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* So called bat bugs have been discovered in eastern Nebraska - small bugs that ride on bats and then enter your home. To give you an idea how much local media will be covering this: Bat bugs are our royal baby.
* After reporting bat bugs have been found locally, the KETV co-anchors were so excited they stood up and chest-bumped one another.
* Mayor Jean Stothert has proposed a new aquatic center in northwest Omaha. This could soon be the only city where you can't find an open library or get a fire truck to respond when your house is in flames, but you can drop the kids off at the aquatic center to view a humpbacked eel.
* A team of UNL students, using grant money from NASA, is working to develop a “free flying machine.” This will obviously be utilized to reach the student seats for Husker football games.
* UNL students are using NASA grant money to develop “a free flying machine that operates in low gravity.” Education has come a long way. When I was a senior at UNL, I was still trying to figure out how to swipe my parking permit.
* We just got through another Husker Fan Day. It was considered a success. For the first time in five years, stoked fans didn't tear down the goal posts and parade 'em down O Street.
* A fan brought a life-size cardboard cutout of Taylor Martinez to Husker Fan Day. It was such a good likeness that Bo Pelini asked if next year a cardboard cutout could sit in for him at Fan Day.
* At the upcoming Ohio State Fan Day, players will be autographing their mug shots.
* The inaugural Beer and Bacon Festival was held in downtown Omaha. This was truly a dream weekend in the Heartland. We got to attend Husker Fan Day on Friday, gorge ourselves on Beer and Bacon on Saturday morning, then head over to Council Bluffs and buy stuff sans sales tax.
* The Beer and Bacon festival was so successful that preliminary plans have been announced for the even less healthy Brats 'n Chaw festival.
* At the inaugural Pajama Dash 5K in Papillion on Sunday, runners competed in their pj's. All of a sudden the Omaha 5K where you race in ballerina outfits while eating Jello and being sprayed with colorful dye doesn't seem all that ridiculous.
* NBC News reports about a “secret CIA museum” that is hidden and nearly impossible to gain access to. We have a museum like that in Nebraska called the Kearney Archway.
* On Saturday at Camp David, President Obama celebrated his 52nd birthday. It was a very small, intimate, private party. The Obamas invited everybody in the country who approves of Obamacare.
* Before blowing out his candles, Obama closed his eyes and made a wish. An hour later, Edward Snowden called a press conference to announce what Obama's wish was.
* We know Obama's wish didn't come true because when he opened his eyes, the House of Representatives was still there.
* Obama is being credited for bringing back “Dad jeans.” As legacies go, this may not be Obama's first choice. George Washington? Father of our country. John F. Kennedy? “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Barack Obama? Dad jeans.
* This fall President Obama will travel to Russia. To show how off-kilter our priorities are, he's going there to get the New England Patriots' owner's Super Bowl ring back.