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Why Rob Zombie thinks eating vegan is ‘anti-establishment’

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You’d think that with a name like Rob Zombie, brains would be on the menu rather than carrots.

But the horror heavy-metal icon and former front man of the New York-based hard rock act White Zombie says that he’s vegan — and that he thinks his all-veggie diet is one of the most metal ways to stick it to the man. 

The “More Human Than Human” singer sat down with GQ Magazine for an interview, published Thursday, and dished about his diet, exercise habits and why he made the choice to stop eating all animal products nine years ago.

Zombie said veganism symbolizes “fighting the establishment, fighting the norms, fighting the path that’s been laid out for you by corporate America telling you how you’re supposed to think and how you’re supposed to be.”

“Veganism is exactly the opposite of that. It is anti-establishment,” Zombie added.

His plant-based diet started one day with a particularly revolting plate of eggs. 

“The vegetarian thing started when I was in high school. I never really liked eating meat. Whenever I was served pork chops or something it would just taste awful to me. We’re all brainwashed from the moment we’re born that all the cows are happy and the pigs are happy and everybody’s so happy and it’s all ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm.’ And then I saw a movie that was the first time I really saw how brutal and disgusting factory farming was,” Zombie explained to GQ. 

Over the years, Zombie would eat cheese or use creamer in his coffee but then one morning he was eating eggs and he realized he couldn’t do it anymore.

“I was just, like, ‘this is disgusting and I’m done,’” he told the outlet. 

“And that was it. I’ve been 100% vegan since that moment.” 

At first, adapting to the lifestyle was difficult, Zombie said — he felt like there was “nothing to eat.” He started out with the typical, veganism for beginners chow — “fake ham and the fake baloney or the fake hot dogs” and then he and his wife realized they were “sick of all the fake sandwiches.” 

“Your tastes change and what you consider healthy changes,” the “Superbeast” rocker said. 

“Every day it gets easier, and every day the food gets better. Veggie burgers used to be like tasteless hockey pucks, and now they’re so delicious.” 

Each day, Zombie and his wife Sheri eat the “exact same breakfast” — oatmeal, toast, fruit and coffee — while switching it up for lunch. 

“There’s a lot of decent frozen vegan stuff if we’re in a hurry, like frozen burritos or pad Thai or different pasta dishes,” Zombie said. 

“Sheri’s very good at making these super-elaborate salads. Salad used to be awful iceberg lettuce and a tasteful tomato. That’s why so many people don’t care about vegetables, we grew up eating vegetables that had no taste. When you get good vegetables that are prepared right, they’re super delicious.” 

The pair “love juicing” and the only drinks they ever consume is “coffee and water” along with the green beverages. 

He said that veganism is a way to fight back against corporate behemoths.

“Once you make these decisions, you can’t help but learn more about it. And every day you uncover what an evil industry everything is. Dairy is the leading cause of breast cancer, yet Dannon is a big sponsor of the pink ribbon walks. It’s like Marlboro sponsoring the lung society or something. And you just realize, oh, this is one giant brainwashed lie we’re fed from the moment we’re born.”

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‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words

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‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words

Toy giant Mattel plans to scrub the U.K. versions of Scrabble of hundreds of “offensive” words — leaving game-loving Brits clutching their “boobies” for fear of losing their “arses.”

Other prized words, such as “goolies,” “wrinklies,” “boffing,” “farting” and “fatso,” may also wind up on the wrong side of the official Scrabble lexicon, British aficionados of the little square tiles now worry.

“The woke brigade is ruining our game,” two-time British Scrabble champ Craig Beevers griped to The Scottish Sun.

“I feel this will be the final nail in the coffin for a lot of competitive players,” Beevers added.
Mattel, which owns the rights to Scrabble outside the U.S., isn’t tipping its rack of letters just yet — but The Sun claims the game maker’s in-progress list of forbidden words will run to 400, and reportedly be a worldwide push.

