The World Cup Draw Survival Guide
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we’ve waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team’s fate next summer - we thought it a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure. We can’t make any promises, but if you follow these tips, we’re sure you’ll make it through at least the first hour of coverage. After that, it’s on you.
- Expect to insult the unexpected (i.e. “Bosnia’s main export is leather? Haha, what are you, ….a…a…cow?”)
- Expect a major period of emotional turmoil. Keep kleenex, a snuggie and your illicit Football Manager addiction nearby; use them generously: this draw is going to last 3 hours.
- Prepare your pop culture references to maintain your sanity. Remember who the real enemy is.
- If your nation is placed in a group of death, there will probably be good cultural cuisine involved. Be ready to eat your emotions.
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Strategically placing the beer ornament next to the Patrick Kane ornament…
Obit of The Day: Nelson Mandela, Former South African President & Anti-Apartheid Leader, Dies At Age 95 Of Complications Related To A Recurring Lung Infection
Former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died from complications related to a recurring lung infection. He was 95.
Mandela was elected South Africa’s first black president by a near two-thirds margin in 1994, after spending 27 years in prison for his role as a leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He served as president for five years, until retiring in 1999.
For his part in ending apartheid, Mandela was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, among many others.
Born in 1918 in a small South African village, Mandela eventually moved to Johannesburg, where in 1942 he joined in the African National Congress, co-founding the group’s Youth League in 1944. At the time Mandela was in law school at the University of Witwatersrand, though, in part because of his focus on politics, he failed his third year exams three times and wouldn’t practice law until 1953.
His role in the ANC continued to grow throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, helping transform the group from one reliant on petitions to one that relied upon strikes, boycotts and other forms of civil disobedience. While working with the ANC, he met and recruited a social worker, Winnie Madikizela, whom he went on to marry in 1958.
Mandela supported peaceful forms of protest until 1961, when he co-founded the armed division of the ANC, the Umkhonto we Sizwe, or MK, which focused on guerrilla warfare and sabotage, based on Mandela’s newfound beliefs that such measures were necessary to end apartheid. That same year, Mandela organized a workers’ strike. In 1962, he was arrested for the strike and sentenced to five years in prison. In early 1964, Mandela and 10 other members of the ANC were sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on four charges of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Mandela spent the next 18 years of his life in a prison on Robben Island, confined to a damp, 56-square foot concrete cell when he wasn’t forced to smash rocks into gravel or work in a lime quarry. For his first few years in prison, he was banned from reading any newspapers, and was allowed only one visitor and one letter every six months.
In 1982, after nearly two decades in Robben, Mandela and other ANC prisoners were transferred to the maximum security Pollsmoor Prison, where, striking up a friendship with the commanding officer, he was allowed a roof garden and and increased rate of correspondence: one letter a week. He underwent prostate surgery and contracted tuberculosis, while staying politically active as South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement battled President P.W. Botha. In 1985, offered a chance at early release, on the condition that he renounce armed struggle, Mandela declined.
At the end of the decade, in a new prison in the southwest where he was given a warder’s house and private cook, Mandela earned the law degree he had spent part of three decades studying for. Botha suffered a stroke, and was replaced by F. W. De Klerk, who, realizing that the apartheid system was unsustainable, freed all ANC prisoners except Mandela in 1989, and Mandela himself in February 1990.
Upon his release, Mandela traveled throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, meeting world leaders and giving addresses. The next year, he returned to South Africa, was elected president of the ANC, and entered into a cease fire with the ruling government.
Despite increasing personal strain involving his deteriorating marriage with Winnie, who was put on trial for kidnapping and and assault, and violence between ANC supporters and other political parties—much of it, he suspected, promoted by the state—Mandela pushed through negotiations for free and democratic elections with De Klerk. After three years of talks, spurred on by the Bisho massacre, the pair agreed to a new, interim constitution and free democratic elections.
Despite the best efforts of violent ethnic separatists, and over the fears of South Africa’s white media, the elections were held in April 1994. With 62 percent of the vote, the ANC—banned from the previous election—now controlled parliament and nearly enough votes to change the constitution.
Mandela remained in office for five years, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to push for national reconciliation without alienating the wealthy white elite, increasing spending on aid and development programs in an attempt to bring parity to black and white communities. After his retirement in 1999—Mandela, aged 81, had never planned to run for a second term—he focused on charity and aid work, in particular HIV/AIDS activism.
Mandela had divorced Winnie in 1995, and in 1998 married Mozambican politican Graça Machel. He fathered six children, and is survived by his wife, Graca, and two of his children.
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- Alt-J: What is your favorite aesthetic sound?
- Anamanaguchi: What is your favorite video game franchise?
- Animal Collective: Do you have any pets?
- Arcade Fire: What keeps you up at night?
- Arctic Monkeys: What do you dislike about where you live?
- Atlas Genius: What can you see from your window?
- Bad Veins: What instruments do you play?
- Bastille: What is your favorite event from history?
- Beach House: If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would it be?
- Bon Iver: What's something you've lost?
- Broken Bells: Tell the story of someone you never expected to become friends with.
- Broken Social Scene: What are you looking forward to?
- Cut Copy: What are you thinking about?
- Daft Punk: What's been your favorite Halloween costume/cosplay?
- Daughter: What's something you miss?
- Death Cab for Cutie: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
- Dirty Projectors: Name something unusual about yourself.
- Explosions in the Sky: What's your favorite holiday?
- Franz Ferdinand: What song always makes you want to dance?
- Fun.: What helps you calm down?
- The Go! Team: What hypes you up?
- Gorillaz: Who's your favorite musician?
- Grouplove: What's your relationship with your friends?
- Infinity Shred: What are some of the shared interests that made you friends with the people you're friends with?
- LCD Soundsystem: What do you want to do when you're older?
- Little Daylight: What's something you can't get enough of?
- Local Natives: What inspires you?
- Lorde: What are you proud of?
- M83: What do you do on an average weekend?
- Madeon: Are you a good dancer?
- Magic Man: What's your favorite city?
- The Main Drag: What's your favorite book?
- Morning Parade: Have you ever gone camping?
- The Mowgli's: What makes you smile?
- The Neighbourhood: What's your biggest insecurity?
- Oberhofer: What is your favorite element on the periodic table?
- OK Go: Do you exercise?
- Pacific Air: Where did you grow up?
- Phantogram: What's your favorite food?
- Phoenix: How old are you?
- Plumtree: What were your hobbies as a child?
- Ra Ra Riot: What are your talents?
- Reptar: What did you dream about last night?
- Rhye: Have you ever been in love?
- San Cisco: Are you a jealous person?
- St. Lucia: What are some your favorite clothes that you own?
- Starfucker: What is your ethnic background?
- The Strokes: What was the last big decision you made?
- Talking Heads: What is a happy life to you?
- The Temper Trap: How do you feel right now?
- Two Door Cinema Club: Think about the last person you texted. How did you meet them?
- Vampire Weekend: What are you wearing right now?
- Walk the Moon: Where do you live?
- Young the Giant: What bad habits do you have?