June 26 2023

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Monday, June 26, 2023 — Edition: #7503

Here’s More Bull Roar!


There’ll be no “BS” service for Monday, July 3, to observe the Canada Day holiday. All subscribers will receive credit for the non-service day. The Bull Sheet will resume publication on Tuesday, July 4.

★ The supposed “cage match” between billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg is more than just an internet back-and-forth, according to UFC President Dana White. White says that both are “dead serious” about the fight, after speaking with them on the phone. The talk started last week when the two tech titans interacted on Twitter about the possibility of a brawl in Las Vegas. The fight, White said, could generate “triple” the reported $600 million that the 2017 fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather earned, most of which would go to charity.
★ On Saturday, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker revealed that they’re having a baby boy. In a very appropriate gender reveal moment posted to Instagram, Kardashian sat on the Blink-182 drummer’s lap as he performed a drumroll before slamming the cymbals, making blue confetti rain down on them and a mass of blue streamers filled the air. The couple, who were both dressed in white, celebrated with a hug and a kiss, as their friends and family cheered. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/7c58ffmw
★ “Eight is Enough” child star Adam Rich died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in January, according to an autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. His bloodstream also had what was termed nontoxic levels of alcohol and the generic version of Ativan. Rich, who was 54, died January 8 at his Los Angeles area home.
★ “Magnum P.I.’s” reprieve at NBC is coming to an end. The network has opted not to order additional episodes beyond the 20-episode 5th season picked up last year. The now final season has already aired its first 10 episodes, with the remaining 10 scheduled for 2024. The series, which stars Jay Fernandez, was picked up by NBC after being canceled by original network CBS in May 2022. The show is a reboot of the 1980s drama starring Tom Selleck, which ran for 8 seasons in the 1980s.
-Deadline, TheWrap
★ A Bible that was once gifted to Elvis Presley is up for sale through memorabilia company Moments in Time – for a whopping $95,000. The Bible was given to Elvis by a fan, and it even has his name etched onto the cover. But much more important is the fact that Elvis signed it on the inside cover — making it a collectible. It also contains a photograph of Elvis and his mother, Gladys.
★ Maury Povich is taking his infamous paternity tests from the screen into homes. The former “Maury” host, has revealed that he’s launched a new at-home paternity test business, a year after his popular daytime show — which often featured guests in paternity disputes — came to an end. The name of the at-home tests? “The Results Are In,” named after Povich’s popular catchphrase on the show, which he used to build anticipation for the test outcome.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michael Keaton, John Wilson, the War on Drugs (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jenna Ortega, Hannah Waddingham, TWICE (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ernest Moniz (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Natasha Lyonne, Adam Pally (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jennifer Lawrence
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Fran Drescher, Danni Washington (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Lauren Cohan, Bridget Moynahan, Dr. Doris Day
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ike Barinholtz, Sarah Ferguson, TWICE (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Cameron Diaz, Tiki Barber, Anne Burrell (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Chelsea Handler, Nico Parker (R)
• “Claim to Fame” (ABC): Season 2 premiere. 12 celebrity relatives are challenged to step outside their famous family member’s shadow and live together, concealing their lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune.
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Season 20 premiere
• “Stars on Mars” (Fox): Tensions are high among the 9 remaining contestants, as they are sent on a mission that tests their perseverance in a special double elimination episode.

