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10 Susceptible Super Bowl Records (and One That Definitely Won't Be Broken)

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[Note: This story from 2012 is getting a ton of search traffic during Seattle's rout of the Broncos. Everyone wants to know if there's ever been a Super Bowl shutout. Not yet! The worst showing is the Miami Dolphins, who lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.]

What else can we answer for you? Ever wonder how they make that magic yellow first down line?

Anyway, here's some other Super Bowl stuff that made a lot more sense when the Giants were playing the Patriots a couple years ago...

First, here are five records already held by those involved in Super Bowl XLVI:

1.  Patriots receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker are tied with Dan Ross and Jerry Rice for the most receptions in a Super Bowl game (11). It’s not inconceivable for either (or both) to break this record.

2.  Tom Brady has completed 100 passes in previous Super Bowl games, more than any other quarterback in NFL history. He’s also tied with Drew Brees for the most completions in a single Super Bowl (32).

3.  The New York Giants scored a record 30 points in the second half of Super Bowl XXI.

4.  In Super Bowl XX, the New England Patriots managed only 7 yards rushing the entire game, a record low.

5.  Time is important to the New York Giants, who hold Super Bowl records for time of possession (40:33 in Super Bowl XXV) and drive length (9:59 in Super Bowl XLII).

Now that we know where we stand, let's examine 10 records that could be tied or broken in Super Bowl XLVI:

1.  Should New England lose the game, the Patriots will become the fourth team in history to lose the Super Bowl four times. (The others who have done so are Minnesota, Denver, and Buffalo).

2. No team has ever scored more than 14 points in the first quarter of any Super Bowl game (The Patriots scored 14 in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI).

3. In this “Year of the QB,” both Eli Manning and Tom Brady have a chance to better Kurt Warner’s record of 414 yards passing in a Super Bowl game.

4. If Deion Branch catches 12 passes, he’ll tie Jerry Rice’s record for career Super Bowl receptions (33).

5. Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice is the only player to score 3 receiving touchdowns in a single Super Bowl game. He actually did this trick twice, in Super Bowls XXIV and XXIX.

6. No field goal attempt of 55 yards or longer has ever been made in a Super Bowl game.

7. If New England’s Bill Belichick wins this game, he’ll tie Chuck Noll’s NFL record by winning his fourth Super Bowl game as head coach.

8. No Super Bowl team has ever been shut out, and no Super Bowl game has ever gone into overtime.

9. The Patriots and Giants have each allowed a safety in previous Super Bowls. If either team scores one in Sunday’s game, its opponent will set a new record for most safeties allowed in Super Bowl games.

10. While kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns 8 times in previous Super Bowls, there’s never been a punt returned for a touchdown in a Super Bowl game. Ever. The longest punt return in Super Bowl history was a 45-yard effort by the 49ers’ John Taylor in Super Bowl XXIII.

Finally, here's one NFL record that definitely, absolutely, positively will NOT be broken in Sunday's game:

Jim Turner and Mike Clark kicked record-short field goals of only 9 yards in Super Bowls III and VI, respectively. The goal posts were right on the goal line in those days. They were set back 10 yards into the end zone in 1974, rendering this record impossible to break today.

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13 Fantastic Museums You Can Visit for Free on Saturday
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On Saturday, September 23, museums and cultural institutions across the United States will open their doors to the public for free, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! event. Hundreds of museums are set to participate, ranging from world-famous institutions in major cities to tiny, local museums in small towns. While the full list of museums can be viewed, and tickets can be reserved, on the Smithsonian website, we’ve collected a small selection of the fantastic museums you can visit for free this Saturday.

1. NEWSEUM // WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Newseum in Washington, D.C. is an entire museum dedicated to the First Amendment. Celebrating freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, the museum features exhibits on civil rights, the Berlin Wall, and the history of news media in America. Their latest special exhibitions take a look back at the event of September 11, 2001 and go inside the FBI's crime-fighting tactics.

2. INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM // NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

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New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum doesn’t just showcase America’s military and maritime history—it is a piece of that history. The museum itself is one of the Essex-class aircraft carriers built by the United States Navy during World War II. Visitors can explore its massive deck and interior, and view historic airplanes, a real World War II submarine, and a range of interactive exhibits. Normally, a ticket will set you back a whopping $33 (or $19 for New York City residents), but on Saturday, general admission is free with a Museum Day Live! ticket.

3. AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST // LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Perfect for art lovers, history buffs, and cinephiles alike, the Autry Museum of the American West (named for legendary singing cowboy Gene Autry) offers up an eclectic mix of art, historical artifacts from the real American West, and Western film memorabilia and props.

4. MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES // DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA

A massive art, science, and history museum located on a 90-acre nature preserve, the Museum of Arts and Sciences features the largest collection of Florida art anywhere in the world, as well as the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in all of Florida. Its diverse exhibits are alternately awe-inspiring, informative, and quirky, ranging from an exploration of 2000 years of sculpture art to an exhibition of 19th and 20th century advertising posters.

5. INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE HORSE AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK // LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

The International Museum of the Horse explores the history of—you guessed it!—the horse. That might sound like a narrow scope, but the museum doesn’t just display horse racing artifacts or teach you about modern horse breeds. Instead, it endeavors to tackle the 50-million-year evolution of the horse and its relationship with humans from ancient times to modern times.

6. THE PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM // CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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The 160-year-old Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Museum Day Live! In addition to their vast exhibits of animal specimens and cultural artifacts, the museum will be hosting a live animal feeding and a butterfly release throughout the day.

7. OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART // NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art aims to teach visitors about the rich culture and diverse visual arts of the American South. Right now, visitors can view a collection of William Eggleston's photographs and check out the museum's 10th annual invitational exhibition of ceramic teacups and teapots.

8. BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY // BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

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Located in a 19th century oyster cannery on the Baltimore waterfront, the Baltimore Museum of Industry tells the story of American manufacturing from garment making to video game design. Visitors this weekend can meet video game designers and create custom games at the museum’s interactive “Video Game Wizards” exhibit.

9. SYLVAN HEIGHTS BIRD PARK // SCOTLAND NECK, NORTH CAROLINA

You can meet 2000 birds from around the world this weekend at the 18-acre Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Visitors to the massive garden can walk through aviaries displaying birds from every continent except Antarctica, including ducks, geese, swans, and exotic birds from all over the world.

10. DELTA BLUES MUSEUM // CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI

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Visitors to the Delta Blues Museum can learn about the unique American musical art form in “the land where blues began,” with audiovisual exhibits centered on blues and rock legend Don Nix, as well as Paramount Records illustrator Anthony Mostrom.

11. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE & HISTORY // ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

America’s only congressionally chartered museum dedicated to the story of the Atomic Age, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History features exhibits on everything from nuclear medicine to representations of atomic power in pop culture. Adult visitors to the museum will delight in its impressively nuanced take on nuclear technology, while kids will love the museum’s outdoor airplane exhibit and hands-on science activities at Little Albert’s Lab.

12. MUSEUM OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN // PINEDALE, WYOMING

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Dedicated to the mountain men who explored and settled Wyoming in the 19th century, the Museum of the Mountain Man brings American folklore and legends to life. The museum features exhibits on the Rocky Mountain fur trade and tells the story of American folk legend and famed mountain man Hugh Glass (the man Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar playing in 2015's The Revenant).

13. BESH BA GOWAH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK AND MUSEUM // GLOBE, ARIZONA

Arizona’s Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum lets visitors connect with history firsthand. The museum is home to the ruins and artifacts of the Salado Indians who inhabited Arizona from the 13th century through the 15th century, and even lets visitors wander through an 800-year-old Salado pueblo.

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‘American Gothic’ Became Famous Because Many People Saw It as a Joke
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In 1930, Iowan artist Grant Wood painted a simple portrait of a farmer and his wife (really his dentist and sister) standing solemnly in front of an all-American farmhouse. American Gothic has since inspired endless parodies and is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic works of art. But when it first came out, few people would have guessed it would become the classic it is today. Vox explains the painting’s unexpected path to fame in the latest installment of the new video series Overrated.

According to host Phil Edwards, American Gothic made a muted splash when it first hit the art scene. The work was awarded a third-place bronze medal in a contest at the Chicago Art Institute. When Wood sold the painting to the museum later on, he received just $300 for it. But the piece’s momentum didn’t stop there. It turned out that American Gothic’s debut at a time when urban and rural ideals were clashing helped it become the defining image of the era. The painting had something for everyone: Metropolitans like Gertrude Stein saw it as a satire of simple farm life in Middle America. Actual farmers and their families, on the other hand, welcomed it as celebration of their lifestyle and work ethic at a time when the Great Depression made it hard to take pride in anything.

Wood didn’t do much to clear up the work’s true meaning. He stated, "There is satire in it, but only as there is satire in any realistic statement. These are types of people I have known all my life. I tried to characterize them truthfully—to make them more like themselves than they were in actual life."

Rather than suffering from its ambiguity, American Gothic has been immortalized by it. The country has changed a lot in the past century, but the painting’s dual roles as a straight masterpiece and a format for skewering American culture still endure today.

Get the full story from Vox below.

[h/t Vox]

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