77 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room

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2014 World Cup Controversy: Fails, Scandals and Mishaps

USA Best Ghana World Cup 2014

Source: Parade

The world is buzzing with news of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. And while underdog victories and startling wins fill most of the headlines, there have also been a number of fails, scandals and controversy gracing the news. Of course, World Cup controversy is nothing new. In fact, over the decades, a number of World Cup mishaps have gained attention in the press, including suspect injuries, cheating and really, really terrible calls. Here are the top World Cup controversies from 2014. So far, at least.

Spain Loses World Cup Controversy

Source: ABC News

Nude Pictures of the Croatian Team Hit The Web

World Cup Controversy Nude Photos

Source: FanSided

Players from Croatia’s soccer team have refused to speak to the media after a some rather brazen photos of some of the players circulated. The photos in question were taken while Croatian players relaxed by the team’s pool in their birthday suits after a game.

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12 Badass Revolutionary War Women You’ve Never Heard Of

The American Revolution was fought on the homefront, which means that women and children were often caught up in the fighting in one way or another. It was their war, too. Remember Rosie the Riveter? She symbolizes the women who worked in the factories and ran the family farms and shops while men were away fighting in WWII.

And there were many women just like Rosie in the Revolutionary War, too. A group of Philadelphia women held the first-ever fundraiser in America; they raised much-needed funds for General George Washington’s Continental Army. Less political wives and mothers even pitched in to sew the army’s uniforms. But some women felt a stronger call of duty; they are the badass women of the Revolutionary War. We begin with a short primer on the art of spycraft in that era.

Then there were the spies, scouts and messengers. Women were useful in that capacity because they were often considered to be above suspicion. Frankly, men of the era usually assumed that women weren’t very bright, which gave them opportunities to listen in on secret meetings. They could also use feminine wiles, disguises, and other ruses to carry out their covert actions. A few members of Gen. Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, operating out of Long Island, were women. Among them were Anna Strong and the unnamed Agent 355. Both names could have come straight out of a James Bond film, but I assure you, this was real life. And death: many historians believe that Agent 355 was caught by the British and died on their fetid prison ship Jersey after giving birth to a son.

Revolutionary War Women Interior Jersey

The interior of the British prison ship Jersey, moored in New York Harbor. Source: WordPress

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Victorian Sex Was Bizarre And Filled With Contradictions

We all that know the Victorians were a bunch of uptight prudes. In the late-19th century, women weren’t even allowed to vote, so how enlightened could they really be? People back then probably got arrested at the beach for showing their knees, right? Actually, while the Victorians—like everybody before and since—had their hangups, their all-too-human sexuality tended to come out in ways that modern people find really bizarre. For example:

Gentlemen Never Took Off Their Coats Around Ladies; Totally Got Naked with Each Other

Victorian Sex Dapper Gent

This gentleman smells like roadkill. Source: Deviant Art

Have you ever noticed how, in nearly every picture from the Victorian age, the men are all wearing jackets and coats? This is especially the case when the picture is of men posing in the presence of ladies. The reason is simple: B.O. In an age when hygiene was largely optional and bathing every day was in the domain of obsessive-compulsives, some kind of stink-control mechanism was sorely needed, and that mechanism was an elaborate social etiquette governing the exact protocol for when and where to cover up the stank. To quote a couple of rules from one website dedicated to all things Victorian, a gentleman:

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