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Radio Milwaukee readers’ top five stories of 2022

Three photos edited together show a man holding a pickleball racket, a pile of potatoes and four oversized mozzarella sticks in a cardboard box.

The Radio Milwaukee editorial team is always on the lookout for good stories. Sometimes they’re newsy, sometimes they’re quirky, and a lot of the time they’re a mix of both. These were the stories that caught the attention of the most readers in 2022.

5. Kind of a big dill: South Side bar is Milwaukee's first with pickleball courts

Pickleball, America's fastest-growing sport, became the latest activity to join the city's robust bar culture. We got the scoop that South Side sports bar Dale Z's On Tour added two outdoor courts, becoming the first watering hole in the city to offer pickleball on the premises.

4. Alphonso's, home of the massive mozzarella sticks, re-opened in West Allis

In this long-overdue follow-up to our still-viral story of Alphonso’s The Original selling a mozzarella stick the size of your forearm called the “Lightning Rod,” Radio Milwaukee was the first to visit the new '90s-themed storefront in West Allis. Our staff was treated to a cheesy feast!

3. T-Pain hosted his own 'Wisconsin Fest' at the Rave

It finally happened. Nearly 15 years after T-Pain somehow made Wisconsin rhyme with the word "mansion" on his 2008 hit "Can't Believe It,” the singer/rapper's odd pronunciation of "Wiscansin" led to a nationwide tour that ended in Milwaukee on June 11.

2. Why do some Milwaukee basements have a toilet in the middle of the room?

The Urban Spelunking team of Nate Imig and Bobby Tanzilo dared to venture to depths others fear: the Midwest basement toilet. Was the basement toilet meant to be the "dad" toilet — a vestige from Milwaukee's industrial past — or was the basement simply the easiest place to install it when indoor plumbing arrived?

1. We spoke with the Milwaukee woman who went viral for giving kids potatoes for Halloween

The pinnacle of every trick-or-treater's journey is finding the house with full-sized candy bars. But what happens when sugar-crazed kids get a second, more starchy option? A Saveland Park woman documented the hilarity of her experiment, leading to a viral social media post and our most-read story of 2022.

88Nine Social Media Manager | Radio Milwaukee