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The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The Midwest

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. Last up, the Midwest! (1) North Carolina © Duomo/CORBIS Yearning to learn more about your kidneys? Head to the University of North Carolina’s Carl W. Gottschalk Collection. The 12,400-item collection houses legendary medical professor Gottschalk’s passion: historical items related to the study [...]

Iron Bowl Trivia

© Gene Lower/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last year an Alabama staffer was fired for playing “Take the Money and Run” on the PA system while Cam Newton and Auburn warmed up. If you’d like to add your own college football rivalry facts, there’s plenty of room in the comments.

Remotely Guided Super Dog

Because laser-totin’ killer military dolphins need that pesky thing called water, researchers are forced to make to with the next best thing on land: remotely guided super dog! Trained dogs are smart enough to find bombs, drugs, people, and the safest way to cross the street — but only with a capable handler nearby. Now a [...]

Bowling For No Dollars: College Bowl Game Economics

College football fans will get to enjoy the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night, but before Auburn and Oregon take the field a few more bowl games will give us our pigskin fix. There’s one legendary one left (the Cotton Bowl) and three with, er, somewhat less storied histories (the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the BBVA [...]

Origins of SEC School Nicknames

Top-ranked Alabama visits Arkansas on Saturday for a heated Southeastern Conference football battle between two schools with a couple of the more unique nicknames in college sports—Crimson Tide and Razorbacks. Here are the origins of the nicknames for all 12 teams in the conference, including Commodores, Volunteers, and pairs of Bulldogs and Tigers. Alabama Crimson Tide Hugh [...]