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Ye Olde South

You know, nothing in America says "I'm an American politician," like a sweet temporal mashup of Britain's feudal and parliamentary systems transmogrified into a campaign fund-raiser.

Ten gracious hosts (knights, lords, and ladies all) have invited Memphians to a fund-raiser for Sam Goff, the GOP candidate for County Commission District 7, by spending $50 to become a knight of the realm.

A $100 donation gets you into the House of Commons. A $250 donation buys a seat in the House of Lords. Heck, you can be a "loyal subject," for the low, low price of $25.

Invitations described the fund-raising event as "a morning of most agreeable merriment," although there was no promise of dwarves, bear baiting, or actual revels. Alas ...

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Neverending Elvis

It's been an amazing-yet-somewhat-disappointing week for poor, posthumous Elvis.

On one hand, it seems possible that rumors of the EP brand losing value have been greatly exaggerated. A diamond-studded Omega watch given to Presley by RCA records (estimated to sell for between $54 - $108,000) sold at auction for more than $1.8 million, breaking several new records.

On the other hand, Page Six described Presley as "a peasant between the sheets," compared to actor Marlon Brando. Stage and screen star Rita Moreno, 83, told the New York Post that Brando was the "lust of her life." The King was just a fling.

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