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Georgia Takes Out Alabama; Wins First College Football Title Since 1980

No. 3 Georgia exorcised myriad demons Monday night, overcoming No. 1 Alabama, coach Nick Saban and decades of close calls to win the 2022 College Football National Championship and claim its first crown since 1980. What started as a field goal fest opened up in the second half with the Bulldogs creating big plays on both sides of the ball and ultimately stemming the defending champion Crimson Tide, 33-18.

Bob Saget Discovered Dead by Housekeeping After Missing His Hotel Checkout: Source

Bob Saget was found dead by hotel housekeeping on Sunday after he missed his checkout time, a source from the hotel tells PEOPLE. Signs are pointing to a heart attack or stroke.

The beloved Full House star, 65, died at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando following a performance outside of Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday night. TMZ was first to break the news.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saget’s death after deputies were called just after 4 p.m. local time. “Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” the office wrote on Twitter.

The source adds that the room was neat, with no signs of trauma, and Saget’s bags were packed by the door. 

Snoop Dogg Is Planning Hot Dog Brand Called ‘Snoop Doggs’

Six years after saying he “ain’t never eating a m*****f****** hot dog” again, Snoop Dogg is apparently planning to launch his own brand of frankfurters called “Snoop Doggs,” according to a recent legal filing at the federal trademark office.

Attorneys for the hip-hop legend – real name Calvin Broadus – applied last month at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a federal trademark registration on the term “Snoop Doggs,” saying he plans to use it to sell hot dogs and other types of sausage.

But the choice of hot dogs is perhaps a bit surprising, given his public history with the tubular food.

Back in 2016, Snoop made headlines with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which he watched a step-by-step process of how hot dogs are made and tried to guess what he was watching. By the end of the segment, Snoop said: “This is a hot dog!? Oh cuz, I ain’t never eating a m*****f****** hot dog! If that’s how they make hot dogs, I don’t want one. I’m good.”

Badger Unearths Stash of Ancient Roman Coins in Spain

 Archaeologists in northern Spain have discovered the largest stash of ancient Roman coins ever found in the region. And they’re giving all the credit to a hungry badger, reports the Guardian.

Researchers found more than 200 coins, dating back to between the third and fifth century AD, in the northern region of Asturias. But as the BBC explains, the discovery didn’t take much work: They found the coins out in the open, near the den of a badger. Their best guess is that the animal dug into a crack near its home searching for berries or worms during last year’s harsh winter.

Instead of food, the badger apparently unearthed the copper and bronze coins, which are believed to have been forged as far away as Constantinople, in what is now Turkey. It’s possible the coins were hidden from invading armies, though more research is planned to try to suss out the back story. In the 1930s, about a dozen gold coins from ancient Rome also were found in the area.

“We want to know if it was a one-off hiding place or if there was a group of humans living there,” archaeologist Alfonso Fanjul Peraza tells El Pais, via the BBCGuardian.

Negative Reviews of Scented Candles on the Rise Thanks to COVID-19

It might be the weirdest red flag for a public health crisis ever: It seems that negative reviews for scented candles correlate with a spike in COVID cases, notes The apparent reason is that COVID sometimes causes people to lose their sense of smell, meaning that a person with the virus—and perhaps unaware of it—might buy a candle and think they got ripped off. It sounds goofy, but it turns out some hard data backs up the premise, as the Washington Post explained when writing about the phenomenon. “It is rare, at least in my line of work, to stumble upon an anecdotal observation that can be examined using such vast amounts of easily accessible data,” says Kate Petrova, a research assistant at the Harvard Study of Adult Development.

That anecdotal observation came in the form of a snarky tweet back in November that read: “There are angry ladies all over Yankee Candle’s site reporting that none of the candles they just got had any smell at all. I wonder if they’re feeling a little hot and nothing has much taste for the last couple days too.” The observation piqued Petrova’s interest, and she dug in. As it turns out, reviews for the company’s top scented candles consistently had 4 or 4.5 stars before 2020. After the pandemic hit, they lost about a full star. Equally telling: Non-scented candles did not suffer the same fate.

You can see all her charts in this Twitter thread, though Petrova herself cautions that it was more of a “fun exercise” than a rigorous scientific analysis. In its coverage, SFGate notes that more than 1 million people in the US have lost their sense of smell because of the virus. And while this “anosmia” typically goes away, studies suggest that if it’s not back in six months, the odds of it coming back at all drop to 1 in 5. In regard to the candles, the post at IFLScience sees a clear takeaway: “If you find you can’t smell your candle, it might be best to book a test before sending your disappointing review.”

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