September 3 2020

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 — Edition: #6801

If the Sheet Fits, Buy It!

There will be no “Bull Sheet” on Monday Sept 7, the Labour Day holiday. The Bull Sheet will resume on Tuesday, September 8th. All subscribers will receive account credits for the non-service day.

★ AMC Theatres will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, the “Black Panther” star who died last week of colon cancer at the age of 43, by screening the movie “42.” The baseball drama featured Boseman as Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman who broke the color barrier by becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball in 1947. Warner Bros. and Legendary, the studios behind the 2013 film, are partnering with the theater chain to make “42” available in more than 300 locations. That’s nearly every AMC venue that’s open as coronavirus closures start to lift. Tickets will be discounted at $5.
★ Johnny Depp is requesting that his defamation trial against Amber Heard be delayed for a few months because he is obligated to be on the set of his new movie “Fantastic Beasts”.  His legal team is asking the court to reschedule the jury trial which is set to begin on January 11. In the filing, Depp’s legal team is pointing out the original date of the trial did not cause him any scheduling conflicts, but COVID-19 has pushed back the shooting schedule. Depp’s lawyers let the court know that he could face breach of contract issues if he is forced to miss shooting days of the movie.
★ Netflix has given a formal series green light to “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me”, a father-daughter comedy starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. The series is inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his daughter. This marks his return to multi-camera comedy. Following his breakout turn on Fox’s “In Living Color”, his family sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” ran for five seasons.
★ Channing Tatum has put together a touching tribute to his 6-year-old daughter, Everly. In his upcoming children’s book “The One and Only Sparkella”, he wrote: “To Everly, the most brilliant magical being that I have ever known. My only wish is for more time in this life to play in all of the magical realms we have created.” He added, “This is also for all Dads that might have a little girl… Wear whatever, dance, however, and be as magical as you can. Because I promise they will return the love.” The One and Only Sparkella will be published next May.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Reese Witherspoon, guest host Kerry Washington (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): David Schwimmer, Alison Brie, Jimmy Buffett (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Trevor Noah, Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Russell Crowe, Patton Oswalt, the Lemon Twigs, Thomas Lang (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Danny DeVito, Chris Tomlin featuring Florida Georgia Line & Thomas Rhett (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Karen Bass (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kevin Frazier (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Nia Long, Natasha Bedingfield, Lisa Rinna, Marc Santa Maria (R)
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, T.I., Nacho Figueras, the Highwomen (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Hilary Swank, David Dobrik, Matt Benedetto
• “Big Brother” (CBS): Following a live vote, a houseguest is evicted and interviewed by host Julie Chen Moonves; remaining houseguests compete to become the next head of household.
• “To Tell the Truth” (ABC): Season 5 finale. Celebrity panelists Bob Saget, Brad Garrett, Sherri Shepherd and Nikki Glaser.
• “Dr. Pimple Popper: Before the Pop” (TLC): Series premiere. Due to the pandemic, Dr. Lee has started consulting with her patients through video chat.


• Justin Bieber – He and his wife and Hailey Baldwin have purchased a “very private” 11,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion in Beverly Hills. It’s in a celeb-favorite neighborhood that is also home to Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy. Purchase price? $25.8 million.
• Dua Lipa – says she would love to form a supergroup with Miley Cyrus and Stevie Nicks. She worked with Nicks on the song ‘That Kind of Woman’ on her new remix album “Club Future Nostalgia.”
• DJ Erick Morillo – the house music artist who was best known for his 1993 hit ‘I Like to Move It’ under the pseudonym “Reel 2 Real” was found dead Tuesday morning in Miami beach. He was 49. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.
• Beastie Boys – are among the artists who will appear on Public Enemy’s new album “What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down”, out Sept. 25. Also featured: George Clinton, Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots, Run-DMC, Ice-T, DJ Premier, Nas and more.
• Talking Heads — David Byrne is apologizing for wearing brownface and blackface in a 1984 promo clip for the group’s iconic concert film “Stop Making Sense.” In a series of tweets, he wrote: “One hopes that folks have the grace and understanding to allow that someone like me, anyone really, can grow and change, and that the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.”
• Mariah Carey – says her new memoir will “upset” a lot of people. The autobiography details her marriages to record executive Tommy Mottola and rapper Nick Cannon, with whom she shares nine-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” drops September 29th.
• Woodstock ‘99 — The trouble-plagued festival will be the focus of a Netflix docuseries that will chronicle the event that saw Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Metallica and Willie Nelson among the performers. It was marred by violence and looting, resulting in dozens of arrests and thousands injured. No release date has been announced.
• CMAs — In the slate of nominees announced Tuesday, female artists made up two or sometimes three of the five contenders in nearly every category, marking far greater representation than usual in a genre that has taken heat for being skewed toward male superstars and newcomers. Miranda Lambert earned the most nominations, with 7, upping her career tally to 55, a record for a female artist in CMA history.
• Brandi Carlile – is among the big names set to perform for Farm Aid 2020, a virtual event this year, on Sept. 26. Also on the bill: Chris Stapleton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, and Dave Matthews, plus founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and many more.

After months and months of what has invariably become a “relaxed” bedtime routine, getting the children up and ready for school on time might be even more difficult than is usually is in September. According to sleep expert Anna McGinn, whether your child is going back to school or doing homeschooling, it’s important to establish a new routine beginning about a week before classes resume. If you haven’t already, start inching bedtime earlier and earlier, and wake time as well, by about 15 minutes each day. Children should be informed of the plan, and given boundaries on tech, possibly even moving it completely out of the bedroom by setting up a docking station where everyone plugs in their devices overnight. McGinn recommends using a proper alarm clock to not only eliminate technology in the bedroom, but to also let the children be in charge of their own sleep routine. If kids seem to be having trouble sleeping according to the new schedule, she suggests trying a weighted blanket. They’ve been shown to have a calming effect on the body.
(And if all else fails, they can do what I did – catch up on sleep in detention class…)
(And if that doesn’t work, try cancelling their allowance!)

Fake news is not a new thing, but in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, some doctors say it is making their jobs harder. When confronted with the latest, credible scientific evidence – that there is no cure, that it has killed almost a million people, and that it is not a hoax, some patients are coming up with the same response: “But I saw it on Facebook.” Medical professionals say they are shown mistruths on patient’s phones, they hear theories borrowed from internet chat rooms, and watch as friends and family members scroll through Facebook, saying: “Here – it says that it was definitely created in a Chinese laboratory.” A new report from Avaaz, which tracks false information, says that websites spreading health hoaxes on Facebook peaked at about 460 million views in April, and they say that only 16% of fake health news posts are labelled with a “misinformation” warning label from Facebook. Some medical professionals say they have even seen colleagues cite fake medical news stories as legit.
(I’m not the first to say it, but who should you believe – the person who has dedicated their entire life to studying medicine, or the guy who flunked out of grade 9 biology?)
(And yes, some of these people vote!)


Forbes has released its 2020 list of the highest paid celebrities. According to them, the world’s highest-paid celebrities earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019, which was before the pandemic shuttered stadiums and silenced performances around the world. Here are the top 10:
1. Kylie Jenner: ($590 million)
2. Kanye West ($170 million)
3. Roger Federer ($106.3 million)
4. Christiano Ronaldo ($105 million)
5. Lionel Messi ($104 million)
6. Tyler Perry ($97 million)
7. Neymar ($95.5 million)
8. Howard Stern ($90 million)
9. Lebron James ($88.2 million)
10. Dwayne Johnson ($87.5 million)
(I’m not sure if money buys happiness, but these guys all look pretty happy in their photos!)

➢ My toddler had a meltdown. I finally got her to use her words and she told me she doesn’t like the floor. So. Yeah. — @unfilteredmama
➢ Idea: A “Scared Straight” program but for people thinking of becoming parents, where they have to wake teenagers up for school. — @RodLacroix
➢ I think I missed the chapter in the parenting books where it said that I would one day have to patiently wait for a stuffed monkey to take a pretend pee while I was running late. — @gfishandnuggets
➢ My kids look like angels when they’re sleeping, and then they wake up and ransack the whole place like raccoons — @Chhappiness
➢ You can be a calm, rational person who doesn’t rage-eat potato chips before 10am, or you can be a parent of children doing online school. You cannot be both. — @mommymemejeans
➢ My self care time these days looks a lot like me lying on the floor while my 3yo does a high impact circus routine on my back. — @mommymemeoirs
➢ Parenting, where one minute you feel like you’ll explode from how much you love them and the next you’re screaming at them to stop ice skating on their own pee. — @SnarkyMommy78

We’re constantly thinking and talking about time in terms of a.m. and p.m., but if you ask someone what those letters stand for, you find that very few actually know. Some say it’s “after midnight” or “past midday,” but that isn’t exactly correct. Like many words and phrases in the English language, a.m. is short for a Latin phrase, “ante meridiem” (or “before midday”), while p.m. is short for “post meridiem” (or “after midday”). [And this is as good a time as any to remind you that it’s redundant to say “7a.m. in the morning…”]


1942 [78] Al Jardine, Lima OH, pop-rock guitarist/singer (Beach Boys-‘Help Me, Rhonda’)

1955 [65] Steve Jones, London England, punk rock guitarist (Sex Pistols-‘God Save the Queen’)

1965 [55] Charlie Sheen (Carlos Estevez), NYC, TV actor (“Anger Management” 2012-14, “Two & a Half Men” 2003-11)/movie actor (“Major League” movies, “Platoon”)/Martin Sheen’s son, Emilio Estevez’s brother

1975 [45] Redfoo (Stefan Gordy), LA CA, pop singer-DJ-rapper (LMFAO-‘Sexy & I Know It’, ‘Party Rock Anthem’)

1979 [41] Tomo Miličević, Sarajevo Bosnia & Herzegovina, alt-rock guitarist (30 Seconds to Mars-‘This Is War’, ‘Kings & Queens’)

1986 [34] Shaun White, San Diego CA, snowboarder/skateboarder (3 Olympic golds, 13 X-Games gold medals, more than any other competitor)

2001 [19] Kaia Gerber, Los Angeles CA, model /movie actress (“Sister Cities”)/daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford

• “National Flag Day” in Australia, honoring the country’s national pennant, picked in 1901.

• “Skyscraper Day”, a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest buildings. By definition, a skyscraper is any structure that clearly stands out above its surrounding environment. A loose agreement in North America & Europe puts the lower limit of a skyscraper at 150 meters (500 ft). A skyscraper taller than 300 meters (984 ft) is referred to as ‘supertall’.
5. Lotte World Tower (Seoul, South Korea) … 554.5m (1,819 ft)
4. Ping An Finance Centre (Shenzhen, China) …599m (1,965ft)
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower (Mecca, Saudi Arabia) … 601 m (1,971 ft)
2. Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, China) … 632 m (2,073 ft)
1. Burj Dubai (Dubai UAE) … 828 m (2,717 ft)

• “Welsh Rarebit Day”, saluting the traditional dish that, explained simply, is melted cheese on bread. But anyone who’s had it knows it’s far more exotic than that, incorporating butter, flour, cheddar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and – optionally – beer.

• “US Bowling League Day”, primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840, the game was called ninepins and was popular with gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, Connecticut banned the game in 1841. To circumvent the law, indoor lane owners added one pin to their alleys.

[Fri] Bring Your Manners to Work Day
[Fri] Lazy Mom’s Day
[Sat] Bacon Day
[Sat] Franchise Appreciation Day

1966 [54] The TV show “Star Trek” debuts with a private showing at the “World Science Fiction Convention” in Cleveland, Ohio (attended by the first ‘geeks’)


2009 [11] A private funeral for Michael Jackson is held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, more than 2 months after his sudden death on June 25th

2017 [03] Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker dies of esophageal cancer at 67


1895 [125] The first ‘professional football game’ is played. (Latrobe, Pennsylvania YMCA beats Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0)

1970 [50] The ‘largest hailstone’ lands in Kansas … 17.5 inches in circumference, weighing 1.67 pounds and estimated by scientists to have struck the ground at 105 mph.


✓ The Latin and Irish languages have no words for “yes” and “no”.
✓ In order to legally give someone a tattoo in South Korea, one must obtain a doctor’s license.
✓ Ravens in captivity can learn to talk better than parrots.
✓ In 1987, Indiana state legislators tried to pass a bill that would have legally redefined the value of pi as 3.2.
✓ J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.
✓ Guinness estimates that 93,000 liters of beer are lost in facial hair each year in the UK alone.
-FactSlides, MentalFloss

Best of BS . . .
It’s “National Flag Day” in Australia, so we present…
• What do you didgeridoo for a living?
• Why do you throw shrimp on a helpless doll?
• Is Paul Hogan related to Hulk Hogan?
• How do you throw away your old boomerangs?
• Is that Men at Work song your National Anthem?
• Vegemite is just a joke you trick us foreigners with, right?
• Is a lazy kangaroo called a ‘pouch potato’?
• Every time I attempt your accent I sound like an extra trailer park-y Britney Spears, and yours sounds so cool. Why?
• What g’day is it?
• Is this a knife?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

• As soon as you get behind the wheel, your instructor automatically inflates his airbag.
• You’ve worn out 7 brake pedals … in 2 lessons.
• To save time, the police have ordered traffic tickets with your name pre-printed on them.
• Other student drivers in your car are strongly encouraged to take Valium.
• You’ve single-handedly advanced public acceptance of driverless vehicles by 6.5 years.
• Several cab companies have already offered you a job.
-First published in BS in 2014

➠ I just read that plastic surgery is on the rise because people can’t stand the way they look on Social Media. (So, by the same token, shouldn’t more people be enrolling in remedial English courses?)
➠ I just read that Dogs will sometimes fake being sick just to get attention. (Meanwhile, your cat hopes YOU get sick…)
➠ Just in time for their fall menu, Starbucks is now offering two different types of Pumpkin drinks. (Type 1 AND Type 2 diabetes!)
➠ Rhythm guitarist and co-founder of the Beach Boys, Al Jardine is 78 today. (You can tell the boys are getting older. These days instead of ‘Help Me Rhonda,’ it’s ‘Help Me Rhonda, I Can’t Get Up.’)
➠ In a recent interview, Buzz Aldrin said he wants to colonize Mars. (But not nearly as much as he wants to cold-cock the next conspiracy theorist who claims the moon landing was faked…)

Probably wearing ear buds:

Do you really think you can hurt my feelings? I used to hold the flashlight for my dad.

What product has gone down in quality as the price has gone up? (Appliances? New homes? Netflix?)
(***See today’s “Water Cooler Question”, below***)

Question:  As technology evolves, most things are accomplished faster. But THIS now takes longer than it did five years ago. What is it?
Answer:  Receiving your order at drive-thru windows

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.


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