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Frosted Flakes: A Beautiful November

The Huskers may not be cooperating, but if you take a deep breath and look around, it is a beautiful time to be a Nebraskan

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In our pandemic world, working over videoconference is common.

Working outside, on your deck, in November, in Nebraska, is not common.

One of the jokes that has emerged at my job videoconferences is Jill’s wildlife check-in. Because of the nice weather, and some late-day meetings, I get to “treat” my urban co-workers to the simple pleasures of rural life. These include hooting owls, coyote calls, piercing hawk screams and (of course) cow moos.

Beyond that, my coworkers have gotten to see/hear (or witness my reaction) wildlife encounters that include pheasant roosters (two of them flew 30 feet away from my front patio during a recent call), bald eagles (my favorite sighting), blue herons (one huddled up against our house after a recent snow, flew away when I went to investigate, and later brought back a mate during a video call) and whitetail deer running through our tree/pasture area.


Frosted Flakes

Nebraska getting trolled by Illinois adds to Scott Frost’s misery
Nobody was louder about playing amid a pandemic than Nebraska coach Scott Frost. Football has been played in Lincoln. It just hasn’t been played well.

Nebraska retains status with lowest unemployment in nation - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska retained its status last month as the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, according to data released Friday.

Turnovers Cost Huskers - University of Nebraska
Nebraska committed five turnovers, and visiting Illinois converted the miscues into 24 points as the Huskers fell to the Fighting Illini 41-23 Saturday at Memorial

Illini win 2nd in row 41-23 over turnover-plagued Huskers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — For most teams that come into Memorial Stadium, beating Nebraska doesn’t mean as much as it used to considering the Cornhuskers’ fall from the upper echelon of college...

Stat tracking: Ooof. Third-down defense continues to haunt Huskers, and a look at chunk plays | National Sports |
These four stats were talking points during the week leading up to Nebraska-Illinois. How did the Huskers fare in those categories Saturday?

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

After Beating Cancer, This Syracuse Point Guard Is Coming For The Record Books | FiveThirtyEight
Just the fact that Tiana Mangakahia is returning to the court is remarkable.

Oh Cool, Michigan Beat Rutgers In Triple Overtime - Sports Illustrated Michigan Wolverines News, Analysis and More
Michigan still has a long, LONG way to go but some positive things happened against Rutgers.

Penn State vs. Iowa score: Nittany Lions open season 0-5 for first time in program history -
Penn State tried to rally in the third quarter, but its misery continued for another week

Watch: Purdue loses to Minnesota on the worst pass interference call ever
There are times when teams lose and will blame officiating for the loss, and they don’t really have a point. After all, there are many things that go into any loss. But there are other times when you can absolutely, positively point to execrable officiating as the reason, and you just have to wonder what on earth the zebras are watching out there, because it certainly isn’t the game.

Technique Has No Color
The funny thing about ballet is that it’s strikingly similar to being a Black woman in America.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Looking for the canine da Vinci: 6 dogs compete on world stage in live-streamed ‘Genius Challenge’ - ABC News

The Most Famous Dogs of Science | Science | Smithsonian Magazine
These iconic canines have helped scientists make key discoveries, from archeological finds to cures for disease

Waffle House's Bacon & Kegs Beer Goes Great With Breakfast | Mental Floss
Waffle House and Oconee Brewing Company's new Bacon & Kegs beer is just as good with smothered hashbrowns as it is on its own.

This dog-size lizard is spreading through the southeastern U.S.
Argentine tegus are breeding in multiple states after escape or release from captivity; biologists are concerned since they're voracious omnivores.

Tiny owl found hiding in the Rockefeller Christmas tree isn't going home. Here's why. | Live Science
This bright eyed stowaway was likely overlooked by tree workers because of his stealthy camouflage.

Then There’s This

For 15 Years Sweden Thought Enemy Submarines Were Invading Its Territory. It Turned Out To Be Herring Farts | IFLScience
In the 1980s, it’s perfectly feasible that a major diplomatic incident between nuclear superpowers could have been triggered by fish farts.

In Case You Thought I Forgot - Here’s Your Poop Article

Why 100,000 poop photos may bring the next big thing in fitness tracking
Using A.I. and machine vision, the Brooklyn-based startup Auggi aims to make a stool-tracking app that yields clues about gastrointestinal health.