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Said It

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.

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Graphic '10

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.

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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.

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The End

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.

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