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  1. The first tourney was organized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33 in the first championship game.
  1. The Final Four is held in a different city each year. Indianapolis, where the NCAA is based, hosts the Final Four every five years until 2040.
  1. Each winning university receives a rectangular, gold-plated trophy made of wood.
  1. Early on, the NCAA was considered a lesser event to the National Invitation Tournament, held in New York City. Teams could compete in both events.
  1. The 1949–50 CCNY team won both the NIT and NCAA tournaments (besting Bradley both times).
  1. In 1971 the NCAA barred universities from playing in the NIT and other tournaments if they were invited to the Big Dance.
  1. In 1978, the NCAA began using the term “Final Four” officially; the name was soon trademarked.
  1. The 2013 championship won by Louisville and coach Rick Pitino was the first title to be vacated (recruiting scandal).
  1. Twice in the past 10 years, the Final Four featured three coaches making their first appearance. In 2019, it was first-timers Tony Bennett (Virginia), Chris Beard (Texas Tech) and Bruce Pearl (Auburn). In 2017, it was Frank Martin (South Carolina), Dana Altman (Oregon) and Mark Few (Gonzaga). The champion in 2017 was North Carolina, which won in coach Roy Williams’ ninth trip to the Final Four.
  1. NBC first began broadcasting the Final Four in 1969. CBS later bought the broadcast rights.
  1. The 1979 championship game between Larry Bird's Indiana State and Magic Johnson's Michigan State attracted the most-ever television viewers.
  1. UCLA has won the most championships (11; 10 of those came in a 12-year run from 1964 to 1975, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973). Kentucky is next with eight titles, following by North Carolina (6), Duke and Indiana (5).
  1. John Wooden is the all-time coaching leader with 10 championships. Coach K of Duke is second with 5.
  1. In 2017, UNC was the first team to make 20 Final Fours. The Heels haven’t gone more than 10 years without reaching a Final Four.
  1. BYU holds the record for the most tourney appearances (30) without making the Final Four.
  1. The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament was inaugurated in the 1981–82 season.
  1. The women’s tournament was preceded by the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, held annually from 1972 to 1982.
  1. In 2016, the women’s championship game was moved to the Tuesday following the Monday men's championship game. Before that, the women’s final was played the weekend before the men’s.
  1. Beginning in 2022, the women's tournament features a 68-team bracket like the men's tournament, with play-in games. There are 36 at-large bids.
  1. In 2021, the entire NCAA tournament was played in Texas; most games, including the Final Four, were played in San Antonio, and some in Austin and San Marcos. 
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A U.S. dollar bill can be folded approximately 4,000 times in the same place before it will tear.

-You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

-The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.

-A hippo’s wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4-foot-tall child in.

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  • The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
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  • The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
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A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat


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– According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.

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8 hours ago, Heather Shay said:


A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat


  • Cats are supposed to have 18 toes (five toes on each front paw; four toes on each back paw).
  • Cats’ claws all curve downward, which means that they can’t climb down trees head-first. Instead, they have to back down the trunk.
  • Cats make very little noise when they walk around. The thick, soft pads on their paws allow them to sneak up on their prey — or you!
  • There are cats who have more than 18 toes. These extra-digit felines are referred to as being “polydactyl.”


One of our cats is polydactyl.  He has 7 toes on each front paw and 5 on each back paw, for 24 toes total.


Another one, an ex-feral who, at the time, was free to roam, climbed 50 feet up a tree without having any thought about how he was going to get down.  His pal climed down backwards, but he couldn't.  He ended up coming down by leaping from branch to branch.  Which nearly gave us heart attacks, because he only has one eye and therefore has no depth perception.


The other ex-feral (both are now indoor cats) obviously does not have those soft pads on his feet.  At night, when we are in bed, we can hear him stomping around the house.

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On 4/12/2024 at 5:46 AM, Heather Shay said:
  • The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Except for this thung thwister:

Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles, thrust three-thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb. Now if, Theophilus Thistle, the successful thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve full of of unsifted thistles, thrust three-thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb, how many thistles can'st thou thrust through the thick of thy thumb . . . in sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles?
Success to the successful thistle sifter!

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