Fly on the Wall 

Pimp my bar

Hooray! Memphis was recently included on a list that wasn't indexing murder, obesity, or overall misery. Esquire named Earnestine & Hazel's, South Main's hooker-hostel-turned-juke-joint, as America's second coolest bar. The list is pegged to an online reader's poll and changes regularly. Cheers for now.

Grudge Match

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What's the opposite of intellectual property? And is it a crime to steal it? Here's why we ask: Former Mid-South wrestler Brickhouse Brown, the self-proclaimed master of seduction, is releasing a tell-all DVD that might incite some of his old buddies to call him out for a rematch. Brown dishes on drug use and orgies, claiming that fellow ringsmen Handsome Jimmy Valiant, Ric Flair, and Gary Hart introduced him to pot. "I ain't sure why nobody ever whooped Jerry [Lawler]'s ass," Brickhouse also says, leveling some harsh accusations at Memphis' ring king. In addition to more incendiary charges, Brickhouse claims Lawler stole his idea for the Pretty Young Things, a tag-team composed of Michael Jackson impersonators.

Defining Intrepid

"Facebook is an awesome tool to connect with friends," says Eyewitness News forecaster Henry Rothenberg in a story about reporters "who became victims of the '419 scam.'" According to Eyewitness News weekend anchor Joyce Peterson, Rothenberg was "one of several Eyewitness News employees" fooled by messages from a former co-worker saying she was stranded in London without any money. Rothenberg eventually uncovered the scam himself after trading messages back and forth with the sender. "His gut told him something was fishy," Peterson reported. "And he was right."

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