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Carrot Top Featured in Unfortunately-Named Videogame, “Killing Carrot Top”

One of our Vegas heroes can now claim videogame immortality.

The unfortunately-named “Killing Carrot Top” is an old-school, text-based RPG-inspired (role-playing game) videogame available free online.

Killing Carrot Top

Dibs on the band name Malevolent Assemblage.

The game, created by Jay Winbrenner, is set “in a collapsed dystopian world ruled by ’80s character comedians hellbent on exterminating what little remains of the human race.” Sounds like a party.

Players are “the world’s last bastion of hope of stopping this vile scourge,” and the goal is to “traverse the nightmarish post-apocalyptic landscape and confront the Lord of Laughter himself, Carrot Top.”

Basically, you’re up against a slew of comedians (dubbed the “Illuminati of Laughter”) from the ’80s and ’90s, including Emo Philips, Tim Allen, Pauly Shore, Howie Mandel, Andrew Dice Clay, Victoria Jackson, Bobcat Goldthwait and Yakov Smirnoff.

Many of these folks have performed in Sin City, so we can legitimately claim this story is at least somewhat Vegas-related.

Killing Carrot Top

He’s tougher than you’d think, buddy.

Oh, and let’s not forget Gallagher, referred to in the game as “Archfiend of Magnanimous Wreckage.”

Gallagher

We caught Gallagher at Golden Nugget. Wreckage confirmed.

Players enter their name, then get hit points, weapons and armor, then make their way to “Ha Ha Tower” to do battle with some top-notch comedy talent.

There’s a fair amount of humor (or attempts at it) throughout the game, as well as pop culture trivia, so get ready to flex your “Home Improvement” and “Police Academy” knowledge.

Remember, using the Internet for answers is cheating, which we pretty much did for every question, but that’s beside the point.

The entire game leads the player to a final confrontation with Carrot Top, of course.

Carrot Top

We love us some Carrot Top.

The final battle begins, “You open your eyes and see Carrot Top himself, suspended in some extra-dimensional endlessness, wrapped in muscle, smeared in oil.”

Let’s just say Carrot Top isn’t going down without a fight.

Carrot Top videogame

Dibs on the band name Unfathomable Black.

Hopefully, Carrot Top sees this as an homage to his iconic status both in Las Vegas and the world of comedy. It’s hard to get too upset about being named the “Lord of Laughter.”

In our interactions with Mr. Top (real name: Scott Thompson), he clearly has a sense of humor about himself, so we figure this game isn’t going to cause him any sleepless nights.

Carrot Top’s comedy show at Luxor is consistently named one of the best in Las Vegas, and he was recently named the best Las Vegas comedian of all time by Las Vegas Weekly. We’re inclined to agree.

“Killing Carrot Top” is a throwback to a time when videogames were simpler and, frankly, much less entertaining.

Still, for those seeking a piddling distraction, “Killing Carrot Top” is an amusing (wait for it) time-killer.

Cheetah’s Strip Club, of “Showgirls” Fame, Officially Done

Cheetah’s Las Vegas strip club is officially done, confirmed by the removal of signage on the club’s exterior on Aug. 19, 2020.

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Cheetah’s has been stripped of its neon.

Cheetah’s is best known for being the strip club where the so-bad-it’s-still-bad classic, “Showgirls,” was filmed.

Yep, this is the place where Elizabeth Berkley licked a stripper pole, a practice frowned upon even prior to the pandemic.

Cheetah's strip club closed

The year 2020 has not been lap dance-friendly.

Big thanks to our eagle-eyed Twitter follower Alyssa A. for letting us know the signage was being removed from Cheetah’s.

We got there just in time to snap some photos of the dismantling remnants.

Vegas Cheetah's closed

Open 24 hours, not so much.

Cheetah’s was long past its heyday, so it’s no surprise the establishment would close or get a rebrand.

Cheetah's closed

Yes, we snagged a piece of neon tubing. It’s famous.

While Vegas strip clubs are currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s expected Cheetah’s will become The Library Gentlemen’s Club when such venues are permitted to open again.

Cheetah's Library Vegas

When it’s the Library, we’ll have to check it out. If library puns are even a thing anymore.

While we can’t recall ever visiting Cheetah’s, we’ve heard quite a bit about the strip club’s colorful history.

At one time, Cheetah’s was owned by Michael Galardi. Galardi was involved in a political corruption scandal featuring a federal investigation dubbed “Operation G-String.”

