Tortillas to Sod Cemetery: The Often Odd World of College Sports

The history of college sports is full of strange, odd and unusual stories that are hard to believe. Fans throwing tortillas or hurling marshmallows with pennies inside are just two examples of the oddities of college sports. How many of the following have you heard about?

UC Santa Barbara Fans and Tortillas
UC Santa Barbara basketball started the tortilla throwing tradition quietly. When the tradition began in the early 1990s, tortillas were thrown after the first point of the game was scored and that was that. By the mid-1990s, however, fans got carried away. After fans covered the entire stadium floor with tortillas in 1997, referees stopped the game. In another game, out of control fans threw tortillas in the faces of visiting team players. The destruction of an ESPN camera after tortilla scraps entered the mechanism was the last straw. Throwing tortillas at basketball games is now banned but enthusiastic fans still throw tortillas during soccer games.

Traditionally Odd
The Ohio State Marching Band maintains a tradition that started back in 1936. For three minutes during home football games, the marching band’s 192 members unwind and form the word “Ohio” in script, complete with a dotted letter “i.” In fact, the actual dotting of the “i” is a ceremony performed with a sousaphone by a senior band member who has worked hard to become worthy of the honor.

University of Arkansas fans use an unusual cheer to root for their team. “Calling the Hogs” is a long-standing tradition with unknown origins. Rumor has it that the cheer was started by a group of farmers in the 1920s to root for the football team. Whatever the origin, “Calling the Hogs” is a fan favorite. The cheer lyrics are precisely timed and include participants raising and lowering their arms and using fingers gestures at the proper time. The so-called “Woo Pig Sooie!” hog call was recently granted trademark status and is now a registered trademark of the University of Arkansas.

The Florida State football team’s Sod Cemetery is just a little unusual. When the Florida State Seminoles win on the road, they remove a small piece of the playing field, bring it home, bury it and install a grave marker. The Sod Cemetery currently has more than 85 pieces of turf.

The Virginia Tech Hokies have an unusual way to incite the crowd at home football games. Every so often, the sound of a turkey gobble sounds over the public address system and the crowd goes wild. The tradition honors the memory of local boy and first team mascot Floyde “Hard Times” Meade. Meade brought trained turkeys to late 19th century games, paraded them on the sidelines and made them gobble on command. Another odd Virginia Tech football tradition happens between the third and fourth quarters when the Marching Virginians Marching Band tuba players play and dance to the “Hokie Pokie.”

A tradition at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has a sting to it. Fans embed pennies in marshmallows and freeze the tiny delicacies. During football games, fans throw the frozen pellet-like objects at opposing players. A tarp was installed in 1993 to protect opposing players on the trip from the locker room to the playing field. The tarp makes it more difficult to hit players with frozen marshmallows, but that doesn’t deter many of the fans. The University of Wisconsin also has two musical traditions that are decidedly odd. Between the third and fourth quarters, the marching band plays “Jump Around” and the fans do just that, making the stadium sway. After the game, in what is called the Fifth Quarter Show, the band plays the Budweiser theme song and cheerleaders dance a polka.

The Florida Gator football team finds inspiration before each home game from an unlikely source. As players head out to the field, each taps the sacred gator head that sits between the field and the locker room. Many players claim they feel more energetic and feel stronger after tapping the gator head. Some admit to having goose bumps just thinking about it.

AC/DC provides inspiration to players and crowds at Iowa Hawkeye home football games. As players wearing black jerseys walk the tunnel toward the field, the band plays AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” The fans go wild.

Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck is a striking gold 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coupe. It’s been a pregame staple at home games since 1961. Its name comes from a 1927 reference to Floyd Field’s 1914 Ford clunker. Field was the Dean of Men at the time. The clunker inspired an annual race, which is no longer in existence, and the Ramblin’ Wreck Parade, which still is.

Why there was a huge demand for Data Recovery in 2014

Data Recovery 2014

Whether it’s corrupt data on a USB stick, hard drive failure or cloud technology, one thing is for sure – 2014 was the year of data recovery. We look at some of the reasons why data recovery was a huge factor in technology over the past year with contributions by UK computer expert Adrian Jean who provides data recovery services in Bristol as well as the surrounding areas.

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Top Elements That A Successful E-Commerce Project Can’t Do Without

More often than not, proficient e-commerce resumes to a website featuring a great product, brilliant design and an amazing domain. Without denying that these three factors have an important role to play in the equation, there are still other essential elements that can make or break an e-commerce project, as you are about to find out.

1. A post-launch marketing strategy
In all fairness, nobody can expect an avalanche of orders simply because they provide customers with a new method of acquiring their products. Because potential customers need to find out first, you must identify a method of getting your newly launched e-commerce website to them. To put it simply, to turn your project into a success you should plan for a post-launch strategy.