• Taylor Swift – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared June 23 and 24 “Taylor Swift Days”, in recognition of her 2 concerts at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. He tweeted: “Taylor Swift will forever & always be a positive influence, setting an example with her truthfulness, grace, and strength of character.” That came a day after Minneapolis temporarily renamed itself “Swiftie-apolis”.
• Rihanna – is stepping down as CEO of her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty. Former Anthropologie group CEO Hillary Super will take over. The brand helped launch RiRi into billionaire status in 2021, along with her other brands, including makeup line Fenty Beauty. She’ll remain executive chair of Fenty X Savage.
• Foo Fighters – Paul McCartney and Slash watched as Foo Fighters made an emotional ‘secret’ return to Glastonbury Friday, billed as The Churnups, for their first UK gig since the passing of late drummer Taylor Hawkins. Dave Grohl said to the crowd of 210,000: “You guys (freaking) knew it was us the whole time…right? We’re not good at secrets.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yckh66sj
• Paul Rodgers – The former Bad Company, Free and Queen + Paul Rodgers singer dropped the new single ‘Living it Up’ on Friday, and announced that “Midnight Rose”, his first new solo album since 2000, will be out Sept. 22. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2wypav4y
• Mötley Crüe — Former guitarist Mick Mars has revealed that his upcoming solo album is called “Another Side of Mars”, and hinted that one song is about his former bandmates. Quote: “It’s about narcissists that keep you pinned down and make you feel crazy.” When asked if it’s about the other members of the Crüe, he couldn’t “mask a sly smile.”
• Dan + Shay – have joined “The Voice” as coaches for Season 25. This marks the first time a duo has coached on the show. They will join fellow Reba McEntire, John Legend and Chance the Rapper as judges when the competition returns this fall. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bddfhdn3
• Brad Paisley – Friday, he dropped the new single ‘So Many Summers’. It’s the second song off his to-be-released album “Son of The Mountains.” He’ll perform it and several other tunes on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series on July 14. He’s also set to headline Let Freedom Sing! Music City on July 4.
• Tim McGraw – has dropped the new single ‘Hey Whiskey’, and announced his new album “Standing Room Only” will be out Aug. 25. Quote: “I’ve been working on this album since 2020, and this collection of songs are some of the most emotional, thought-provoking, and life-affirming music I’ve ever recorded.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/26hwpt3s


❑ To celebrate the launch of its new Kraft Mayo Buffalo Style Dressing, the company has released a product to ensure you’ll never risk being caught without your Buffalo mayo again. “Buffalo Balm” — a lip balm tube that’s filled with Kraft Mayo Buffalo Style Dressing instead of lip balm – is available now. It comes with a reusable balm tube, a bottle spout attachment, a bottle of Kraft Mayo Buffalo Style Dressing, and instructions. Once it’s full, you can throw it in your bag or pocket, and you’re all set to apply your mayo balm the same as you’d apply lip balm – but all over your favorite food, instead of your lips. (…and you thought your lip balm makes a mess when it melts in a hot car…!)
❑ It is being called “the world’s hardest dish” – and we’re pretty sure they’re correct. A traditional stir-fry featuring stones as its key ingredient has sparked culinary curiosity on Chinese social media. Samplers are supposed to suck on the small rocks to enjoy the dish’s rich and spicy flavor. After sucking off the flavors, they spit out the rocks – hence the dish’s name “suodiu”, which means: “suck and dispose.” Videos of people sampling suodiu, which originated in the province of Hubei, have sprung up all over Chinese social media. Vendors pour chilli oil onto pebbles sizzling on a grill, sprinkle them with garlic sauce, then stir-fry everything with a mix of garlic cloves and diced peppers. Each portion costs about 16 yuan (US$2.30). (I’m just hoping they don’t re-use the stones!)
-AllRecipes, CNN

In an effort aimed at encouraging people to get off their devices and enjoy all it has to offer, an island in Finland has declared itself “phone-free”. Visitors to the Ulko-Tammio Island off Finland’s southeast coastline, are being asked to keep their noses out of their phones this summer, in a move to encourage them to not only “unplug and unwind”, but to enjoy all the beauty the islands have to offer. Officials hope the push to “digitally fast” will not only take off on Ulko-Tammio, but in other tourist destinations as well. Summer months on the uninhabited island offer warm temperatures ideal for hiking and camping, and rare birds and plants can be observed. Compliance with the “no phones” directive is purely voluntary and mobile connections are still available — meaning cellphones can be used in case of an emergency.
(…like when you REALLY, REALLY need to identify a rare bird or plant, RIGHT THIS SECOND?)
(I’m pretty sure this not what my kids mean when they say “Fast” cell service!)

➢ A scuba diver has forged an unlikely bond with a wild fish — and the pair meet up every summer for a reunion. Rex Colubra made friends with the small mouth bass while diving in September 2021. The odd encounter resulted in the 40-year-old naming the fish Elvis. Colubra says the pair now see each other every year when he travels back to the Wisconsin lake where Elvis lives. He says he taught Elvis a specific call, a “gulping grunt sound”, to which the fish responds. Colubra reports that his fish friend “follows me around and just stares me in the eyes.” He also claims that Elvis gets jealous if other fish come around when they are together. Elvis is recognizable due to a scar on his face. (For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he’d name it Elvis. Then it hit me – “Stand-up bass”!!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mprtu449
➢ When Dr. Robert Moore turned 100, all he wanted to do was pet a bunch of dogs, so that’s exactly what his family arranged. In anticipation of his milestone birthday, they asked locals in San Jose CA to dress up their dogs and proceed past Robert’s home in a canine parade. They expected 20-30 pet participants, but were pleasantly surprised when almost 10 times that many pups appeared in a procession to wish Robert a happy birthday. The fur babies arrived in costumes ranging from tuxedos to cowboy hats. There were pups riding in classic cars, as well as dogs with disabilities pulling carts. Moore, a longtime dog lover, was ecstatic at the turnout, and managed to pet every single dog that came through, according to his daughter. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5n8w6zu2
-GoodNewsNetwork, Dogtime

According to a new ranking of 173 cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, taking into account factors such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Melbourne, Australia
4. Sydney, Australia
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Zurich, Switzerland
7. Calgary, Canada
7. Geneva, Switzerland
9. Toronto, Canada
10. (tie) Osaka, Japan
10. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand
12. Adelaide, Australia
13. Perth, Australia
14. Helsinki, Finland
15. Tokyo, Japan
16. Brisbane, Australia
17. Frankfurt, Germany
18. Berlin, Germany|
19. Luxembourg
20. Amsterdam, Netherlands
-Global, Forbes

Cursive is making a comeback. Relegated in 2006 to an optional piece of learning in Ontario elementary schools, cursive writing is set to return as a mandatory part of the curriculum starting in September. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said teaching kids to “write” again is about more than having them learn to sign their own name. He feels learning cursive is critical to “helping young people to express more substantively”, and “if we want to boost reading instruction, we have to embrace some of those time-tested strategies that have worked for generations.” (Especially, if like me, you want to be able to write in a “code” that no one else can decipher…)


• “Please Take My Children to Work Day”. Tired and overworked, stay-at-home moms rarely get a day off. Worse yet, many people perceive them as not working at all. Today, if you’re a stay-at-home mom, ask friends or family members to take care of your kids. (Good luck!)
• “Beautician’s Day”, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful. That includes your hairstylist, manicurist, esthetician (and Photoshop…).
• “Chocolate Pudding Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey dessert most toddlers like to eat … with their hands.
• “Tropical Cocktails Day”, don’t forget to add a few frilly umbrellas for extra flair!
• “Forgiveness Day”. Has someone wronged you over the past year? Did they do something so bad that it almost seemed unforgivable? Today is for forgiving others, and for being forgiven. If everyone celebrated Forgiveness Day, the world would be a better place.
• “International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking”, a UN observance established in 1987, with the goal of achieving an international society free of drug abuse.
• “National Canoe Day” in Canada. The canoe has been chosen as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’. Quote: “A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.” – Pierre Berton


[Tues] Decide to Be Married Day
[Tues] Sunglasses Day
[Thurs] Handshake Day
This Week Is…World Female Ranger Week
This Month Is…Microchipping Month

1956 [67] Chris Isaak, Stockton CA, pop-rock singer-guitarist (‘Wicked Game’, ‘Somebody’s Crying’)/TV actor (“The Chris Isaak Show” 2001-04)

1959 [64] Mark McKinney, Ottawa Canada, TV actor-comedian (‘Glenn Sturgis’ on “Superstore” 2015-21, “The Kids in the Hall” 1988-1995)

1970 [53] Chris O’Donnell, Winnetka IL, TV actor (“NCIS: Los Angeles” 2009-23)/movie actor (“Batman & Robin”, “Scent of a Woman”)

1970 [53] Sean Hayes, Glen Ellyn, IL, TV actor (‘Jack McFarland’ on “Will & Grace” 1998-2006, 2018)

1970 [53] Nick Offerman, Minooka IL, TV actor (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15)/movie actor (“Lego” movies-voice role)/TV host (“Making It” since 2018)

1973 [50] Gretchen Wilson, Pocahontas IL, country singer (‘Redneck Woman’)

1974 [49] Derek Jeter, Pequannock NJ, retired baseball pro, (New York Yankees shortstop 1995-2014, 14X All-Star, 5X World Series champ, World Series MVP, 2000)/CEO and part owner of Miami Marlins 2017-22

1979 [44] Ryan Tedder, Tulsa OK, pop-rock singer (OneRepublic-‘Counting Stars’)/songwriter-producer (Adele, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, etc.)

