"If Memphis gets hot on [violent criminals], they push them across the bridge. If West Memphis gets hot on them, that pushes everybody. With a small town, they know we don't have resources to fight this crime here." — Jericho, Arkansas Police Chief Roy Hill explaining his theory of violent crime migration to WREG. Simply put, when crime happens in Memphis, it's Memphis' fault. When crime happens in West Memphis, it's also Memphis' fault. And the most important takeaway here: When violent crime finally reaches the rural countryside, it's still Memphis' fault.
Since it was just a wee larvae, your Pesky Fly on the Wall has chronicled the many strange ways Memphis' most famous dead celebrity impacts global culture. Take pet names, for example. The sheer volume of stories about animals named Elvis suggests that we live in a world where most pets are named Elvis, or one where simply naming your pet for the long deceased King of Rock-and-Roll still increases its potential newsworthiness. This week's most noteworthy examples include a pair of exotic birds in desperate situations. If not for Edinburgh University's Hospital for Small Animals, Elvis the South American Red-Legged Seriema might have perished in a bathroom manner similar to his namesake. The colorful bird made headlines after swallowing a metal screw that was removed in a non-invasive surgery.
Meanwhile, the U.K.'s Daily Express told the story of Elvis, a three-year-old giant Emu that had to be removed because it was in danger of "loving his owner tender." According to the Express, "Randy emus have a reputation for getting imprinted on humans and even showing sexual aggression."