Good morning Nashville, and we hope you’re recovering from CMApocalypse/Bonnaroo/Free Fishing Day/whatever festivities your weekend brought you. Nashville is recovering too – Let’s look at CMA Fest and Bonnaroo by the numbers. The airport expects 15,000 passengers today, or as many as typically fly for Thanksgiving. CMApocalypse: 70,000 fans, 750 treated for heat (up from 400 last year), 1 assault and attempted robbery, 0 deaths. Bonnaroo: 80,000 fans, 1,000 treated for heat, 47 arrests, 1 death. Both: Lots of $$ for Tennessee.
- Whoaaaa, livin’ on a prayer. Nashville has its very own karaoke cab, which is exactly what it sounds like – a cab where you can get your karaoke on in the backseat en route to your destination. It started with a CD system, grew to incorporate a DVD player, and now is in full blown party-in-the-backseat mode with screens, microphones and mini disco balls. We smell a likely candidate for next year’s bingo board…
- Cute overload. The Nashville Zoo has announced the birth of its newest additions, two baby giant anteaters. File this under “color us impressed”: The Nashville Zoo has the largest anteater breeding facility in the country, and the largest collection of anteaters as well. The new babies can only be seen on the zoo’s behind the scenes tour or with a backstage pass.
- Bits & pieces. We will always get excited about an article stating that gas prices are going down … A new 50-foot digital billboard in Antioch is drawing protests, leading officials to schedule “a community meeting on the digital billboard.” Y’all be safe up there … Westboro Baptist Church is in town to protest a marine’s funeral (and anyone else they can find, apparently) today … 1,500 cyclists rode with Lance Armstrong in this weekend’s Harpeth River Ride … Seven zebras are on the loose out in Haywood County, eating farmers’ soybeans and trampling their tomatoes.
Photo by Jon Erickson.
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