April 11 2019

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 Edition: #6434

Bully For You!

“The Bull Sheet” is headed off for a late spring break and will not be publishing Monday April 15 through Monday April 22.  All subscribers will receive credit for missed service days.  The Bull Sheet will resume publication on Tuesday, April 23.

★ Felicity Huffman’s upcoming Netflix comedy about ‘mom life’ will no longer be released this month. The streaming service has pulled the film following her guilty plea in the college admissions bribery scam. Netflix confirmed that Huffman’s film ‘Otherhood”, also starring Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette, will no longer be released on April 26. They did not give a future release date.
★ A “Grease” prequel is on the way. “Summer Loving” will tell the story of how Sandy Olsson (played by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 film) and Danny Zuko (originally played by John Travolta) first met and fell in love. As any Grease fan can tell you, the very ‘mature-looking’ teenagers met at the beach, the summer before their senior year, but never quite put it together that that they would soon be attending the same high school. Perhaps the new movie, written by frequent Tim Burton collaborator John August, will shed some light on that.
★ Disney has ordered a “Monsters, Inc.” TV series for Disney+ that will see John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprise their roles as Mike and Sully. Titled “Monsters at Work,” the series picks up six months after the original movie’s story, with the Monsters, Inc. power plant now harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis, thanks to Mike and Sully’s discovery that laughter generates ten times more energy than screams. The series will premiere on Disney+ in 2020.
★ “The Crown” has found its Princess Diana. Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in Netflix’s royal drama. Corrin has guest-starred on the British murder mystery drama “Grantchester” and will make her feature film debut in “Misbehaviour” opposite Keira Knightley and Greg Kinnear. Corrin will appear in season four of The Crown, which will begin filming later this year. Season three, which does not have a premiere date yet, is the first to feature a new cast and jump forward in time.
★ The stars of the final “Avengers” movie have no idea how it ends. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth have not seen the completed Marvel film and they don’t plan to…until it hits cinemas. “Captain America” Chris Evans says he plans to “enjoy the experience at the premiere”. Co-star Johansson says that most of the stars only know how their characters close out the movie.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Don Cheadle, Kiernan Shipka, Hozier
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Emma Stone, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, Tank and the Bangas
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Donnie Wahlberg, Heidi Schreck, Laura Benanti, Christine Baranski (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Adam Driver, Regina Hall, Anthony Carrigan
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kelsey Grammer, Jay Baruchel, Alessia Cara (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Bill Burr
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Melissa Etheridge, Chelsea Handler
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John
• “The Talk” (CBS): Emilio Estevez, guest co-host Amelia Santaniello
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Molly Shannon, Pauly D
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mila Kunis, Josh Gad, Erika Jayne, Ava Max, Colton Underwood
• “Hunting JonBenet’s Killer: The Untold Story” (A&E): Elizabeth Vargas takes a fresh look at the most notorious cold case murder in American history, with the help of new leads and new DNA tests
• “Stanley Cup Playoffs” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Toronto vs. Boston; Carolina vs. Washington; Colorado vs. Calgary

• Billie Eilish — didn’t know the Spice Girls were a real band until two years ago. She says she thought their “Spice World” movie was pure fiction. The 17-year-old wasn’t born until a year after the Spice Girls split up.
• Dua Lipa – has this to say about her upcoming sophomore album: “It’s a mixture of stuff. From what it felt like to grow up as a girl and be scared to walk home at night to when the whole world lets you down and what it feels like to enjoy life again.”  She hopes to release it by the end of the year.
• Van Halen – Former bassist Michael Anthony says the group contacted him last October about a potential reunion, but “something broke down on their end and the plug got pulled.” Anthony would still be interested in getting back together with the band “if it was done the correct way.”
• Sammy Hagar – has created his latest tequila, which he created in partnership with TV chef Guy Fieri, to be launched in May. Santo Fino Blanco is the second spirit in the Los Santo range, and follows Hagar’s previous creations Cabo Wabo Tequila and Beach Bar Rum.
• Prince — A sound engineer has been ordered to pay almost $4 million to Prince’s estate after releasing songs they worked on together in 2017. George Boxill released the EP “Deliverance”, containing six unreleased songs on April 21, 2017, the first anniversary Prince’s death.
• Bob Dylan – will open his whiskey distillery in 2020. A 160-year-old Nashville church will become the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts, also featuring an exclusive whiskey library, a restaurant and a 360-seat live performance venue.
• David Hasselhoff – is working on some “heavy metal”-inspired music for his next album. Hoff quote: “I like Iron Maiden and Metallica. That’s the kind of music I like to hear.” This will be the 14th album for the former “Baywatch” star.
• Limp Bizkit — Fred Durst has settled his divorce with his ex-wife. He’s agreed to cover her BMW payments until 2021 and spousal support, and will walk away from the marriage with his Harley-Davidson and all his music rights and residuals for Limp Bizkit. He also retains rights to several businesses he owns.
• Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott says of their forthcoming single ‘What if I Never Get Over You’: “That kind of male and female perspective of longing and a heartbreak message, I think everybody will be able to listen to it and put their own story into it.” It comes out in May.
• Thomas Rhett – says he knew his new song ‘Look What God Gave Her’ was good when someone told him, “It slaps.” He says he had never heard that phrase before and jokes that he isn’t likely to use it himself.

