In the midst of the 2014 World Cup, heroes were made. Applause reverberated around the stadium in Fortaleza for James Rodriguez following Colombia’s quarter-final defeat to Brazil, and USA’s Tim Howard found himself trending around the globe following his record-breaking performance against Belgium in the round of 16, as reported by the Daily Mail. But who are the unsung heroes of this year’s World Cup and what impact did they have? Who are the teams, players and moments that match reports won’t remember but fans will? Giving them each their moment in the spotlight—and deservedly so—here are the unsung heroes of the tournament. May this article serve to cement their rightful place in football history. Give the best to break the record performance always.
The father of Lionel Messi has dismissed interest from PSG in the Barcelona star.
Messi has never shown any inclination of wanting to leave Barca and his father insists that he is not looking to leave the Catalan giants.
“I have heard about those rumours and I don’t know where it came from,” Jorge Messi told L’Equipe when asked about PSG’s reported interested.
“There is nothing so far. Lionel is a Barcelona player, where he is under contract for several years [until 2018].
“It is an honour to know PSG could think about him. But I repeat it is not a subject we want to think about now.
“The only reality is his contract with Barca. I don’t know what we are talking about when people talk about a transfer here or there. We don’t want to think about anything, neither Paris nor any other team.”
I was left — nay, abandoned by my girlfriend last week. Not, like, permanently, but for four days while she was off on a business trip. Those days were not easy. I’m not saying I want her to put her career on hold for me; far from it. It’s more that when she’s not around, I am incapable of deciding what to do with all the free time I have at my disposal. I’m a “hot mess,” as the kids say these days. What am I supposed to eat? When am I supposed to eat? Which hole does my food go in? Which of these metal things do I use to pick up my food? What’s a plate? Does Taco Bell deliver?
All of these questions are impossible for me to answer! I need my lady here to nursemaid me through life. How does one function when the responsible adult…
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Created to demonstrate its potential use in future production vehicles, this Nissan LEAF’s exterior was treated with a specially engineered superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint that is designed to repel water and oils.
The “self-cleaning” paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface. Nissan is one of the first carmakers to apply this technology to a vehicle.
The coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc., has been undergoing testing by engineers at Nissan Technical Center Europe. So far it has responded well to common-use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.
While there are currently…
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I’m a fan of the satirical and cynical definitions of Ambrose Bierce, first written as a daily newspaper column and later collected in The Devil’s Dictionary. (It was originally called the Cynic’s Word Book, but so many politicians of the day called Bierce a Devil that he felt the new title more appropriate.)
Unfortunately, very few of Mr. Bierce’s definitions apply to photography. Seeing a need that should be filled, I immediately began working on a Devil’s Dictionary of Photographic terms. Hopefully, some of you will join in and help to expand this desperately needed work.
The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary
Aberration – Something that is wrong with the lens by design, as opposed to something wrong with the lens by…
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