Elvis Alive, Dead
Andy Key, the owner of a Missouri-based Elvis is Alive Museum, says the facility is closing, possibly for good. Key twice tried to sell his museum on eBay but received no legitimate bids. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one bid for the original asking price of $15,000 was submitted accidentally by a child playing with his parents' computer. The museum's collection includes photos, FBI files, and DNA reports as well as a replica of the King's grave with a fake corpse. Also offered in the auction were a nacho chip warmer, a microwave oven, a hot dog cooker, and a bug zapper.
Sheryl Crow has launched a new casual-clothing line called Bootheel Trading Co. The first products to launch will be blue jeans named Missouri, Kennett, Nashville, and Memphis. Presumably the Memphis jeans will leave a little extra room in the back for barbecue.
Tough All Over
Although your Pesky Fly likes to focus his compound eye on Memphis and the Mid-South, sometimes it's helpful to look at what's going on beyond the 240-loop. Americans disgusted by a looming economic crisis will be equally revolted by the behavior of our British counterparts. Lloyds TSB, which was recently bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of £17 billion, hired '80s megaband Duran Duran to play a £2 million party for its staff last week.
Gopher Frogs Live!
The endangered Mississippi Gopher Frog has beaten a path back from the gates of extinction! Things looked grim for the Mississippi Gopher Frog when tadpoles being raised at the Memphis Zoo all died. But heavier than anticipated rainfall in 2008 have kept the shallow ponds where the last wild Mississippi Gopher Frogs breed from drying up. This is good news because a world without Mississippi Gopher frogs is like a world without, well, Mississippi Gopher Frogs.