2. Your vote counts. In years past, winners in some categories have been decided by single digits. The store you frequent, the mechanic you trust, the doctor you love, the coffee you can't wake up without — your vote could determine the outcome in too many categories to list.
3. You might produce an upset. Feel like the selections could use some new blood? Start it pumping by voting. And by the same token ...
4. You can't complain if you don't vote. Hear us and tremble, O ye who griped all those years when Best Breakfast used to go to Shoney's. If you don't vote for what you think should win — be it a restaurant, a band, a gallery, or a local politician — we can all but guarantee you it will lose. And finally ...
5. You wouldn't want to disappoint this dog dressed as Yoda, would you?
Didn't think so. Vote here.
Oh, sure. "Spontaneously combusted." Like we're supposed to believe that hay bales just catch fire on their own, without the influence of angry ghosts, still fighting a battle that was 150 years ago? Let's be real. Obviously, it's ghosts.
Though, it turns out that hay bales can spontaneously combust.
The process of spontaneous combustion involves both microbial growth and chemical changes and may be slow to develop. The wet hay will first stimulate microbial growth and as these organisms grow they produce heat while drying out the surrounding surfaces of the hay for energy. More drying surfaces produces more microbial growth and different types of microbes live and die as the internal bale temperature climbs.
OK, fine. Ghosts didn't set the hay bale on fire. But who put the hay bale in the middle of the battlefield? That was ghosts, for sure.
The New York Daily News has the strange story of David and Lauren Blair, who have been married 106 times — to each other.
They first wed in 1984 and have since renewed their vows on days such as Valentine's Day, a minute either side of New Year, Christmas Day, February 29 and count every day of the month their anniversary.
They broke the world record for the 'most married couple' at Serendipity 3 Restaurant in New York City on Valentine's Day 2001 but haven't slowed down since scooping the romantic crown.
Their latest ceremony is scheduled for August 4 2013 and the happy couple, from Hendersonville in Tennessee, USA, can't wait to say their 'I dos' again as they celebrate their 30th year of married life.
I find this both incredibly sweet and a little creepy. I mean, blergh, having to go to multiple Hard Rock Cafes in order to get married in them? That sounds more like a punishment for some obscure statute violation than a romantic get-away. But good for them for finding a way to keep their marriage delightful for both of them.
And, shoot, I guess we can go ahead and wish them a happy anniversary, because it seems likely today is one.
This one is so tragicomic it hurts.
Now, don't you steal that entry. For one thing, I just wrote it. For another, it's not even funny. Surely you can do much better, right?
Last year, Holly Matthews took home top honors with "You are so Nashville if ... you think Bart Durham should direct The Real Housewives of Nashville."
An impressive entry, for sure. Think you got game? Think you can bring that kind of heat?
As usual, there's no shortage of hot topics ripe for lampooning. Here are a few off the top of my head just to help you get the wheels turning:
The state legislature
Nashville cast member sightings
Nashville as the "It" City
Blake Shelton dissing old-school country
The Music City Center
Ken Jakes, government watchdog
Now get busy! Deadline is June 28! Winners will be announced in the July 18 issue.
On his blog, Gill posts pictures of the Capitol mop sink and some random Muslim foot bath and—guess what?—they look a lot alike. WTF?
Gill demands to know, "Which is a mop sink and which is a Muslim foot washing pool?" That's the question the whole world is asking today.
Memphis Flyer's Bruce VanWyngarden on the Clown Prince of the "the world's stupidest imaginable governing body:"
Campfield, to put it kindly, does not appear to be a rocket surgeon. His blog, "Camp4U," is a treasure trove of bad grammar and grade school humor. A recent headline: "Buler. Buler. Anyone?" I assume he was attempting to quote from the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but who knows? He describes himself as "just an average guy with a cool job." If Campfield is "average," I'd hate to see the shallow end of that gene pool.
Update: Campfield attracts a challenger in next year's elections. "We want to take this thing in a different direction," he says.
Sitting on their classroom floors, committing all instruction to memory because they’re unable to write anything down, will force these underperforming students to really focus on their lessons. The physical discomfort and mental strain will surely crystallize their powers of concentration.
As Brown advises, "If we really want our children to excel in school—indeed, in life—we need to keep the empowering force of deprivation on them 24 hours a day."
In the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election, citizens in all 50 of these (for now) United States have started petitions on the White House website calling for their particular state to secede from the union. Perhaps you've heard.
Tennessee's has been particularly popular, garnering over 27,000 signatures as of this writing and surpassing the 25,000 signature threshold to trigger a White House response. (We're expecting something slightly more direct than Gov. Bill Haslam's characteristically stuck-in-the-middle response to the phenomenon.)
But as it turns out, there are plenty of other minor populist uprisings represented on the We The People section of the White House site. After the jump, a roundup of ten of the best (or worst, or most interesting, most shocking, or whatever suits you) petitions not calling for secession. Some are serious, some more eccentric. As with retweets, inclusion on this list does not necessarily represent an endorsement by the Scene. But it might.
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