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1. University of Illinois scientists have long endeavored to create a base for chewing gum that uses zein, a protein found in corn. In 2005, researcher Graciela Padua announced that a six-year project working with zein had yielded which potential … Continue reading

1. Red Grange’s six-touchdown game against Michigan in 1924 inspired poetry and cemented Grange’s legend. His performance featured four TDs in the first quarter alone, but which detail about the Wolverine defense made the Galloping Ghost’s feat even more impressive? … Continue reading

Answers below. 1. The forty-nine bells on the McFarland Carillon know 500 pre-programmed songs thanks to a computer, or can be played from a keyboard. On September 20, 2008, some visually-oriented pranksters used the under-construction bell tower to recreate which … Continue reading

Answers below. 1. Alta Saunders (nee Gwinn) co-founded the U. of I. chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority. Along with her sister Delta Gammas, Alta spearheaded the purchase of the current sorority house at West Nevada and South Mathews by … Continue reading

Answers below. 1. The 1994 Illini defense boasted one of the most talented linebacker corps in Big Ten history. Dana Howard won the Butkus Award, teammate Kevin Hardy would earn it the next year, and sackmaster Simeon Rice continued his … Continue reading

A small plate o’ University of Illinois trivia to help you pass that long Friday before the holiday break: 1. A fictional genius named Sivasubramanian Chandrasegarampillai created the HAL 9000 in Urbana. HAL went on to learn how to sing and … Continue reading

Winston Churchill summed it up when he said, “To those of us who study the course of human events, one thing is clear. People are wack.” That is never truer than during the time around Halloween. In honor of the … Continue reading

The average person considers a university press a rather humorless concern. Just look at a catalog and you’ll see pages of works by serious scholars, many of whom insist on addressing the kaleidoscope of injustices humans visit upon other humans. While it’s … Continue reading