Cheetah's closed Vegas

Sadly, our car is only so big.

We trust the long tradition of lap dances and no sex in the Champagne Room (named G-Spot at Cheetah’s, by the way) will continue as Cheetah’s is presumably overhauled to become the Library Gentlemen’s Club.

Cheetah's closed

Those lips have been a Vegas fixture since 1991.

If you are interested in more reading about Las Vegas strip club culture, please feel free to feast your eyes on our useful collection of Las Vegas Strip club slang or things we didn’t know about strippers.

Cheetah's Vegas strip club

Trust us, Las Vegas topless clubs are going to bounce back!

It was bittersweet seeing all the discarded neon following the removal of the Cheetah’s signage.

Cheetah’s will always hold a special place in the hearts of “Showgirls” fans. Yes, both of them.

Big Cat Magic Show in a Tent Approved for Las Vegas Strip

A magic show featuring big cats has been approved for the Las Vegas Strip. The show will take place in a tent near McCarran International Airport.

What could possibly go wrong?

Magician Jay Owenhouse’s show was approved by the Clark Co. Zoning Commission over the objections of both animal rights activists and, initially, Clark County staff.

Jay Owenhouse magician

As far as we can tell, everyone in the Owenhouse family is super likable. So, there’s that.

Jay Owenhouse, who bills himself as the “Authentic Magician,” isn’t really a well-known quantity in Las Vegas.

Owenhouse has said his animals participate in the show “because they want to.” We’re thinking he might want to start billing himself as an “Animal Psychic Comedy-Magician.”

To his credit, Owenhouse has a pretty much spotless record of animal treatment over the last 25 years.

As is required of all performers using big cats in their shows, Owenhouse says he’s an advocate of conservation and believes exotic animals raise awareness of the plight of the creatures in the wild.

Owenhouse says he’ll spend $150,000 for a “sanctuary” at the site, just across from Mandalay Bay.

Owenhouse Vegas

Seems legit.

The 51-foot-tall show tent will accommodate 312 people. We trust that’s the number without social distancing.

Owenhouse magic show tent

This whole situation is a little tense.

Owenhouse’s show is a family affair, with his camera-friendly kids both taking part in the show and assisting with promoting it.

PETA jumped in with their take about the show. Hint: They’re against it.

Concerns about animal exploitation aside (some would say constant aircraft noise is inherently abusive, or at least stress-inducing), this is just a weird situation overall.

Clark County approved waivers of Animal Control permit requirements and development standards, including a rule that limits the length of time such an operation can take place (20 days is the usual maximum).

Owenhouse claims his show opens mid-September and will run six months. Good luck with that. Few, if any, shows in Las Vegas at the moment due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Here’s the site in question.

Owenhouse tent site

What will it take to turn this into an entertainment venue? A lot.

KTNV Channel 13 here in Las Vegas did a pretty good overview of the situation.

While we lean heavily toward animal advocacy, we’re on the fence about this show.

We like kitties, but shows using big cats and other exotic animals have fallen out of fashion due to concerns about animal welfare. (Not to mention the whole Roy Horn thing, indelibly etched in the minds of many Vegas watchers.)

Big companies like Sea World and Ringling Bros. have overhauled their practices or eliminated the use of exotic and wild animals altogether. (It’s worth noting Ringling Bros. closed for good in 2017.)

It’s possible the COVID-19 crisis will make the debate about this production moot. It’s unknown when Las Vegas shows will be able to open.

Rest assured, animal rights activists are gearing up for a fight if plans for the big cat show in a tent moves forward.

This saga will be one to watch! Even in the middle of a pandemic, there’s still plenty of appetite for a rip-roaring drama on the Las Vegas Strip. Emphasis on “roaring.”

Las Vegas Sex Boutique Believes Dildo Thief is Hardened Criminal

The headlines were attention-getting: “Man Steals Massive Dildo From Las Vegas Sex Shop.”

A thief did, in fact, walk off with a three-foot, 40-pound sex toy at a popular Las Vegas store, Deja Vu Love Boutique.

The penis pilfering happened July 14, 2020.

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Here, the thief is seen casing the joint.

Here’s video, courtesy of TMZ.

We thought the story was hysterical (no surprise there), but the hilarity was tainted by a conversation with a Deja Vu Love Boutique staffer.

See, the sex toy, called the “Moby Dick,” described as “lovingly detailed and crafted for realism,” is valued at $1,250.

