September 2 2020

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – Edition: #6800

You Really Know Your Sheet!


BS SUBSCRIBER NOTE:
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.

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ In the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s untimely passing, people are calling on the mayor and council of his hometown in Anderson, South Carolina to replace a Confederate statue with one of the actor. One of numerous petitions reads: “Mr. Boseman spent his life uplifting the stories of Black Americans both real and fictional. In addition to his illustrious film career, Mr. Boseman made it a mission to give back to his community.” Currently, it’s illegal in the state to remove the monument, which is dedicated to Confederate veterans and is located in front of the town’s courthouse. The Black Panther star died on Friday from colon cancer at age 43.
-Yahoo
★ “American Horror Story” actress, Emma Roberts is expecting her first child with boyfriend Garrett Hedlund. She confirmed the news by posting photos of herself holding her belly and revealing that she’s expecting a baby boy. Roberts, whose father is actor Eric Roberts and aunt is Julia Roberts, was previously engaged to her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters.
-Yahoo
★ Brad Pitt is adding champagne to his portfolio. Miraval, the French chateau owned by Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Perrin family, has announced its limited-edition Fleur de Miraval rosé Champagne will be released October 15. This blend is made from 75 per cent Chardonnay grapes of different ages and 25 per cent young Pinot noir grapes, and then aged for three years. The limited first edition of Fleur de Miraval will consist of 20,000 bottlings.
-MSN
★ Sylvester Stallone has revealed plans for a new ”director’s cut” of “Rocky IV” to mark the film’s 35th anniversary. Although he hasn’t revealed many details about the new edit of the movie, he did mention that Paulie’s robot – which belonged to Burt Young’s character – will be scrapped from the reissue. Responding to a follower on social media, he wrote: ”The robot is going to the junkyard forever, no more robot”.
-ContactMusic

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Yara Shahidi, Cori Bush, Deon Forrest, guest host Anthony Anderson (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Che, Megan Rapinoe, Angel Olsen (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): James Corden, Bright Eyes (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Paula Pell, John Lutz, John Berman (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Niall Horan, Thandie Newton (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Rory Scovel
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Magic Johnson (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Guest co-host Brigitte Nielsen (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Luke Bryan, Camila Mendes, Steve Buscemi, Jean Chatzky (R)
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Brie Larson, Julie Andrews (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Jayma Mays, Erinn Hayes, Brigette Lundy-Paine
• “Tough as Nails” (CBS): Season 1 finale
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): Five acts from the previous show move on to the semi-finals.
• “Assisted Living” (BET): Series premiere. Jeremy and his family arrive at an assisted living facility in Atlanta to visit his Grandpa Vinny; the Wilson family is shocked by who and what they find there.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• BTS – have made history again, by becoming the first Korean act to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their new single ‘Dynamite’. The song managed to sell a whopping 265,000 downloads in the US in its first week, making it the biggest digital sales week for any artist in the past three years.
• Ed Sheeran — He and wife Cherry Seaborn have announced the birth of their daughter Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.  He shared the image of booties and a colorful blanket and revealed Cherry gave birth last week. He also wrote: “We are completely in love with her.”
• Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – The legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer behind “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”, shared a video on TikTok dancing and banging the keys of an organ while their raunchy hit ‘WAP’ played in the background. The caption? “Phantom of the WAPera ft. the man himself – TeamALW”
• Mariah Carey — will star in a holiday event for Apple TV+. “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will feature a lineup of surprise guests on what the streaming service calls “a magical holiday journey to enliven the Christmas spirit around the world.”
• Kid Rock — is off the market again … he just got “married” to Loretta Lynn! On her Facebook page, she explained what went down: She and Kid Rock “always teased about getting ourselves married”. So, when a preacher was already in the house when her son and wife renewed their vows, they decided to have some fun. Even though it was just a gag, she wrote: “Sorry girls, he’s taken now!”
• Ted Nugent – is having fun with his new podcast: “Ted Nugent Spirit Campfire With John Brenkus”. It launched in June and according to the Nuge, “My American Dream has been enhanced and throttled by uninhibited, non-filtered honest communication on all levels forever, and the ‘Ted Nugent Spirit Campfire’ exemplifies this openness and positive spiritual and intellectual adventure.”
• The Country Music Association of Ontario — has announced the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards on Oct. 4 in London, Ontario will be a drive-in style event, featuring performances by Tim Hicks, James Barker Band, The Reklaws, Jade Eagleson, Kelsi Mayne, and more. Jason McCoy will host.
• Tim McGraw – His 16th studio album “Here On Earth” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week.
• Chris Young — will headline a virtual concert on Oct. 2 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. It’s part of the annual Great Futures Gala, which will be virtual this year, benefiting youth-development programs for the more than 4,700 kids served annually at 11 Boys & Girls Clubs.

DREAM (RESEARCH) TEAM:
A massive study of 24,000 dreams backs up previous studies that found they are continuations of what we experience while awake. Researchers at Roma Tre University in Italy came up with a new way of converting test subjects’ “dream reports” into algorithmic solutions in order to automate the task of analyzing dream content (thus allowing for the massive size of their study). They found their data supports the “continuity hypothesis”, the notion that dreams are a continuation of what happens in everyday life. According to the researchers, the dream reports contained various “statistical markers” reflecting what the dreamers likely experienced while awake. Lead researcher Alessandro Fogli says: “It turns out that everyday life impacts dreaming (e.g. anxiety in life leads to dreams with negative affect) and vice versa (e.g. dreaming impacts problem-solving skills).”
(Dreaming reflects what we experienced in real life? I’d like to apologize right now to everyone at work who has seen me naked in the past 24 hours…)
(I’ll tell you this…if you ever dream about a toilet…don’t use it!)
(And you know you’re online too much if your dreams have ads in them!)
-ScienceAlert

NO CHARGE FOR CHANGE:
Experts are saying it could be “the beginning of the end of airline change fees.” Changing a non-refundable airline ticket has long been a pricey exercise on most airlines. If you’ve ever needed to change the date, time, or even the destination of your airline ticket, you’re familiar with the pain of forking over an additional $200 per person (at least), on top of any fare difference between the new trip and the original ticket. While airlines have been waiving the onerous fees during the pandemic, on Sunday, United Airlines announced that it has become the first to eliminate ticket change fees “for good”, with a few catches. The new no-change-fee policy applies to travelers with standard economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. United’s new policy will not apply to its no-frills basic economy tickets, at least not in the immediate future. As other airlines consider making similar moves as travel restrictions ease, we could see many more enticements offered in an effort at convincing us to pack our bags and fly somewhere.
(Even edible food?)
(I can think of about 15 other fees they could also consider dropping…)
-USAToday

CORONAUPDATE:
➢ After learning that swimsuit season was going to be postponed (or canceled) this year, many of us decided to drop the salads and make cookie dough, according to a comparison of food search terms. Google Trends data shows interest in “cookies,” “ice cream” and “burgers” between March and Aug. this year were higher than they were in the same period in 2019. Interest for “salads” and “veggies” dropped this year compared to last. Oh, and to no one’s surprise, search interest in “gyms” also fell – by about 90%. (It sounds like we went from “exercise” to “extra fries”!)
➢ An International consortium of scientists is conducting research into the human immune response to COVID-19 in hopes that someday human immunity to the disease could be repurposed to fighting cancer. Dr. Shashi Gujar, a scientist in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, who is leading the collaboration, believes “In the next year or two, most of the world population will be either infected or vaccinated,” giving them immunity from COVID-19. That means potentially, a large portion of the world’s population may have, within themselves, the tools to battle cancer without radiation or chemotherapy. (And maybe there’s your silver lining to what we’ve all been through this year!)
-Forbes, TorontoStar

HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE A “FOODIE”:
About half of us consider ourselves foodies. What does it take to be a foodie? Here are the top qualifications:
1. You genuinely enjoy cooking.
2. You don’t always rely on recipes and you like experimenting in the kitchen.
3. You know where different cuts of meat come from.
4. You know how to do things like debone a fish and make pasta from scratch.
5. You avoid ready-made meals and sauces.
6. You go on vacations for the food.
7. You’ve eaten at a Michelin-star restaurant.
8. You read food blogs and several people you follow on Instagram are chefs, bakers, and food bloggers.
9. You own fancy knives, at least five different oils, and at least 30 spices.
10. You know what crudités are and how to pronounce crudités.
(I don’t even know how to pronounce “Foodie”…)
-SWNS

DID YOU KNOW?
Bill Gates offered a sweet and funny video tribute to his billionaire pal Warren Buffett Sunday in honor of his 90th birthday. Doing his best Martha Stewart impression, Gates made a delicious-looking Oreo cake, complete with Buffett’s face on the top, drawn in chocolate icing. At the end, Gates cuts a slice, puts it on a plate with a fork, and leaves the message “Happy 90th birthday Warren” in Oreo dust. Buffett is a notorious dessert-a-holic, and Gates once told the story on his blog about how he caught Buffett eating his favorite dessert for breakfast: Oreos.
LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y3kzzo5o
-CNN

BS CHRONOMETER 09.02.20

 TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948 [72] Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport LA, TV personality (“Better Late Than Never” 2016, 2018)/sports analyst (“FOX NFL Sunday” since 1994)/NFL QB (4 Super Bowls-Pittsburgh Steelers 1970-83)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989)

1950 [70] Harvey Levin, Los Angeles CA, TV producer (“TMZ” since 2007)/TMZ founder

1951 [69] Mark Harmon, Burbank CA, TV actor (‘Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ on “NCIS” since 2003)

1959 [61] Guy Laliberté, Québec City QC, founder & CEO of Cirque du Soleil (“Love”, “Viva Elvis”)/space tourist to International Space Station (2009)/estimated net worth $1.2 billion

1964 [56] Keanu Reeves, Beirut Lebanon [raised Toronto ON], movie actor (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Speed”) COMING UP… “The Matrix 4″, 2022

1966 [54] Salma Hayek, Coatzacoalcos Mexico, movie actress (“Frida”, Desperado”) COMING UP…”The Eternals”, 2021

1968 [52] Cynthia Watros, Lake Orion MI, TV actress (“General Hospital” since 2019, “Finding Carter” 2014-15)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Blueberry Popsicle Day”, a celebration of the flavor that leaves your lips and tongue looking like some kind of purple-fleshed alien.