1984 [39] Aubrey Plaza, Wilmington DE, TV actress (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15, “Legion” 2017-19)

1992 [31] Jeanette McCurdy, Long Beach CA, TV actress (“iCarly” 2007-12)

1993 [30] Ariana Grande, Boca Raton FL, pop singer (Ft. Justin Bieber -‘Stuck With U’, ‘thank u, next’)

1997 [26] Jacob Elordi, Brisbane Australia, movie actor (“The Kissing Booth”) TV actor (“Euphoria” since 2019)

1974 [49] Elizabeth Taylor is granted her 5th divorce, from actor Richard Burton. She would marry and divorce 3 more times, including to Burton again from 1975-76

2019 [04] Reality TV star and bounty hunter Beth Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”), dies of cancer at 51

1977 [46] A pale, weak, and obese Elvis Presley performs what would be his final concert, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana for a crowd of 18,000 (he dies August 16th)

2005 [18] Pink proposes to her boyfriend, motocross rider Carey Hart, by holding up a sign that says “Will You Marry Me?” while he is racing in California. On the next lap, she adds, “I’m Serious.” He pulls out of the race to say yes.

2018 [05] Barry Gibb of Bee Gees is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

1974 [49] The first UPC grocery scanner is installed at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio (The first product to carry a UPC ‘bar code’ is Wrigley’s chewing gum)

1981 [42] Virginia Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho buys $24,460 worth of groceries — and uses clipped coupons and rebates to cover all but 67 cents of the bill.


✓  People with higher incomes generally prefer their toilet paper to come over the roll, while those with lower incomes prefer it to go under.
✓ The verb form of the word “run” has almost 650 different meanings.
✓ Surgeon scrubs are green to counteract eye stress from all the red blood (opposite colors).
✓ The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.
✓ The ideal height for you to drop your buttered toast from, if you want it to land butter side up, is 8 feet.
✓ Lime Jell-O produces the same brain waves as adult humans when hooked up to an EEG machine.
-TotallyAwesomeUselessInformation, Buzzfeed

Best of BS . . .
• Work Detox
• Our Hour
• Welcome to The Jungle Juice
• Wine Down
• Sorry, Honey, I Have to Work Late
• Amateur Hour
• Breakfast
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

➠ The US economy added 339,000 jobs last month. The most common job created ? Professional and business services. (The second most common? Presidential candidate…)
➠ Did you know that dancing has been proven to make you smarter and healthier? It’s true! (The results were gathered from studies performed nowhere near Paula Abdul…)
➠ Yay! summer’s here! My wife and I decided to spruce up the back yard pool area. She wanted tiki huts and a cabana, and I wanted a basketball hoop, stereo system, and a swim up bar. (So, we compromised and got the cabana and tiki huts!)
➠ I just read that smelling, not eating, green apples can help you lose weight. (Just imagine how much weight I’d lose if I actually got off my butt and picked a few of them!??)
➠ Thought of the Day:  Smiling is 70% more attractive than wearing makeup. (But don’t smile too much or your makeup will crack!)

Made me laugh (What? Just me?) [sound up]:   https://tinyurl.com/y7ecm3cn

What is easy to get into, but hard to get out of?

• What was ‘Wilson’ in the Tom Hanks film “Castaway”?
a) A basketball
b) A soccer ball
c) A volleyball [CORRECT]
d) A neighbor who peers over the fence offering advice, but you never see his face

• ‘Count Dooku’ is a character in which movie?
a) “Attack of the Clones” [CORRECT]
b) “Star Trek”
c) “Avatar”
d) “Sesame Street – The Movie”

• What Disney villain turns into a Dragon?
a) Maleficent [CORRECT]
b) Ursula
c) Scar
d) Cinderella’s evil Stepmother

If I’m ever murdered, it’ll be because I said something absolutely perfect to someone with no sense of humor.

Question:  In the last year, one-third of us have used a swear-word while talking to THIS person. Who is it?
Answer:  A phone customer service rep

Don’t worry if ‘Plan A’ fails. There are 25 more letters in the alphabet.



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