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Frosted Flakes: New Nerf Mascot, Whisky War Ends, and Pumpkin Toadlets

Plus, women’s basketball and volleyball get commitments this weekend.

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship
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It is haying season in northeast Nebraska. The hot, dry weather has made it challenging to get quality hay baled.

Most of the time, we worry about rain and how that affects hay. This week, it has been the heat and lack of humidity. When alfalfa gets this dry, all of the leaves have a tendency to fall off and the leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. Without the leaves, your hay is mostly stems.

We don’t have any afalfa growing at the moment. We put up some rye hay and that was challenging enough. The rain made us wait a little longer than we wanted and the rye was starting to get seed heads before it got cut. It will still be good feed, but it could have been better if we’d been able to get it down sooner.

With the massive drought covering a large chunk of the western U.S., I know better than to complain about getting any hay. Even average-ish stuff.

Frosted Flakes

Which Husker Made On3’s All-Time Transfer Team
Who are the best transfers at each position in the history of college football?

Casey Thompson has two goals this summer — be a leader, master Nebraska’s playbook | Huskers | fremonttribune.com
Within the Nebraska quarterback’s to-do lists are two overarching goals The Husker thinks it might be a grind — if he didn’t love football so much.

NU women’s hoops gets pledge from Natalie Potts, a high-scoring forward from Missouri | Women’s Basketball | journalstar.com
The Nebraska women’s basketball team received a late Friday night commitment from a 6-foot-2 forward with a list of Power Five offers.

Millard South kicker offered Husker opportunity after another impressive showing
Nebraska faithful are hopeful some new additions will wash away the kicking and punting frustrations in the season ahead. But long-term...

Sneak Peek: Huskers hosting Louisiana defensive back
Ryan Robinson Jr making an official visit to Lincoln

‘I don’t think anybody is really surprised’: Nebraska volleyball gets commit from No. 1 national recruit Skyler Pierce | Sports | kearneyhub.com
For the second recruiting class in a row, Nebraska volleyball has a commit from a No. 1-ranked national recruit.

Husker football teams up with Special Olympic athletes
Nebraska football hosts unified camp with Special Olympic athletes of Nebraska.

Q&A with Jordan Larson: The swing of emotions on gold-medal day at the Olympics, Title IX and more | Huskers | columbustelegram.com
On the bus ride to the gold-medal match at the 2020 Olympics, “I just lose it,” Jordan Larson says. “On the drop of a hat, I was crying.”

Sports!

NIL Summit a glimpse into the present and future of college athletes’ opportunities
A three-day summit gave college athletes, executives, influencers and startups a chance to explore options, share ideas and raise questions around NIL.

Texas A&M Aggies cruise, ‘use that energy from the crowd’ to eliminate rival Texas Longhorns at Men’s College World Series
Texas and Texas A&M have been playing baseball against each other since 1904, but the stakes had never been higher than on Sunday, when the Aggies won 10-2 in the Men’s College World Series, eliminating the rival Longhorns.

Matt Fitzpatrick Found Joy In the Suffering, and His Reward Is the U.S. Open Title - Morning Read
‘I hate this,’ the Englishman told his caddie on the 14th hole Sunday, deep in the pressure cooker of a major. But that grind created a worthy champion.

The Stephen Curry debate about whether he belongs in NBA’s Top 5 of all-time is not a debate - CBSSports.com
Just like the Celtics and the 2022 NBA Finals, Curry has put this to bed

Your Weekly Dump

Parents mortified after son poops in store’s display toilet
He dumped all over the store — and not on Yelp. A UK couple was mortified after their four-year-old pooped in a store’s display toilet.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Boston transit agency to try urine sensors on elevators | AP News
BOSTON (AP) — Urine trouble no more, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority hopes, with a new program to tackle public urination in system elevators with technology. The MBTA, which services Boston and the surrounding area, is launching a pilot program this summer in which urine detection sensors will be placed in four downtown elevators.

A Frog So Small, It Could Not Frog - The Atlantic
Most frogs can jump and land with the precision and grace of an Olympic gymnast. And then there’s the pumpkin toadlet.

Nasa rover sighting reignites fears about human space debris | Mars | The Guardian
Object thought to be piece of thermal blanket from when Perseverance touched down on planet

Jimmy Fallon asked people to share ‘funny, weird, or embarrassing’ stories about their dads
Everyone has a dad story - many of them about dad jokes

Rescue dog Kratu, who went viral for hilarious Crufts agility runs inspires book and changed his owner’s life
Rescue dog Kratu went viral for his free-spirited agility runs at Crufts. Now he’s inspired a book thanks to changing his adopter’s life as she copes with autism

The Outback Way: Is this the world’s emptiest road? - BBC Travel
Stretching 2,700km from Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in far-off Queensland, the Outback Way is a great diagonal “shortcut” across the nation that saves weeks of travel.

Kentucky restaurant created by KFC founder for sale | AP News
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A restaurant created by KFC founder Harland Sanders for his wife decades ago is for sale. Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, Kentucky, hit the market this week, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the listing agents describing the nearly 25,000-square-foot restaurant and banquet hall.

This Reddit Thread About The Dumbest Things People Saw Their Co-Workers Do On The Job Might Make You Re-Evaluate Your Career Options- Digg
Here’s a roundup of some of the most boneheaded things people have seen their colleagues do on the job.

Then There’s This

50-Year "Whisky War" Ends With First Land Border Between Canada And Europe | IFLScience
After decades of ridiculous conflict, the two nations have decided to share the tiny uninhabited Hans Island.

When Cats Chew Catnip, It Works as a Bug Spray | Science| Smithsonian Magazine
Plant leaves that repel mosquitoes release a more effective repellant after being crushed up by felines

Murph the Nerf mascot is dividing opinion on social media: 'New eldritch horror'
NERF's first-ever official mascot is leaving the internet screaming with joy. Or maybe just screaming.