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I want to congratulate the University of Alabama and its fans for winning the Sugar Bowl game against Clemson last night. Clemson was driving, down 10-6 in the 3rd quarter, and then a weird, fluky interception occurred - then, everything went to hell in a hurry, as Alabama would score 14 points in 13 seconds. I'd love to say it was a close game up until that point, but it really wasn't: Alabama, and their fine sophomore quarterback, Jalen Hurts, was absolutely the better team last night, and deserved to win the game by any criterion. I've said almost all season long that Hunter Johnson should have been the starting quarterback, and last night was the exclamation point on that statement. Congratulations to Alabama, the University of Georgia, and the SEC (also to the University of Central Florida for completing a 12-0 season - I hope they finish ranked in the Top 4). PS - What does an Italian elephant with a dental problem say to the dentist?
I graduated in 1995. Any other Wesleyan grads here? Like 20 or so other institutions of higher education in the United States, Wesleyan University was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesleyan University is now secular and is not affiliated with any of the other Wesleyans around the country. Or with Wellesley. :-) Wesleyan is one of the top schools in the country for the study of ethnomusicology. Wesleyan also has a strong film studies program that has resulted in a "Wesleyan Mafia" in Hollywood. Wesleyan enrolls about 3000 undergraduates and postgraduates. Famous alumni include Lin-Manual Miranda, Bill Belichick, Matthew Weiner, and Joss Whedon.
Graham Island (at the moment 20ft under water) caught my attention. In July of 1831 the island appeared in the middle of the Mediterranean, conflict arose between the Brits and Sicilians over possession of this small rock, and then the island disappeared by the end of the year.