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Flyer Flashback

To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

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For more years than we can remember, we've been recognizing and celebrating the best Memphis has to offer. We've brought you the best of nightlife, arts & entertainment, food & drink, and even media (ahem, us).

Each year, the staff also has selected the places and things that don't fit any particular category, but we want to recognize them anyway. Here is a selection:

John Willingham - JUSTIN FOX BURKS

Best and Creepiest Fund-raiser, 2003

County commissioner and mayoral candidate John Willingham's plan to auction off his old pacemaker on eBay, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Best Alternative Names for the Windstorm, 2003

Galezilla

A Great Excuse To Raise Insurance Premiums

The Great Ice Hunt

Blowhard

Straightline, My Ass

Revenge of the Trees

What the F**k???

The Flashlight Festival

Vacation

Assault and Batteries

Best Excuse To Play the Lottery, 2004

The children. With Tennessee college scholarship funds tied to lottery play, your dirty little gambling habit now has an up side. Lucky you.

Best Things To Do with The Pyramid Besides Turning It into a Casino, 2004

Local celebrity boxing. Remember, every Wednesday night is Carol Chumney night!

Survivor XX: The Pointed House.

Fill the whole thing with little plastic balls for the kiddies.

Bomb shelter.

Install a roller coaster.

A museum dedicated to dearly departed Harold von Braunhut. He's the guy who invented Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, and all the crazy crap you used to see advertised in comic books. Sure, his politics were a little racist, but he invented Sea Monkeys. And he's from Memphis.

Paint the mother pink!

Best Environmental Disaster: Silver-Headed Carp, 2006

They jump out of the water and into your boat. They've broken the noses of unlucky water-skiers. And they've all but driven out the natural species that are supposed to inhabit Mid-South waters. They're the silver-headed carp, and they are a true environmental horror story.

Best New Acronym, 2007

Until this year, S.O.B. was a nice way of calling someone the son of a really cranky lady. But leave it to Memphians to take the popular slur's acronym and use it to define what some City Council members and county commissioners believe to be the scourge of our society: the Sexually Oriented Business. Couldn't they have tried a letter combo that wasn't already in use? Like BWHCBIA (Bars Where Hot Chicks Bare It All). Or better yet, TPWBOPBDTOW (Those Places We Blow Our Paychecks But Don't Tell Our Wives).

Best Tease, 2008

We've never seen such joy, such jubilation, such emotion, as when Mayor Willie Herenton announced he was going to retire. It was like the Rapture or the Tigers making it to the Final Four.

Phone lines were jammed. People were getting out of their cars and thanking their higher power. Former council members Brent Taylor and Carol Chumney did cartwheels.

And what happened? Herenton didn't resign.

Gina and Pat Neely - SHELLY STRAZIS

Best Food Porn, 2008

Does anybody else blush when the hyper-flirty Pat and Gina Neely make suggestive comments on their Food Network show, Down Home With the Neelys? All that stuffing and dry rubbing! — Mary Cashiola

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