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The Stories Behind Your Favorite Cereal Mascots
By Nick Hansen
Everyone remembers the wonderful Saturday morning ritual of diving into multiple bowls of sugared cereal while watching hours of cartoons. (Some of us haven't moved on yet.) Cereal cartoons are one of the largest and most successful advertising trends in history. I still sympathize with the Trix Rabbit for not being able to enjoy a bowl of his fruit-shaped cereal. Here are the stories behind the characters that successfully... READ ON
4 Secret Societies You (Probably) Don't Know About
by Stefanie Becker
You've probably heard about the Order of Skull and Bones at Yale "“ George W. Bush and John Kerry were both members, among many other famous and/or influential men. But the Seven Society? Check out this secret fraternity and three others. But if anyone asks, I didn't tell you...
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Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief bio, a list of 3-5 story or quiz ideas, and any writing sample you think we'll find impressive. If we like what we read, we'll be in touch.
Hope you've enjoyed the College Weekend festivities! Let's do this again... READ ON
You guys already know that I love Guitar Hero, but my video game fascination began a long time ago. One of my favorite Nintendo games back in the day was Burger Time. And who can resist Frogger? Nick Cannon can't. He claims to be majoring in business administration at Elon University in Elon, N.C., but I bet he plays Tetris on his cell phone during lectures. -Stacy Conradt
The Origin of Your Favorite Video Game Friends
by Nick Cannon
Ever wondered why Mario is, well"¦ Mario? Just like you... READ ON
I find it kind of hard to write an introduction for myself, so I'll do it from the perspective of my dog (Patton, the little one): "I don't like this article very much because I - hey, your breath smells like pizza. Do you have any left? Can I have some? Seriously, you don't have any left? I can smell it still. OK. Fine. Anyway, I don't have opposable thumbs so I can't doodle, but - hey, is that a crumb on your sleeve? It doesn't look like food, but it might be food, so I'd better try. Hmm. That... READ ON
Although you might think Andy Luttrell is majoring in film, you'd be wrong. He's a sophomore psych major at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. Not only can Eastern Illinois claim Andy as a future alum, they also get to claim John Malkovich; Tony Romo and not one, not two, but three NFL head coaches - the Denver Broncos' Mike Shanahan, the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton and the Minnesota Vikings' Brad Childress. -Stacy Conradt
5 Mind-Numbingly Long Movies
by Andy Luttrell
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I've been to Pompeii, the Italian town that was buried by the 79 CE eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. To see a town that was abandoned so abruptly, coupled with plaster casts of the victims who weren't able to evacuate in time, was positively chilling. I can only imagine that visiting the remains of the four civilizations Nathan Johnson from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside dug up for this story would be equally sad and thought-provoking. Nathan is an Economics major who came to UW-P from the University of... READ ON
I'm sorry; I just can't relate to a person who only has four pairs of shoes. I have a fairly serious shoe addiction and I don't care who knows it. In fact, after reading Jason's story, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to add a pair of Air McFlys to my collection. When they come out, that is. Jason is a regular blogger here on the floss, which is pretty appropriate since he's majoring in journalism at Northwestern. -Stacy Conradt
5 Unusual Shoe Partnerships
by Jason Plautz
I've never been big on... READ ON
I'm a writer because I'm bad at math and science (not to perpetuate 'boy subject' stereotypes). OK, there are more reasons than that, but suffice it to say that sixth period chemistry was not my favorite class in high school (sorry, Mr. Rathe). It's not that I don't find it interesting; I just don't quite grasp it. Thankfully, Cassandra Galante, a junior at Colgate, knows her stuff. Read on as she runs through four recent scientific breakthroughs in terms even I can understand. "“ Stacy Conradt
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OK, this has nothing to do with College Weekend. But feel free to spend some time with The Amazing Fact Generator while you wait for the next... READ ON
J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.