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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ten Things of Face and Feet

Costa Rica qualify to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time/AFP
  1. Small Central American nation Costa Rica has reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup for the first time in its history after beating the Greek team on penalties. They next play the Netherlands, whose player has apologised after taking a dive in their win against the Mexicans. Meanwhile. Dutch plane operator KLM has apologised for sending out a tweet from its official account making a joke of Mexico's defeat to the Netherlands at the World Cup. (Read more)
  2. The clean-up operation at Glastonbury - which saw Dolly Parton entertain this year - is beginning with 800 litter-pickers as more than 120,000 festival-goers leave the site. (Read more)
  3. Tea is India's most popular drink - the country consumes 837,000 tonnes of it every year.
  4. In the 1980s Poland was still behind the Iron Curtain, and most shops did not even stock basic foodstuffs.
  5. It's been 25 years since the release of the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing.
  6. California has a season of Highland Games.
  7. Hundreds of people gathered at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow to protest over the corporation's coverage of the referendum. The protestors claimed an "unhealthy bias" existed in BBC reporting in favour of keeping the United Kingdom solvent. Meanwhile, Scottish ministers say the UK's nuclear deterrent - the submarine-based Trident - will be banished from Scotland if it becomes independent. (Read more)
  8. Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge. Plus a petition has started to get Facebook to remove photos of a teenager who is seen posing with rare animals she has killed or tranquillised in African countries including Zimbabwe.
  9. Gaucho song festivals are held in Brazil's southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul to celebrate the culture and traditions of the Brazilian gauchos - the cowboys of the South American pampas.
  10. Wearing an upside-down cross originally means humility and unworthiness before Christ rather than a symbol of Satanism, while the mistletoe was originally a symbol of ritual castration.

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