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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.

Who Was John Heisman, and Why Does He Get a Trophy?

As the college football season rolls on, the favorites for the Heisman Trophy are beginning to pull away from the pack. Auburn’s Cam Newton and Boise State’s Kellen Moore may be dreaming of hoisting the trophy in December, but before anyone brings home the hardware, let’s answer a few questions about John Heisman and his [...]