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Welcome phalluses, Elvis the cannibal pig, and crazy Tennessee bills

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Welcome to Memphis

Memphis has a new half-million-dollar welcome sign. It's topped with this image, which is supposed to look like musical notes that form a reverse M. Fly on the Wall thinks it looks like a trio of phalluses.

Neverending Elvis

Tragedy struck at a British zoo when Elvis, a rare Visayan warty pig, ate his partner and their newborn piglets. The horrible story had been kept out of the news for a year until last week when headlines like this appeared: "Elvis the pig eats partner and kids, in tragic end to love story."

Our Leaders

The Tennessean has published a useful list of weird, worrisome, and wrongheaded bills being considered by the Tennessee legislature. These proposals include making it illegal to take minors to already illegal cockfights and legalizing our ability to aim high-velocity rounds at exploding targets. Rep. Jerry Sexton wants to make the Bible Tennessee's state book, while Rep. James Van Huss would take things in an even more theocratic direction by amending the state constitution to show "our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior." Weirdest of all, Sen. Steven Dickerson and Rep. Jeremy Faison have proposed a bill that would allow Tennessee politicians to accept contributions in bitcoin and other digital currency. Bitcoin? Really?

Listed!

NerdWallet listed Memphis at number 20 in a report on the 20 best cities for living single in America. Meanwhile, DatingAdvice.com ranks Memphis as the fourth most sexually violent city in America.


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