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World Cup Danger

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The world cup is down to its final weeks and not all the action is staying on the field.

Team USA fan Jack Smith says he slipped his card into an ATM at an airport in Rio de Janeiro. Within seconds that machine had cloned his card and a few days later he discovered that $12,000 had been charged to his account. Smith says he has met about 60 people during his trip to Brazil and about 20 of them were victims of the same scam.

Now that his bank has promised to cover the losses Smith is laughing about it. He says maybe it was a type of Brazilian tax he had to pay.  read more »

A Presidential Mistake

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It seems like president Obama has a new hobby.

To celebrate the world cup a souvenir company in England produced a set of coffee mugs. Each mug featured a picture of a player along with their name. But when the time came to unpack the mugs the company found an unfortunate surprise on the mug of defender Chris Smalling.

Instead of the English soccer player; the mug featured the face of President Obama. The company, which has chosen to remain anonymous decided to cut their losses and turn the mugs over to wholesale clearance. In turn the clearance company will try to sell off the mugs with mistaken identity.  read more »

A World Cup Appetite

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World cup fever is spreading and it’s being fueled by food.

When it came time to pack up and head to Brazil the Italian team loaded their bags with parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. team brought oatmeal, cheerios and peanut butter. And the Mexican team brought all the chili peppers they could carry. But if their own home grown food isn’t enough the U.S. and Italian teams are shelling out money to bring along a nutritionist and a chef.

Both teams have new coaches that prefer a diet of fresh food; with 80 to 90% of it made from scratch. The coaches say the team needs to perform at their best and if their diet gets them there; then it’s worth the cost. And it’s a pretty good deal for the players who are showing up to a spread of meat, vegetables and fruit.  read more »

World Cup 2014

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The 2014 world cup is about to kick off; and fans are preparing for a lot more than a little soccer.

One of the host cities for this year's contest is Manaus. Located smack in the center of the Amazon and only reachable by plane or boat the city is looking forward to the surge of tourists and their money. As long as travelers aren't put off by the stories coming out of the jungle.

Tales include thick clouds of mosquitos, pythons falling out of trees and razor toothed piranhas in the water. If that's not bad enough some participating countries are warning fans about picking up disease or being confronted by knife wielding thieves.  read more »

Oral Lessons

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Brazilian prostitutes are improving their speaking skills just in time for next year's World Cup. In order to maximize profits and hook more customers the ladies of the night are signing up for English classes.

The President of the Association of Prostitutes said 20 people have already signed up for the courses and she expects at least 300 of the group's 4,000 members to soon follow.

The association is organizing classes and asking English teachers to volunteer services for free. Several volunteer psychologists and doctors have already signed up to help out.

The classes will begin in March and will last eight months. If English lessons go well, the courses could expand to include French and Italian to accomodate the wide range of tourists expected for the 2014 Cup.  read more »

Paul the Psychic Octopus

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A psychic octopus is getting back to his old job after predicting the Spanish victory in the world cup and receiving a trophy of this own.

Paul the Octopus turned into a worldwide celebrity after successfully picking the winner of eight world cup matches. And now that the soccer showdown is over Paul will settle down at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany where he has become a feature attraction. Sea Life Supervisor Daniel Fey says it’s time for Paul to say good-bye to the world. Fey says he really enjoyed all the media attention and visitors but needs to retire from the spotlight.  read more »

A Second Look

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World Cup fans are furious over controversial calls made on the field. And with the whole world watching, FIFA should take a second look at second looks.

I spent the Fourth of July weekend on holiday in Ireland and had a chance to talk to David Daly, a successful developer and avid World Cup fan. Last year Ireland made sports headlines when it was knocked out of the World Cup by France, following a controversial handball by Thierry Henry.

With other bad calls made by referees during the games, many fans are screaming for FIFA to use American style instant replays after disputed calls. Daly says until FIFA adopts camera technology, not every game will be played fair.  read more »

iVuvuzela

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A loud buzzing noise has become a standard feature at this year’s World Cup. And now the noise has gone high tech.

The Vuvuzela is a plastic African trumpet that World Cup fans are using to express their excitement of frustration at the matches. The sound it makes has been compared to a loud swarm of angry bees and broadcasters are considering additional audio filters to tone it down for the home viewers. But eardrums beware because now the Vuvuzela has been made into an app and will be coming to an iPhone near you.  read more »

Off the Wagon

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If you’re heading to next months’ World Cup in South Africa, it seems you have one less thing to worry about.

South Africa’s biggest beer brewer says fans won’t be faced with empty cups and this year’s tournament because there will be more than enough to go around. South African Breweries is the local provider of global giant SABmiller. The company provides the country with about nine of every ten bottles of beer drunk.  read more »