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Frosted Flakes: RIP Alex Trebek, Mail a Child, and 14 Sons

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Nerdy people like me who grew up in a very small town, don’t often find ‘their people’. I liked trivia and knowledge and appreciated people who could make knowing stuff seem cool.

Don’t get me wrong, there were many smart people and knowledgeable people in the town where I grew up. My weirdness came from having an interest in EVERYTHING. Okay, I didn’t give a rat’s ass about pop culture or famous singers, but I was on a mission to accumulate knowledge about all things that I felt were important.

Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! contestants were my people.

RIP Mr. Trebek.

Alex Trebek, beloved ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies after cancer battle at age 80
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek succumbs to pancreatic cancer

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Breaks Down Telling Alex Trebek How Much He Impacted His Life
Contestant Burt Thakur teared up and shared an emotional story about how Alex Trebek touched his life and “taught him English.”

Frosted Flakes

Nebraska football fan Jack Hoffman and family face another cancer fight -- 'Why is this happening again?'
Seven years after little Jack Hoffman ran for a touchdown at the Nebraska spring game, his family now faces a devastating second battle. His father, Andy Hoffman, is also fighting brain cancer.

Penn State football finds itself with little to play for in 0-3 start
A 35-19 loss to Maryland drops Penn State to 0-3. And the sooner Nittany Lions fans don’t have to watch this meltdown, the better.

Oddsmakers weigh in on Nebraska, Penn State
Nebraska is set to play its first home game of the season on Saturday against Penn State, and will open the week as an underdog

Huskers fall to 0-2 after 21-13 loss to Northwestern | Sports News |
Even a late third-quarter switch to quarterback Luke McCaffrey — who spelled a struggling Adrian Martinez — couldn’t put Nebraska over the hump.

3 big Huskers questions following the loss to Northwestern
There aren’t any moral victories in sports. There are only wins and losses. The Nebraska football team is now 0-2 after losing to Northwestern Saturday in a game they could’ve, and maybe should’ve, won.

Steven M. Sipple: Same old issues crop up in Husker loss as fan apathy becomes concern | National |
Nebraska's sloppiness in too many areas is a turnoff to a fan base that for many years watched excellent football.

Does Nebraska have a QB controversy? Scott Frost says don't 'read too much into that' | Football |
Luke McCaffrey replaced Adrian Martinez in the second half against Northwestern? Does Nebraska have a QB controversy now? “I wouldn’t read too much into that,” Scott Frost said.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

AI Camera Ruins Soccer Game For Fans After Mistaking Referee’s Bald Head For Ball | IFLScience
The AI camera appeared to mistake the man’s bald head for a football for a lot of the match, with viewers complaining they had ‘missed our goal...


Why Jim Thorpe Is Often Considered the Greatest Athlete of All Time | HowStuffWorks
Jim Thorpe overcame almost insurmountable obstacles, from a rough childhood to racial discrimination, to become one of the world’s greatest athletes of all time.

As a South Dakota native, I have to read when I see article about Jim Thorpe

Florida man with Down syndrome becomes first to complete Ironman triathlon
Chris Nikic became the first competitor with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon.

This was not your typical ‘Florida man’ story.

‘Everybody loves Frank’ - Gore is the one bright spot in a dark Jets season
Yes, the Jets are 0-8. But at least they have Frank Gore: “a Hall of Fame running back busting his ass on a Wednesday for a team whose record looks like s--- right now.”

Watch: Illinois punts on fourth-and-goal against Minnesota
Illinois punted to Minnesota. There would be nothing out of the ordinary since the Fighting Illini usually punts at the end of its drives. However, this was special. How about punting on fourth-and-goal?

Caroline Marks: 18-year-old surfer on Tokyo Olympics, young career - Sports Illustrated
As she looks ahead to her sports debut at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, 18-year-old Caroline Marks is determined to push the progression of surfing, particularly for women.

More Noise & Other Disturbances

Whale sculpture catches crashed Dutch metro train - BBC News
A metro train that crashed through a barrier near Rotterdam is left suspended thanks to a sculpture.

This. Is. Amazing.

World-first mutated strain of COVID-19 detected on Sofrana Surville ship off Queensland coast - ABC News
Crew members of the Sofrana Surville cargo ship, anchored off the Sunshine Coast, contract a mutated strain of COVID-19 that has never been detected anywhere else in the world, health officials say.

Smart tablecloth fabric knows what's placed upon it
Imagine if your tablecloth could alert you to the whereabouts of misplaced items, or track your diet? Those things and more may soon be possible, thanks to a new "smart" fabric being developed at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College.

Kids are still wondering when tablecloths will make broccoli disappear.

Baby dinosaurs were 'little adults': Paleontologists describe skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus for the first time -- ScienceDaily
Paleontologists have described for the first time an almost complete skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus and discovered that it looked very similar to its parents even at a young age.

I’ll take “Dinosaur Children” for $400 Alex.

10 Questions for a Holocaust Survivor
"I want kids to know they always have a choice," says 94-year-old Batsheva Dagan, who survived both Auschwitz and Ravensbrück.

Polar Bear Camera - Tundra Buggy Lodge - Churchill, Canada |
This camera is located at the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point near Churchill, Canada. Watch wild polar bears as they approach the Tundra Buggy.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology | WIRED
Sure it’s gross, but human mastery over its chemistry allowed the success of agriculture—and the rise of civilization.

Y’all think I post these articles just for laughs. This stuff is essential to understanding human history. You’re welcome.

Disturbing images reveal bacteria flying out of toilet when flushing - Big Think

Then There’s This

After 14 Boys, Michigan Couple Welcomes First Baby Girl To The Family : NPR
Michigan family of 14 boys welcomes their first daughter, Maggie Jaynen into the world Thursday.

I gave up on getting a daughter after three sons...I guess I just needed to try, try again. Or try, try, try, try, try, try, try...again.

In the Early 1900s, the U.S. Postal Service Let You Mail a Child | Mental Floss
The 1913 introduction of Parcel Post service for items weighing more than four pounds opened the door for a few families to send their children to relatives via the mail.

I wonder how much it would take to mail Cobby these days...anyone want an alcoholic, profane ear of corn delivered right to your mailbox?!?