By Reed Fischer
If Prince was sticking to his Jehovah's Witness faith, he didn't celebrate his 54th birthday last week. (The religion considers birthdays pagan.) And giving him gifts is pointless anyhow, because he's probably at the point where he has everything — purple, anyhow — already.
Nothing about his increasing age makes him any less fascinating and enigmatic, however. As the years have stacked up, so have the electronic press clippings. Besides being amazing at things, he's also the weirdest, the funniest and the most likely to tell Kim Kardashian to take a hike. We've compiled the best stories on him in recent years below, most of which come from our sister blog at Minneapolis City Pages.
Remember last year when Prince seemed to play every night?
Prince vs. Yoda, a tale of the tape
A battle we've always wanted to see.
53 things you might not know about Prince
This includes factoids like number eight: “When Prince's alias was the unpronounceable symbol, some staffers at Paisley Park just referred to him as 'the dude.'”
Prince defaults on Chanhassen mortgage, property facing foreclosure
Even this guy got hit hard by the housing crisis.
Prince & Bon Iver visit Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday Night Live
Fred Armisen is a genius.
Prince, Replacements, & First Avenue tattooed on St. Paul man
This dude put the Purple One on his body permanently.
Prince tied into crazy 9-11 conspiracy
This is preposterous — unless you consider how poorly Chaos and Disorder sold.
Prince's 10 craziest moments of all time
“ASSLESS YELLOW PANTS!”
Troy Gua's 'Le Petit Prince' doll pays tribute to The Artist
Somehow they made him even smaller.
Top 20 best Minnesota songs
Not the one you think.
Top 20 best Minnesota musicians
Probably the one you think.