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Here are a few things in news, entertainment and popular culture that we’ve been talking about lately.

* Analysts say a decline in men’s underwear sales can be an indicator of continuing recession. Another indicator: If Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke starts parading around in something frilly from Victoria’s Secret, be very worried because he just doesn’t care anymore.

* A Las Vegas oddsmaker makes Donny Osmond a 4-to-1 favorite to win “Dancing with the Stars.” Meanwhile, odds are 2-to-1 that the average “Dancing with the Stars” viewer won’t recognize half of these “stars.”

* The Internet turns 40. And to think that, just 40 years ago, not one of us knew even a single Nigerian prince.

* A Mojave Desert date farmer uses castoff clothing from a Pahrump thrift store to protect his crop from birds. Like an entire plantation of “I’m With Stupid” T-shirts and M.C. Hammer parachute pants.

* Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and partner Kendra Rossi, a porn star, take over a Las Vegas dog grooming business. Not that much of a career change, really …

JOHN PRZYBYS (jprzybys@reviewjournal.com)

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Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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