Monday, September 8, 2014        Edition: #5300

Bully For You!

★ Ariana Grande was allegedly a ‘nightmare’ during the “Stand Up to Cancer” TV fundraiser on Friday night because of her diva antics backstage. The 21-year-old reportedly warned the lighting crew that if they used red spotlights she would go berserk. Then she kept everyone waiting while other stars came in and did their thing. When she caught one poor guy grimacing, she barked, ‘Who the f— do you think you’re looking at?” She later stormed off again, unhappy with her outfit. On camera, however, she gave an emotional performance of “My Everything”, in honor of her grandfather who recently died of cancer.
– “Daily Star”
★ Rachel McAdams is reportedly in talks with the producers of “True Detective” (HBO) for the lead female role in the 2nd season of the Emmy Award-winning show. The 35-year-old Canadian actress is not the only star reportedly being considered. Other names in the mix include Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”). The role is described as a ‘no nonsense sheriff’. It is thought there will be 4 leads, 3 of which are male. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn are said to be in final negotiations for those parts.
★ Bruce Springsteen has been recruited by his E Street Band colleague Steven Van Zandt to appear in the upcoming season of the Netflix drama “Lilyhammer”. ‘The Boss’ is poised to make his acting debut in the series, which stars Van Zandt as a New York mobster who goes into hiding in rural Lillehammer, Norway after testifying against his former associates. In episodes for the 3rd season shot in NYC, Van Zandt plays a priest while Springsteen takes on the role of a funeral home owner. A release date for Season 3 has yet to be announced.
★ And last night the 4th annual “Streamy Awards”, the show honoring the best of online video, streamed live from LA’s Beverly Hilton. Rapper Pitbull, beauty & fashion vlogger Michelle Phan, YouTube vlogger Tyler Oakley, and YouTube star Shay Butler (aka Shay Carl) took home the 1st ‘Icon Awards’, recognizing the creators who have made tremendous contributions to their communities through online video and social media. YouTube stars Grace Helbig & Hannah Hart hosted Sunday’s show.
– “USA Today”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Alt-J (“An Awesome Wave”).
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Adam Levine (Maroon 5). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Season 12 premiere with “The Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams; Maroon 5 (“V”) performs.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – MisterWives (“Reflections”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tinariwen (“Emmaar”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Banks (“Goddess”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Spoon (“They Want My Soul”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Usher (“UR”, coming later this year).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) –  Alicia Keys (“Girl On Fire”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Jennifer Lopez (“AKA”). Rerun.

• Alabama – The country legends are going the gospel route with today’s release of “Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition”, distributed exclusively via the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain and online at
• Ciara – The R&B singer has reportedly reconciled with her rapper fiancé Future just weeks after they called off their engagement. They split in August, three months after she’d given birth to their first child. A new report suggests they’re working on the relationship for the sake of their young son, Future Zahir Wilburn.
• Gotye – The “Somebody That I Used to Know” singer-songwriter has formed his own political party, recruiting members of his backup band to form the Basics Rock ‘n Roll Party (aka ‘BRRP’). They’re planning to run in Australia’s upcoming Victoria state elections November 29.
• Lady Gaga – After spending time with boyfriend Taylor Kinney on the set of his TV show “Chicago Fire”, she entertained a ritzy New York Fashion Week party hosted by “Harper’s Bazaar”, berating attendees “Will you f—ing shut up? We’re playing some jazz” before adding, “Goddamn rich people.”
• Led Zeppelin – In a move that will delight precisely zero rock fans, they’re collaborating with suit-maker Paul Smith on a line of … scarves (?!?!). You can now buy a scarf especially designed to commemorate each Led Zep album. This will likely go over like a Led balloon.
• Radiohead – Drummer Phil Selway tells “NME” that the Brit band plans to reconvene in the coming weeks to start work on new material. The band has been on hiatus for the past 18 months.
• Shakira – She’s launching her 4th perfume, a new fragrance called ‘Rock!’, that comes in a gold bottle shaped like an electric guitar. The exact release date for Shakira’s new scent has yet to be revealed.

