December 23, 2021

12 Weird Cincinnati Stories That Made Us Say 'Huh?' in 2021

We can all agree that 2020 was pretty bizarre, since it was the first year of the pandemic and none of us knew what the hell to do with ourselves. But that strangeness seemed to continue in 2021 once we escaped our homes and began to re-experience the outside world. We certainly weren't expecting some of the things that happened in Cincinnati this year. From cities full of horny people to a crap-ton of STDs, here are some of the odd memories that 2021 gave us.
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Cincinnati is once again home to nonprofit UFO investigation organization Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON (MUFON left Cincinnati in 2012 to relocate to Irvine, California but has now set up headquarters near Lunken Airport). Launched in 1969, MUFON has more than 600 trained investigators and 4,200 members across the world to help investigate UFO sightings and collect the data, promote UFO research and educate the public about UFO phenomenon. Read CityBeat's story about why MUFON moved back to Cincinnati and what the organization is investigating.
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Cincinnati is once again home to nonprofit UFO investigation organization Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON (MUFON left Cincinnati in 2012 to relocate to Irvine, California but has now set up headquarters near Lunken Airport). Launched in 1969, MUFON has more than 600 trained investigators and 4,200 members across the world to help investigate UFO sightings and collect the data, promote UFO research and educate the public about UFO phenomenon. Read CityBeat's story about why MUFON moved back to Cincinnati and what the organization is investigating.

With the billions of cicadas in Brood X emerging across 15 states this spring — including right here in Ohio — one local company found a way to monetize the phenomenon. Cincinnati's Under the Weather created the WalkingPod Mesh, a "warm-climate, wearable mesh-screen bubble that pops open in seconds to slip easily over the upper body as a breathable fully-enclosed cover." Read CityBeat's story about the odd-looking invention.
Photo: Under the Weather

With the billions of cicadas in Brood X emerging across 15 states this spring — including right here in Ohio — one local company found a way to monetize the phenomenon. Cincinnati's Under the Weather created the WalkingPod Mesh, a "warm-climate, wearable mesh-screen bubble that pops open in seconds to slip easily over the upper body as a breathable fully-enclosed cover." Read CityBeat's story about the odd-looking invention.

Dayton, Ohio is crawling with people looking to get their freak on. A study this year of 200 metropolises in the United States aimed to figure out which one was the horniest. Dayton — apparently a paragon of hot sex — came in at No. 8. Read CityBeat's story about the honor.
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Dayton, Ohio is crawling with people looking to get their freak on. A study this year of 200 metropolises in the United States aimed to figure out which one was the horniest. Dayton — apparently a paragon of hot sex — came in at No. 8. Read CityBeat's story about the honor.

Everyone loves Fiona the hippo, but do they love her enough to keep her poop around? Fertilizer enthusiasts can buy turds from Fiona and other animals at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of a composting program. A little hippo scat helps everything to grow, we hear. Read CityBeat's story about all the ways you can use animal poo.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Everyone loves Fiona the hippo, but do they love her enough to keep her poop around? Fertilizer enthusiasts can buy turds from Fiona and other animals at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of a composting program. A little hippo scat helps everything to grow, we hear. Read CityBeat's story about all the ways you can use animal poo.

What did U.S. Senate hopeful and Trumpy Ohio Republican Mandel accomplish this year? He was kicked off of Twitter for a poll with options for "Mexican gangbangers" and "Muslim terrorists." He likened COVID-19 vaccine credentials to "Nazi Germany." And he got his ass handed to him after praising a waitress for going to her job at a brewery while sick. You know — during a pandemic with a highly transmissible virus. Read CityBeat's story about Mandel's shenanigans at the brewery.
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What did U.S. Senate hopeful and Trumpy Ohio Republican Mandel accomplish this year? He was kicked off of Twitter for a poll with options for "Mexican gangbangers" and "Muslim terrorists." He likened COVID-19 vaccine credentials to "Nazi Germany." And he got his ass handed to him after praising a waitress for going to her job at a brewery while sick. You know — during a pandemic with a highly transmissible virus. Read CityBeat's story about Mandel's shenanigans at the brewery.

