The Fly team doesn't like to spread rumors, but we've been known to repeat things other people say. Here's a collection of some of the weirdest comments we've passed along in the last 12 months: "Please know that we probably do not know your mother, and do not, in fact, have any negative feelings toward her." — a representative of the Five in One art gallery after hackers used their account to send out a mass e-mail reading, "F$&k your mother." "It would be like somebody in 1910 saying, 'We're looking for somebody to speak minstrel.'" — University of Memphis professor Larry Moore on a leaked Drug Enforcement Administration memo seeking an Ebonics interpreter. "Great shot!" — Unfortunate audio from a golf tournament that played over WREG's video of the deadly West Memphis police shootout with sovereign citizens Jerry and Joe Kane.
According to this inexplicable diagram in Wired magazine, IHOP customers in Memphis are obsessed with end-of-time prophecies and the Civil War but spend almost no time at all talking about vampires.
Said It II
"Acrobatic and mean-spirited." — an Associated Press article describing the raccoon that scaled a 30-foot fence and caused a massive power outage for 8,000 Memphis Light, Gas, & Water customers. "Father's Day gives us a chance to consider what it means to be a good daddy. A good daddy in the South. A good Memphis daddy. Unfortunately, many Americans have some stereotype in mind when thinking about Southern, or Memphis, daddies." — Commercial Appeal editor/Yankee Chris Peck on the "Evolution of Southern Men." "I don't hate fat girls, but I make fun of them too." — mixed martial arts fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on why his description of acting "kinda gay" wasn't a homophobic remark.
Weird Crime '10
Usually when police reports document the use of guns, they mean the kind that fire bullets. Memphian Pedro Kennedy stopped a home invasion by hitting accused invader Dartaniel Palmore with a staple gun. Over and over again.
Said it III
"If this were a war party, you'd be shot." — Tennessee Indian Affairs commissioner Jimmie Thigpen to Cherokee Nation lobbyist Mark Greene during a heated public meeting.
"It was just a history lesson. It wasn't a threat." — Tennessee Indian Affairs commission chair Tammera Hicks on Thigpen's war party comment. "It's weirdly delightful and enchanting in its excess, but it has the feel of doom." — Canadian journalist Bernard Perusse comparing Graceland to a barbecue sandwich.
"[Harold] Ford [Jr.] is presenting New York voters with a choice of voting against him as a tax cheat or as the guy with the worst press operation in human history." — Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall on former Memphis congressman Harold Ford Jr.
We think this Memphian's personalized license plate was supposed to be pronounced "Beautiful One." But maybe the owner's just proud of what he carries behind him.