-ever animated TV series (a great argument starter!) …
10. “South Park” (1997-present)
9. “Family Guy” (1999-2002; 2005-present)
8. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-present)
7. “Batman: The Animated Series” (1992-95)
6. “Rocky & His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show” (1959-64)
5. “Scooby-Doo” (1969-present)
4. “Peanuts” (1965-present)
3. “Looney Tunes” (1960-present)
2. “The Flintstones” (1960-66)
1. “The Simpsons” (1989-present)

How do you flirt? Most people score high on 1 or 2 of the following styles, very low on another, and somewhere in the middle of the others. So, which type are you?
∙ Physical Style – Body language, using hands, eyes, face, voice, and smile. About 75% of women, for instance, admit to trying to casually bump into a guy to get his attention.
∙ Polite Style – With conservative attitudes about dating and courtship, they refuse to engage in inappropriate sexual behavior and adopt a cautious approach to relationship initiation.
∙ Playful Style – These people see flirting as a game. They like to meet others, chat them up, and try to impress them. Flirting is done for its own sake, no romantic ties required.
∙ Sincere Style – They flirt by showing genuine personal interest. This flirting style is marked by a desire to create an emotional bond through sharing intimate things about each other.
∙ Traditional Style – Revolves around the idea that, in dating, men should make the first move and women should not pursue men. It may seem old school, but it’s still common.
– Condensed from “USA Today”

• The typical Internet user has 7 passwords to manage 25 online accounts.
– “The Economist”
• Cuban rescue workers use ‘sniffer rabbits’ to find people in collapsed buildings.
– Magazine Monitor


1963 [50] Eddie Montgomery, Danville KY, country singer (Montgomery Gentry-“Roll With Me”, “Back When I Knew It All”)

1964 [49] Robby Takac, Buffalo NY, alt-rock singer-bassist (Goo Goo Dolls-“Slide”, “Iris”)

1964 [49] Trey Anastasio, Fort Worth TX, cult band singer-songwriter-guitarist (Phish-“Time Turns Elastic”)

1975 [38] Marion Cotillard, Caen, France, movie actress (“Inception”, 2008 Academy Award–“La Vie En Rose”)

1984 [29] T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm), Tallahassee FL, hip-hop/R&B singer-songwriter (f/Yung Joc-“Buy U a Drank [Shawty Snappin’]”, w/Flo Rida-“Low”)

• “Ask a Stupid Question Day”, observed annually on the last school day in September to perpetuate the idea that ‘asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake’. It’s an idea that goes back to the 1980s when there was a movement by teachers to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Here are a few of ours …
– Why do they call them baseball ‘stands’ if everyone is sitting down?
– Why is the definition of the word ‘dictionary’ in the dictionary? Wouldn’t you know what you’re reading?
– How come boxing ‘rings’ are square?
– If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
– Why is it when your hands are coated with grease, your nose begins to itch?

• “Blasphemy Rights Day International”, when individuals are encouraged to openly express criticism of, or even disdain for, religion. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry.

• “Do Something Wacky With a Grandparent Day”. (Swap teeth?)

• “International Translation Day”, introduced in 1991 by the International Federation of Translators. Online translators allow you to switch from language-to-language instantly. Try translating an English message to another language then back to English … odds are you’ll get something that’s really wonky.

1983 [30] Opening weekend for the cult hit movie “The Big Chill” (helluva soundtrack!)

1988 [25] John Lennon is posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1988 [25] “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper” album by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince (Will Smith) is certified Multi-Platinum 2X by RIAA

2004 [09] 1st images of a live Giant Squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles (965 km) south of Tokyo, Japan

1927 [86] Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the 1927 season, setting a Major League Baseball record that stands for 34 years (using no ‘juice’ except booze!)

