October 2 2017

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Monday, October 2, 2017    Edition: #6067

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

There will be no “BS” service for Monday, October 9, to observe Canadian Thanksgiving Day. The BS will return on Tuesday Oct. 10.  With leftovers.

★ OJ Simpson tried something new on for size early Sunday morning … freedom. Simpson signed his exit papers and was then released from the Nevada Correctional Center just after midnight … minutes after he was eligible to be paroled.  As he walked out, he was told by prison staff, “Don’t come back” … it’s a standard issue farewell.  The 70-year-old convict replied, “I don’t intend to.”
★ Television icon Monty Hall — the co-creator and host of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ — died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills on Saturday.  He was inducted into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in 2007, and will forever be associated with the catchphrase … “What’s behind Door No. 1?” He was 96. Hall, whose real name was Monte Halparin, was born in Winnipeg, MB.
★ It will be Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and…..Lionel Richie at the judges table when “American Idol” makes its debut on ABC, the network has confirmed. Bryan, announced as a judge late last week, and Richie will join previously announced judge Katy Perry and returning host Ryan Seacrest. Richie was thought to have been eliminated from the running as a judge as recently as last week. Meanwhile, Luke Bryan has posted a video saying how excited and proud he is to be one of the judges, and calls Lionel Richie his ‘hero’.  The panel is set to make their first joint appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
(****NOTE CONTENT***):
★ Jared Leto says he is baffled by reports suggesting he gave his ‘Suicide Squad’ co-stars used condoms as gifts while channeling his movie character ‘the Joker’.  Leto is known for his method acting and famously prepared for his role as the crazed comic book supervillain by sending odd presents, like a live rat and sex toys, to his fellow Suicide Squad members, including Will Smith and Margot Robbie.  He was rumored to have included used condoms among the strange gifts, but Leto insists that report is far-fetched.
(Thank goodness he isn’t playing ‘Rubber-Man’!)
★ Many people know Idris Elba as an action star.  So, it may be a little surprising to hear that he  was interested in picking up a leading role in the recent Disney live-adaptation of classic film, ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  Elba says he wanted to tackle the role of the villainous Gaston, admitting he’s a huge fan of musicals.  Although he scored an audition for the role, he didn’t end up getting it.  Elba did voice the evil tiger ‘Shere Khan’ in the 2016 live-adaptation of another classic film – ‘The Jungle Book’.
★ Hugh Hefner was ”loving life” in the days leading up to his death. The ‘Playboy’ magazine founder passed away at the age of 91 last week and insiders say that he was ”keeping up his routine” in his final days.  One source says: ”Hef was loving life. He was social…He was sharp as a tack. He was still making business decisions.  He may not have gone to all the parties. But he loved that they were still going on at his house. He was the same Hef.”
(The only guy who when he died, no one said “He’s in a better place now”.)
★ ‘Will and Grace’ star Debra Messing will be honored with the 2,620th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Anthony Anderson, Alex Rodriguez, 21 Savage
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Miley Cyrus
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Pierce Brosnan, Jason Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Michael Strahan, Justin Hartley, Tash Sultana, Gene Hoglan
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Debra Messing, Jay Pharoah, Elizabeth Gillies, the Shins
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Adam Scott, Marsai Martin, Grouplove
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jennifer Tilly, Peggy Sulahian
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Viola Davis
• “The Talk” (CBS): Mark Feuerstein, Natalie Morales
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Patricia Heaton, Jensen Ackles
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Anthony Anderson, Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy
• “Dancing With the Stars: (ABC): The celebrities dance to celebrate things in life that give them pleasure; one couple is sent home.
• “The Voice” (NBC): “The Blind Auditions, Part 3” Vocalists perform for coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.
• “9JKL” (CBS): Series Premiere. A newly divorced, out-of-work actor moves into an apartment sandwiched by relatives.

• Marilyn Manson has been hospitalized after being crushed by a piece of his staging while performing in New York. While singing his hit single ‘Sweet Dreams’ at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Saturday, part of his staging – in the shape of two large guns – fell on top of him, bringing the show to a halt.  No official word on his condition.
• Heart – guitarist Nancy Wilson says that “The molecules of Heart may never amass once again.”  She and sister, singer Ann have been estranged since Ann’s husband was arrested for assaulting Nancy’s teenage sons last year.  Nancy’s current project, ‘Roadcase Royale’ has an album, ‘First Things First’,  out now.
• Smashing Pumpkins – Billy Corgan says a full reunion is possible.  Will it happen?  Corgan isn’t opposed to the idea, “But until it’s inked, I’m in the dark as much as anybody.”
• Aerosmith – According to reports, Steven Tyler suffered a seizure following Aerosmith’s September 24 concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil that led to the cancellation of the final four dates of the group’s South American tour. It’s not clear what caused the seizure, and there’s been no further word on his condition.
• The Beatles – The acclaimed 2016 documentary, ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,’ will make its television November 25 on PBS.  Directed by Ron Howard, the film focuses on the years 1962 through 1966, tracing the group from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
• Cher – A musical based on her life will open on Broadway next fall after a run in Chicago in the summer.  ‘The Cher Show’ will feature three actresses playing Cher at different ages.
• Justin Bieber – his manager Scooter Braun, says that Bieber’s arrest in 2014 put him in such a dark place that some of the biggest people in the industry, told him that Bieber’s career was over.  According to Braun, “I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise.”
• Katy Perry – is awaiting official word from the Pope before she can turn a Los Angeles convent into her new home. She took control of the property earlier this year but a planned makeover is  on hold while a replacement is sought for its House of Prayer, which is still in use by the local clergy.
• Lady GaGa is ”getting stronger everyday”.  She recently postponed her European tour because of ”severe physical pain” as a result of fibromyalgia but she is says she is looking forward to getting back on stage.
• Miranda Lambert – will be hitting the road early next year for a North American tour.  The ‘Livin’ Like Hippies Tour’ kicks off January 18 in Greenville, South Carolina and runs through March 24 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
• Lady Antebellum – have pledged $200,000 toward hurricane relief efforts via MusiCares and United for Puerto Rico.  Their new video for “Heart Break,” was shot in Puerto Rico before this fall’s hurricanes.

It’s never too late to benefit from becoming a healthy weight.  And now research is showing that it can be healthy for your bank balance as well.  A study published in the journal ‘Obesity’ says that 50-year-olds who go from obese to simply overweight save an average of $36,278 over a lifetime.  How?  The study, done through the ‘Global Obesity Prevention Center’ at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, bases the calculations on factors such as medical costs to health care facilities and insurance companies, sick days, employees not working at full capacity and other productivity losses that include the extreme possibility of an early death.  The findings suggest someone who is 20 years old would save, on average, $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over their lifetime by going from obese to overweight. If that same person were to lose enough to be a healthy weight, savings in direct medical costs and productivity would average $28,020.  Helping a 40-year-old go from being obese to overweight can save $18,262 on average.
(…plus what I’d save on potato chips!)
(Oh.  My insurance company and my employer are the ones saving all that money, not me?  Never mind.)
(Right now, I’m Googling the ‘Become Overweight, Not Obese’ diet…)

The SpaceX company has long been known for its goal of Mars colonization.  The company, which designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets, now has a new goal: Founder Elon Musk has unveiled plans to provide rocket transport here on earth.  From city to city.  A promotional video shows plans to transport passengers on most long distance trips in about 30 minutes, and “anywhere on Earth in under an hour” for around the same price as an economy airline ticket.  With a maximum speed of 18,000 mph (27,000 km/h) the “BFR” (yes, it stands for what you think…) could be used for Earth-to-Earth transportation as well as taking people to the Moon and Mars.
(Of course this is coming from the same guy who said last week that his company is focusing all its resources on flying to Mars!)
(30 minutes? This is going to open up a whole new world for people who like to ‘order in’!)
(I guess an in-flight movie is out of the question?)

After re-Tweeting a column in favor of her running for U.S. President in 2020, Oprah Winfrey sparked speculation as to whether or not she’d make a bid for the White House.  Winfrey tweeted a link to the column, which originally appeared in the New York Post, along with her comment: “Thanks for your VOTE of confidence.”  Immediately, the internet was flooded with support, and some criticism.  Her rep has shut down the possibility, but the discussion continues. And the cyber-world will continue freaking out at the slightest indication from her for the next 3 years…
(Good.  I wouldn’t have been able to decide between her and Kanye…and Dwayne Johnson!)
(You could do worse.  In fact, you just did!)
(Or, just as a thought, someone could run who is actually qualified!)

