Brazil 1 Germany 7 - the game that made Twitter explode

Luiz Felipe Scolari gesticulates during Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany during their World Cup semi-final.
Luiz Felipe Scolari gesticulates during Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany during their World Cup semi-final.

Brazil might have been severely burnt during their 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany in their World Cup semi-final.

But the historic match was the perfect fuel to fire Twitter to a few new records.

The match officially became the most discussed sports game on the social media website, which recorded a staggering 35.6 million tweets for the duration of match.

The previous record was set by this year's Super Bowl in February with 24.9m tweets.

Germany's fifth goal scored by Sami Khedira also broke a Twitter record by generating 580,166 tweets per minute (TPM), wiping out Miley Cyrus' infamous MTV VMAs performance which hit 360,000 TPM.

New World Cup all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose, who scored his 16th goal against Brazil to take the title from former Selecao striker Ronaldo, was the most mentioned player during the match.

Source: Twitter

#mybrazilmoment rubs in Brazil's humiliation

BBC Sport's Twitter feed started a new hashtag, #mybrazilmoment, after Brazil were humbled 7-1 by Germany in their World Cup semi-final.
BBC Sport's Twitter feed started a new hashtag, #mybrazilmoment, after Brazil were humbled 7-1 by Germany in their World Cup semi-final.

Talk about kicking someone when they're down and rubbing salt in their wounds.

In the wake of Brazil 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany, the BBC came up with the #mybrazilmoment hashtag.

The British broadcaster defined a Brazil moment as something "so humiliating that you want to bury (your) head in the sand" and asked its Twitter followers to share their own experiences with the hashtag.

the post on the BBC Sports Twitter feed was accompanied by a photograph of Brazil defender David Luiz prostrating himself and hiding his face.

Naturally, the responses were vast, varied and, whether genuine or not, funny (mostly).

After reading all those Brazil moments, what are yours?

Share, if you want to, in the comments!

Source: BBC, Twitter

 

 

Airline scraps 'sexist' supermodel in-flight video

This Air New Zealand in-flight safety video was dropped after a petition accused it of being "sexist" and "culturally insensitive", but a spokesman for the airline denied the move was due to public pressure.
This Air New Zealand in-flight safety video was dropped after a petition accused it of being "sexist" and "culturally insensitive", but a spokesman for the airline denied the move was due to public pressure.

Air New Zealand's sexy in-flight video that raised some 11,000 netizens' eyebrows has been dropped from its flights.

"A safety video is to alert passengers on what to do in an emergency; it should not be an excuse to objectify the sexualised female body," said the petition on change.org

The change.org petition, led by Melbourne woman Natasha Young, declared victory on Sunday with 11,049 signatures. 

But a spokesman for the airline denied that it was bowing to the online backlash, saying it typically changed safety videos every few months, reported ABC News. 

"Safety in Paradise" features bikini-clad models on a Cook Island beach dishing out safety instructions on flights, in celebration of Sports Illustrated's 50 anniversary.

One model flicks her hair suggestively after wearing a life vest while another was ogled by Maori men while tanning on the beach.

The four-minute YouTube video has been viewed over six million times since it was uploaded in February. 

"This video is culturally insensitive; it disregards those who are conservative by nature and are uncomfortable with its imagery and disregards passengers who have been exposed to sexual assault," said the petition.

It added that the video forces itself upon the passengers because they have no option to turn it off. 

Other users, mostly men, saw nothing wrong with the video. 

Sources: ABC News

Has Miley Cyrus been secretly dating her producer?

Miley Cyrus and music producer Mike Will Made-It have reportedly been seeing each other in secret for the past nine months.

It's out! Miley Cyrus has been dating her music producer Mike Will Made-It, say US sources.

But this isn't a new pairing at all. The two have secretly been an item for the past nine months, Us Weekly reported.

"Everybody in her circle knows they've been together this whole time," a source close to the US singer revealed to the magazine.

Mike Will Made-It, whose real name is Michael Lens Williams, worked with the Wrecking Ball singer as the executive producer on her 2013 album, Bangerz, reported contactmusic.com.

Cyrus, 21, first started seeing the 25-year-old producer not long after her split from her fiance Liam Hemsworth in September last year.

This relationship doesn't seem like it's one of those short-term flings either. The producer has apparently made his way into the good books of ​Miley's mum Tish Cyrus.

"Tish says he's part of the family," another source told the weekly magazine.

Let's see how long this one will last. 

Sources: Us Weekly and Contactmusic.com

7 cool re-uses for Coke bottles

Coca-Cola has launched a new part of their sustainability programme. The project, 2ndLives, aims to give empty Coca-Cola bottles a life after drinkers consume the fizzy drink by providing a tool kit of lids which transforms the bottles into useful objects.

We've all heard the 3Rs drummed into us at school with teachers continuously encouraging us to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

But Coca-Cola has come up with a simple creative "tool kit" as part of their 2ndLives project, a movement that aims to give their used bottles a second "life".

Created with the help of Ogilvy and Mather, the innovative set includes 16 different caps that can be screwed onto their empty bottles turning them into fun and useful objects for people of all ages.  

Coke will give away 40,000 of these modified caps in Vietnam to encourage recycling.

Here are 7 of the different things you can do with a simple Coke bottle: 

1. The most creative innovation has to be this. Fill the bottle up with paint and off you go little Picasso​. 

2. We all know how easily those little sharpeners go missing in school. Why don't you share a big sharpening bottle with your classmates? That way, everyone doesn't need to worry. 

3. Soap, shampoo or conditioner for overseas travel, perhaps? Tighten the usual Coca-Cola lid for the plane ride and simply replace it with a soap dispensing lid head once you get to your destination. 

4. We all know how big and heavy detergent bottles can be. But a Coca-Cola bottle will lift that weight for you if you turn your empty bottle into a detergent dispenser. 

5. Tomato sauce, chilli sauce or even BBQ sauce, just take your pick. This might be just what you need to bring some of your favourite sauces to make lunch just a little tastier.

6. Salt and pepper, maybe? Who needs expensive kitchenware if a Coca-Cola bottle would achieve the same goal for you.  

7. Last but certainly not least, how about some water gun fun? The kids will definitely enjoy this one. 

Source: Coca Cola, YouTube

Can Holland replicate Bergkamp magic from '98 and knock out Argentina?

Holland's Dennis Bergkamp controls the ball before firing in the winning goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals.
Holland's Dennis Bergkamp controls the ball before firing in the winning goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals.

If Holland need any inspiration to see them past Argentina in their World Cup semi-final, all they will need to do is look in the past.

The Oranje met the Albiceleste in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals in France.

With a minute of regulation time to go, the scores were locked at 1-1 as extra time hovered over the game like a spectre.

Up stepped one Dennis Bergkamp.

Displaying his fabled technique by perfectly controlling a long diagonal ball from Frank de Boer, the Arsenal legend evaded Roberto Ayala with a cut-back before flicking the ball into the net with the outside of his right foot.

The goal was so spectacular that Dutch commentator Jack van Gelder was lost for words as he yelled Bergkamp's name again and again and again before he was reduced to tears.

So if Louis van Gaal's Holland and Alejandro's Sabella are locked at 1-1 with extra time looking all but certain, just remember 1998.

Source: YouTube

Man sentenced to death for murder of French tourist on Tioman island

French tourist Stephanie Foray went missing on Pulau Tioman in May 2011. Her body was found three months later buried in a cave on the island.

Trader Asni Omar was sentenced to death on Wednesday (July 9) after a court found him guilty of murdering a French tourist on popular resort island Tioman.  

Ms Stephanie Foray, 30, arrived in Malaysia in May 2011 after quitting her job and spending several months in India and Sri Lanka.

The former French civil service employee took a ferry to Tioman five days later and disappeared shortly afterwards.

Her partially mummified remains were found some three months later buried in a cave on the island.

Asni was accused of killing Ms Foray at an unnumbered house in Kampung Tekek between 8pm on May 10 and noon on May 12 after she spurned his advances. 

On Wednesday, a high court in Pahang’s capital Kuantan found the 39-year-old man guilty of the deed.

After the death sentence was handed down, Ms Foray’s mother, Irene Mortel, got up, looked at Asni and wept.

“I was hoping for nothing else. That’s all... I know it can’t change anything,” she said of the verdict as she left the court, together with ​Ms Foray’s father, Joe​l.

The pair had travelled to Malaysia to hear the verdict.

Madam Irene Mortel, the mother of murdered French tourist Stephanie Foray, wept after hearing the verdict. 

Mr Joel Foray, father of Stephanie Foray, standing outside the courtroom.

High Court judge Justice Mariana Yahya said the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt, adding that Asni had “weakened his own defence” by merely presenting a “well arranged story” to deny his guilt. 

Asni, who was sitting in dock, was hugged by crying family members before being led out of the court by police. Asni’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the sentence.

Meanwhile, Malaysian police confirmed that they are investigating the death of an Estonian freelance model as murder after her body was found on Rawa island,​ another popular Singapore holiday destination, 

Estonian model Regina Soosalu was initially said to have drowned but police said suspicious wounds were found on her body.

Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said Regina Soosalu's death on the island off Mersing, on July 1 was initially investigated as a drowning but was changed to murder after suspicious wounds were found on her body.

"We have also detained six persons to assist with investigations, " he said on Wednesday. Investigations are ongoing.

Sources: The Star, AFP

WORLD CUP POLL: Who will join Germany in the final?

Germany are in the World Cup final after their 7-1 humiliation of hosts Brazil and the world is waiting with bated breath to see who their opponents will be.

Will Louis van Gaal be able to come up with another tactical masterstroke to see Holland past Argentina? Or will Lionel Messi's magic inspire the Albiceleste to send the Oranje packing?

Tell us what you think!

 

 

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Man tried gorging bear's eyes to stop attack

A man tried to gorge an attacking polar bear's eyes in an attempt to stop it.
A man tried to gorge an attacking polar bear's eyes in an attempt to stop it.

After his rifle failed him, the expedition leader tried to stop the rampaging bear by gorging its eyes out with his fingers. 

On Tuesday, Briton Michael Reid, 31, told an inquest into the death of his team member Horatio Chapple how he tried to save him by wrestling with the polar bear that night. 

"I remember the bear biting my head and I thought the weakest part is the eyes so I tried to take out the eyes with my fingers, but was unsuccessful," he said. 

Three years ago, 17-year-old Chapple was killed on a Norway expedition as the polar bear slashed its way into his tent and dragged him out, reported The Guardian.

Mr Reid was seriously injured in the attack but managed to fight off the wild animal.

He later shot and killed it with the rifle

Failed measures

The inquest heard that failed security measures had led to the polar bear being able to gain access to the campsite.​

According to The Mirror, a report on the accident said a tripwire system that should have set off a mine as the bear approached was wrongly positioned and patched up with paper clips

Three mines instead of four were deployed around the site. 

Chapple's parents also believed that all expedition members would be equipped with pen flares to scare off bears, but it turned out only the team leaders had them.

Sources: The Guardian, The Mirror

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