• “Pierce Your Ears Day”, if you aren’t in the mood for piercing your lobes (or any other body part), you can opt to crank up the tunes on your earbuds, smart speaker, stereo, or other audio device, and pierce your ears in an altogether different manner.

• “Coconut Day”, you can’t make a piña colada or a decent Thai curry without it, its water makes a great recovery drink, and its fibrous husk, when burned, repels mosquitos. One of nature’s most versatile products, the coconut plant (and its various parts) can be used for food and drink, cosmetic preparations, and decorating. (BS Fast Fact: Despite having the word “nut” in its name, a coconut is a fruit — not a nut.)

• “Spalding Baseball Day”, paying tribute to Albert Goodwill Spalding, who was the manager, executive and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company, on the anniversary of his birth in 1849. He became the first famous player to use a fielding glove in 1877.

• “Calendar Adjustment Day”, marking one of the most significant dates in our history; a date that led to the current calendar system and New Year’s Day being celebrated at the start of January.

COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Welsh Rarebit Day
[Thurs] Skyscraper Day
[Fri] Lazy Mom’s Day
[Fri] Bring Your Manners to Work Day

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2003 [17] TV finale of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

2005 [15] Bob Denver, who played the title character on “Gilligan’s Island”, dies of complications from treatment for cancer at 70

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1993 [27] Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. The group responds by not making any more videos until 1998

1995 [25] Reba McEntire makes history as her song ‘On My Own’ becomes the first single shipped through cyberspace to radio stations

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2013 [07] At age 64, American Diana Nyad completes a record swim from Cuba to Florida, becoming the first to finish the 110-mile marathon without use of a shark cage for protection

BULL’S BITS

BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Australians used to name hurricanes after unpopular politicians.
✓ Most ice cream is eaten in the evening, between 9:00 and 11:00pm.
✓ An elephant can pull twice its weight. A bumblebee can pull 300 times its weight.
✓ Honey is so easy to digest because it has already been digested by the bee.
✓ The seahorse is the only fish that swims upright.
✓ Only female ducks quack (Males coo, hoot, honk and grunt, but they don’t quack).
-BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:

• How do you handcuff a one-armed person?
• Do pigs have pen pals?
• How come the ‘most popular people’ at school are the ones everybody hates?
• Is it possible for a psychic fair to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?
• Do dermatologists make rash decisions?
• If a turtle loses its shell, is it naked or homeless?
• Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
• Why is the third hand on a watch called a second hand?
• Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game”, when we’re already there?
• Are golf balls as painful as athlete’s foot?
-First published in BS in 2016

BS LESSONS WE ACTUALLY LEARNED IN SCHOOL:
✓ Homework is a collaborative effort … a shortcut to the answers is just a text away.
✓ Your parents will embarrass you somehow even when they’re not trying to.
✓ Everybody’s always changing the rules of math and it’s not your fault.
✓ Boys – Anything goes. Girls – “Hide your shoulders, this is not a brothel!”
✓ WW3 could happen and your mom would still find a way to get you there in time for first period.
✓ You’ll never forget how to solve for ‘x’, but you’ll never need to in your entire lifetime.
✓ Biologists are only now beginning to understand the biome that exists under every school desk.
✓ Teachers get hangovers too.
-BuzzFeed, first published in BS in 2015

TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Facebook says more than 5% of its monthly active users are from fake accounts. (While the other 95% are just faking how happy they are!)
➠ A report says almost 70% of people think there will be a cure for cancer within the next 30 years. (The reality is, there’s so much money in the cancer business, a lot of people don’t WANT there to be a cure. For example: The Lifetime Movie Network…)
➠ A study shows plastic surgery won’t make you look more attractive. (At least according to fascinating new research that began and ended with a quick glance at Meg Ryan.)
➠ A survey says that nearly 15% of people have a nude photo of themselves on their phone. (And of those 15%, over 50% are currently running for office…)
➠ Happy Birthday! Salma Hayek is 54. (…Double-D)

BS WEB GOODIE:
Hump day:  https://t.co/2Wzd6LtIvT

BS U-PICK BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRIVIA:
• If you drew a line with a standard pencil, how long would the line be when the pencil ran out of lead?
a) 5 miles
b) 15 miles
c) 35 miles [CORRECT]
d) 500 yards

• Which continent covers the largest area?
a. Asia [CORRECT]
b. North America
c. Africa
d. Greenland

• Which country is NOT a member of the G8 (Group of Eight)?
a) Germany
b) Russia
c) United States
d) Australia [CORRECT]
-PubTimeTrivia, Triviaso

BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the kindest thing a stranger ever did for you?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I asked the librarian if the library had any books about paranoia. She whispered: “They’re right behind you…”

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 60% of us admit we have stopped a dinner conversation in order to do THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Take a picture of their food

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Put your pride aside. It’s what’s in your heart that really matters.

 

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