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10 Things you didn't know about Arkansas

Monday, December 31, 2007 | 5:51 p.m. CST; updated 10:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

10. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson were teammates on the Razorbacks’ 1964 national championship team. Other famous athletes who are alumni include golfer John Daly, Mike Conley Sr., an Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump, and marathoner Deena Kastor, who holds the American women’s record in the event.

9. Arkansas entomologist Dwight Isely is considered the Abner Doubleday of agricultural insect pest management. Through his research on insects that ravage cotton and other crops, farmers have saved millions of dollars.

8. “Spoofer’s Stone” was an important spot at Arkansas when male and female students couldn’t socialize on campus. A woman would leave a note for her love in the crack of the stone. Then he would walk to the stone and retrieve the note. The rock is now a popular site for marriage proposals. Engaged couples take small pieces of the stone as keepsakes.

7. More than 120,000 Arkansas graduates have their names etched on the “Senior Walk,” which is more than five miles long. The tradition of engraving every graduate’s name on a walkway is unique to Arkansas.

6. Arkansas integrated the university in 1948 without legal intervention. It was the first major public university in the South to do so without litigation.

5. Bill and Hillary Clinton were professors at the Arkansas School of Law in the mid-1970s. The former president joined the faculty in 1973, and the current candidate followed in 1974. They got married in Fayetteville and then left the school in 1976 when Bill Clinton became the attorney general of Arkansas.

4. The Razorbacks’ famous Hog Call — “Wooo, Pig, Sooie” — began in the 1920s when a group of hog farmers started the yell. To perform the call, raise both hands in the air and wave your fingers during “Wooo.” Drop your arms on “Pig” and thrust them back in the air on “Sooie.”

3. The Razorbacks were known as the Cardinals before coach Hugo Bezdek popularized the mascot in 1909 after a victory against LSU. He said the team “played like a wild band of razorback hogs.” The student body made the change officially with a vote in 1910.

2. The hogs serving as the school’s official live mascots have a history of violence and destruction. Big Red III escaped from an exhibit in 1977 and tore through the country before a farmer shot him. Ragnar was captured by a farmer after killing a coyote, a 450-pound domestic pig and seven rattlesnakes.

1. The mascot’s geographic origins, however, are dubious. Like kangaroos and koala bears, razorbacks are only native to Australia. They live in the Australian Outback.


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