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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

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Milwacky, Wisco.
Milwacky, Wisco.

Nicknames for Milwaukee and Wisconsin

Milwaukee and Wisconsin have a lot of nicknames -- some more flattering than others. Here is a list of them and add others via the Talkback feature.

Milwaukee nicknames:

1.    Brew City
2.    Milwacky
3.    Miltown
4.    Mildoggy
5.    Ma-waukee
6.    Cream City
7.    Milburg
8.    The Mil
9.    Mill-e-wah-que

Wisconsin nicknames:

1.    Wisco
2.    Sconnie
3.    Sconnie Nation
4.    The Dairy State
5.    The Middle Coast

Nope. Don't like hands-free devices one bit.
Nope. Don't like hands-free devices one bit.

Does the Bluetooth look stupid?

I know they've been around for a long time, but it still annoys me when I see someone wearing a hands-free device and they're not talking on the phone. I see people trucking around the grocery store wearing it like a bad accessory. They might as well wear an ear cuff with a mini rabbit's foot dangling from it on the other ear. Yes, to me, it's that ugly.

I understand the hands-free device is more ergonomic than holding / cradling a cell, and that a lot of countries -- and states -- have a law requiring drivers to wear hands-free devices if they want to chat while driving. (Even though some research shows free hands don't always mean fewer crashes.)

I'm also well aware that the hands-free device is here to stay, and years down the road, even the skinniest cell phone will look like Seinfeld's cordless "brick," but currently, I'm still annoyed by them.

My husband said it's passé of me to still have a problem with the visual of a hands-free device, but I can't help it. Then again, I never liked the belt phone holder, either.

Is it really too much to wish that people put their phone piece in their purse or pocket in between gabs?

The Pedal Pusher Society don't want to be defeated, either.
The Pedal Pusher Society don't want to be defeated, either.

All-girl bike gang remakes "Beat It" video

Last summer, the Pedal Pusher Society snagged a fair share of success on YouTube with a mock music video for "Eye of the Tiger."

Now, the girls' bicycle gang posted another video, this time a remake of Michael Jackson's "Beat It."

The "Eye of the Tiger" video received more than 500 hits the first day it was posted, and the group received an award from YouTube for being in the top 35th most linked-to video under the comedy heading.

"Beat It (a la The Pedal Pusher Society)" received about 3,800 views to date.

The Pedal Pusher Society is Milwaukee's first (and possibly only) all-girls bicycle gang. They organize events and group rides while promoting bicycling as a viable -- and fun -- form of transportation.

Check out the video:  

GG Allin and Milwaukee were a bad match.
GG Allin and Milwaukee were a bad match.

Remember when GG Allin crapped on stage?

The other day, my friend’s toddler took off his swimming suit and pooped on the sidewalk in his backyard, just a few feet from his little blow-up pool. Without missing a beat, my friend said, "Who do you think you are, GG Allin?"

It had been years since I thought about the notorious GG Allin show at the long gone Odd Rock Café (originally Café Voltaire), 2010 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

I didn't attend the Allin show -- it took place before I figured out how to weasel my underaged self into clubs -- but I have heard a lot of shocking stories from that evening.

In March of 1989, Allin -- a punk rock shock performance artist -- caused quite a commotion when he crapped on stage and then threw his feces at the audience. This was nothing new for Allin, who had a history of including blood, urine and fecal matter in his live shows.

Jack Koshik, the owner of the Odd Rock, allegedly stopped the show. A couple of years later, Allin was charged with disorderly conduct and public indecency in a Milwaukee courtroom, and he was sentenced to 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.

After his sentencing, Allin wrote the song "Shove That Warrant Up Your Ass," that specifically mentions Milwaukee.

According to Wikipedia, Allin was born to an abusive and religious father who named him Jesus Christ Allin. His name was later shortened to "GG" when his younger brother couldn't pronounce "Jesus." The family lived in a cabin without electricity or running water in rural New Hampshire.

Allin threatened to commit suicide on stage on Halloween Night, 1990, but did not follow through. Instead, he overdosed in 1993.