Monkeys were reportedly sighted at Price Hill's St. Joseph Cemetery this spring. Cincinnati Police responded to a call about monkeys that they believed came from someone's private collection. But when the cops arrived at the cemetery, there were no monkeys to be found. Since then, rumors have swirled that the whole thing was a hoax. Read CityBeat's story about the phantom monkey chase.
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Monkeys were reportedly sighted at Price Hill's St. Joseph Cemetery this spring. Cincinnati Police responded to a call about monkeys that they believed came from someone's private collection. But when the cops arrived at the cemetery, there were no monkeys to be found. Since then, rumors have swirled that the whole thing was a hoax. Read CityBeat's story about the phantom monkey chase.

Ohio residents allegedly played a big role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Former Army ranger Jessica Watkins of Champaign County was federally charged in January with entering restricted grounds, violent entry, and obstruction of a congressional proceeding as Congress was voting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. A grand jury indicted Watkins on Jan. 27. Older retired couple Sandra Parker and her husband Bennie Parker, both of Warren County, also were federally charged with conspiracy, destruction of government property, and aiding and abetting. Many other militia members from Ohio have been arrested and charged. Read CityBeat's story about some of the Ohio insurrectionists.
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Ohio residents allegedly played a big role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Former Army ranger Jessica Watkins of Champaign County was federally charged in January with entering restricted grounds, violent entry, and obstruction of a congressional proceeding as Congress was voting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. A grand jury indicted Watkins on Jan. 27. Older retired couple Sandra Parker and her husband Bennie Parker, both of Warren County, also were federally charged with conspiracy, destruction of government property, and aiding and abetting. Many other militia members from Ohio have been arrested and charged. Read CityBeat's story about some of the Ohio insurrectionists.

The "jizz trees" in Cincinnati became unbearable this spring. There's a certain smell that comes with the season — a dead-fish-like waft that comes from aggressively floral Bradford pear trees. Some say it smells more like semen. We're not saying that's true, but yeah, that's true. Read CityBeat's story about what Ohio plans to do about the trees' sex scent.
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The "jizz trees" in Cincinnati became unbearable this spring. There's a certain smell that comes with the season — a dead-fish-like waft that comes from aggressively floral Bradford pear trees. Some say it smells more like semen. We're not saying that's true, but yeah, that's true. Read CityBeat's story about what Ohio plans to do about the trees' sex scent.

Yeah, that's Eminem at the grand opening of his Detroit restaurant, Mom's Spaghetti, in September. This happy photo was taken about a month before a big commotion that involved the restaurant, a Cincinnati Bengals player and puke. Read CityBeat's story about the bizarre incident (or non-incident, as the case may be).
Photo: Joe Maroon/Detroit Metro Times

Yeah, that's Eminem at the grand opening of his Detroit restaurant, Mom's Spaghetti, in September. This happy photo was taken about a month before a big commotion that involved the restaurant, a Cincinnati Bengals player and puke. Read CityBeat's story about the bizarre incident (or non-incident, as the case may be).

Ohio apparently has gonorrhea. A lot of gonorrhea. According to the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio is No. 14 in the country for cases of gonorrhea. The Buckeye State also is No. 22 for chlamydia. The CDC reminds everyone to use condoms and other barriers, unless you want sores in your genitals, throat and butthole. Read CityBeat's story about Ohio being STD-land.
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Ohio apparently has gonorrhea. A lot of gonorrhea. According to the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio is No. 14 in the country for cases of gonorrhea. The Buckeye State also is No. 22 for chlamydia. The CDC reminds everyone to use condoms and other barriers, unless you want sores in your genitals, throat and butthole. Read CityBeat's story about Ohio being STD-land.