The World Cup Draw Survival Guide
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we’ve waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team’s fate next summer - we thought it a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure. We can’t make any promises, but if you follow these tips, we’re sure you’ll make it through at least the first hour of coverage. After that, it’s on you.
- Expect to insult the unexpected (i.e. “Bosnia’s main export is leather? Haha, what are you, ….a…a…cow?”)
- Expect a major period of emotional turmoil. Keep kleenex, a snuggie and your illicit Football Manager addiction nearby; use them generously: this draw is going to last 3 hours.
- Prepare your pop culture references to maintain your sanity. Remember who the real enemy is.
- If your nation is placed in a group of death, there will probably be good cultural cuisine involved. Be ready to eat your emotions.
I remember I was in an airport one time, and my abuela had called to wish me un buen viaje, and this white lady was standing behind me in line. I could see she was making faces at my speaking of Spanish before she says, “Sheesh, what happened to English in this country?” So, I turn around and say, “Oh, you mean the language I’ve clearly mastered and am now speaking to you in?” She turned red in the face like a tomato, and I called her a gringa aburrida.
I’ve been asked “do you speak English?” before a number of times.
I usually respond with “only when I feel like it.”
The response is always the same: “Oh” followed by a few seconds of the person deciding if they’re now too embarrassed to continue with whatever they were gonna etc.
December 5, 1933: Prohibition Ends
On this day in 1933, prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which achieved the mandatory three-fourths majority of states’ approval with support from Utah, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Subsequently, the 18th Amendment was repealed after it was passed during the prohibition and temperance movements in the early 19th century. This activism initially stemmed from the concern about the effects of alcohol abuse.
Check out a video collection from Ken Burns’s Prohibition film to discover the rise and fall of the prohibition era.
Photo: Agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid ca. 1921 (Library of Congress).
A toast to the anniversary of Prohibition’s end! After work hours, of course.
Leobardo Sarabia is an art promoter in Tijuana and director of the annual art festival Tijuana Interzona. Here he is shown on the roof of La Casa Del Tunel (house of the tunnel), an art center in a house that once featured a tunnel between its basement and a parking lot several hundred feet away on the American side. The art center is a few feet from the border.
From the photo series Mexican Border Project Documents Those Who Make Art, Not War. Image by Stefan Falke.
Chili con carne, now plain ol’ chili, was a harbinger of things to come for Mexican food. It was a Mexican dish, made by Mexicans for Mexicans, but it was whites who made the dish a national sensation, who pushed it far beyond its ancestral lands, who adapted it to their tastes, who created companies for large-scale production, and who ultimately became its largest consumer to the point that the only thing Mexican about it was the mongrelized Spanish in its name. The Mexicans, meanwhile, shrugged their shoulders and continued cooking and eating their own foods, all the while ostracized by Anglos who nevertheless tore through whatever Mexicans put in front of them.