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Happy Monday everyone!

There is something going on tomorrow, but I just can’t remember what...

Oh yeah. There is an election.

I did include some stories in Flakes that mention the election and candidates, but they are lighthearted and fun. They are NOT an excuse to bring up politics in the comments. It is okay to urge your fellow CNers to get out and vote. It’s not okay to make a political comment, especially one you know will start a thread and disagreements.

Besides we have a football game this week to argue about. How about MOAR swing passes?!? (If that doesn’t take your mind off politics, I don’t know what will.)

Frosted Flakes

Five burning questions heading into Northwestern week
Here are five of the biggest questions still facing Nebraska as it gets ready for its trip to Northwestern this week.

70 at 50: Guy Ingles left Huskers with more than just storied career: ‘It’s how I met my wife’ | National |
Nicknamed “The Fly,” Ingles’ first takeaway from his time as a Nebraska football player has nothing to do with catches, touchdowns or wins.

Nebraska football: 3 things the Huskers need to do to beat Northwestern
With Nebraska’s game against Wisconsin canceled, the Huskers’ attention turns toward the Northwestern Wildcats, who are 2-0 after taking down Iowa in comeback fashion on Saturday and are suddenly looking like a real Big Ten West contender. Just like Wisconsin would’ve been, next week’s contest against Northwestern is a measuring-stick game for Nebraska. If the […]

Oddsmakers weigh in on Nebraska, Northwestern
Nebraska will play the second game of its 2020 season as a slight underdog, according to oddsmakers,

Get Ready for a Wild, Wild (Big Ten) West Where Anyone is Vulnerable | Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News
After two weeks, the Big Ten West seems more up for grabs than it has in a long, long time. For a team like Nebraska, that’s got to sound nice.

Huskers Will Have a Challenge Against Northwestern 2.0 | Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News
Nebraska football heads to Evanston this week to face a Northwestern team that’s looking the improved, 2.0 version of itself.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Big Ten winners and losers: Jim Harbaugh takes his biggest ‘L’ at Michigan
The second week of the Big Ten season continued to invite intrigue both on and off the field.

Travis Roy, college hockey player who was paralyzed on 1st shift, dies at 45 | CBC Sports
Travis Roy, the Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first college shift and went on to be a motivational speaker and advocate for the disabled, has died. He was 45.

NCAA football rankings: Ohio State unaffected by Big Ten chaos - Sports Illustrated
The Big Ten has been following the theme of the year: chaos. Every team except Ohio State, that is.

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton to keep remaining $218 million in deal
Giancarlo Stanton is keeping the remaining $218 million and seven guaranteed years in his deal with the Yankees.

The Things You Can’t See
Mental health, and what we know about it, is evolving and so must the ways we treat it.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Rare, 2-headed snake discovered by Florida house cat | Live Science
A rare, two-headed racer snake turned up in Florida, after being caught by a curious house cat

'Fireball' meteorite that crashed in Michigan holds extraterrestrial organic compounds | Live Science
A fireball meteor lit up midwestern skies on Jan. 16, 2018, then landed on a frozen Michigan lake. Analysis of the space rock revealed a rich array of extraterrestrial organic compounds.

The Spooky And Dangerous Side Of Black Licorice | IFLScience
Black licorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side. On Sept. 23, 2020, it was reported that black licorice was the...

The Forbes Investigation: How The SAT Failed America
The testing monopoly is struggling amid a pandemic.

When Long Island Trick-or-Treaters Got Ant Poison | Mental Floss
Helen Pfeil thought some kids were much too old for treats, so she played a nasty trick on them instead.

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90 - BBC News
He was the first to bring the role to the big screen and appeared in seven of the spy thrillers.

NOOOOOO, not Bond! What is your favorite Sean Connery role?

A new way to plug a human brain into a computer: Via veins | Ars Technica
Electrodes threaded through blood vessels let people control gadgets with their minds.

New study uses Hubble Telescope to look at Psyche, a metal asteroid that could be worth $10,000 quadrillion - CNN
Earth has a molten metal core that us humans are unable to access and study directly. But there's a giant asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter that scientists suspect might be the metal core of a planet that never was, and they are looking to learn all about it.

The history of American jack-o’-lanterns
Celtic rituals, tricks of nature, and deals with the devil have all played a part in creating this iconic symbol of Halloween.

Predicting the Next Plague - Election Coverage

4-year-old twin girls dress as presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden - ABC News
Two girls in adorable costumes go viral.

How Astronauts Vote From Space | Mental Floss
Kate Rubins cast her ballot from the International Space Station with the help of a county clerk and a nifty technology known as the PDF.

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same
For centuries, people largely read politicians’ words. But with the advent of radio, the ability of politicians to engage and entertain became crucial components of their candidacies.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

Why Is Ambergris (Whale Poop) So Valuable? | HowStuffWorks
If you’re wandering on the beach and happen upon a large mass of some sort of waxy substance, take a closer look. It could be the rare ‘floating gold’ of the sea: ambergris.

Sewage testing shows contry is flush with Covid-19 cases - CNN
Across the country, cities and universities are testing sewage to monitor the virus. Studies suggest it’s a useful way to augment standard person-by-person coronavirus testing and while a sewage sample cannot point to an infected individual, it can give an indication that infections are circulating in an area, a neighborhood or even in an individual building.

We’ve talked about this type of testing before. Just ‘recyling’ a topic.

Then There’s This

People Killed by Musical Instruments | Mental Floss
We’re used to taking it figuratively: One “slays” on guitar, is a “killer” pianist, or wants to “die” listening to a miraculous piece of music. History, though, is surprisingly rich with examples of people who met their ends thanks to a musical instrument.

‘Madman’ digs for decades to bring water to dry Indian village | India News | Al Jazeera
Laungi Bhuiya ignores taunts by villagers to dig a 3-km canal from nearby hills to bring water to his parched village.

This is amazing.

Man almost dies from an allergic reaction to cold air | Live Science
The man developed the life-threatening reaction when he stepped out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom.