More Murder Owl
Last week's Fly on the Wall column was devoted to a larcenous attack owl that has been terrorizing joggers in the High Point/Hedgemoor neighborhood. The owl has been impossibly described as weighing up to 20 pounds with the wingspan of a Buick. It has (probably) drawn blood and even snatched the cap off of one man's head, taking the poor guy's iPod with it. The irresistible "Owl Steals iPod" story was picked up at msnNOW.com. The MSN article sampled an entirely unembellished account of a run-in with the devil bird as told to FOX-13 by jogger Joe Parks: "I could see in his eyes when I was taking photographs of him, he had no fear of humans. He's a true beast."
According to thesmokinggun.com, Memphian Danny Smith called 911 repeatedly because the clerk at the Night and Day Food Market overcharged him by one penny for a 16-ounce can of Heineken. The operator explained to Smith that the discrepancy was a civil matter and not an emergency. Police, responding to Smith's second call to 911, arrested the unhappy beer lover. He was released from jail after posting $250 bond.
The Onion's often-informative music and entertainment website, the A.V. Club, has fact-checked singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, most famous for the song "Walking in Memphis": "[Cohn] made the trek in 1986 and did, in fact, go to Graceland, heard Al Green preach the gospel, and saw W.C. Handy's statue. He even watched a little old lady named Muriel Wilkins play the piano and then had a long chat with her after about life, love, and religion. What he didn't do, though, was see Elvis Presley's ghost." Well, that settles that.