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In the past, Fly on the Wall has taken a potshot or two at Main Street Journal, a monthly political magazine dedicated to all things conservative. So we were surprised, flattered, and more than a little bit suspicious when the MSJ listed the Fly Team's 9th District congressional debate coverage as a journalistic highlight of 2006. Actually, it was the post-debate coverage that caught the Journal's attention. Specifically, it was your Pesky Fly's coverage of that fateful night when independent candidate Jake Ford played the crazy card after the Memphis Flyer's senior editor Jackson Baker accidentally spit a bit of hot dog on his lapel.

The MSJ writes: "Discriminating people want to know this: was it a Ballpark, King Cotton, or Nathan's dog?"

Although the brand of frankfurter went unrecorded, I think it was clear from the first writing that the only weenie at this party was a Ford.

Manatee vs. Hastert

Fly on the Wall has long contended that the manatee spotted in the Mississippi River was not a manatee at all but U.S. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. With the recent discovery of manatee remains on Presidents Island, it now appears that the manatee was, in fact, a manatee. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.

Bird Named Sue

A shocking revelation this week: Memphis zookeepers give penguins gender-specific names before they know the overdressed bird's actual gender, resulting in at least one female penguin named Rupert.

"Rupert surprised us with an egg a few months ago," zookeeper Meeghan Bell told The Commercial Appeal.

When Rupert starts raising that egg with Dee Dee and they decide they want to get married, there's going to be trouble in their artificially frozen paradise. Mark our words.

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