“In Scrabble — as in life — the words we choose matter,” a Mattel exec told the outlet.
Brett Smitheram, a rep for the Association of British Scrabble Players, told The Post Saturday that words are indeed “being compiled for deletion” by Mattel.

“It’s not the Scrabble associations doing it — more that Mattel has decided it has to be done and are compiling the list themselves,” said Smitheram, who is the 2016 World Scrabble Champion.

“Scrabble associations are left with the choice of accepting the new list or really ceasing to be able to use the name “Scrabble” at all.”

Mattel seems intent on removing words that might be seen as derogatory or rude, Smitheram said.

But some alleged offenders may well be salvaged.

“I don’t think that ‘farting’ or similar will be removed,” Smitheram said.

The list is still under discussion, he continued — but not by members of his association’s “Dictionary Committee,” which he said has resigned in protest from the effort.

“This decision isn’t being made by lexicographers,” Smitheram scoffed. “So it’s not likely to create a technically robust word list.”

The effort is reminiscent of a purge of “offensive” Scrabble words from the U.S. version of the game last year.

That time, The North American Scrabble Players Association eliminated 236 words, including racial slurs and other bigoted terms from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments, a culling made with the support of Hasbro, which owns the rights to the game in North America.

Mattel reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere

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Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere

Al Capone’s 80-year-old great-niece says she believes the legend that $100 million of the Chicago mobster’s money may be stashed somewhere but said knowledge of the location died with him.

“If it’s anywhere it would be Chicago,” Deirdre Capone told the Sun. “I also believe they have a lot of dealings in Cuba. I believe a lot of money was in safety deposit boxes in Cuba. But I have to let that be now.”

She told the Sun from her home in Florida that she’s “probably the last person on this Earth” to have really known him. She spoke of a new movie about her beloved “Uncle Al” being released on Netflix this week.

British actor Tom Hardy, complete with prosthetics, stars in the biopic “Capone.”

Deirdre, who was 7 when Capone died following a stroke in January, 1947, says the gangster had a sweet side and liked to teach her how to make spaghetti.

Al Capone was her grandfather Ralph’s younger brother.

Ralph was nicknamed “Bottles” for his role in the Capone bootleg empire, the Chicago Outfit, which made its fortune during Prohibition. Deirdre said Ralph was in charge but Al was the front man.

“Al loved the limelight, loved to be out with a beautiful woman on his arm. My grandfather hated it,” she said.

She insisted her relatives had nothing to do with the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven rival mobsters were killed giving Al Capone the title of “Public Enemy No 1.”

Capone wound up in Alcatraz and Deirdre says he loathed his stint in the island prison. “He couldn’t talk about it, it was so horrific,” she says.

Hardy portrays Capone in the period after his release from the prison — the last years of his life. The mobster died on January 25, 1947 at age 48.

According to the movie, Capone is beset with dementia, with the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Deirdre agrees that by the time he was released his mental state had deteriorated shockingly, but insists this was due to mercury injections she claims were given to him to treat syphilis.

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Fort Lauderdale party spot bans spring breakers

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A college athlete is thrown in the air by a group of men on the beach to celebrate spring break, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., March 5, 2021.

The coronavirus is causing one Florida hotspot to cancel spring break.

The Wharf in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, posted a notice on Instagram that through the end of the month, it will only serve out-of-state customers who are 23 years old and up.

And despite partying crowds on the beaches during the day Friday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that The Wharf had a sparse, socially distanced crowd.

The Wharf was closed for months in 2020, and reopened for just two days in November when social media exploded over pictures and videos of packed, maskless crowds of young people. It was cited three times in one day for violating mask and social distance rules. The outdoor club, which spun off from its first location in Miami in 2019, reopened again in January with a variety of measures in place, like acrylic barriers on the bar.

Across Florida, elected officials and business owners are trying to dissuade spring breakers from crowding their beaches, streets and bars. Miami Beach has banned booze on the sand and set a curfew to limit its famed nightlife, while Fort Lauderdale is heavily enforcing social distancing and mask mandates.

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