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They're Everywhere

You want to keep warm when you're feeling chilled, but you don't want to raise your heating bill. Blankets are okay, but they can slip and slide. And if you need to reach for something, your hands are trapped inside. According to the now classic infomercial, that's why everybody needs a Snuggie, the amazing blanket with sleeves. Now customized versions of the Snuggie allow wearers to stay warm while showing off their school spirit, civic pride, or where they slept last night.

Kelly Earnest, a self-professed "Snuggie nerd" and director of public relations for the Peabody, demonstrates how to stay warm and cozy while reading a menu by wearing a wine-colored Snuggie bearing the logo of the South's grand hotel. Earnest, who once tested Snuggies for a "Does It Work" segment on Channel 3 news, says she wouldn't be surprised to see more Snuggies in the hotel lobby in the future. The Peabody is currently selling them and will soon be offering a "Snugly Duckling" package that includes a night's stay at the hotel, a Snuggie, and other goodies.

When asked what sets the Peabody Snuggie apart, Earnest points to the Peabody logo, embroidered in gold on the sleeve.

"Lots of Snuggies have [a logo] on the chest," she says, wrinkling her nose with distaste. Take that, Tiger sports.

Crime of Fashion

According to a police report, Kenneth Bonds shot and wounded a teenager after yelling at him for wearing saggy pants. In doing so, Bonds dispelled the myth that a semiautomatic weapon can't be concealed in pants that are neatly belted at the waist.

By Chris Davis. E-mail him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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