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FRI, SAT, March 15, 16, 2013

VIEWER EROSION -- TV execs were disappointed when the mini-series "The Bible" corralled 17% fewer viewers than the series opener.  They shouldn't have been.  Even Jesus had a drop off -- Easter fell 21% from his Crucifixion numbers. 

 
 

HOUSE OF RODS -- According to a new law in Arkansas, churchgoers can legally pack heat while attending services.  It's changed the liturgy somewhat.  Bible Verses are now attributed to Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, Smith and Wesson.

CRUCIFIXED -- A couple in Little Rock recently beat astronomical odds -- twice -- winning two lottery prizes the same day.  Apparently threatening God with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic works.





EASY TERMS -- A professor at UC Riverside has received a $5 million grant to determine if the afterlife really exists.  There's an added bonus.  If he proves it does, he doesn't have to pay the money back until he gets there.





THREE RINGS -- Ringling Bros. has teamed with Marvel Comics to tour with Spider Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four and the Avengers.  Not without competition, though. Rumors abound that Clark Kent will soon come out of the closet and tour with "Superman Joins the Radio City Rockettes."




(Contents Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved) 



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