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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Memphis Billboard Contains Porn

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 2:19 PM

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Well, it contains the word, anyway.

A Memphis billboard off I-40 near Whitten Rd. has a strong message for glossy women's mag readers: "Cosmopolitan  Magazine Contains Porn." Which seems a little extreme, if you ask me. Unhealthy body standards, sure. And maybe a peculiar strain of neurosis-inducing content obsessed with the male gaze. But — and I haven't consulted with Mae Beavers for the definitive ruling — to call it porn sounds like a stretch.
Your mama does.
  • Your mama does.
This isn't a new complaint. One of the loudest "Cosmo = porn" voices is a Hearst heir. She's been at it a while.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Free (Warm) Beer for Power

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 6:03 PM

When you go without electricity for days, as many Memphians have, you go feral. You get desperate. You offer to bribe power crews.
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And if at first you don't succeed...
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter from Fly on the Wall

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 3:08 PM

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It's good Friday, and your Pesky Fly's got nothing to make you laugh. So I thought I'd share this Memphis church sign from Easter, 2009 (I think). It's a such a classic it deserves to be trotted out year after year like a Rankin & Bass holiday special: "Jesus Said Bring Me That Ass."

Please help your irreverent Fly keep an eye out for great church signs this holiday weekend. It's like an egg hunt for heathen grownups.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Memphis Church Sign: Thou Shalt Stock Up on Peanut Butter!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Church signs are an endless source of joy. Summer Ave. is an endless source of joy. Church signs on Summer Ave. are, by definition, an endless source of joy squared.

If your Pesky Fly is reading this one correctly, it's time to buy more peanut butter. Or tea biscuits. Or maybe just a nice jelly spoon. 
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Or maybe they're just trying to turn us all on to this Classic Rock cover band from Ireland. Hard to tell.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Comes to West Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Things people see driving through West Memphis on Christmas day.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Best Stop Sign in Lakeland...

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Can be observed on Old Brownsville Rd. between Highway 70 and Brunswick. 
PHOTOS BY FAITH
  • Photos by Faith

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Have You Tried Backyard Burger's "Grilled Salomon" Burger?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Fly on the Wall has always been a sucker for a nicely misspelled sign. Here's one from the BYB on Perkins near Poplar. 

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Not sure what "salomon" is, but it sounds like something you don't want to catch. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Another Great Fast Food Sign on Union Ave.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

I was so busy marveling over Arby's "Marvels of Meatcraft" sign that I failed to notice the incredibly fair deal Krystal is offering. 

SCOTT ROGERS
  • Scott Rogers

Apparently, if you buy one you get one. That's just as equitable as it can be. And so much better than the usual fast food motto, "Buy one, get bent." 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sandwich or Porn Movie?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 3:07 PM

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Your Pesky Fly loves a good sign and your Union Ave. Arby's delivers with "Sliders: Marvels of Meatcraft." It could be porn. It could be a History Channel special event. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Atheists Launch Christmas Billboard Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

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It’s December, that happy time of year when people get frothing mad about the nonexistent “War on Christmas.” In an unusual turn of events, the first salvo in this year’s skirmish appears to have been fired by American Atheists, a 40-year-old advocacy group that's hosting a national convention in Memphis this coming April. A billboard promoting the event pictures a little girl writing a letter to Santa: “All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

This seems like as good an excuse as any to link a terrible movie about a jolly old elf locked in mortal combat with Satan. 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ride it Prince Harry: Did Fox 13's Lauren Lee Launch the Tweet of the Year?

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

We're not sure what Fox News reporter Lauren Lee was doing at The Pony, but boy are we glad that she shared this fine example of Southern hospitality.

Clothing optional?
  • Clothing optional?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hey Memphis, Somebody Found Your Lost Puppy

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Last night, while strolling along Main St. my daughter Lucy spotted this poster. Being the thoughtful child she is, she immediately brought it to my attention and was rewarded with all the fish tacos she could eat.

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What a cutie.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Don't Think "March Madness" Means What You Think It Means

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM

From the office of a Memphis-area urologist, this...

We dont want to see what the bracket looks like
  • We don't want to see what the bracket looks like

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Things That Give You Gas

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

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The sign for Memphis’ Jet Gas Express has reminded your Fly-Team of one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries. Why do they call it a hambuger if it’s neither chopped ham nor chopped bug?

And can you really call a filling station maid a homemaid?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Literal Advertising: "Male Sexual Medicine"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

The good folks at the Downtown Shell Station don't believe in beating around the bush.


So thats what the kids are calling it?
  • So that's what the kids are calling it?

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