(based on a study of the 500 cities with the most registered vehicles)
1. Dusseldorf, Germany: 20% congestion, 21.20 mph average speed
2. Dubai, UAE: 26% congestion, 31.70 mph average speed
3. Zurich, Switzerland: 31% congestion, 25.50 mph average speed
4. Tokyo, Japan: 26% congestion, 30.50 mph average speed
5. Basel, Switzerland: 27% congestion, 17.50 mph average speed
6. Singapore, Singapore: 38% congestion, 32.40 mph average speed
7. Dortmund, Germany: 23% congestion, 19.90 mph average speed
8. Vienna, Austria: 31% congestion, 28.00 mph average speed
9. Munich, Germany: 30% congestion, 27.40 mph average speed
10. Calgary, Canada: 20% congestion, 26.80 mph average speed
The worst?  Kolkata, India: 69% congestion, 11.20 mph average speed
(Driving a Porsche in (our town) is like bringing a Ming vase to a moshpit!)
(I used to think (our town) was bad, but then my mother-in-law moved to Kolkata!)



1945 [72] Don McLean, New Rochelle, NY, singer/songwriter (‘American Pie’, ‘Vincent’)

1948 [69] Donna Karan (Faske), Forest Hills NY, fashion house founder (DKNY)

1951 [66] Sting (Gordon Sumner), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK, rock musician (“If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free’, Police-‘Every Breath You Take’)/founder of the ‘Rainforest Foundation’ (1989)

1970 [47] Kelly Ripa, Stratford NJ, TV talk show co-host (“Live With Kelly & ______” since 2001)

1974 [43] Sam Roberts, Montréal QC, indie rock singer-songwriter (‘We’re All In This Together’, ‘I Feel You’)

1982 [35] Mike Rodden, Oklahoma City OK, rock bassist (Hinder-‘Better Than Me’, ‘Lips Of an Angel’)

1988 [29] Brittany Howard, Athens GA, blues-rock singer (Alabama Shakes-‘Don’t Wanna Fight’, ‘Hold On’)

• “Custodial Workers Day”, honoring those who clean up after the rest of us. Nicer names for ‘Janitor’ include: ‘Caretaker’, ‘Maintenance Coordinator’, and ‘Sanitation Engineer’.

• “Name Your Car Day”.  Polls show that about 15% of people have a pet name for their vehicle.
***See today’s Phone Starter***

• “International Day of Non-Violence”, observed on the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as “Gandhi Jayanti”.

• “World Farm Animal Day”, as declared by the ‘Farm Animal Reform Movement’ to memorialize the ‘needless suffering and death’ of billions of innocent farm animals each year. The celebration also honors the birthday of Gandhi, who was a champion of humane farming.

• “World No Alcohol Day”, Finally! A day to dry out after celebrating Beer Day, Wine Day, Margarita Day, Bloody Mary Day, Martini Day, Mai Tai Day, Pina Colada Day….you see where I’m going here.

• “Blue Shirt Day”, a day which signifies the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month each October.

[Tues] National Boyfriend Day
[Tues] Family TV Show Day
[Wed] Cinnamon Roll Day
[Wed] Balloons Around the World Day
This Week Is…Mental Illness Awareness Week
This Month Is…Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2013 [04] In the case of ‘AEG Live v Michael Jackson Estate’, the court determines that AEG is not guilty of negligence for hiring Michael Jackson’s physician Dr Conrad Murray

2016 [01] Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris

2004 [13] 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his 3rd wife, 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee  (He is now married to Alexis Roderick)

2008 [09] Almost 70 million viewers tune in to the TV debate between US vice presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, the largest audience for a VP debate in American history


✓ ‘Ray-Bans’ are called that because they ‘ban’ rays from the sun.
✓ The bang that accompanies a popping balloon is four decibels louder than a 12-gauge shotgun.
✓ You can tweak your metabolic health by turning down the bedroom thermostat a few degrees.
✓ People who drink black coffee consume about 69 fewer total calories per day than those who add sweeteners or cream.
✓ The world record for the longest pee is 508 seconds.
✓ All humans have hemorrhoids—when people talk about “having hemorrhoids,” it just means that their hemorrhoids are inflamed.
-WhattheFFacts, Uberfacts

• Using words from Urban Dictionary.
• Calling my age spots ‘freckles’.
• Stomping my feet then falling on the ground like a toddler when I don’t get my way.
• Hanging out with older people. They make me feel young-ish.
• Wearing AXE body spray.
• Having the retirement savings of a much younger person.
• Listening to today’s pop music.
• Keeping up with all that groovy lingo that kids use these days.  It’s the bee’s knees.
• Being with much younger women.  Hey, it worked for Hugh Hefner. Sort of.
• Hell, I can’t remember.


Common sense is like deodorant.  The people who need it most never use it.

☎ What is your ‘pet name’ for your car?  Where did it come from?

Question:  If you have the stamina, doing THIS for 90 minutes burns 429 calories.
Answer:  Raking and bagging leaves.

Honor the space between ‘no longer’ and ‘not yet’.

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