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Irksome Alien

Residents living in scenic Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Florida, just discovered something most Memphians have known for decades: Robert "Prince Mongo" Hodges can be a handful.

According to a Fox News report slugged "'Prince Mongo' Irks Florida Neighbors," Memphis' 333-year-old space alien/mayoral wannabe started upsetting neighbors with his outlandish home décor in 2009 after he allegedly built a deck without a permit. Mongo went on to paint a mural of a witch on his wall and erect a clothesline displaying ladies' underpants.

"I am really, really angered by it at this point," a really, really angered neighbor told Fox. There may be a method in Mongo's madness, since the Prince's panty art is technically regarded as a clothesline, and there's no ordinance against airing out your undies.

Quotable

When a Commercial Appeal reporter asked 45-year-old plumber James Rustenhaven what he thought about the possibility of ending Saturday mail delivery, he answered: "I don't give a frog's fat rear end."

Wit or Without

Local personality Mother Wit had a few things to say about Walt Baker, the former CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association canned after forwarding e-mails comparing Michelle Obama to a chimp. Wit told Fox 13's Les Smith, "He's from the Tennessee Hospitality Association. I abbreviate association: A.S.S. dot ... You know what I'm saying?" Yes, we do, but will the NAACP, the AMA, or the '60s-era harmony group that took "Cherish" all the way to the top of the charts?

Blacktop Moses

Legislation to name a segment of I-40 after late soul singer Isaac Hayes advanced to the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week. Since Hayes rose to superstardom singing about a "private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks," shouldn't they just give him all of I-69?

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