The brain can be trained to enjoy healthy food, new research suggests. Scientists at Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital say that conditioning the brain to prefer healthy foods over additive calorie-laden fare happens over time in response to repeatedly eating a nutritious diet. After 6 months on a healthy diet, MRI scans from a test group have revealed increased sensitivity to healthy, low-calorie foods in the brain’s reward center associated with addiction and learning, indicating an actual increase in enjoyment of healthy foods. In contrast, the scans have revealed decreased interest in junk food. It’s thought to be the first demonstration of this healthy switch in preference. (Sorry, people. Craving eggplant is going take more than 6 months.)
– CTV News

The days employees are the most productive, according to a poll of employers …
Tuesday . . . 51%
Monday . . . 17%
Wednesday . . . 15%
Don’t Know . . . 11%
Thursday . . . 5%
Friday . . . 1%
– Accountemps Survey

The notion that homes could be fueled by human waste might not be very appealing but it could transform people’s lives in developing countries. British scientists have already proved they can charge a phone by using urine to feed microbial fuel cells. And they aim to scale up their innovation to provide much needed electricity, heat, and light through smart bathroom systems designed to be used in remote and poverty-stricken areas of the world. The research is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is hoping to help create a fully-functional system that could be installed in bathrooms to collect urine, which would then be used to light and heat the home, as well as power electronic gadgets. (There are dogs in our neighborhood that could power an entire city.)
– @MailOnline

● According to a study published by the AMA, older men are more likely to suffer heart attacks on their birthdays. (So if you have a wealthy uncle with a heart condition, this might be a good year to throw him a surprise party!)
● When it comes to reading the subtleties of emotion, women are the stronger sex, according to “Psychology Today”. While men almost always correctly recognize happiness in a female face, they pick up on distress only 70% of the time. A woman’s face has to be really sad in order for men to see it.
● The mere threat of being awakened can disrupt sleep. A study published in “American Health” identifies ‘on-call syndrome’, the fitful sleep that afflicts emergency workers, medical students, and doctors. These occupations lose an average of 1½ hours sleep whenever they are on-call, even if their services aren’t needed.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence has been named the ‘Highest-Grossing Action Movie Heroine’ by “Guinness World Records”. Her role as ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in the extremely popular and profitable “Hunger Games” film franchise has landed her the title. The first 2 films in the series have made over $1.5 billion worldwide. (“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” opens November 21st.)

• You can make vegan cheese out of human DNA.
• Man-eating sharks are 9 times more likely to kill men than women.


1971 [43] David Arquette, Winchester VA, LA nightclub owner (Bootsy Bellows, Crazy Girls)/movie actor (“Scream” movies)/brother of actresses Patricia & Rosanna Arquette

1971 [43] Brooke Burke, Hartford CT, TV personality (“Miss America Pageant” since 2011, “Dancing With the Stars” 2010-13, “Rock Star” 2005-06)/model (“Maxim”, “FHM”)

1979 [35] P!nk (Alecia Moore), Doylestown PA, pop singer (“Just Give Me a Reason”, “Get the Party Started”)

1987 [27] Wiz Khalifa (Cameron Thomaz), Minot ND, rap artist (“Young, Wild & Free”, “No Sleep”)

1989 [25] Avicii (Tim Bergling), Stockholm, Sweden, EDM DJ (“Wake Me Up”, “Levels”)/#3 on “DJ Magazine” Top 100 DJs list 2012, 2013)

• “Boss/Employee Exchange Day”, designed to help bosses and employees appreciate each other by exchanging points of view. (“Boss, from my point of view I deserve a raise.” “Well, that’s interesting because the view from over here says you’re fired.”)

• “Harvest Moon”, the Full Moon of September (aka “Corn Moon”) that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. It gets its name because, at the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.