[Oct 1] CD Player Day / International Day of Older Persons / Lace Day / Techies Day / World Vegetarian Day
[Oct 2] “NHL Face-Off” (CBC) / “Ironside” debuts (NBC/Global) / Balloons Around the World Day / Guardian Angels Day / International Day of Non-Violence / Custodial Workers Day / Walk to School Day / World Farm Animals Day
[Oct 3] “The Originals” debuts (CW/CHCH)
[Oct 4] “Gravity”; “Runner Runner”; “A Touch of Sin” open in movie theaters / Austin City Limits Music Festival begins (Austin TX) / Blessing Of the Animals Day / Improve Your Office Day / Cinnamon Roll Day / Diversity Day / Taco Day / Ten-Four Day / Vodka Day / World Smile Day
[Oct 5] World Card Making Day / World Teachers Day
[Oct 6] Change a Light Day / Ecological Debt Day / Intergenerational Day / International African Diaspora Day / Mad Hatter Day / German-American Day / Worldwide Day of Play / Bed & Breakfast Day
[Oct 7] Child Health Day / World Habitat Day / World Day of Bullying Prevention
[Oct 8] World Zombie Day / Face Your Fears Day / Pirogi Day
[Oct 9] BFI London Film Festival begins / Emergency Nurses Day / CBGB Music & Film Festival begins (NYC) / “American Horror Story: Coven” debuts (FX) / “The Tomorrow People” debuts (CW/CTV) / Top-Spinning Day / Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day / Chess Day / Leif Erikson Day / World Post Day
[Oct 10] “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” debuts (ABC/City) / International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction / International Newspaper Carrier Day / World Mental Health Day / World Porridge Day
[Oct 11] “Captain Phillips”; “Machete Kills”; “Romeo & Juliet” open in movie theaters / “2012 Made In America” airs (Showtime) / International Day Of the Girl / Coming Out Day / Southern Food Heritage Day / World Egg Day / World Sight Day
[Oct 12] Free Thought Day / International Moment of Frustration Scream Day / Family Bowling Day / Universal Music Day
[Oct 13] English Language Day / Costume Swap Day / Clergy Appreciation Day
[Oct 14] Be Bald & Free Day / Columbus Day [USA) / Thanksgiving Day (Canada) / Kick Butt Day / Native American Day / Spider-Man Day
[Oct 15] BET Hip-Hop Awards air (BET) / Eid al-Adha (Muslim) / International Day of Rural Women / I Love Lucy Day / Cake Decorating Day / Grouch Day / White Cane Safety Day
[Oct 16] “Reign” debuts (CW/CTV) / Boss’ Day / Department Store Day / Dictionary Day / Feral Cat Day / Take Your Parents to Lunch Day / World Food Day / Hagfish Day / Fossil Day / Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day
[Oct 17] Alternative Fuel Day / Get Smart About Credit Day / International Credit Union Day / International Day For the Eradication of Poverty / Mulligan Day / Wear Something Gaudy Day
[Oct 18]  “Broadway Idiot”; “Carrie”; “Escape Plan” open in movie theaters / Full ‘Hunters’ Moon / Mammography Day / Chocolate Cupcake Day / World Menopause Day
[Oct 19] Bridge Day / Evaluate Your Life Day
[Oct 20] Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (Washington DC) / Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day / Information Overload Day
[Oct 21] Q Awards (London) / Celebration Of the Mind Day / Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day / Reptile Awareness Day
[Oct 22] Caps Locks Day / International Stuttering Awareness Day
[Oct 23] iPod Day / Medical Assistants Recognition Day / Mole Day / TV Talk Show Host Day
[Oct 24] Food Day / United Nations Day / World Development Information Day
[Oct 25] “The Counselor”; “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” open in movie theaters / “Dracula” debuts (NBC/Global) / Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day / International Artists Day / World Pasta Day / International Bandanna Day / Bread Sticks Day
[Oct 26] Life is Beautiful Festival begins (Las Vegas) / Make a Difference Day / Forgiveness Day / Bridge School Benefit begins (Mountain View CA)
[Oct 27] Cranky Co-Workers Day / Mother-in-Law Day
[Oct 28] Lung Health Day
[Oct 29] Internet Day / International Cat Day / Visit a Cemetery Day / World Psoriasis Day
[Oct 30] Checklist Day / Create a Great Funeral Day / Devils Night / Candy Corn Day
[Oct 31] Halloween / Caramel Apple Day / Beggars Night / Magic Day / UNICEF Day


Highlight bits culled from 20 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• New strain of lima beans with a refreshing menthol center.
• Spinach that actually makes you really strong for a couple of minutes.
• New product from Birdseye … actual frozen ‘birds eyes’.
• A new less-embarrassing name for ‘niblets’.
• Nerf peas.
– First published in “BS” 1999.

Did you know each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history?
• Spades – King David
• Clubs – Alexander the Great
• Hearts – Charlemagne
• Diamonds – Julius Caesar
– First published in “BS” 2002.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

In which country did umbrellas originate?
a. England
b. Egypt [CORRECT. In ancient Egypt they were used by nobles as a symbol of rank.]
c. Japan
– Yahoo! Trivia

☎ AMC-TV’s “Breaking Bad” finally wrapped last night. Best. Drama. Ever. Right?

Question: If you are average, you have 7 of THESE.
Answer: Keys on your key chain.

Half the people you know are below average.

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