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1 Memphis recently made another of our nation's top-10 lists, and again for the wrong reasons. It seems our city ranked third in a 2004 survey of major metropolitan areas with the highest number of stolen cars. Finally! An explanation for all the bad drivers here: They're in cars they've never driven before.

2 A demolition crew finally cleared the remains of the so-called underground house on McLean -- a place so ugly it recently made the Flyer's list of the 10 worst eyesores in town. Built in the early 1970s, the building wasn't actually underground but was covered with mounds of dirt and monkey grass. It had been abandoned for years, and the residents of Central Gardens nixed an owner's plans to expand the structure. Now if we could just get rid of everything else built in the '70s.

3 What park officials feared was a northern snakehead, found dead in a Shelby Forest lake, was actually a giant snakehead. Though the name itself makes the fish sound much more dangerous, the giant version of this carnivorous creature can't survive Memphis winters, so it was probably dropped in the lake by somebody who owned it as a pet. The obvious question, then: Who keeps giant snakeheads as pets?

4 Isaac Hayes is admitted to the hospital. Friends say he is just suffering from exhaustion; other reports suggest he had a mild stroke. Get well soon, Soul Man.

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