Monday, June 28, 2021 — Edition: #7017
Thanks For Being a Bull Market!
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There’ll be no “BS” service for Thursday July 1 to observe the Canada Day holiday. All subscribers will receive credit for the non-service day. The Bull Sheet will resume publication on Friday, July 2.
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Late TV icons Larry King and Alex Trebek were among the award winners at the Daytime Emmys on Friday night. King was named ‘Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host’ for “Larry King Now”, while longtime “Jeopardy!” star Trebek landed the ‘Outstanding Game Show Host’ honor. Jeopardy! also picked up ‘Outstanding Game Show’. Elsewhere, it was a great night for Kelly Clarkson, who was named ‘Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host’, while her namesake daytime show scored ‘Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show’.
★ Tom Cruise’s trouble-plagued “Mission: Impossible 7” shoot has reportedly been suspended again due to another positive COVID test. This comes 2 weeks after it was reported the cast and crew were in a race against time to finish the blockbuster, following several delays as a result of the pandemic. Production has been put on pause several times after a series of positive COVID tests and Cruise famously blasted crew members for violating health and safety guidelines on set.
★ “Good Girls” run has ended, much to the dismay of many fans. NBC has canceled the dramedy after 4 seasons and a successful stint on Netflix. In spite of the protests of its loyal fanbase, not even the streamer is willing to pick up another season of the show, which starred Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman and Manny Montana. Good Girls was a dud ratings-wise for NBC, and the network balked at footing the bill for another season. Netflix has sole rights to stream the show, but despite its success there, it didn’t see the value in producing a 5th season, either.
★ Jonny Lee Miller will play former UK Prime Minister John Major in Season 5 of “The Crown.” Major served as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party from 1990-97. The fourth season of “The Crown” was released in November 2020, but fans will have to wait until 2022 for Season 5. Last July, series creator Peter Morgan announced the show will end with Season 6.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Pratt, Michael Cohen, the Isley Brothers & Snoop Dogg (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael B. Jordan, Nate Bargatze, Coi Leray (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Pete Buttigieg, Katja Herbers
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tracee Ellis Ross, Paula Pell (R)
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ed Sheeran
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Capt. Sandy Yawn, Katie Flood
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andy Richter
• “The Talk” (CBS): Fran Drescher, guest co-hosts Bill Bellamy & Bobby Bones
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jennifer Hudson, John Stamos, Joey Thurman
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Tyrese Gibson, Kimberly Clark, guest host Tiffany Haddish
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): David Oyelowo, Lonnie Chavis, Joanna Garcia Swisher (R)
• “Stanley Cup Finals” (CBC, SN, NBCSN) Game 1. Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): A group date of Truth or Dare is all fun and games until things take a serious turn; the men contemplate telling Katie a secret; Tayshia surprises Katie with a revelation about someone from her past.
• “So Freakin Cheap” (TLC): Premiere. The Trans try to help their daughter pursue her modeling dream in their own frugal fashion. The Watsons are planning their daughter’s wedding on a $750 budget. The Guileses are trying to renovate their 100-year-old house.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Drake – is the musical artist who has inspired the most baby names in the US, according to a new ranking by Jewellery Box. They say more than 25,000 babies who were born between 2000 and 2019 share his name. The rest of the top-5, in order, are: ‘Jonas’, ‘Miley’, ‘Prince’, and ‘Demi’.
• Ed Sheeran – admits he makes music for himself rather than his fans. Quote: “I’ve always tried to make records that I want to listen to…But people always say, ‘Do you make music for your fan base?’ And I go, ‘No.’…I wouldn’t be happy. I’d be making music to appease someone else.”
• Mumford & Sons – Banjoist Winston Marshall has exited the group after becoming embroiled in controversy for praising a book by right-wing journalist Andy Ngo. In March, Marshall tweeted: “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” Marshall later apologized and announced he would take some time away from the group “to examine my blindspots.”
• Belinda Carlisle – According to their concert schedules, both she and Todd Rundgren will be skipping their Rock Hall of Fame inductions on Oct. 30. Carlisle (who will be enshrined as a Go-Go’s member) has a gig in Sheffield, England set for that date, and Rundgren is booked for a show in Cincinnati.