We all said it…most of us right around the age of 15 when we were bringing home a boyfriend or girlfriend to meet the parents: “I just don’t want to end up like THEM when I’m older.” Well, bad news…it happens to everybody. A recent study in the UK looked to determine the exact age that we shift from our youthful, individual, cool selves to something that can only be identified as “Your Parents 2.0.” And it might happen sooner than you think. The study found that men are destined to start turning into their fathers at about age 34.  That’s when they begin to dress more conservatively (including ditching the piercings) and start taking up “adult” hobbies.  Women?  It’s usually between the ages of 30-35 that they start adopting the styles and tastes of their mother, and rebel less against their maternal ways.
(Start acting like my father?  My wife’s just hoping that some day I’ll stop acting like my son!)
(So ladies…if you’ve never known his dad to hold down a job…)
(That explains a lot about my overwhelming desire lately to buy a cardigan and retire to Florida!)

Binge-watching may not be a totally new concept, but it is quickly becoming the new normal. A Netflix study found that 61% of users binge-watched shows regularly.  And that was 6 years ago.  So, what is it that makes us decide to watch just one more episode as the clock ticks past midnight on a worknight? It’s because your brain treats binge-watching like an addiction. Clinical psychologist Dr. Renee Carr says that binge-watching a show produces a continuous stream of dopamine in our brains. Like some drugs, that tells your brain, “This feels good. You should keep doing this!”  She calls it a ‘pseudo-addiction’ to the show. And just like gambling and other behavioral addictions, binge-watching eventually produces less dopamine, and it takes more of the same activity to get the same feeling of enjoyment, making it even harder to stop.
(And to make matters worse, you eventually run out of potato chips!)
(Like an addiction?  No….well…maybe to “The Office”…)
(I HAVE to binge-watch.  I never know if my ex is going to change her Netflix password!)

➠ Every year is a bad year: Climate change seems to be making allergies worse. Allergenic plants are bigger and produce more pollen, and seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer.
➠Don’t assume you know what you’re allergic to: Two-thirds of people with spring allergies also have year-round allergies to things like dust mites, mold, or pets. You may assume you’re allergic to your cat, for example, but testing may reveal that it’s actually something else.
➠ Over the counter decongestants are a waste of money: Decongestants without pseudoephedrine [the ingredient used to make crystal meth] have very little effect. You are way better off getting a prescription for the real stuff.
➠ Allergy shots help a lot, but they’re not right for everyone: If you have only spring or fall allergies, allergy shots probably aren’t going to be worth your while. But if you have multi-season or year-round symptoms, they can help long-term with amazing results.
➠ It might already be too late: If you know you have bad pollen allergies, start treating them even before you have symptoms. Once your body ramps up its release of histamines and inflammatory chemicals, they’re that much harder to treat.
➠ Neti pots are weird, but they work: Many allergists like to use nasal irrigation themselves as a natural remedy.
➠ Your adult-onset allergies may have been around longer than you think: If you had recurrent bronchitis as a child, it could have been asthma. Adult-onset symptoms of allergies and asthma are more common today, but in some cases, you just didn’t recognize symptoms you had during childhood.
(One more thing: Stock up on Kleenex!)

In 2001, a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University collected data from 200,000 different galaxies, which allowed them to determine that the majority of the stars in the universe formed around 5 billion years ago. But all this information meant something else too.  By averaging together all of the spectral analysis data, they were able to find a specific glow with a HEX value corresponding to a digital color you might find in a standard graphics editing program. Yes, they were able to determine that the universe is a mellow shade of beige.


