Alex Benepe is not a wizard, but the 25 year-old is nonetheless the first ever Commissioner of Quidditch and the founder of the International Quidditch Association. The Muggle version of Quidditch is an adaptation of the game played in the Harry Potter novels where players fly around on broom ... More >>
The protagonist in distress. Make it a double.
Saki Kumagai focuses before her winning penalty kick.To me, the U.S. women's soccer team's bid for the World Cup was more inspiring than the 1980 men's Olympic hockey team's victory (you know, the "Miracle on Ice"). I think that what they were doing — giving us all something to cheer about ... More >>
Alas, the U.S. lost in Sunday's Women's World Cup final, ceding the first place spot to Japan, but worldwide there were other competitions -- on different fields -- afoot. As we watched the final moments with bated breath, people were tweeting about them like crazy around the world, surpassin ... More >>
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Paul in happier daysSad, sad news in cephalopods this morning: Paul the psychic octopus who predicted the results of World Cup soccer games with eerie accuracy, has died in his aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.
Not Paul, but adorable nonetheless!By now, surely, you've heard of Paul the Psychic Octopus, who predicted eight out of eight World Cup games correctly? Well, Paul is German, or at least inhabits a German aquarium via the luck of the draw. But when Spain won the World Cup final (as he predict ... More >>
"It's hard work, politicizing your whole life," read the subhed of Matt Labash's article in the rightwing Weekly Standard. At last, we thought when we saw this, they're going to own up to it! We can stop writing this accursed column -- and, freed of their delusions, conservatives can begin to live ... More >>
• Switzerland has refused to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. over a child sex case (regarding a 13-year-old girl) dating from 1977, and he has been freed from house arrest. "The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a ... More >>
The hookers are starving! Everyone believed that the sudden appearance of thousands of testosterone-oozing nationalists in South Africa would be a boon to the sex trade. As it turns out, no one is horny. Or they're just more interested in seeing art galleries and museums. What a classy bunch.
Today, Paul the Octopus, who has accurately predicted every outcome of Germany's World Cup matches, has picked Spain over the Netherlands to win the July 11 final game. This is the first time the eight-legged creature, who lives at Sea Life in Oberhausen, Germany, chose between two non-German ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, FIFA will crown the 2010 World Cup winner. At that very same time, Jelly NYC will be hosting its first Pool Party of 2010. To immerse yourself locally in the World Cup final experience, all you need is a football-friendly liquor-licensed establishment, a large-screen TV, and t ... More >>
via Vuvuzelas for BPLast week, we alerted you to a man with a plan. A bizarre, maybe totally brilliant plan to punish the bigwigs at BP for their negligence leading to the oil spill in the Gulf via a band of voracious vuvuzela players stationed outside of their headquarters in London. We mana ... More >>
The Roots host a World Cup wrap party
Each week in Best and Worst we'll bring you the Internet's finest and most devastating takes on something that is -- or is on its devious way to becoming -- a cultural phenomenon. What viral video shows its most hilarious (or horrible) aspects? Which Photoshopped or actual creation does it ju ... More >>
via Vuvuzelas for BPA Brooklyn man who is no stranger to revenge (just guessing) has a diabolical plan to get BP where it hurts. Right in the oh-my-God-please-make-it-stop-SWARM-OF-BEES! SWARM OF BEES! Buoyed by recent World-Cup-inferred knowledge of the vast powers of the vuvuzela, Adam Qu ... More >>
Yes, the single dumbest musical instrument and temporary obsession of people who are hellbent on annoying you into going all Jack Nicholson in The Shining since dudes were playing the "Star Wars" theme on the nose flute, the Vuvuzela -- that stupid South African horn people can't stop blowing ... More >>
So where does the cause of U.S. soccer stand after Saturday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Ghana? Let's review: "I bet I can name the exact moment that soccer conquered America," wrote Jeff Z. Klein in the Voice after Cybil Shepherd cooed about how cute some of the players were on the Jay Len ... More >>
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Here's my World Cup prediction: every game will be 1-1, 1-0, or 2-1. (There was once a game between, I think it was, Cameroon and New Zealand where the final score was 3-1, but that's only because the Cameroon's team was involved in a bus accident before the game and could only field two play ... More >>
We defy you to unironically enjoy this song. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa kicks off on June 11th. Sports-wise, the tournament promises to be thrilling, with 32 teams from around the world pitting their varied domestic styles and approaches to the game against each other in a bid to deci ... More >>
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