Las Vegas News Brief's For December 1
Record Setting Fish Caught At Cosmopolitan Ice Rink
It was one for the record books today when ice fisherman Jeremy Olafsen pulled a 55-pound Northern Pike from a hole drilled in the ice rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Olafsen, vacationing in Las Vegas from Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota, plans to have the fish mounted.
"Oh yeah," said Olafsen.
The 55-pound Northern Pike is a Nevada state record, besting a 52 1/2-pound fish caught at the Venetian last winter. Ice fishing season will continue through February 15th, or until the spring thaw, whichever comes first.
Study: Vodka Valuable Above All Else
A recent study conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno found that among adults aged 21-35 who visit Las Vegas, vodka is more highly valued than a wide ranging list of other things more traditionally valued by the populace at large.
The study surveyed 400 randomly selected individuals found standing in line at Las Vegas nightclubs. Participants were asked to rank a list of pre-selected items in the order of personal value. An astonishing 82 percent ranked vodka as "most valuable". Products manufactured by Apple, Inc. finished a distant second, followed in order by human life, faith and spirituality, gold, and interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Tomas Plummer, a sociologist at UNR, says that while the study’s findings may at first seem shocking, some geographical perspective is in order. "In Las Vegas, bottles of vodka routinely sell for between four hundred and five hundred dollars each. The same bottle of vodka might cost about eight dollars in Indianapolis. So it is understandable how someone here might place a higher intrinsic value on grain alcohol than, say, the continued living existence of another human being."
The study was published in the peer reviewed, Journal of The American Academy of Hip Asian Supper Clubs.
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