April 1 2021

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 — Edition: #6957

Happy “Bull Day”, We’re 28-Years-Old Today – No Foolin’!


BS SUBSCRIBER NOTE:
The Bull Sheet will not be publishing tomorrow, Friday, April 2, to observe Good Friday. All subscribers will receive credit for the missed service day. The Bull Sheet will resume publication on Monday, April 5.

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Diana: The Musical,” a stage musical about the life of Princess Diana that was scheduled to open on Broadway last year, will return to the stage this December. Producers have also set the date for when a filmed presentation of the show will premiere on Netflix, two months ahead of its Broadway debut. “Diana” will return to the stage beginning in previews on Dec. 1, and the Netflix presentation will premiere on Oct. 1.
-TheWrap
★ Whoopi Goldberg, Andra Day and Zendaya will be among the honorees at this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood event, which will be livestreamed for the first time ever during Oscars week. The event, which has been an invite-only luncheon since 2008, will look and feel more like other awards shows in its new incarnation. It will be livestreamed at Essence.com and EssenceStudios.com on April 22.
-MSN
★ Sylvester Stallone is planning to take his “Rocky” franchise to TV. He’s writing a script for a potential prequel series. He gave fans a glimpse of his latest project by sharing pages of his handwritten notes for the show, which he is eager to pitch to online platform bosses. Stallone explains the origin story would take fans back to the 1960s and “the most transformative generation in modern history,” citing the moon landing, the civil rights movement, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Cold War. Stallone writes: “Needless to say the 60s was a dynamic time. Yet among all this Social Seismic Activity, we drop in on the rather plain life of 17-year-old Robert ‘Rocky’ Balboa.” He ended with: “Tell me what you think. I’m excited. MGM is excited. Hope you are, too.”
-WENN
★ William Shatner, a wrestling hall of famer? The WWE has confirmed that Shatner will be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class. He made his first WWE appearance in 1995, appearing in Jerry “The King” Lawler’s “King’s Court”. He also cornered Canadian legend Bret Hart in a showdown with Jeff Jarrett. Shatner inducted Lawler into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007, and hosted WWE Raw in 2010. Previously inducted celebrities include Donald Trump, Snoop Dogg, Drew Carey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Rose, Mike Tyson and Mr. T.
-MSN

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Nasim Pedrad, Fitz featuring Bryce Vine
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michelle Obama, Guy Raz, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Nicolle Wallace, Michaela Coel, Kings of Leon (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Regina King, Kathryn Hahn, Chang-rae Lee (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rob Gronkowski, Elle Fanning, Sabrina Carpenter (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Colin Quinn (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ice T, Rebecca Jarvis (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ralph Macchio, Uma Naidoo
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Beth Behrs, Miles Brown, Seventeen, guest host tWitch
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kyle MacLachlan, Dominique Fishback, Danielle Kartes, John Fogerty
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Seth Meyers, Danny Seo, Gayle King
• “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC): Premiere. Elliot Stabler returns to the NYPD to take on the city’s powerful organized crime syndicates and rebuild his life in the wake of a devastating personal loss.
• “United States of Al” (CBS): Premiere. Marine veteran Riley is happily reunited with his friend, interpreter Awalmir, after a long struggle to get him a visa to travel from Afghanistan.
• “Manifest” (NBC): Season 3 premiere
• “The Moodys” (FOX): Season 2 premiere
• “Major League Baseball” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): A full slate of opening day action, with all 30 teams in action.

FRIDAY-
• “Hysterical” (FX): Backstage and on the road with veteran comedians and rising stars to discover how these boundary-breaking females are changing the game and becoming the voices of their generation and their gender.
• “My Lottery Dream Home International” (HGTV): A game-show winner and his fiancée go on a tour of future family homes with room for her boudoir and his ‘dudoir’.

