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Coroner’s Office Offers Gift Ideas

December 12, 2005

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Looking for off-the-wall Christmas gift ideas? The Clark County coroner’s office can help. Tucked away in the office is a gift shop with items that walk a fine line between humor and morbidity. There’s a coffee mug with the inscription ``Playing for Keeps,″ a $10 fake jawbone that holds business cards and a T-shirt that reads ``Coroner ... Cashed Out in Las Vegas.″

``That’s about as risque as we go,″ Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ``We certainly don’t want to make a mockery of death.″

Styled after a gift shop at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the year-old Nevada store primarily benefits a coroner’s youth program.

``The Jaw″ cardholder has proven its best seller so far. The shop’s ``Coroner’s Collection″ also offers a faux Nevada license plate, patches, pens and other knickknacks.

``We’re always looking for slogans or phrases that have a little bit of a dual meaning, because I think that is part of the hook,″ Coroner Mark Murphy said.

Fudenberg says television shows such as ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation″ have increased demand in such items.

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