• ZZ Top – will kick off an extensive North American tour next month. “A Celebration of ZZ Top” begins July 16 in Manchester, IA. They’ll play through the end of the year, then pick up again in April 2022, finishing the tour May 14 in St. John’s, NL. More dates are expected to be added.
• Rush – Some classic cars once owned by late drummer Neil Peart are up for sale. The collection, which he called the “Silver Surfers,” includes a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (estimated worth: $650,00-725,000), a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 ($900,000-1 million), a 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S ($1.2 million-1.5 million), and others. They will be auctioned Aug. 13-14 in Pebble Beach, CA.
• Sam Hunt – Thursday, he previewed the “rough acoustic demo” for an emotional ballad tentatively titled ‘Came the Closest’ via Instagram. He released his most recent album “Southside” in April 2020, but this year, he’s been teasing that more new music is on the horizon. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ymvc3rtu
• Trace Adkins – is joined by Luke Bryan and Pitbull (!) on ‘Where the Country Girls At?’, which was released on Friday. The single comes out ahead of Adkins’ upcoming album “The Way I Want to Go” (out Aug 27), which will also feature contributions from Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Wonder, Keb’ Mo’ and Snoop Dogg. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/dzaxna5p
• Kelsea Ballerini – is going to release a collection of poetry. She says: “Some feelings can’t be turned into a song”, so she started writing poems. “Feel Your Way Through” will be released Nov. 16, and topics covered will include family dynamics, relationships, body image and confidence, self-love, sexuality, and lessons from her youth.
SHOOTING THE BULL
(MORE) WORK FROM HOME:
The past year-plus of pandemic living has resulted in big changes to everyone’s routine, but it could be that Moms have had it worst. New research shows that women took on the bulk of additional child care duties in 2020 – to the tune of an additional 173 hours of work without pay, compared to an extra 59 hours for men, as work and school were done remotely. According to the study by the Center for Global Development, in low and middle-income countries, women took on an additional 217 hours of extra free labor, and men an added 70 hours. And the pandemic hasn’t been easy on kids, either, with students from low to middle-income backgrounds missing an average of 124 days of school due to closures.
(Actually, my kids didn’t miss it at all!)
(Let’s just say that it’s a whole lot better that, in my house, that Mom was the one who took on helping with remote learning!)
A Manitoba marijuana dispensary is offering a year’s supply of free weed in an effort at encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The “Joints for Jabs” initiative, introduced by Winnipeg-based retailer Delta 9, is part of the company’s responsibility as an “essential service” to do what they can “to get as many Manitobans vaccinated as possible and help get things back to the way they were before the pandemic”, according to a spokesperson. The program, running until September, offers 3 grand prize winners up to $100 worth of weed (about 28 grams) per month for 12 months. Every Delta 9 store in Manitoba will also give away 20 free joints each month. To enter, customers don’t need to buy anything, they just need to prove they’ve received both doses of a two-dose vaccine.
(Hold on: Do they mean ‘a year’s supply’ in normal times, or during a pandemic? Asking for a friend…)
(Never before have I been encouraged get a needle by someone who sells ‘blunts’!)
CHILDREN OF THE CORN?
“Quarantine” was the most-commonly misspelled word over the past year, according to according to Google Trends. Communications giant AT&T reviewed the top-searched words that users in each US state looked up when searching “how to spell” for the one-year period ending March 24, 2021. The phrase “how to spell quarantine” was the most popular in 12 states, and was often entered in the search engine as “corn teen”. Seven states struggled with spelling “favorite”, while other words that commonly appeared in “how to spell” searches included “coronavirus”, “which” and “every”.
(What word do you always have to look up?)
FOODS YOU CAN EAT PAST THEIR EXPIRY DATE:
✓ Cereal: As long as it is sealed, it can last months past the date on the box. Stale or not, it’s still safe to eat. (Good. Because that’s the only thing I can cook!)
✓ Canned goods: As long as there are no dents or rust on the can, they should be good for years. (They were never “good” in the first place!)
