Last week, Men's Health magazine released a list of America's "smuttiest" cities, and guess what? Memphis made the cut. But for a city where local government is constantly discussing stripper etiquette, we're remarkably low in the rankings, coming in at number 75, just behind Little Rock and well behind Nashville (#49). The methodology used by Men's Health apparently placed a lot of weight on softcore porn consumption and completely ignored city council member Janis Fullilove's letter of apology from the hot summer of 2010, which began with the words, "Yes, I was on the pole."
Elvis is making another comeback. Not the singer, but the name. In 2011, the Social Security Administration reported that Elvis had fallen off the list of top 1,000 American baby names for the first time since 1954, the year "That's All Right" was released by Sun Studio. This raised an important question for Memphis tourism: Would all the newly minted Jacobs and Isabellas visit Graceland when they're old enough to go on vacation? Or would they go to Chattanooga to visit the home of Teen Mom stars Maci and Bentley? The kingly name may not be nearly as popular as Noah or Jayden, but it's back on the charts at number 904.
Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church pastor Rev. Dwight Montgomery doesn't approve of President Obama's recent gay marriage endorsement: "I look at the fact that God created animals, and he made man, but animals do not practice homosexuality," he was quoted as saying. "So that makes it very clear to me that homosexuality is wrong." Montgomery may not be familiar with the book Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, but perhaps the clergyman has a point: Animals also don't go to church, seldom wear pants, and never marry anybody.