Sacred V. Profane, Death Match

6th April 2005

On the main strip in Vegas, there’s a billboard of a Hindu god with many hands. Each hand contains something holy: slot machines, dice, cards, a snow globe, a coffee mug, a showgirl. The slogan reads, “Souvenir Nirvana.”

About a hundred feet farther, there’s one with Jesus on it, but he only has two hands, so he’s holding a tiny prostitute in one hand and a martini in the other. The slogan reads, “Heaven on Earth.”

OK, all of that is true except for the part about Jesus. It’s actually a billboard of Buddha.

Kidding again! Vegas would never do that to Buddha and his lucky, lucky tummy.