Everything You’ve Missed From The Brazil World Cup

June 12, 2014

The road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup wasn’t easy. The tournament has caused uproar in Brazil, where many people live in slums and poverty—a stark contrast to the extravagant splendor and spending that hosting an event like this requires. In fact, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities have seen some of the largest anti-World Cup demonstrations to date.

Despite the hardships and unrest plaguing the country, the excitement surrounding the impending matches is unmistakable. The streets are draped in bold, bright colors, and Brazil World Cup murals and street art cover the cities. Finally, after much preparation, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us! In case you’ve missed it–we’ll bring you up to speed.

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Brazil World Cup Jumping Players

Dancers assume the dynamism of the soccer ball at today's World Cup Opening Ceremony. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Pink Dance

Dancers represent Brazil's flora at the opening ceremonies. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Native

Performers depict Brazil's indigenous population. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Soccer

Dancers shed bones and skin for a black and white fútbol face. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Kula Shaker

Brazil shows off its larger than life--if not slightly bizarre--kula shaker. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup J Lo

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte commence the Cup in a characteristically decadent fashion. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Decorations

The streets of Rio de Janeiro are brightly decorated in preparation for the World Cup. Source: AOL

World Cup Puppets

A woman tangos with larger-than-life puppets of the World Cup players in Rio de Janeiro. Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Slums

A small boy sits in front of a soccer goal in Brazil’s slums. Source: Los Angeles Times

Soccer Portraits Brazil World Cup

Artwork and murals cover the streets of Brazil, including these portraits of soccer players. Source: Business Insider

Boy Protests Brazil World Cup

A boy protests the Brazil World Cup while wrapped in the Brazilian national flag. Source: International Business Times

Estadio das Dunas Brazil World Cup

An aerial view showing the construction of the Estadio das Dunas, one of the twelve stadiums that will be used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

World Cup Security Soldiers

Soldiers learn about the various defense and security personnel and equipment that is to be used during the FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

World Cup Murals in Brazil

Murals cover the streets of Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Source: ABC News

Children Play Soccer in Slums

Children play soccer in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro less than a mile from the grand World Cup stadium. Source: Los Angeles Times

Brazil World Cup Decorated

The streets of Rio Grande do Sul are beautifully decorated for the Brazil World Cup. Source: TIME

Fernanda Brum in Brazil

Singer Fernanda Brum performs during a music video shoot, the street behind her covered in decorations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Source: Los Angeles Times

Go Home FIFA Protests

Around 1,500 demonstrators gathered in Sao Paulo to protest the FIFA World Cup. This woman's jacket reads, "FIFA Go Home." Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Football Fan

A fan plays with a soccer ball in Rio de Janerio. Source: The Atlantic

Street Art in Brazil

World Cup-themed graffiti covers the streets in Brazil, where the world cup began on Thursday, June 12th. Source: Los Angeles Times

Maracana Stadium Aerial View

An aerial view of the Marcana stadium, one of a dozen stadiums to be used during the FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

Train Strikes Sao Paula Brazil

Train workers go on strike less than a week before the FIFA World Cup, shutting down various stations within Sao Paulo. Source: WSHU

2014 World Cup Security Measures

Security teams pore over screens showing the stadium during a media tour. Source: The Atlantic

People Playing Soccer in Brazil

People play soccer on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Protesters

Brazilian protesters (including a man dressed as batman) speak out against the 2014 World Cup. Source: For The Win

Huge Anti-World Cup Protest

Hundreds gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil in one of the largest anti-World Cup protests. Source: Daily Mail

15 Of History’s Most Bizarre Photos

June 11, 2014
Bizarre Photos Space Chimp

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1. This photo is of Ham the Chimp, the first chimpanzee to be successfully launched into space in 1961. The snapshot was taken after his return. His name is an acronym for the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, which is the lab that prepared him for such an important mission. However, he was only given the name upon his return since officials did not want the press to have a name to use for public shaming should the mission have failed. Following the trip, Ham called Washington D.C.’s National Zoo home for 17 years. His remains may now be found at the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico.

Bizarre Photos Sweden Cars

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2. In 1967, Sweden changed its laws so that drivers had to start driving on the right-hand side of the road. The law was implemented to accommodate left-handed vehicles, reduce collisions and keep up with the trends of neighboring countries Norway and Finland. The day the law took effect is called Dagen H, or more popularly “Högertrafikomläggningen” (“The right-hand traffic diversion”), and this picture depicts the mass confusion that ensued. While the switch appeared to be successful in the short term, accident rates and insurance claims returned to normal after a couple years—likely after Swedes grew accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road.

Bizarre Photos London Bombings

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3. This picture of a girl holding a doll in the rubble of her former home is one of the most poignant and disturbing images from World War Two, and one that succinctly articulates the scope of devastation following the 1940 London bombings.

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21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s

June 8, 2014

While much of the mythos of the origin of skateboarding is centered around teenage boys of Southern California, there was a strong contingent of female pioneers who helped shape skateboarding since it’s inception. Below we take a look at some of the women who influenced skateboarding culture in the 60s and 70s:

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Skateboarding Contest Torrance California

Onlookers watch a skateboarding contest in Torrance, California in 1977.

Farrah Fawcet Skateboarding

By the late 1970s, skateboarding was growing in size and reach, including to some famous Hollywood heroines. Above, Farrah Fawcet tries out skateboarding.

Skateboarding In New York City

Skateboarding wasn't just a California phenomena -- the above photograph was captured

Enjoy these images? Check out some of these videos of the first female skateboarders:

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Alfred Hitchcock On The Set Of “The Birds”, 1963

June 6, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock Birds

When Camille Paglia and David Thomson have nothing but praise for your film, you know you’ve done something right. Such was the case with Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller, “The Birds”. Thomson described it as his “last unflawed film”, with Paglia noting that the feature was an ode to female sexuality and nature.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXVIII

June 6, 2014
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Architects Envision A 21st Century “Himalayas”

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Source: Design Boom

At a juncture when it seems that humankind is at odds with nature (and losing), a vision like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center offers a much less antagonistic vision of that relationship. MAD architects debuted the modern day Himalayas at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, readily presenting the ethos of shanshui, or the achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. In their 560,000 square meter space, manmade structures and their waterfall and rainwater-filled interiors complement nature; they don’t necessarily take away from it. Read more about the metropolis’ specs at Design Boom.

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A Cormorant Fisherman In Repose

June 4, 2014
Cormorant Fisherman Li River

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Existing nearly 300 years before the Magna Carta was issued, cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method historically employed by Chinese and Japanese people. To catch fish, the fishermen tie a snare around the bird’s throat so that it cannot swallow large fish. Rather, it holds the fish in its throat and coughs it up when the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat.