One of the strangest mysteries that has fascinated me the most was the Dyatlov Pass incident. A group of hikers never returned after leaving on a trip into the Ural Mountains. The causes of death ranged from internal bleeding, head trauma and hypothermia.
A National Geographic article released last week (I posted the article below) declared that the cause of the death was releated to a small avalanche. It seems convincing enough after reading the article and watching some other recent videos about the incident (see below) but I’m curious to hear everyone else’s thoughts about the recent findings.
There’s plenty of good stuff in today’s Flakes ranging from a group of Chinese men eating 66 pounds of oranges, a guy who stuck his head in an alligator and lived to tell the tale and family whose lives were completely destroyed by a web of lies.
Let’s dive into Flakes...
Nebraska WBB vs Penn State Preview | Basketball | Corn Nation
After a week off, the Huskers will travel to Penn State. In good news, Isabelle Bourne is practicing again and could give Nebraska a 10th player in the rotation. For several games this season, the Huskers have been down to as few as seven available players.
Omaha To Host Entire 2021 NCAA Volleyball Tournament | Volleyball | Corn Nation
The NCAA volleyball tournament will have 48 teams this year instead of the usual 64, meaning there will be fewer at-large teams than in the past. The entire 48-team NCAA women’s volleyball tournament will be hosted at the CHI Health Center. The tournament is scheduled from April 13-24.
Nebraska Recruiting: Why The February Signing Day Has Less Sizzle Now | Football | Hail Varsity
The first Wednesday in February used to be a holiday for recruiting fanatics. Fans were nervously awaiting hat ceremony decisions. Schools were waiting by the fax machines. Reporters where fueled by caffeine waiting on news to drop. Now it’s become a secondary day that isn’t even covered fully by all the major sports networks.
Mailbag: Running Back Competition, Using Scholarships, and Sam Haiby’s Case for All-Big Ten | 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: Expectations as Nebrasketball Returns to Play | Basketball | Hail Varsity
Barring bad news between now and Saturday, Nebraska will take the court for its first game since January 10th. That’s 26 days between games, and many of those days were spent in isolation for roughly half of the Tier 1 personnel in the program. They only just returned to the practice floor this past weekend and almost immediately ran into problems.
Huskers Slowly Working Freshman Wing Kendall Coley Into the Fold | Basketball | Hail Varsity
Coley arrived at Nebraska in mid-January to go through quarantine protocols. She was on the bench for Nebraska’s game against Minnesota on January 19th, but she wasn’t available to play. In an 84-68 win last Thursday over Wisconsin, though, she made her Husker debut.
George Kusche Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week | Cross Country | Huskers.com
The USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honor is Kusche’s first of his career. The honor marks the first time since 2013 that a male athlete from Nebraska has been named National Athlete of the Week in cross country and just the third time in program history.
Kate Smith Claims Big Ten Weekly Honor | Women’s Golf | Huskers.com
Smith, a fifth-year senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., earned the recognition following her tie for third at the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas on Tuesday. Smith closed the 14-team tournament with a four-under-par 68, charging 15 spots up the individual leaderboard in the final round. Smith’s third-round performance included five birdies and an eagle on the par-72, 6,258-yard layout of the Trinity Forest Golf Club.
Schedule Set for Big Ten Match Play | Men’s Golf | Huskers.com
The Nebraska men’s golf team will take on Iowa in its first match of the Big Ten Match Play Championships at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla., on Friday at 7 a.m. (CT).
Bill Moos: Decision on Huskers’ game in Ireland to be made in the next week | Football | Omaha World-Herald
“There are concerns due to the virus,” Moos said. “Typically the majority of the tickets would have been sold by now and people are still very cautious.” Nebraska is in consistent contact with Anthony Travel, the operation stage and coordinate travel for the game. Should the Ireland contest be called off, Moos said, the Illinois game would likely remain on August 28th, with the Husker visiting the Illini.
Bill Moos Pushed for Big Ten to Allow Nonconference Baseball, Softball Games | Sports | Omaha World-Herald
“I pushed it, only because I felt like, at Nebraska, you could get a Big Ten series canceled and we could run up and play Creighton or UNO or the Kansas schools and still feel relatively healthy,” Moos said of non-conference baseball games. “But that’s not the case everywhere else. I gave it a push, and I could tell, early on, it wasn’t going to go anywhere. I gave it a push in football, too.”
Grabbing ‘Energy Pills’: Bella Cravens Exceeding Expectations for Nebraska Women’s Basketball | Football | Omaha World-Herald
“She just comes out of nowhere all the time. She’s such an asset to this team,” center Kate Cain said after the Huskers’ 63-55 win over Ohio State. “Her ability to jump and find the ball, wherever it’s at, whether it’s on offense or defense, it’s just so beneficial to our team.”
Despite Cancellation, Husker Volleyball ‘Fired Up’ to Practice, Ready for Next Match | Volleyball | Omaha World-Herald
“There was almost a riot in the ready room when I told them,” Cook said on Tuesday. “Everybody was dressed up and showing up at the party, but then the party got canceled.” A rapid results test came back positive for a Northwestern player on Friday morning. She was quickly placed into isolation and took a PCR test, which was taken up to Omaha to verify the earlier results.
