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Frosted Flakes: Cancer Sucks, Singing Puppy, and Half a Garage

Scientists have also found an interesting way to clean up oil spills

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Spring Game Gallery, Jack Hoffman Stole the Show

I have been searching for new jobs for a while now. I like what I am doing now, but it involves a mix of five part time jobs and no long term security.

One job search earlier this summer got to the point where I was in the final two, but they chose the other person.

Another job late in the spring was at the point where I was a finalist - second interview - but they decided to wait until they could do an in-person interview before moving forward.

In that time frame, a novel virus turned into a global pandemic, higher education budgets everywhere exploded and I got an email yesterday saying that they decided they couldn’t fill the position.

I was feeling sorry for myself.

Then I read about Andy Hoffman.

Andy is the father of Jack Hoffman.

Jack is the young man who has battled brain cancer since he was five years old. He found a Husker advocate in Rex Burkhead and that led to Jack scoring a touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska spring football game.

Thanks to the Hoffman family’s willingness to put themselves out in the public eye (not an easy thing) and their determination, millions of dollars have been raised for pediatric brain cancer research.

Jack is still a cancer patient and will be entering his freshman year of school. He played football for his junior high team. He has been offered a full scholarship to Midland College.

Now, in an ironic twist of fate, Jack will be offering his father advice on how to navigate the world of being a brain cancer patient.

I don’t feel sorry for myself anymore.

I think I join the rest of Husker Nation (and many others) in wishing the Hoffman family my most heartfelt wishes for an effective treatment and, hopefully, a cure. If you are able, please consider donating to the Team Jack Foundation.

Dad of Huskers fan Jack Hoffman has brain tumor
Andy Hoffman, the father of Cornhuskers fan and brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman, said an MRI has revealed a “massive brain tumor.”

‘He’s gonna fight’: Andy Hoffman, founder of Team Jack, diagnosed with brain tumor | Football |
Andy Hoffman’s son, Jack, touched thousands of lives during his own battle with brain cancer thanks to a moment during Nebraska’s spring football game in 2013.

Frosted Flakes

Most Indispensable Huskers: No. 19, big Benhart meets a big job
It feels like an impossible mission to come up with a recent case where there’s been more eagerness about a specific Husker offensive lineman than there has been for Bryce Benhart

Three’s a party: Nebraska recruits sweep top spots in 2021 rankings; Huskers have five in top-16 | Volleyball |
Future Huskers occupy the top-three spots on the list, confirming the notion that Nebraska’s 2021 class could be the best in program history.

Huskers extend offer to Kentucky QB | College |
Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco spent a couple of weeks this spring extending scholarship offers to a batch of prospects in the Class of 2022. He’s found another to add

Husker Camp Countdown: No. 25 Garrett Nelson | Football |
The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska football players you need to know heading into the 2020 season. Today we highlight No. 25, sophomore outside linebacker Garrett Nelson.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Boris Onischenko: Soviet pentathlete cheating at 1976 Olympics - Sports Illustrated
The Summer Olympics, which were supposed to open this week, have seen their share of cheaters—but none as bold as Soviet pentathlete Boris Onischenko at the 1976 Olympics.

San Francisco Giants Alyssa Nakken made history - McCovey Chronicles
She became the first woman to coach on the field in an MLB game.

Poll: Most Americans do not believe football will be played in 2020
In addition, most Americans don’t think the NBA or MLB will finish their seasons, according to a recent Harris Poll.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Why the world map froze - Axios
We've gone 9 years without a new country

Watch molten thermite falling through water in otherworldly, extreme slow motion
The latest video from The Slow Mo Guys involves molten thermite falling through a tank of water.

Pet Pigs Seek Attention From Humans As Much As Dogs Do Until A Puzzle Comes Along | IFLScience
Researchers put pigs and dogs to the test to see who was more independent when it came to problem solving

Scientists Discover A New Material For Cleaning Up Oil Spills : NPR
Scientists have come up with a novel material for cleaning up oil spills on land. Mats of human hair and dog fur successfully absorb oil from hard surfaces — but not so well from sand.

Fewer People Are Flying Because of the Coronavirus – and That Is Affecting the Quality of Your Weather Forecast | The Weather Channel
The coronavirus-related dropoff in global air travel is having an impact on computer forecast models.

Worth the wait: After years of trying, researchers 3D print a working heart pump with human cells
I couldn’t believe it when we looked at the dish in the lab and saw the whole thing contracting spontaneously and synchronously and able to move fluid

Chipmunks, fattened up on acorns, are driving people nuts | Fox News
There were plenty of acorns this spring, and now the chipmunks are driving people nuts.

Hostage siege ends after Ukrainian president endorses Joaquin Phoenix film | Ukraine | The Guardian
Hostage siege ends after Ukrainian president endorses Joaquin Phoenix film | Ukraine | The Guardian

Another Week - Another Poop Article

This is turning into quite a run of articles

14,000-Year-Old Poop Found in Oregon Cave Turns Out to Be Human
For archaeologists, ancient bones and stone tools are important lines of evidence, but sometimes the answers to our past can be found in piles of human poop, as an important new analysis shows.

Then There’s This

How one couple has lived for 29 years on an island they built themselves - CNN
Catherine King and Wayne Adams live on a sustainable, floating compound. "Freedom Cove" is a labor of love, hand-built using recycled and salvaged materials.

Maine man saws neighbor’s garage in half amid boundary dispute
Gabriel Brawn used a land surveyor’s demarcation between the two lots as a guide to remove the half of the building sitting on his land.