Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

The USA’s largest gladiatorial sporting event, Super Bowl XLVI, takes place tonight. 68,000 spectators will cram into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and 113 million Americans will watch the game on TV, along with unknown millions of viewers in more than 180 other countries. A 30-second Super Bowl television ad cost $3.5 million. You may have read these facts as well as speculation on the physical condition of various Giants and Patriots players, but you probably overlooked these critical 2012 Super Bowl stories:

“Super Bowl is the No. I event for Roman numerals,” Frank Reust, St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Over 1.25 Billion Wings, 4.4 Million Pizzas Eaten During Super Bowl Weekend,” Ryan Tepperman,

“Nuns plan to tackle Super Bowl sex trafficking,” Douglas Stanglin, USA Today

Super Bowl 2012 Prop Bets: The Weirdest Ways to Make Money,” Anthony Riccobono, International Business Times (compare this spoof)

“The Super Bowl is not a job creator,” Alexander Heffner, Salon

“A Brief History of the Super Bowl Coin Toss,” Scott Allen, Mental Floss (related:  “A 3.8-Sigma Anomaly,”  Sean Carroll, Discover )

“The 21 Rules of Surviving a Super Bowl Party,” Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal

“Driving Fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday,” Donald A. Redelmeier, MD, Craig L. Stewart, M.Sc., New England Journal of Medicine

“Super Bowl 2012: Marketing hype runs from beer and cars to condoms and cookies,” Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

“Super Bowl Science: Are Football Coaches Irrational?” Joseph Stromberg, Smithsonian blog

“Injuries, overwhelming crowds reported in Super Bowl Village,” John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star

“Super Bowl Tackles Climate Change,” Tim Wall, Discovery

“The child molesting glam rocker who almost profited from the Super Bowl,” The Week  

“‘Mind over matter’! Madonna overcomes hamstring and nose injuries just in time for Super Bowl performance,” Dianne King, Daily Mail


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Image (“Super Bowl 2012, after Henri Rousseau”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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