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Going Ape

Last week, a photo on the front page of WREG's website linked to a story about how a gorilla at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. named Mandra predicted the recent East Coast earthquake by letting out a shriek and hauling her baby to the top of a tree structure three seconds before the quake hit. So remember, if you're hanging out at the Memphis Zoo and happen see a gorilla acting strange, you might want to look for shelter.

Free Abortions!

Knoxville senator/stunt legislator Stacey Campfield wouldn't just make up some wild story to rile people up, would he? Duh. On August 31st, Campfield posted a breathless bit on his Camp4u blog: "Just got the news that the Memphis Planned Parenthood has been given a $75,000 grant from the Shelby County Health Department (with money it got from the state). With the money shell game Planned Parenthood does, that equates to a heck of a lot of free abortions." The grant actually funds free testing for syphilis in Shelby County.

The Good S#*t

The Memphis Business Journal quotes Mississippi State University biochemist Ashli Brown, who is studying panda poop to see if the panda's ability to break down cellulose can help increase biofuel production: "It may sound like a stinky job but Ashli Brown, a biochemist at Mississippi State, told the magazine panda poop 'has a fairly pleasant smell' and 'is probably the most pleasant fecal matter to work with.'"

Manly Memphis

You know what would make all of our lives better? If some cheese-filled pretzel snack cracker company sponsored a gigantic dork-measuring competition. Oh, wait, one did!  A "study" sponsored by Combos shows that Nashville is America's manliest city! Memphis also ranks high on the Combos man-meter, taking a respectable fourth place.

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