That’s a significant loss for any business, and we learned this isn’t the first time this particular knob robber has struck at Deja Vu.

Workers at the store believe he’s taken other big ticket items, one valued at $2,800.

Dildo theft

Shop staff is convinced the suspect has committed a series of thefts along the same vein.

Not only is Deja Vu being shafted, the value of these items makes the crime a class D felony (the cut-off is $1,200).

Once the putz purloiner is apprehended, he could be facing hard time.

The search for the “Dildo Bandit” has been made even more difficult because of the prevalence of masks.

Despite the ballsy suspect being the target of an ongoing law enforcement probe, Metro has come up short to-date.

Deja Vu has upped the ante by offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of this brazen phallus filcher.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled, “Pawn Stars” crew!

Las Vegas Golf Course Bans Hugging and Kissing

Las Vegas businesses are under a lot of pressure to enforce social distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s gotten so bad, some fear they’ll be shut down again.

One Las Vegas golf course is taking no chances: Spanish Trail Country Club has informed members they can’t kiss or hug.

Las Vegas golf

Golfers will just have to play with themselves for now.

We are not making this up.

Here’s the letter to members.

Spanish Trail kissing ban

You never should’ve canceled your vision insurance.

The letter covers a number of rules being enforced at Spanish Trail Country Club, located about 10 minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip.

The rules say golfers are prohibited from “tossing balls in a hat,” which sounds sexier than it really is.

The letter also says “no personal contact” is allowed with other Spanish Trail members.

“This includes couples that play in groups hugging and kissing in front of the whole course, and guys/ladies hugging people they haven’t seen in awhile.”

Spanish Trail

No mention of ball-washing, oodly.

The no hugging and kissing rule seems to doom those fairway hook-ups, but it shows the lengths some venues are going to avoid undue scrutiny from regulators.

A number of venues have had photos and video circulated showing what appear to be violations of safety protocols, and those businesses have sometimes been closed or fined as a result.

We aren’t aware of any particular risk associated with hugging and kissing on golf courses, but better safe than sorry, at least according to some.

Free Coin Exchanges Are a Thing Again at Las Vegas Casinos

For a long time, casino customers took their spare change (often pounds of it in a variety of
containers) to cashier cages, traded coins for “real money” and immediately blew the money gambling.

Casinos took coins readily, no charge. Because they sort of knew where the money would end up. It’s like when casinos provide free check cashing services. They’re just that selfless.

Casino coin exchange

These are our actual coins. As if you weren’t already up in our personal business enough.

Over time, charges for coin exchanges began to creep in, and many customers took their coins
elsewhere. The use of coins in slot machines also fell out of favor, so coins became even more scarce in casinos.

Thanks to the COVID crisis, there’s a nationwide coin shortage, and casinos are again offering free coin exchanges.

Coin shortage

Coin shortage mystery solved.

A number of Boyd Gaming casinos have started taking coins, free of charge.

Boyd coin exchanges

Boyd is going to be awash in coinage.

Four Queens and Binion’s were among the first Las Vegas casinos to ramp up their free coin exchange programs during the recent coin shortage.

To the credit of the cashier at Four Queens, he didn’t seem annoyed at all by our coin redemption, despite the fact most casino coin sorting machines were purchased around the same time “commercial air travel” was invented.

Four Queens cashier

Fun fact: In the coin world, “obverse” is the front face of a coin and “reverse” is the back face.

Below is the breakdown of our redemption.

We are not a math person, but we’re pretty sure this distribution of denominations is universal among people who collect spare change.

Four Queens coin exchange

Nickels and dimes are so jealous of the popularity of pennies and quarters right now.

Others had free coin exchanges all along. El Cortez and Ellis Island, among them. Of course, we’ve written about this before. We’ve apparently written about everything before.

We’ve used the coin exchange machine at El Cortez numerous times, partly because of the convenience, but also because we find the coin sorting very relaxing.

It was through our exchanging of coins to gamble we learned a red Solo cup holds about $60.

One of the great things about exchanging spare change for real money is, when you’re gambling, it doesn’t feel like real money. It feels “found.”

Cal coins

The Cal has enough challenges with the Hawaii travel restrictions. Turning in coins is the least we can do.

It’s well-known “found” money is much more fun to play! Stimulus checks. Divorce settlements. Tax refunds. Inheritances. The list goes on and on.

So, bag up those coins and take them to your favorite casino. Because, honestly, who has time to wait for a divorce to be finalized?