SATURDAY-
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Daniel Kaluuya; with musical guest St. Vincent.
• “One Perfect Wedding” (HALLMARK): With help from their best friends, a happy couple plan the perfect wedding at the place where their romance began.
• “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (LIFETIME): Influential gospel singer Mahalia Jackson rises to fame in the 1940s and performs at numerous rallies during the civil rights movement.
• “NCAA Basketball Tournament” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Final Four action (2 games)

SUNDAY-
• “The Walking Dead” (AMC): Season 10 finale
• “American Idol” (ABC): All Star Duets and Solos
• “27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS): Celebrating outstanding motion picture and television performances from the past year.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Nick Jonas – His life story will be memorialized in a new comic book, which apparently has not been approved by or worked on with Nick or his team. The 26-page book, centering around his drive to become a star while battling type 1 diabetes, will drop later this month.
• Demi Lovato – has come out as pansexual. On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, she said she’s pansexual, meaning she’s attracted to all genders, and proud to be part of the “alphabet mafia,” a reference to the LGBTQIA+ community.
• Ariana Grande — is joining “The Voice” as a coach for the upcoming Season 21. She’ll join returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton for the fall cycle, taking the red-swivel chair slot currently occupied by Nick Jonas.
• Notorious B.I.G. — A hubcap from the SUV he was in when he was shot is up for sale. The owner of one of the 4 hubcaps from the infamous GMC Suburban Biggie was riding in when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, is asking for $150,000.
• Pearl Jam – have been forced to postpone their 17-date European and UK tour for yet another year, pushing it back to 2022 due to coronavirus restrictions. That means that their 2-night appearance at this year’s British Summer Time event at Hyde Park in July has also been cancelled for 2021.
• Eagles – Their 2000 live album “The Millennium Concert” is coming out on vinyl, and by itself, for the first time. Out tomorrow, the 12-song set recorded at 3 year-end shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, had only been available as a part of 2 separate box sets.
• Kane Brown — A year after his song ‘Worldwide Beautiful’ reached the top 30 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, he’s donated $100,000 of the song’s earnings to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In a video, Brown, who is a long-time supporter of the organization, said: “You guys inspire me every day, and I love the heck out of y’all. I can’t wait to see you on the road.”
• Carrie Underwood – is a big fitness buff, but there is one workout move that she doesn’t like. Quote: “I hate burpees, I hate burpees so much. My trainer Eve Overland, she loves burpees, and she will do the most insane variations of burpees, and I am just like, ‘No.’”
• Lockeland – the aspiring country trio has announced they are breaking up after 3 years together. They released their debut single ‘Til’ The Cows Come Home’ in 2019, landing it in the top 40. They will release a final single, ‘Blackberry Whiskey’, on April 30.

SHOOTING THE BULL

SCIENTISTS SAY:
⇒ Although signing big-name free agents can certainly help a pro team win, a new study finds that fans would rather root for the local kid. University of Kansas researchers found that sports fans prefer homegrown champions to titles which feel “bought.” Many organizations opt for the homegrown approach of drafting and developing their own players, while others are much more aggressive with their money, forking over tens of millions of dollars for the big stars. In a survey of 1,500 sports fans, participants told researchers they believe a home-grown team almost always has better chemistry, stronger camaraderie, and more team cohesion. And most respondents say they appreciate the hard work of building a championship team from scratch. The study author says the results show that “everyone loves a winner, but even more so when the backstory is based on perspiration and determination.” (Sorry, Pirates fans…it’s still not your year!)
⇒ A new study says people who prefer fruity drinks are more fun. To explore stereotypes surrounding the alcoholic beverages people enjoy, a survey asked 2,000 adults to weigh in on their “go-to” drink order. Fruity drink fans were found most likely to describe their personalities as “fun” (54%) rather than “serious” (33%), and “carefree” rather than “driven”. Those who prefer light-colored alcohols are most likely to describe themselves as “introverted” (61%) and “relaxed” (60%). Dark alcohol drinkers are more likely to identify as “logical” (46%) and “driven” (40%). On the other hand, those who prefer spicy drinks frequently consider themselves as the “black sheep” of their group. (Did they find anything out about people who drink beer with a straw? Asking for a friend…)
-StudyFinds

NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A woman lost her personal injury lawsuit after her lawyer refused to wear a mask in court and the judge threw out her case. Brooklyn, NY Judge Lawrence Knipel tossed the case after attorney Howard Greenwald said he could not breathe while wearing the mask in the newly reopened court. The judge, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 last spring, insisted the lawyer comply with rules requiring masks in all state court buildings.  Court transcripts show the lawyer indicated he wasn’t contesting the mask rule, but felt that he wasn’t “physically able to comply”, saying: “I want to the record to reflect that I am sweating profusely from the effort.” (I bet his client was sweating, too!)
➢ A cat owner is never sure where their feline friend goes when it’s out, but a British man found out that his cat has a secret life – next door. Michael Hubank says he went to check his neighbor Ronnie’s property on the “Zoopla” real estate company’s website (“as people do…”), and was stunned to see his beloved cat ‘Freddy’ lounging on a bed in one of the photos. Quote: “I tweeted it because I was gobsmacked how comfortable the bloody cat looked…When I got home, my daughter had contacted me from Sheffield to say it had gone viral.” But maybe he shouldn’t have been so surprised. Hubank says that Freddie is well-known in the area: “Apparently one neighbour calls him Tibby, another Leo. He’s shameless.” (Nope. He a-paw-ling…)
-AP, Metro

DID YOU KNOW?
An ‘Australian White’s’ tree frog from Florida has been selected as the 2021 Cadbury Bunny. ‘Betty’, the first amphibian to represent the brand in its Easter commercials, was chosen from more than 12,000 entries in the third-annual tryouts, which included a donkey, miniature horse and goat. Betty is starring in the 2021 Cadbury Clucking Bunny commercial and will receive a $5,000 prize. Cadbury also will donate $15,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Last year’s winner was a Treeing Walker coonhound named ‘Lieutenant Dan’.
SNEAK PEAK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgNxVcRw9jU
-UPI

BS CHRONOMETER 04.01.21

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948 [73] Jimmy Cliff [James Chambers], St James Jamaica, reggae singer (‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Reggae Night’)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010

1961 [60] Susan Boyle, Blackburn Scotland, pop singer (‘Wild Horses’)/TV talent show contestant (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2009)

1973 [48] Rachel Maddow, Castro Valley CA, TV host/political commentator (“The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC)

1982 [39] Taran Killam, Culver City CA, TV actor (“Saturday Night Live” 2010-16, “Single Parents” 2018-20)

1986 [35] Hillary Scott, Nashville TN, country singer (Lady A-‘Need You Now’, ‘What if I Never Get Over You’)

1995 [26] Logan Paul, Westlake OH, internet personality (Vine, YouTube)/actor/singer

FRIDAY- Linda Hunt (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 76; Emmylou Harris (‘Blue Kentucky Girl’) is 74; Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 60; Adam F. Goldberg (“The Goldbergs”) is 45; Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”) is 44; Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 42; Jesse Plemons (“Friday Night Lights”) is 33

SATURDAY – Zoolgist Jane Goodall is 87; Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) is 63; Eddie Murphy (“Beverly Hills Cop”) is 60; Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) is 53; Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) is 49; Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) is 47; Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) is 39; Leona Lewis (‘Bleeding Love’) is 36; Amanda Bynes (“She’s the Man) is 35; Paris Jackson (daughter of Michael Jackson) is 23

SUNDAY- Craig T. Nelson (“Parenthood”) is 77; Graham Norton (“The Graham Norton Show”) is 58; David Cross (“Arrested Development”) is 57; Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man”) is 56; Josh Todd (Buckcherry) is 50; Magician David Blaine is 48; Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 42; Jamie Lynn Spears (“Zoey 101”) is 30

