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  • Most colleges encourage students to study hard and to avoid most time-consuming distractions in order to focus on their studies while on the path to a degree. The president of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., however, is using a popular distraction to drum up school spirit and encourage camaraderie on campus.

    For his inaugural year, President Scott Dalrymple, PhD, is challenging students to go up against him in a battle of wits, aggression, and video game prowess. Dalrymple is obsessed with acclaimed football-themed video game Madden NFL ‘15 and has decided to take on the best of the best among his students. The grand prize? Free textbooks, paid for by Dalrymple. On average, textbooks for the year can cost more than $1,000. The gamer president said that he wants to encourage camaraderie among students and uplift the school spirit at the start of his tenure.

    The Columbia College Madden NFL video game challenge will take place on Oct. 17 at the college campus, with a big screen for all

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  • If you ask almost any married man, he'll say that prepping for the big proposal was either easy-breezy or a nerve-racking nightmare. Half the battle is perfect timing, not to mention the need for genuine originality. But what if you already have a leg up by working in the wedding industry, with knowledge of proposals you've heard about or helped to create. How do you propose to the one you love and make it more amazing than the stories you know? One wedding planner was stuck with this question recently and executed something extra-special. He decided to fake a separate wedding, which would act as the perfect stage for his own proposal.

    A planner named Jack staged a mock ceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Sophia, the mother of their young daughter. With the help and attendance of friends and family and, of course, good friends (but noncouple) Chris and Danny Jack was able to pull "the old switcheroo" on his lady and get down on one knee to pop the question.

    The amount

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  • A 12-year-old fan of the cult comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" was treated to a big surprise by the film's leading man, actor Jon Heder.

    Leukemia patient Mary Elizabeth Paris is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, in Georgia. Meanwhile, she's been constantly watching the 2004 hit movie to lift her spirits. Mary had mentioned to one of her favorite nurses that the cult comedy was one of her top movies, so the nurse brought in the DVD for her the following day. After getting wind that Mary was a devotee of the flick, Heder decided to give her one of the best "get well" messages of all time.

    In a 1-minute video, Heder went semi-Napoleon Dynamite. He delivered a heartwarming message along with some of the character's catch phrases and unique movements, including his signature salute: the butterfly lotus, where interlocking fingers make a butterfly motion away from the face.

    Unfortunately, a spectacular yet awkward dance routine was not included in the

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  • How's this for a warped sense of reality? Swedish artist Erik Johansson weaves the real with the surreal in collages that implement veritable landscapes and bizarre visual conundrums. The result: out of this world.

    A large portion of each piece of Johansson's artwork is real. The key to tweaking it all into something colorful and whimsical is that the he takes hundreds of photographs for a single piece, and then he incorporates raw materials and other objects and uses graphics software to push and pull the boundaries. The end products of his work are lifelike scenes that prompt viewers to question where reality ends and fantasy begins.

    On his website, Johansson writes that photography is his way of "collecting material to realize the ideas in my mind." The process of putting his masterpieces together takes weeks. Not surprising, considering that he might have to drift in and out of reality to get to where he's going.

    Johansson's fanbase applauds the artist's clever perspective, whether

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  • Blackboard. Blackberry. Black widow. But a black burger?

    Yup. A dark-colored hamburger — that isn't burnt — is now being sold in Japan by fast-food giant Burger King. Called the Kuro Burger, it features a black bun, meat with black pepper, and black cheese. The bread and cheese contain bamboo charcoal, popular in Japanese cuisine. The sandwich also has an onion-and-garlic sauce made dark with squid ink. But don't be alarmed — squid ink is commonly used for cooking, food coloring, and flavoring. The other use is confined to the ocean.

    Burger King is offering Japanese customers two varieties of the Kuro — the Pearl and the Diamond. The Kuro Pearl is filled with basic ingredients (listed above); the Kuro Diamond is spruced up with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, which add a little color to the dark sandwich.

    Is the Kuro the first dark take on the American classic? No. The French delivered their own version of the coal-black burger not too long ago, in a galaxy not too far, far away. In

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