History of the FIFA World Cup


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Over the course of 84 years, the World Cup has made sports history with its suspenseful matches, unforgettable wins, rough losses, and various controversies. Some of the highlights include India playing a match without shoes, the Jules Rimet trophy being stolen in London, and West Germany upsetting undefeated Hungary.

View more historical World Cup moments in the complete timeline here.



CDC Report: America’s 10 Cities Dealing with a Drinking Problem

Men’s Health Magazine used findings from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to compile a list of ten cities in the U.S. dealing with drinking problems. The list takes factors like liver disease and damage, binge drinking, deaths in DUI-related crashes, DUI arrests, and stringent DUI laws into account.

Fresno, California was near the top in every measure of dangerous drinking, including the body count caused by booze-fueled car crashes, the number of arrests made for driving under the influence, the number of people who admit to binge drinking in the last month, and the severity of DUI penalties. For the full list, see here.

Notre Dame Selects 2017 Commencement Speaker

On March 2, the University of Notre Dame announced that former Governor of Indiana and current Vice President Mike Pence will be this year’s commencement speaker. Many students are taking to social media and creating petitions to express their frustration with the University’s choice of Pence.

While it is University tradition for the President of the U.S. to speak at commencement, the chaotic political climate of the Trump administration led Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of the University, to ultimately choose Pence over Trump. This Storify highlights some of the community’s backlash against Pence.

(Photo by South Bend Tribune)

13 Breathtaking Midwestern Hikes

One of my favorite things to do in the warmer months of the year is hike, but I often have a hard time finding places that are mountainous enough for a hike in my home region, the Midwest. Although the Midwest is known for its flat, rolling land, it is also home to craggy bluffs and hilly nature paths. There are many hidden spots throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio that are worth adding to your travel bucket list.

If you find yourself wanting to see some wildlife and beautiful scenery on a sunny day, take a look at this map of gorgeous trails and parks. From sandy dunes to rocky cliffs and waterfalls, the Midwest has more hiking to offer than you may think.

Google Trends: Politics and Pop Culture

There has not been a shortage of news in the recent months, especially with the new Trump administration in place. When President Trump announced his travel ban at the end of January, the Google search terms “travel ban” exploded. As time went on and people began to take interest in other happenings, though, the popularity of the search terms trailed off.

For example, the 59th Grammy Awards are taking place tonight, February 12. I thought it would be interesting to see how many people are Googling “Grammy Awards” as opposed to “travel ban,” especially because the Grammys are so popular. It turns out that as of now, the Grammys are receiving more Google traffic than the travel ban is.

I was not only interested in the general trend of both searches, but also which regions the searches were coming from. I was fascinated by these maps—many countries (for example, South America, Russia, and portions of Northern and Eastern Europe) searching for the Grammys are not searching for Trump’s travel ban. Furthermore, the very countries involved in Trump’s travel ban are searching for Grammy-related news. This shows the importance of popular culture in the 21st century, even in the midst of chaos and serious political tension.Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 5.22.52 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-02-12 at 5.23.17 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-02-12 at 5.23.09 PM.png

This sparked my interest in regional Google searches on topics related to Trump’s travel ban and immigration policies. I tracked “travel ban,” “deportation,” and “illegal immigration” in the U.S. over the past year. They were all relatively stagnant over the course of 2016 until November, when they spiked due to events of the presidential election.

As of now, February 2017, these topics are being searched for a lot more frequently. Travel ban-related searches skyrocketed at the end of January, and deportation and illegal immigration-related searches are also higher than they previously have been. The U.S. searches are mainly about illegal immigration, as shown on the map below. As Trump continues to try and restrict immigration in the coming months, it will be interesting to monitor these search topics.

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