1974 [45] David Banner (Lavell William Crump), Brookhaven, MS, rapper (w/Chris Brown – ‘Get Like Me’), actor (“Black Snake Moan”)/took his stage name from ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV series

1979 [40] Chris Gaylor, Stillwater OK, rock drummer (All-American Rejects-‘Gives You Hell’, ‘Dirty Little Secret’)

1981 [38] Alessandra Ambrosio, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil, Victoria’s Secret model

1986 [33] Stephanie Pratt, Los Angeles CA, reality star (“The Hills” 2007-2010)

1987 [32] Joss Stone (Joscelyn Stoker), Dover UK, pop-soul singer (‘You Had Me’, ‘Fell In Love With a Boy’)/TV actress (“The Tudors” 2009-10)

• “Louie Louie Day”, the birthday of Richard Berry, the man who composed ‘Louie Louie’. He and his band, the Pharoahs, recorded the song in 1957 as a calypso doo-wop B-side to ‘You Are My Sunshine’ (and we still don’t know what the words are…)

• “Cheese Fondue Day”, it started as a hearty dish of the Alpine Swiss, but now is savored all over the world. It began with Switzerland cheeses like Emmenthaler and Gruyère Swiss, but cheese fondue options have expanded to incorporate a variety of cheeses and flavors to make endless, mouthwatering combinations.

• “Barbershop Quartet Day”, commemorating 1938 date when the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded (…founded…FOUNDED!!!)

• “Pet Day”, sponsored by the Animal Miracle Network as a reason to ‘paws’ and consider the plight of the many animals in shelters awaiting a home.

• “World Parkinson’s Disease Day”, to boost awareness of the disorder and to spur new research and treatment innovations. The red tulip is the official flower of “World PD Day”.

•”Eight Track Tape Day”, a day to bring back the fond memories of the sixties and seventies.
The 8-track tape, originally called the ‘Stereo 8′, was created in 1964, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965. 8-tracks were being phased out by 1982, but were still available through record clubs as late as 1988. (…and she’s buy-ing…the stairway…..CLICK!!!!!!…..to hea-vennn)

• “Poutine Day”, the Quebecois dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy is the perfect marriage of salty, meaty flavor and texture, and easily worthy of its own day.

[Fri] Day of Silence
[Fri] Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
[Sat] Record Store Day
[Sat] Scrabble Day

2013 [06] Influential comedian/actor Jonathan Winters (inspiration to Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Kimmel, Robin Williams, and Steve Martin) dies at age 87 in Montecito CA

2002 [17] Aretha Franklin and several Motown recording stars are honored with street names in Detroit MI’s new low-income housing project (“You can’t miss it, it’s at the corner of Aretha and Smokey …”)

2014 [05] Nirvana is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, alongside KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens

2004 [15] After 11 years as a pro, golfer Phil Mickelson wins his 1st major championship, The Masters

1964 [55] The Beatles set a new record as 14 of their singles are listed at the same time on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart (from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at #1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at #81)


BS WACK FACTS (NHL Playoffs Edition):
✓ The current Stanley Cup, which is a replica of the original bowl with newer bands below, weighs in at 34.5 lbs. or 15.5 kg.
✓ There was no Stanley Cup winner in 1919 due to a flu outbreak.
✓ 45% of millennial males believe that longer playoff beards are luckier.
✓ 25% of hockey fans agree that eating your favorite cereal or snack can bring your team good luck.
✓ 77% of Canadians would wear the same pair of socks up to 3 days if they thought it would help their team’s chances in the playoffs.
✓ 2001 Stanley Cup winner Shjon Podein of the Colorado Avalanche wore his sweaty uniform, equipment and skates for more than 25 hours after his team won the Stanley Cup (on a dare).
-Kellogg, TheHockeyWriters, KidzWorld

• “A Mountain Dew a day keeps the diabetes away.”
• “Just keep picking at it.”
• “Have you tried turning yourself off then back on?”
• “You need to exercise your liver more.”
• “We’re going to try something called the ‘silent treatment’.”
• “The fifth dentist is always right.”
• “Don’t vaccinate your child.  I saw something about that on Facebook.”
• “Rub dirt on it.”
• “Try the Santa Clarita diet.”
• “Eat an apple and I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Best of BS . . .
• Secret plan to eliminate human race via cholesterol overdose.
• Pressure from the Egg Marketing Board.
• Otherwise companies that make that fake grass would be forced to lay off thousands.
• Because if he brought turkeys he’d be the ‘Thanksgiving Bunny’.
• Would you want to hunt for waffles?
• Thinks guys should get chicks at least once a year.
• Because the Energizer Bunny got the good job.
-First published in ‘BS’ in 2016

I’m a leader, not a follower — unless it’s a dark place.  Then you’re going first.

What classic movie or book have you never got around to seeing or reading?

Question:  The average kid will do THIS three times a year? What is it?
Answer:  Stay home sick from school

Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.


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