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Yikes: St. Louis Twitter's Most-Used Curse Word is "Faggot"

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Missouri doesn't like the word "fuck." As for the other F-word...
Data is a funny thing. Sometimes, you crunch the numbers and discover St. Louis is among the most charitable, creative and happy cities in America. Other times, a linguistic analysis of Twitter data reveals the St. Louis region uses a homophobic slur -- faggot -- more often than other curse words.

This distressing news comes courtesy of Jack Grieve, a professor in forensic linguistics at Aston University in England.. On Thursday, Grieve began tweeting out maps showing the relative frequency of curse words used across America. According to Gawker, the data was mined from almost a billion tweets (containing nearly 9 billion words) from October of 2013 to November of 2014.


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Watch Out, St. Louis -- Bubble Soccer Is Coming to Town

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Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Texas A&M University- Commerce Marketing Communications
Bubble soccer is like soccer.... and bumper cars.

Joel Lutfiyya first saw bubble soccer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and immediately had one thought: It would be a great fit for soccer-loving St. Louis.

"I decided to take a look at it, it looked like a great business opportunity," he explains. "From research, I found out that no one was doing it in the area."

The bubble version of soccer is much like the real one -- except it's also sort of like bumper cars. Instead of cars, players use their own bodies for bumping. And those bodies just happen to be clad in big plastic bubbles ... sort of like those inflatable sumo wrestling suits. Your arms stay inside the bubble, so you're at the mercy of the other players whacking into you, and dependent on your legs poking out the bottom.

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St. Louis Is Among the Nation's Best Cities for Recreation, Study Finds

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Photo by Jason Stoff
Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum -- proof we know how to do recreation in St. Louis.

When it comes to recreation, St. Louis is among the top ten cities in the nation, a new study has concluded.

In fact, we came in at No. 8 -- well ahead of Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

How? Well, the study, by WalletHub, surveyed factors like a city's number of basketball hoops, the cost of its movie tickets and its number of coffee houses. It also factored in one area where St. Louis totally kicks ass: our number of music venues per 100,000 residents.

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One Last Ride on the Ancient Mayan Kingshighway Viaduct


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Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Paul Sableman
The Kingshighway Viaduct, circa 2013

Earlier today, the Kingshighway Bridge closed over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between Southwest/Vandeventer and Shaw Boulevard. Over the next two years, the bridge will be demolished and rebuilt.

We found ourselves getting nostalgic for the Kingshighway Skate Park after a properly joyous send-off this weekend.

See also: Things Got Rowdy at the Kingshighway Skate Park

But after watching an oddball video that recently surfaced on YouTube, we're also getting oddly nostalgic for the bridge itself.


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Dear Schnucks: By the Each Is Not a Thing

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Kristie McClanahan
This sign is not appealing, Target.
People are always quick to jump on the "three times and it's officially a trend" bandwagon. Especially if those people are media people, and they need to crank out a story on a slow news day.

But sometimes it only takes twice until we say enough is enough. This is one of those times.

A couple years back we spotted the bananas pictured above in Target.

- See also: Commatose! Hundreds of Copyeditors Descend on St. Louis

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Wash. U. Med Students' "Uptown Funk" Parody Deserves to Go Viral

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Wash. U.'s first-year med school students will funk you up.
Music-video parodies are a dime a dozen in 2015 -- you can't spend an hour on YouTube without finding 100 not-that-funny versions of any given song on the radio.

But Washington University's "Uptown Funk" parody has a lot going for it that other spoofs don't. For one thing, the first-year med school students who created and star in "First Year Funk" aren't just lip-synching; they're actually singing some pretty funny lyrics.

For another, these doctors-in-training can actually dance.

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Epic Reel of Vintage St. Louis News Outtakes Is Like Anchorman, Only Real

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YouTube
Eat your heart out, Ron Burgundy.

"First, bend over, grab your knees, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye."

And with that, former Channel 4 weatherman Mike Fenwick kicks off what is surely the most bizarre and wonderful peek into the pastel-and-plaid world of St. Louis broadcast news in the 1970s and 1980s. The clip of Fenwick telling his viewers to inspect their posterior Doppler readings comes courtesy of YouTube user St. Louis Flashback, a self-described St. Louis historian who posted two jaw-dropping videos over the weekend.

Edited with an insider's glee, the two-part "St.Louis Local TV News Bloopers -- 1970s-80s" actually features only a few clips of the kind of news bloopers one would usually find on YouTube. Instead, most of the 50-plus minutes of footage reveals the behind-the-scenes antics and obscenity-filled rivalries between the most trusted faces in St. Louis news -- including well-known anchors Elliott Davis and Larry Conners.

"St. Louis Flashback" didn't want to give his real name, but told us, "I collect these things -- anything from local TV, movie theaters and KXOK radio. I don't give out names or how I got the items." He adds, "I know people people who have worked in all media since the '60s."


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New "Racist Tourism Commercial" Lambasts Missouri

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Photo Courtesy of Flickr/dgphilli
A beautiful day boating in the Ozarks. Let's not talk about racism, OK?
We can't decide whether to laugh or, well, die.

A new video from Funny or Die purporting to be a tourism commercial for the Show-Me State lambasts Missouri's history of racism -- from Dred Scott all the way up to this week's destruction of the Michael Brown memorial tree in Ferguson. (Clearly, these guys work fast.)

A voiceover details the greatest state's greatest hits over footage of generic Midwestern beauty. "It's an epic tale spanning two centuries," the video begins. "From hot air balloons to Ferguson. From breathtaking vistas to slavery. From fun amusement parks to the police force in a small town quitting over a black female mayor. And from speedboats to Dred Scott -- look it up."

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The Perfect Road Trip Must Pass Through St. Louis, Scientist Says

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Photo by Lyle Whitworth
A "perfect road trip" that skips St. Louis? It's positively un-American.
You probably saw some variation of the map that made its way across Facebook in recent weeks: Someone claimed to have come up with a road trip that hit "all the major landmarks." Sharing commenced!

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The map that had social media buzzing.
Sure enough, the map showed a trek from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, hitting points like Chicago and Minneapolis and San Antonio along the way.

But it didn't just miss New England. It also missed the middle of the country -- Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and Kansas went completely untouched.

And, yes, it missed St. Louis!

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Virgin America's Move to Branson Would Save Struggling Airport, But Is Actually Just Sad Joke

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Richard Branson: Clearly enjoys a prank that also makes him more money.
Considering April Fools' Day openly celebrates petty cruelty and casual deception, we thought we were already well-versed in how awful this "holiday" could be. We must admit, however, that the world's two most important Bransons are proving us wrong.

Indeed, it appears feathery-haired British tycoon Richard Branson has joined forces with the City of Branson, in order to gin up a marketing boost for Virgin Airlines and the tourist-dependent city of 11,000.

The plan was set in motion two weeks ago, when Richard announced in a blog post that he'd recently "discovered" his great-great-uncle, Reuben S. Branson, had founded the Missouri town in the early 20th century. He concluded by stating he was "looking forward to finding what opportunities there are for the Virgin Group in Branson."

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