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July 14th, 2010 12:00 am WW Culture Staff | Scoop

Gossip A Bit Less Accurate Than Paul The Octopus.

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  • GIRL FIGHT: A night of old-fashioned all-female arm-wrestling fun almost turned to disaster Sunday, July 11, when a contestant’s arm was fractured during the opening stages of B-Side’s fourth annual Ladies of Arm Wrestling championship. A record 46 contestants took to the battle table to muscle it out, but the fun almost came to a very abrupt and premature end only a few matches into the first round, when one contestant’s arm was pinned, followed by a blood-curdling scream. The crowd fell silent as paramedics were called to treat what was reported to be a spiral fracture—in which the bone is literally twisted apart. But with the injured contestant in the safe hands of medics, the battle resumed with renewed passion. Bras came off, glasses were broken and spectators hollered, cheered and chanted, “Kumite! Kumite!” for competitors like War Pony, Sloppy Jo, Jewel of the Knuckle and eventual champion Stace. Despite the broken bone, the night raised over $1,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland.

  • LITTLE BITES: The New York Times weighed in on the Great Portland Pig Fight last Thursday with “The Pride and Prejudice of ‘Local,’” a story by William Yardley that blathered on about Oregon chef Eric Bechard’s punching of Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe for using an Iowa red wattle pig in a Portland cooking competition as being an example of, ahem, Portland’s “new provincialism.” We’d suggest it was rather an example of Portland’s “usual drunkenness,” but whatever. In related Big Apple news, fab North Mississippi salt shop The Meadow will open a second, NYC outpost in the West Village in September. Alberta diner Francis Restaurant has closed. Management alerted neighbors to the development by posting a screed blaming the neighborhood’s “anti-gentrification” forces, among others, for the closure. Over in Northwest Portland, Square Deal Wine Co. also closed unexpectedly. The typed missive on the Square’s front door offered no reason for the shuttering but exhorted locals to “have a great summer.”

  • GO, SALLY, GO! Seventy-five-year-old Portland hand-whistler Sally Cohn has, inexplicably, been selected as a finalist on NBC surreality show America’s Got Talent. She and the other PDX group to make it through the local auditions, Saturday Market regulars Hot Shot Dance, will compete with 46 other singers, dancers and weirdos as the contest continues this week.

  • CORRECTION: This year’s Finder incorrectly listed North Williams accessory emporium Queen Bee Creations as making vinyl bags. Queen Bee has transitioned away from vinyl, and now crafts all its handbags and wallets completely free of petroleum-based products. WW regrets the error.
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