Although you’re bound to reach many interested users via offline advertising, newsletters, SEO, pay-per-click, etc., you should continue to improve your website. In fact, enhancing your site is an ongoing process that entails continuous testing and tweaking, in accordance to your visitors’ behavior patterns.

2. Optimal product categorization
Even when you don’t have a wide variety of products in your inventory, providing users with a simple and clear route to a product is still essential. In case you do have numerous items, then adding filters or a faceted navigation system becomes mandatory. To make sure you’re offering the best user experience, you have to determine the most important features based on which customers would want to filter what’s on your site. For example, if you’re selling clothes, then you should include filters that permit users to locate their favorite item in accordance to size and color.

On a side note, if you decide not to introduce filters, then your best bet is to refrain from dividing the product range too much. Then, don’t put too many items in a single category, so visitors can actually find them.

3. Ongoing site management
As previously mentioned, managing the e-commerce website is a continuous process. Based on the visitors’ reactions and the sales, you might have to perform modifications such as adding better and clearer descriptions, using higher quality photos or updating the home page. Keeping the content fresh is by far the most challenging task in this sense. However, it is critical for an e-commerce site that wants ongoing customers. Don’t forget that content also keeps search engines ‘interested’, making your website easier to discover.

Maintaining an online shop might not involve the same practices as its brick and walls counterpart. Nevertheless, you simply can’t afford to allocate just 5 minutes of your time per week for this practice either.

4. Timely delivery
According to statistics, one of the most viewed pages of an e-commerce website is the delivery section. Since almost all customers will access it, take the time to provide clear, concise and easy to understand information regarding your delivery policy. In addition to price, you should consider including time estimates and extra options in terms of delivery. For example, you could provide fixed dates, fast-track or in-store reservation services, as they’re all highly convenient and appreciated by modern customers. Lastly, conduct some research about reliable delivery services and refrain from choosing a provider based on pricing alone.

5. Excellent customer service
Although customer service is often overlooked, its importance stems from the fact that it helps you engage visitors and build long-term business relationships. Having a service that is always on, and ready to address questions and issues is what usually assists e-commerce sites in sealing a deal. Regardless of whether you opt for live chat, a ticketing system, use social media or provide quick Outlook access, the idea is the same; don’t forget to inform your staff about the implementation and make them aware of how it fits in with the rest of your operations.

6. Reliable return policy
In addition to excellent customer service, it is recommended to plan on how you’re going to deal with returns, complaints and even credit card fraud. To avoid getting caught off guard the first time it happens, take the time to establish a steadfast strategy regarding how client paperwork should be handled. By organizing the data you send to your customers, you can eliminate a lot of nuisance, and save clients time and money in the long run.

How to Resolve Issues When You Cannot Login To Your Gmail Account

How to Resolve Issues When You Cannot Login To Your Gmail Account

Gmail is an amazing email service and probably the best in the world right now. It is fast, reliable and the email search feature is its crowning achievement. When it works, it simply gets out of your way and helps you get things done. However, when you cannot login due to some reason, it can throw a spanner in the works and turn into a real headache. However, you can systematically find out the problem and resolve the gmail.com login issue with some patience.

Internet connection
Sometimes, you can access the Gmail home page and not be able to login. In this case, when you try to log in, it won’t show an “invalid username or password” message. It will instead give you a 404 message or some internet server error. If that happens to you, it is most likely that your internet connection is very slow:

• If you are on a mobile network, try using a Wi-Fi and check if the issue persists
• If you can get hold of a desktop somewhere, try logging in from that
• The internet connection issue could also be specific to your device, so try from another device

Contacting the ISP or network admin will solve the Gmail login issue for most people. As people increasingly use their 3G mobile networks to access Gmail, spotty network coverage can cause the above problem.

Wrong password
Wrong Password Gmail
It is not uncommon for people to forget the password to their Gmail accounts. This can be a problem because especially for long passwords, because even a single wrong character will lead to login failure. Here is what you can do:

• Type the password slowly, one key at a time, so you can be sure you are typing the characters right.

• Type the password in a text editor, so you can see what you have typed, and copy-paste it on to the Gmail.com password field.

Remember to erase the password you typed in the editor, so you don’t leave it open for others to see. If you know the right password and are just having problems typing them in the right sequence, the above steps will alleviate the issue.

Forgotten password
This is by far the most common cause for Gmail login issues. People forget their passwords, especially when they have to remember dozens for different accounts. If you have truly forgotten your password, use the Google account recovery method. Here is what you can do:

• Click on the forgot password link on the login page
• Enter your email address
• Answer the security question
• If you answer correctly, you will get a code on your phone or a reset link in your alternate email address
• Follow the instructions and enter the new password

If you have trouble remembering passwords for multiple Gmail accounts, consider using a password manager. This type of utility will store your passwords safely and will also make sure that you are using strong ones in the first place. Because they are centrally stored, you do not need to remember them all. Even if you are not a technical expert, you can resolve Gmail login issues within minutes.

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