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Frosted Flakes: Olympic Volleyball Gold, Dark Matter, and a Scary Elevator Ride

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Plus, don’t lie to your dog. They know. Science says so.

Volleyball - Olympics: Day 16 Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

The Olympics are over. They ended in a great way if you are a Husker volleyball fan, or a Team USA volleyball fan. Those two groups can be hard to tell apart this year.

As I write this, the house windows are steamed up on the outside, a sure sign that it is a bad day to have outdoor plans - with predicted temperatures at 96 degrees here. I might get my garden watering done as soon as I hit ‘publish’ here.

Frosted Flakes

College football roundtable - Our favorite traditions, mascots, rivalries and more
From heated rivalries to live mascots to the electric entrances, college football is unlike any other sport. Our writers provide their favorite quirks that make the game so remarkable.

Today’s Flakes section on the Huskers is a bit heavy on volleyball news. After all, three Huskers are now gold medal winners and media days was this past Saturday. Husker fans, of course, love their volleyball team, so I didn’t think you’d mind.

Husker Volleyball Trio Captures Historic Gold in Tokyo - University of Nebraska
Former Nebraska All-Americans Jordan Larson, Justine Wong-Orantes and Kelsey Robinson became Olympic gold medalists Sunday as the United States Olympic volleyball

HuskerOnline - Three takes on Nebraska volleyball Lauren Stivrins decision to return
Three takes on Nebraska middle blocker Lauren Stivrins returning for her final year as a Husker.

‘What we did last year was not good enough’: Husker volleyball team focused on finishing in ‘21 | Sports | kearneyhub.com
In 2020, NU finished one game short of the Final Four and lost twice in regular-season play. The way the Huskers talk, it was all pretty horrible.

These Huskers are Golden: ‘It was time for us’
One of the best Huskers there has ever been now has gold to go with her silver and bronze. It was fitting that Jordan Larson hammered...

With Sun & Stivrins returning, Nebraska volleyball ready for fall 2021 season
With super seniors Lexi Sun & Lauren Stivrins returning, the Nebraska volleyball team is ready for the fall 2021 season.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Do athletes get money for medals? Why do divers use tiny towels? Your Olympic questions answered | CBC Sports
Do Olympic athletes get any financial compensation for winning a medal? What are they made of? Why are Russian athletes competing but not Russia? And why the name change for synchronized swimming? CBC News provides some answers to those burning questions sparked after weeks of Olympic viewing.

Bobby Bowden: Former Florida State football coach was one-of-a-kind
Bobby Bowden represented a time when college football was more accessible to the masses and the media, when coaches were less guarded and buttoned-up.

Hall of Fame: Duke Slater induction was long overdue
Duke Slater was the longest-tenured Black player in the era before an effective color ban was enforced. His Hall of Fame induction was long overdue.

Baseball’s Great Debate: Who’s Worse, Pitchers Who Hit, or Hitters Who Pitch? - The Ringer
Both are horrendous. But as both face extinction—or at least a rule-imposed curtailing—let’s look at which group has been more horrendous.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

A Small Town in Ohio Is Home to the World's Only Cardboard Boat Museum | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine
For nearly 30 years, New Richmond has hosted the International Cardboard Boat Regatta, a high-spirited race on the Ohio River

Do you handle stress well? Thank your dad
Research finds that mice display the same stress responses as their fathers

Dogs know when humans are lying to them | Live Science
Researchers found that dogs react differently to false information given to them by a misinformed human than they do to a human who is flat-out lying to them.

Wisconsin Town Falls in Love With Giant Beach Ball, Rolling it to Different Streets After Signing It
In Stoughton, Wisconsin, a giant ball dubbed Roly Poly Ole has been bringing fun and joy to the whole community this summer.

Why Are Humans the Only Animals That Cry When They're Sad?
The science behind shedding tears is still surprisingly blurry.

Dark matter: one last push to crack the biggest secret in the universe | Space | The Guardian
Scientists are pinning hopes on elaborate detectors to track the elusive material that holds galaxies together

#ProudAuntMoment. The U.S. team mentioned in the article above is based, at least in part, in South Dakota. My niece was one of the undergraduate researchers working on this project this summer.

Want to pretend to live on Mars? For a whole year? Apply now
Want to find your inner Matt Damon and spend a year pretending you are isolated on Mars? NASA has a job for you. To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha.

Cows Elephants Gone Wild

China’s herd of wandering elephants finally heads for home | China | The Guardian
Fourteen wild Asian elephants have been guided across the Yuanjiang river in Yunnan, and a path leading back to their nature reserve is being made

Another Week - Another Poop Article

TikTokers are eating frozen honey and getting diarrhea
TikTok users who have been joining the #FrozenHoneyChallenge, which has some 90 million views, have found a not-so-sweet side effect: massive diarrhea.

Then There’s This

Man stuck in flooding elevator during Omaha storm
What was supposed to be a quick ride in the elevator became a nightmare for a group of friends last night.