✓ Chocolate: You might notice a white film on it, but don’t worry, it’s not mold—it’s what’s known as chocolate bloom. As long as you’ve kept it in a cool place, it should be perfectly safe to enjoy. (Good. Because it would kill me to have to throw chocolate out!)
✓ Bread: It may get stale, but it’s still safe to eat. (At least for a while…)
✓ Eggs: You can tell if it is still good to eat by placing it in a glass of water. If it sinks, dig in; if it floats, toss it.
✓ Pasta: Because it doesn’t contain water, it can last longer than its posted shelf life. Keep it in a cool, dry place.
✓ Yogurt: Unopened, it is usually good for 3 weeks after its expiry date. Opened? Still should be good for a week.
✓ Ketchup/Mustard: Ketchup is good for a year (unopened) after its expiry, mustard: 2 years. (Makes you wonder why they even HAVE expiry dates…)
✓ Frozen Foods: They may lose some taste, but they are still safe long after the dates on the label. (As if your TV dinner had any taste to begin with…)
✓ Peanut butter: Unopened, it is usually good for a year after the expiry date. Opened, still good for a few months. (As if it would ever last that long…)
(Actually, you can eat ANY food past its expiry date…once!)
DID YOU KNOW?
For poker players who have trouble hiding their excitement when they’re dealt a good hand, in 2012, a New York plastic surgeon offered “Pokertox”. He injected Botox into points on players’ faces, inhibiting their ability to raise eyebrows, squint, furrow their brows, or display other “tells”. The treatment cost $800, and effects lasted up to 4 months. (I had no idea Simon Cowell was such a poker enthusiast!)
BS CHRONOMETER 6.28.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1926  Mel Brooks (Kaminsky), Brooklyn NY, Broadway producer (“The Producers”)/movie director (“Blazing Saddles”, “Spaceballs”)/movie actor (“Blazing Saddles”, “Spaceballs”)
1948  Kathy Bates, Memphis TN, movie actress (“Titanic”, “Misery”), TV actress (“American Horror Story”) COMING UP…”Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”
1966  Mary Stuart Masterson, New York City NY, movie actress (“Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Benny & Joon”)
1966  John Cusack, Evanston IL, movie actor (“Say Anything”, “Grosse Pointe Blank”)
1971  Elon Musk, Pretoria South Africa, entrepreneur (founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors)/his 2021 net worth is listed at $167.5 billion)
1977  Mark Stoermer, Houston TX, rock bassist (The Killers-‘Somebody Told Me’)
1986  Kellie Pickler, Albemarle NC, TV personality (“I Love Kellie Pickler” 2015, “Dancing With the Stars” winner 2013/country singer (‘Red High Heels’)/“American Idol” finalist 2006
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Please Take My Children to Work Day”, the annual tongue-in-cheek holiday for part-and full-time stay-at-home moms, who are encouraged to take the day off by finding a relative, neighbor, friend, or babysitter to take care of the kid(s).
• “Insurance Awareness Day”. Hmm, now who do you think came up with this one? Insurance is a gamble. If you buy it, you’re gambling that something will go wrong. If you don’t buy it, you’re gambling that something will not. (And even if it doesn’t, your rates still go up!)
• “International Body Piercing Day”, celebrated in piercing and modification communities worldwide. It coincides with the birthday of Jim Ward, the ‘father of modern piercing’. (How do you suppose they recommend you observe this day?)
• “Tapioca Day”, honoring that stuff you put in pudding that looks like fish eyes in glue.
• “CAPS LOCK DAY”, to poke fun at those individuals who unnecessarily capitalize letters, words, and phrases….NOW STOP YELLING!
• “Paul Bunyan Day”, celebrating the famous American fable about the giant lumberjack who performed incredible feats such as scooping out the Great Lakes to get water for ‘Babe’, his blue ox.
• “Please Take My Children to Work Day”, created for part-time and full-time stay-at-home moms, by Jen Singer of MommaSaid.net. Tired and overworked, sometimes laboring 100 hours a week, stay-at-home moms rarely get a day away from their routines.
