By now it should be obvious that we love emojis. As we wait anxiously for the emoji update that promises hundreds of new emojiis, let’s make sure we’re taking advantage of the emojiis currently at our disposal. But first we have one question: 1. Flag This emoji seemed particularly necessary recently with the World Cup and summer traveling. Since communication apparently doesn’t slow down no matter what continent you’re on, these emojis can be used as a constant reminder that as you suffer through your unpaid internship or commuting from suburbia, your friends are having fun on vespas in Italy or bar hopping in Germany. Basically they are Lizzie McGuire in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and you are Gordo. 2. Flag + Soccer Ball A fun little twist on the Flag (see #1). For all you World Cup watchers, combine a flag with a soccer ball and you can pretend that you know something about soccer (football?) despite having no idea who Cristiano Ronaldo was three weeks ago (myself included). 3. The little chick with her hand up This is your basic bitch. It is probably the most fun emoji to send and the most annoying to receive. It’s like this little tiny lady is telling you that she is better than you. She holds more power in her left hand than you do in your whole body. 4. The single tear drop This emoji is used when your friend has told you bad news and you want to express sympathy. Warning: this is only for when your friend has missed the bus or she has to spend the night in Lau. It would be an extremely inappropriate response to actual bad news. If your friend tells you horrible news, pick up the phone and call her instead of sending a little crying man. 5. Serious face + Gun This combination is the best of way of saying “I hate everything and everyone, you may kill me now.” 6. Food I always wonder about the taste of whoever created the food emojis because while it seems like there are many options to choose from, there are only a few that represent foods I eat often. I personally don’t ever crave flan enough to text about it, but to each their own.
As I’m sure many of you are aware, the World Cup begins today! If you love soccer (or football, as the rest of the world calls it), then great! If you don’t, I suggest avoiding all sports bars and large TV screens in general for the next few weeks. However, if you want to watch the World Cup, but honestly don’t really know much about the event, the teams playing in it or where it’s even taking place, then have no fear, 4E is here to help! (As usual.)
Here are the 10 things 4E thinks you should know about the World Cup:
- When does it start? Where is it? The World Cup officially begins Thursday, June 12th at 4:00 pm EST, with the opening game being Brazil versus Croatia. Brazil is the host for this World Cup. Bonus fact: The World Cup’s mascot for this year is named Fuleco, and he is adorable.
- Who is playing? There are 32 countries competing including the hosts, Brazil. From South America: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay. From North/Central America and Caribbean: United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico. From Asia: Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea. From Africa: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria. From Europe: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and France.
- Who won the last World Cup? Spain.
- What’s with Bosnia-Herzegovina? This is the first time the Bosnia-Herzegovina team will be competing in a World Cup Tournament.
- How do the games work? There are 32 countries playing in a total of 64 matches: 48 group stage games and 15 further stage games. There are 8 groups, A – H, each with 4 teams competing within them.
- Okay, but how does
soccer footballthe game actually work? In general, a match consist of two teams trying to score by placing a ball past the goal line. If the match ends in a tie, extra time is added. If the tie remains after that, the teams go against each other in a penalty shoot-out of five kicks each. Finally, yellow or red cards signal penalties against players. Yellow cards serve as a caution, and red cards kick the player out of the game.
- What’s happening in Brazil? As informative and worldly Hoyas, we also need to keep up with current events. First, while constructing a section of the roof of a stadium, a crane fell and killed two workers in Sao Paolo. While part of that stadium was destroyed, many news outlets have reported that several other stadiums are also not finished. What doesn’t help is that this means more money will be spent on financing the World Cup. (Mo’ Money. Mo’ Problems.) Though most citizens are in favor of the World Cup, many people are upset about all the money being spent. Protests from civilians have begun and are expected to continue.
- Any big team rivalries? A classic rivalry is between Brazil and Argentina, who if they end up playing against each other would do so in the later final rounds. Think Red Sox versus Yankees-esque. Also, one player, Diego Costa, chose to play in his adopted nation’s team, Spain, over Brazil, where he was born. Awkward.
- So, who should I root for? At the end of the day, no one really knows who will win. But, big contenders include Brazil (who has both the home field advantage and one of the best players, Neymar), Germany, Spain, Argentina, and possibly others like England or Belgium.
- WHERE IS SHAKIRA? No fear, Shakira is back again for this World Cup with her new anthem for the games, La La La. Bonus: She’s also there cheering on her boyfriend, Gerard Pique, who plays for Spain.
So, if you didn’t know, now you know. Enjoy the World Cup, Hoyas!
Photos: http://autoinsidermalaysia.blogspot.com/2014/04/press-release-naza-kia-kick-off-with.html, Tumblr, telegraph.co.uk