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Tasmanian Devils (not to be confused with the one from Looney Tunes) are ferocious-looking animals but they are an endangered species. These carnivores prey on frogs, birds, fish and insects and can live up for up to five years. They are small creatures weighing between 15-25 pounds and their life expectancy is only five years. but they pack a punch. Tasmanian devils unleash they chilling screams and grows when threatened by a predator, fighting for a mate, or defending a meal.

Devils are solitary and nocturnal that spend their days in logs, caves, etc. and come out at night to eat. According to National Geographic, “They use their long whiskers and excellent sense of smell and sight to avoid predators and locate prey and carrion. They’ll eat pretty much anything they can get their teeth on, and when they do find food, they are voracious, consuming everything—including hair, organs, and bones.”

The pregnancy period for females typically lasts three weeks. A mother usually gives birth as many as 30(!) babies that are the size of raisins. According to National Geographic, these babies “crawl up the mother’s fur and into her pouch. However, the mother has only four nipples, so only a handful of babies survive. Infants emerge from the pouch after about four months, are generally weaned by the sixth month, and on their own by the eighth.”

One cool thing is Australia reintroduced them back onto the Australian mainland. This week, 26 of these marsupials have now been released into a 400-hectare wildlife sanctuary north of Sydney. This is thanks to conservation group Aussie Ark, which led the release effort in collaboration with other groups. Scroll to the bottom for some clips of this special event.

Before we get into Flakes I want to briefly talk about leaving reviews. I usually don’t leave a review unless the service was excellent. Even for bad reviews, I don’t want to say anything horrible because it will just lead to unnecessary drama with the hotel trying different things to convince me to remove the negative review. I prefer to share everything by word of mouth about a great hostel or a bad experience at a national park and let people make decisions for themselves that way. I would never go out of my way to write a bad review like the American expat did for a Thai resort (see article below) although I think the local Thai government also handled this situation extremely poorly. That’s all for now. Let me know down in the comments what you think about posting negative reviews, Tasmanian Devils and whether or not Nietzsche ‘interpretations’ are worth arguing about.

Anyways...onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

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Wisconsin has been pretty quiet as a program over the course of this pandemic. Perhaps that’s a Coach Dad Paul Chryst trait of never saying much about what’s been happening. When he does, it’ll probably be something about his pants not fitting as well because of how much bratwurst and potatoes he’s eaten being stuck at home or wherever it is he might be stuck.

Mailbag: Gadget Plays, Nebraska’s Ceiling, Recruiting Talk and More | Sports | Hail Varsity

Hail Varsity staff members Mike Babcock, Jacob Padilla, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen and Brandon Vogel tackle your questions about the latest news in Husker Nation.

Padding the Stats: Projecting Nebraska’s Lineup | Basketball | Hail Varsity

We still have to see how well these guys can perform once they get out there on the big stage, but at least on paper, this year’s Nebrasketball team certainly looks to have more talent and lineup versatility than last year’s did, and that has me excited for what should be another brutally tough Big Ten season.

Scott Frost Talks Omar Manning, RB Battle and Huskers’ Physical Practices | Football | Omaha World-Herald

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Carricker Chronicles Who Will Step Up on Nebraska D-Line? | Football | Omaha World-Herald

On Wednesday’s episode, Carriker takes a look at his favorite position in all of football — the defensive line. That unit needs to replace all three starters from last season, so who will step up to fill that void? Carriker discusses the players to watch.

Will Bolt Hoped Nebraska Baseball Would Have Real Depth. Now He’s Seeing It | Basketball | Omaha World-Herald

The second-year Husker coach can judge the quality of a roster with just a few workouts. Shaky reserves bring down the starters, make drills drag on and put a damper on scrimmages. Coaches usually have to stop practices because of sloppy play. Roughly midway through fall ball, Bolt and his staff have never been more thrilled to be observers.

Sipple: Klieman to Be Rewarded For 8-Win Seasons at KSU. Could That Fly for Frost? | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

Should expectations for Nebraska’s program really be all that much higher at this moment in time than those at K-State? Should expectations for the programs be all that much different, period, considering what’s occurred during the past two decades?

One Key to Ty Robinson’s Big Offseason in the Weight Room? Having the Right Workout Partners | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

Robinson also credited a pair of older players in walk-on Damian Jackson and defensive lineman Chris Walker, two players known as being among the most intense — and strongest — in the weight room.

Despite Challenges, Husker Hoops Builds Chemistry As Start of Practice Nears | Basketball | Lincoln Journal Star

The biggest difference over past year comes in the roster’s collective experiences, even if many of those players don’t have experience playing for Nebraska. It is a roster full of guys who have been through the fires, even if it wasn’t with each other. Of the players currently eligible to take the floor, 10 have playing experience at the Division I level.

Travel

An American Spent Two Nights in Jail After Posting Negative Reviews of Thai Hotel | Travel | Travel & Leisure

Barnes, who says he has lost his job teaching English in Thailand, was arrested in early September and taken back to Koh Chang by authorities. Since he arrived on Saturday, Sept. 12, he wasn’t able to post the 100,000 baht (about $3,164 USD) bail until Monday, and spent two nights in jail.

How Charleston’s Black Residents Have Shaped the City | Travel | Travel & Leisure

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Tasmanian Devils Have Returned to the Australian Mainland After 3000 Years | Animals | Lonely Planet

The reintroduction of the carnivorous marsupials is seen as an important step in the rewilding of Australia, the country with the world’s worst mammal extinction rate. Tasmanian devils vanished mainly because they were outcompeted by introduced dingoes, which hunt in packs.

The U.S.A.’s Oldest Mardi Gras Celebration | Travel | BBC

New Orleans may get all the attention, but it was here, 140 miles east of The Big Easy, where Mardi Gras was first celebrated in 1703 – 15 years before New Orleans’ founding and 134 years before its first Mardi Gras parade. In fact, the rolling parades, secret-member “mystic societies”, masked balls and decadently detailed costumes that have come to embody New Orleans’ most famous party all come from Mobile.

The UK’s Rumored Subterranean Network | Travel | BBC

In 2017, newly published Land Registry data revealed 4 million km of networks and telecommunications lines underneath London, many of which were secretly constructed by the Post Office, British Telecom and the Ministry of Defence. These mysterious Cold War-era tunnel systems and underground chambers, which number in the hundreds, have been a source of fascination for decades.

The Tiny Swiss Town That Inspired Nietzsche | Travel | BBC

I arrive in Sils-Maria, Switzerland, 124 years after Nietzsche. I see why he liked it. The gingerbread houses, authentic as they are adorable; the air, sharp and clear; and, everywhere I look, the Alps, stretching skyward.

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