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “April Fool’s Day”. Many say the custom of playing practical jokes today originated with the reform of the calendar when “New Year’s Day” was moved from April 1 to January 1. Those who clung to the old “New Year’s Day” were scoffed at as ‘fools’ and sent fake party invitations and prank gifts. That tradition began in France around 1564, where an ‘April Fool’ is called a ‘poisson d’avril’ (April fish).
• “St Stupid’s Day”, a celebration on April 1st in San Francisco since 1980, when a wacky parade is held. The occasion’s dim-witted activities include the ‘high four’ handshake (hand up, palm towards partner, fold thumb across palm, slap high four, say “Ouch!”). LINK: http://saintstupid.com/menu.html
• “International Tatting Day”, NOT what you’re thinking! This celebrates the technique of handcrafting lace by using a series of knots and loops. (You can never have too many doilies, right?)
• “One Cent Day”, celebrating the world’s most useless currency … the penny. It now costs 2.41 cents to manufacture a penny in the U.S. Countries that no longer use the penny (or its equivalent) include Australia, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.
• “Boomer Bonus Day”, a day where Baby Boomers (people born right after WWII) get a special price on their purchases. (It’s a nice way of saying “Senior prices.”)

FRIDAY-
• “Good Friday”, a solemn day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Bible. It is observed during Holy Week on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and sometimes as Black Friday.
• “Ferret Day”, celebrating those cute & cuddly little pets that are the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the weasel genus. (Don’t you just love it when they crawl up your pant leg?)
• “International Children’s Book Day”, celebrated on the birthday of one of the most famous children’s authors, Hans Christian Andersen, born in Denmark on this day in 1805. He penned 168 fairytales in all, including “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Little Mermaid”.
BS LEAST RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
– “The Little Sissy Who Snitched”
– “Whining, Kicking & Crying to Get Your Way”
– “Places Where Mommy & Daddy Hide Neat Things”
– “The Mouse, the Motorcycle, And the Organ Donor Card”
– “How to Write Your Name in the Snow”
• “Peanut Butter & Jelly Day”, celebrating what may be the world’s most popular sandwich. But what else have you sandwiched with peanut butter? We like PB & tuna. Nummers!
• “Love Your Produce Manager Day”, a day to appreciate the person who orders and stocks fresh fruits and vegetables at groceries and supermarkets. So, go ahead … squeeze his melons.
• “Reconciliation Day”, a day to write a letter or make a phone call in order to mend a broken relationship. (“Dear Boss: Sorry about that April Fool’s Day whoopee cushion …”)
• “World Autism Day”, a UN observance since 2007 to raise awareness of this disorder of neural development. Approximately 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

SATURDAY-
• “Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day”, an annual observance encouraging us to lighten up at the office and actually enjoy work, not just endure it. (Of course, lately, it’s been just “Don’t Go to Work Day”…)
• “National Chocolate Mousse Day”, recognizes the decadent dessert that gained popularity in France in the 1800s (good training for Easter!)
• “Find a Rainbow Day”, although I’m sure you would rather find the pots o’gold at the ends!
• “American Circus Day”, Englishman John Bill Ricketts promised the opening of a circus in the newly formed United States, and on April 3, 1793 he produced the first performance in Philadelphia. This early circus emphasized equestrian feats and was geared toward adults.
• “Pony Express Day”, celebrating those brave souls who made up the unique mail delivery system of the same name. In the days of the wild west, there was no Fed Ex, no Postal Service that ran that far west, no planes, and deliveries by ship were likely to take months — if they got there at all.

SUNDAY-
• “Easter”, celebrated by Christians to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans in 30 AD. It is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Special church services are held, and in some countries, there are processions.
• “404 Day”, celebrating(?) the 404 error or, ‘not found’ message. It occurs when your computer is not able to communicate with a server or server can’t find what was requested. Since the decimal form of April 4 coincides with 404, this day has become 404 Day.
• “Hug a Newsperson Day”, Caution: wait until he/she has had their morning coffee!
• “International Day for Landmine Awareness & Assistance”. (Unfortunately, participation in this can cost you an arm and a leg…)
• “Carrot Day”, the day when the carrot is celebrated through carrot parties and other carrot related festivities. (Carrot festivities? The only carrot festivity that I want to be a part of is a big hunk of carrot cake…hold the carrots!)
• “World Rat Day”, recognizing the ‘dear, sweet animals which deserve greater recognition and admiration’, according to people who own them. It’s claimed their bad image is largely due to ignorance and unthinking prejudice. (Well, that and the plague…) NET: http://www.worldratday.com
• “Tell-A-Lie Day”, Here are some of the ‘World’s Greatest Lies’ …
– “You get this one, I’ll buy the next round.”
– “Drinking? Why no, officer.”
– “Trust me, I’ll take care of everything.”
– “It’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing.”
– “I gave at the office.”
– “Don’t worry, my dog’s never bitten anyone.”
– “The check’s in the mail.”
– “Of course I love you.”
– “It was good for me, too.”
– “I’ll call you later.” (***Ask listeners for more***)

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1979 [42] Cartoon character ‘Bart Simpson’ is born (according to several sources), but he’s perennially aged 10, according to “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2008 [13] YouTube tricks users with the popular bait-and-switch prank ‘Rickrolling’ by featuring video links that actually lead to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ music video. Several other websites have the same idea, creating an unintentional, internet-wide April Fools’ joke.

2012 [09] Taylor Swift wins her second consecutive ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award at the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas NV

2014 [07] Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1976 [45] Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne found “Apple Computer” in the garage of Jobs’ parents house in Cupertino, California

2001 [20] Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal

2004 [17] Google introduces “gmail” to the public (at the time, many think it is an April Fools joke)

BULL’S BITS

BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Facebook has more users than the populations of the U.S., China, and Brazil combined.
✓ The verb “unfriend” first appeared in 1659.
✓ The word “dude” originated in the 1800s as an insult to men overly concerned with the latest fashion trends.
✓ Humans invented booze before we invented the wheel.
✓ The world’s entire population could fit inside Los Angeles.
✓ On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Then played piano music.
-BestLife, MentalFloss

Best of BS . . .
BS SIGNS THE EASTER BUNNY’S NUTS:
• Neighbor bunnies describe him as ‘a quiet loner’.
• Just — can’t — stop — washing — his — paws.
• Loves to bite the heads off chocolate bunnies.
• Hides all the eggs in his pants.
• Had the words ‘bite me’ shaved into the fur on his back.
• Keeps rubbing himself for good luck.
• He is a bunny and he’s handing out eggs. Isn’t that enough?
-First published in BS in 2002

BS SIGNS YOU WERE PRANKED LAST APRIL FOOL’S DAY:

• You still have a chipped tooth from trying to roll up the rim on your travel mug.
• You ended up married to Ashton Kutcher.
• To thwart the office jokester this year, you’ve already Jell-O-molded your stapler.
• There’s no way you’re falling for that “don’t worry it’s free parking downtown” joke again!
• You’re still trying to pick up that quarter that’s glued to the lunchroom floor.
• You’re pretty sure you’ll never, ever forget the taste of Nutella and Ex-lax.
• Pants-optional bus service sounded totally believable!
-First published in BS in 2019

TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Baseball’s Opening Day is finally here! (Oh, how I love the smell of freshly cut grass, the slow steady pace of the game, and the quirky ballpark traditions . . . so much that it’s ALMOST WORTH spending $17 on a Bud Light.)
➠ A Florida man watched “Avengers: Endgame” 191 times in a row to set a new Guinness World Record. (It’s amazing what you can do when you completely remove women from your life…)
➠ Kim Kardashian broke down in tears on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, amid her impending divorce from Kanye West. (I think she deserves props for baring her soul . . . for 11 consecutive takes over two-and a half days…)
➠ Passover continues until April 4th. (The first two nights were celebrated with traditional family dinners.  The other five, by relentless nagging from your mom about why you still haven’t met a nice doctor and settled down…)
➠ It’s April Fools’ Day! (You can tell because here at the station, everyone is constantly on guard, wondering if I’m going to do something awful to them. Unlike every other day when they KNOW I am!)

BS WEB GOODIE:
Happy Easter, everybunny!  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=675724939851719

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Easter egg hunts are proof that your children can find things when they really want to.

BS PHONE STARTER:

What is the best prank that you’ve been the victim of?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTIONS:

Question:  When it comes to Easter candy, 3 out of 4 people do THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Bite our chocolate bunny’s ears off first

Question:  Nearly half of all people who live together disagree on how to do THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Load the dishwasher

BS DEEP THOUGHTS:

The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.
Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.

 

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