December 24, 2019

The Most WTF Cleveland Things That Happened in 2019

The year 2019 in Cleveland was as wild as ever. We laughed, we cried, we went, “huh?” Take a look through our archives to see how the city we know and love stayed true to its quirky self as we rounded out the decade.

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129 Cleveland Homicides in 2018, One Fewer Than 2017
Jan. 4
Homicide rates in Cleveland rise and fall, and we were happy to start out the year on a positive note. Or, on a negative trend that we hope continues, as the number of murders per year in Cleveland has been slowly declining since 2016.
Photo by Emmanuel Wallace

129 Cleveland Homicides in 2018, One Fewer Than 2017

Jan. 4

Homicide rates in Cleveland rise and fall, and we were happy to start out the year on a positive note. Or, on a negative trend that we hope continues, as the number of murders per year in Cleveland has been slowly declining since 2016.

Photo by Emmanuel Wallace
Cleveland Can’t Consider Itself a Real City Until It Participates in World Naked Bike Ride Day
Jan. 10 & 22
Scene gets results, and here’s proof: we complained about there being no naked bike ride and voilà, Naked Bike Ride Day was planned for June and it was one wild ride. 
Photo by Emmanuel Wallace

Cleveland Can’t Consider Itself a Real City Until It Participates in World Naked Bike Ride Day

Jan. 10 & 22

Scene gets results, and here’s proof: we complained about there being no naked bike ride and voilà, Naked Bike Ride Day was planned for June and it was one wild ride.

Photo by Emmanuel Wallace
OHSAA Blames Super Rude Parents for Dwindling Number of High School Sports Refs
Jan. 16
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) released a letter titled “Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It,” where they explained that aggressive criticism of referees by parents is causing these refs to quit. It was a reminder to all parents what the games are really about: THE KIDS. (And having fun.)
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

OHSAA Blames Super Rude Parents for Dwindling Number of High School Sports Refs

Jan. 16

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) released a letter titled “Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It,” where they explained that aggressive criticism of referees by parents is causing these refs to quit. It was a reminder to all parents what the games are really about: THE KIDS. (And having fun.)

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
City of Cleveland Says It's Reviewing Video of EMS Worker Making Trolling Hand Sign or Maybe Flicking a Booger or Playing the Circle Game
Feb. 5 & Apr. 11
Controversy broke out online when an EMS worker called to a Cleveland elementary school when kids were poisoned by marijuana gummies, was seen playing the circle game. That’s what he said he was doing, but some people thought he was trolling the black woman standing in front of him by making the “OK” sign, ruined by white supremecists on 4Chan who have turned it into a white power symbol. In our follow-up article, we covered how the worker was issued a written warning. 
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City of Cleveland Says It's Reviewing Video of EMS Worker Making Trolling Hand Sign or Maybe Flicking a Booger or Playing the Circle Game

Feb. 5 & Apr. 11

Controversy broke out online when an EMS worker called to a Cleveland elementary school when kids were poisoned by marijuana gummies, was seen playing the circle game. That’s what he said he was doing, but some people thought he was trolling the black woman standing in front of him by making the “OK” sign, ruined by white supremecists on 4Chan who have turned it into a white power symbol. In our follow-up article, we covered how the worker was issued a written warning.

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Serial Fallout: Broadview Heights Will Reduce ‘Marihuana’ Possession to Minor Misdemeanor
Feb. 6
The third season of the podcast Serial brought Euclid and Broadview Heights to national attention as the only two municipalities in Cuyahoga County where the possession of any amount of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor. Broadview Heights rushed to remedy that, but spelled the drug as “marihuana” in the city code. 
Photo via City of Broadview Heights

Serial Fallout: Broadview Heights Will Reduce ‘Marihuana’ Possession to Minor Misdemeanor

Feb. 6

The third season of the podcast Serial brought Euclid and Broadview Heights to national attention as the only two municipalities in Cuyahoga County where the possession of any amount of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor. Broadview Heights rushed to remedy that, but spelled the drug as “marihuana” in the city code.

Photo via City of Broadview Heights
Panty Bandits Make Off With 1,000 Pairs of Underwear at Great Lakes Mall
Feb. 7
Two women were caught on camera stealing around $5,700 worth of underwear from the Victoria’s Secret store in Great Lakes Mall. If you watch the video, you can see them cleaning out drawers into plastic bags. Who knows why they needed that many panties, but it’s a headline to make fourth grade boys everywhere dissolve into giggles.
Photo via Mentor Police Department

Panty Bandits Make Off With 1,000 Pairs of Underwear at Great Lakes Mall

Feb. 7

Two women were caught on camera stealing around $5,700 worth of underwear from the Victoria’s Secret store in Great Lakes Mall. If you watch the video, you can see them cleaning out drawers into plastic bags. Who knows why they needed that many panties, but it’s a headline to make fourth grade boys everywhere dissolve into giggles.

Photo via Mentor Police Department
Ohio has the Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country, OpenTable Finds
Feb. 11
Who knew that our little state of Ohio could be so romantic? Well, we did-- and a survey of 28,000 Americans found that Ohio beats out the states of Texas, New York, and California for top romantic destinations in the country. Here are the restaurants that we singled out: Chez Francois in Vermilion, The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Pier W in Lakewood, and the Strip Steakhouse in Avon. 
Photo via Scene Archives

Ohio has the Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country, OpenTable Finds

Feb. 11

Who knew that our little state of Ohio could be so romantic? Well, we did-- and a survey of 28,000 Americans found that Ohio beats out the states of Texas, New York, and California for top romantic destinations in the country. Here are the restaurants that we singled out: Chez Francois in Vermilion, The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Pier W in Lakewood, and the Strip Steakhouse in Avon.

Photo via Scene Archives
Another Snow Day, Another Cleveland Snow Penis
Feb. 20
And the age-old art vs. graffiti debate returns with the second installation by the Cleveland Snow Penis artist (artists?). This one was on the Cleveland Mall lawn.
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Another Snow Day, Another Cleveland Snow Penis

Feb. 20

And the age-old art vs. graffiti debate returns with the second installation by the Cleveland Snow Penis artist (artists?). This one was on the Cleveland Mall lawn.

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Someone’s Selling Slider’s Fur on eBay
Mar. 7
The pink and yellow Indians mascot, Slider, somehow lost a chunk of fur in Arizona during spring training and someone sold it on eBay. We continue to be horrified by this mutilation for profit and hope the seller, rufusruffcutt, never attempts anything like this ever again.  
Photo by Emmanuel Wallace

Someone’s Selling Slider’s Fur on eBay

Mar. 7

The pink and yellow Indians mascot, Slider, somehow lost a chunk of fur in Arizona during spring training and someone sold it on eBay. We continue to be horrified by this mutilation for profit and hope the seller, rufusruffcutt, never attempts anything like this ever again.

Photo by Emmanuel Wallace
How a Mobster Scammed the Flats East Bank, With Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith Restaurants
Mar. 14
Frank Capri, a mafia soldier turned government witness turned Arizona businessman turned scammer and sold developers on Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith bars across the country and then ran them into the ground on purpose and walked away with millions. This happened twice in our very own Flats East Bank.
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

How a Mobster Scammed the Flats East Bank, With Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith Restaurants

Mar. 14

Frank Capri, a mafia soldier turned government witness turned Arizona businessman turned scammer and sold developers on Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith bars across the country and then ran them into the ground on purpose and walked away with millions. This happened twice in our very own Flats East Bank.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace