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The Good, The Bad ...

Last week, Fly on the Wall and about 20,000 other news sources reported that fly-by-night ... er ... I mean, Travel + Leisure magazine not only ranked Memphis high on the low-IQ chart, but also ranked Memphians as America's least attractive people. But maybe there's a pot of gold at the end of all of this ugliness. The Denver Daily News recently topped a story about T+L's dubious list with a headline that might easily become a new slogan for our convention and visitors' bureau: "You'd look better in Memphis." Sounds kind of nice, doesn't it? And the market for self-esteem tourism is potentially limitless.

Shocking Stuffer

It's hard to blame Rhonda Sargent if her sentence structure is a little awkward. Sargent was one of five people who rented a room at the Budget Lodge Hotel on Brooks Road after murder victim Sony Millbrook was wrapped in plastic and stuffed under the bed.

In a recent update of the year-old story, Sargent told WMC news, "I'm just at a shock because I'm like, okay, I done laid on top of this lady's body."

Bad Tattoos

Los Angeles food stylist Adam Pierson almost didn't make his flight to Memphis recently. You see, at some point in his life, Pierson thought it would be a good idea to have his childhood nickname "Atom Bomb" tattooed across his fingers and to grow a massive beard even though he had to know that both of these cosmetic changes would increase his chances of being reported to airport security by some high-strung patriot who doesn't know a hipster from Hezbollah. And sure enough, this week it happened. Pierson was temporarily removed from a Memphis-bound Delta flight from L.A. Oh, well, at least nobody tried to touch his junk.

By Chris Davis. E-mail him at

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