• “International Literacy Day”, established by the UN in 1965 to promote reading & writing programs. Worldwide, 1-in-5 adults are illiterate, and 75 million children are not in school. Millions of young people leave school without a level of literacy adequate for productive and active participation in today’s information society.

• “Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day”, honoring the special RNs who are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to patients with cancer and blood disorders.

• “World Physical Therapy Day”, initiated in 1951 to recognize the work that physical therapists do for their patients and community. (What’s the strangest physio you’ve endured? Perhaps acupuncture needles … connected to electricity?)

1966 [48] “Star Trek” premieres on NBC-TV (cancelled in April, 1969 after just 79 episodes)  BS FACTOID: It spawns perhaps the most successful TV/movie franchise in history with 4 spin-off TV shows (“The Next Generation”, “Deep Space 9”, “Voyager”, “Enterprise”), an animated series, and 11 motion pictures.

2006 [08] Country singer Toby Keith makes his bigscreen debut, producing and starring in the movie “Broken Bridges”

1921 [93] 15-year-old Margaret Gorman from Washington DC (30-25-32) is crowned 1st ‘Miss America’ in the 1st-ever bathing beauty contest (the 88th Miss America Pageant will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ this Sunday, September 14th)

1965 [49] Kansas City Athletics’ Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions in a single Major League Baseball game (uh … not at once)

[Tues] “Fashion Rocks” (CBS)
[Tues] Apple unveils iPhone 6
[Tues] Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
[Tues] Wonderful Weirdoes Day
[Wed] Swap Ideas Day

Assisted Living Week / International Housekeepers Week / Line Dance Week / Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week / Suicide Prevention Week


Highlight bits culled from 21 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• “Attendance is required and will be counted in your grade.” (I’m so boring that no one would show up otherwise.)
• “My office hours are by appointment only.” (I like to get out of here early.)
• “The final will be comprehensive.” (I’ll expect you to write within 2 hours everything I couldn’t fully cover myself in 15 weeks.)
• “Well, that answer would be beyond the scope of this course.” (I don’t have a clue.)
• “Don’t write on the question sheet.” (I’m so lazy, I just use the same exams every lousy semester.)
• “This paper needs some minor revision.” (I never actually got around to reading this.)
– First published in “BS” 1999.

• It’s mighty hard to impress other gangs while wearing a fuchsia cardigan.
• The ‘100% Kevlar’ label doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence about your safety.
• The school’s initials are monogrammed on the sweater. Unfortunately, you attend ‘Philips Middle School’. (‘Frankford Upper College’.)
• No matter what the principal claims, a fez just doesn’t command much respect at the mall.
• The kilts are okay; it’s the bagpipes that are downright embarrassing.
• Tighter waistband leaves no place in which to stuff your Glock.
• Rather than just buying the uniform, you first have to get hired by UPS.
– First published in “BS” 2011.

☎ It’s “Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week”. What’s the cruelest thing your class ever did to a ‘sub’?

Which is the most widely-sold restaurant food?
a. French Fries [CORRECT. They appear in 22% of all restaurant meals.]
b. Hamburgers.
c. Salads.

Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar. “Get out of here!” shouts the bartender. “We don’t serve your type.”

Question: The world record for THIS is 41.31 seconds.
Answer: Eating an entire 12-inch pizza.

If the shoe fits, buy it in every color.

Ken Caughlin @ KBC Productions, Collingwood ON; Igor Males @ Radio BBR, Bjelovar, Croatia; Kirk Mackinnon @ Ocean 100 [CHTN] Charlottetown PEI; Michael Mozingo @ Mix 100.5 [KPSI] Palm Springs CA; John Lynch @ The Last Radio Show, Long Island NY; Tracy Lalich @ 104.9 Lime FM Mount Gambier SA Australia; and Harvey Knight @ Lite Rock Favorites 105.9 [KGBX] Springfield MO.

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