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Hug Holiday Day
[Tues] Camera Day
[Wed] Asteroid Day
[Wed] Social Media Day
This Week Is…Tire Safety Week
This Month Is…Turkey Lovers Month
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1998  The first TV ratings week in which more viewers watch cable/satellite channels than broadcast channels (that Home & Garden channel is riveting, isn’t it?)
2003  “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2003  After Ruben Studdard beats Clay Aiken to win Season 2 of “American Idol”, their first singles debut at the top of the Hot 100. Aiken becomes the first new artist to go straight to #1 with ‘This is the Night’
2007  Spice Girls announce they’ll reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up (they have just announced their first new music in a decade to celebrate next month’s 25th anniversary of ‘Wannabe’)
THIS DAY IN SPORTS . . .
1981  Terry Fox, whose one-legged “Marathon of Hope” across Canada in 1980 inspired millions and raised millions of dollars for cancer research, dies of cancer at 22
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2009  Professor Stephen Hawking hosts a ‘party for time travellers’ at the University of Cambridge, not sending out the invites until after the party
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1988  An ostrich in Israel lays the ‘Heaviest Bird Egg Ever Recorded’ … 5.1 lbs (2.3 kg)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ It takes food 7 seconds to travel from the mouth to the stomach.
✓ After smoking, drinking or eating spicy goods, your tastebuds need 24 hours to fully recover.
✓ Most burglaries occur in winter.
✓ The magic word “abracadabra” was originally intended to be spoken to cure hay fever.
✓ Kermit the Frog is left-handed.
✓ The movie “Dumb and Dumber” was 10 times more popular than “Sense and Sensibility”.
BS DEMOTIVATIONAL SELF-HELP BOOKS:
• 100 Great People, and Why You’ll Never Be Like Them
• I’m OK, But You Need Some Help
• No, You Can’t
• How To . . . Oh, Screw It
• I Can’t Even, and Neither Can You
• The Power of Maybe Tomorrow
• Eat, Pray, Eat
• For Whom the Bell Tolls . . .Hint: It’s Not For You
• The 420 Habits of Highly Effectively Stoned People
• No Soup For Your Soul
Best of BS . . .
CANADIAN PARTY GAMES:
(This Thursday is Canada Day . . .)
• Moose Trap
• Drakes and Ladders
• Are You Smarter Than a Grade Fiver?
• Crazy Ehs
• Rock, Paper, Sorry
• Guess Which Rush Song I’m Air-Drumming
• You Don’t Know Jacques
• Cards Supporting Humanity
• Simon Asks Politely
• Free Operation
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Friday marked “Six months till Christmas” on the calendar. (Upon hearing the news, Target execs barked: “Game On!”)
➠ An anonymous customer left a $16,000 tip at a New Hampshire restaurant. (Which, considering what it costs to eat at a New Hampshire restaurant, works out to about 15%…)
➠ A powerful 5.4 magnitude earthquake rocked El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico last week. (People fell off their donkeys, stumbled through the rocky ruins of their streets searching for their homes, then heard there was an earthquake…)
➠ Rumor has it that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have already secretly been married. (So, there you have it. Another Farmers-Only Dot Com success story.)
➠ Fact: Your height is usually determined by your father. Intelligence, emotional strength and body shape is determined by the mother. (Oh yes, and your career choice, who you become friends with and how you should run your life are determined by your wife…)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• When used in the kitchen, ‘sodium bicarbonate’ is more commonly known as what?
b) Baking soda [CORRECT]
d) Motor oil
• What is the French culinary term for a dish that has been covered with breadcrumbs or grated cheese and browned?
a) Au gratin [CORRECT]
• The 3 main ingredients in the campfire treat known as a “s’more” are chocolate, graham cracker, and what?
a) Peanut butter
b) Marshmallow [CORRECT]
BS WEB GOODIE:
My plan would have worked, too, if it wasn’t for my nosy Mom (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/rdrmu9s
BS RANDOM JOKE:
It’s fine to eat a “test” grape in the produce section, but you take one bite of a rotisserie chicken, and it’s all, “Um, you need to leave.”
BS PHONE STARTER:
Who is the most famous person ever spotted in your hometown?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a study, men are twice as likely as women to do THIS, but by the time we reach our 40’s, women are more likely to do it. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.