New Zealand Wants People to Stop ‘Traveling Under the Social Influence’ | Travel | Lonely Planet
The campaign is comprised of a series of funny videos designed to encourage Instagrammers to avoid clichéd social media shots and share new aspects of the country instead. The videos feature comedian Thomas Sainsbury, who embarks on a number of capers centered around classic social media tropes.
Airline Passengers Eat 66 Pounds of Oranges to Avoid Fee | Travel | Travel Pulse
Four men were stopped by security personnel at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport in China with 66 pounds of oranges. Officers informed the travelers they would have to pay roughly $46 to bring the fruit on their flight. Instead of paying the extra fee, the men decided to eat all 66 pounds of oranges in about 30 minutes.
Amsterdam Plans to Move ‘Red Light District’ Away From the City | Travel | Lonely Planet
Tourists to Amsterdam will no longer be able to take a tour of the brothel windows of Amsterdam’s famous red light district under proposed new tourism regulations.
Iceland Will Allow Travelers to Bypass Testing and Quarantine | Travel | Lonely Planet
Those presenting an approved digital or paper vaccination certificate in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English are exempt from official border restrictions and are not obliged to undergo screening. This new rule also replaces the requirement for them to test negative for the virus when arriving in the country.
5 Great Places to See the Wildlife With Your Kids | Travel | Lonely Planet
From frolicking with penguins in the Galapágos to watching lions roar on a safari in Kenya or snorkeling with sea turtles in the Cayman Islands, these trips will be packed with incredible moments the whole family will treasure.
Cruise Lines Are Beginning to Announce Coronavirus Vaccinations | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler
American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines company, both part of the Hornblower Group, said the move expands upon enhanced health and safety measures already in place, including pre-cruise COVID-19 testing of all guests and crew, and requiring masks in all public areas where social distancing is not possible.
All the Ways the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Could Pan Out | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler
“The IOC has full confidence in the Japanese authorities and the measures they are taking,” a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee told Condé Nast Traveler. “Together with our Japanese partners, we continue to be fully concentrated and committed to the safe and successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer.”
London’s Retired Tube Trains Live On An Island | Travel | BBC
The island’s train line, whose rolling stock has consisted exclusively of former London Underground carriages from the 1930s, is undergoing its biggest transformation in a generation. Taken out of service in London in 1988, these Tube cars were moved to the Isle of Wight’s Island Line to see out their final days, which made them Britain’s oldest passenger trains in regular operation.
Langkawi: The Strange Island of the Colugos | Travel | BBC
Despite being found in most forest habitats of Southeast Asia, surprisingly little is known about the Malayan colugo, or “flying lemur”. One naturalist is hoping to change that.
Stuff I Read Recently
Has Science Solved the Dyatlov Pass Incident, One of History’s Greatest Mysteries? | Science | National Geographic
A 62-year-old adventure mystery that has prompted conspiracy theories around Soviet military experiments, Yetis, and even extraterrestrial contact may have its best, most sensible explanation yet—one found in a series of avalanche simulations based in part on car crash experiments and animation used in the movie ‘Frozen’.
How Florida’s Seminole Tribe Transformed Alligator Wrestling Into a Symbol of Independence | History | The New Yorker
When an American alligator bites down, its jaws can exert up to three thousand pounds of force. In 2011, on a sunny day in the swamplands of South Florida, one bit Clinton Holt on the head.
Astronomer Avi Loeb Says Aliens Have Visited, And He’s Not Kidding | Space | Scientific American
Avi Loeb is no stranger to controversy. The prolific Harvard University astrophysicist has produced pioneering and provocative research on black holes, gamma-ray bursts, the early universe and other standard topics of his field. But for more than a decade he has also courted a more contentious subject—namely, space aliens, including how to find them.
SpaceX Announces First Mission to Space With All-Civilian Crew | Space | NBC News
The mission aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will feature a four-person crew led by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a Pennsylvania-based payment processing company. The flight is expected to launch sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, according to SpaceX.
Breathing Life Into a Corpse Flower | Environment | The New Yorker
But despite the corpse flower’s fame, its future is uncertain. The roughly 500 specimens that were living in botanical gardens and some university and private collections as of 2019 are deeply related — a lack of genetic diversity that can make them more vulnerable to a host of problems, such as disease or a changing climate.
A New Way of Looking at Concussions | Health | Knowable
Emerging research suggests that even mild hits to the head may damage the tiny lymphatic vessels that clear toxic chemicals and cellular debris from the brain.
A Vast Web of Vengence | Technology | The New York Times
Outrageous lies destroyed Guy Babcock’s online reputation. When he went hunting for their source, what he discovered was worse than he could have imagined.
How Gut Microbes Could Drive Brain Disorders | Science | Nature
Scientists are starting to work out how the gut microbiome can affect brain health. That might lead to better and easier treatments for brain diseases.
Scientists Reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s Frantic Final Climb | History | National Geographic
Ötzi the Iceman spent his final days on the move high up in the Alps until he was felled with an arrow to the back. About 5,300 years later, archaeologists are still unraveling the mystery of his death. Now, a new analysis of mossy plant remains from the Iceman’s murder site may reveal details of his frantic, final climb.
Last But Not Least
Tourism New Zealand recently released a cheeky video ad about ‘traveling under the social influence’.
This videos has a good breakdown of the recent findings from the Dyatlov Pass incident.