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So it begins, the world's game has come to Brazil and it's time for the USA to take 23 incredible soccer players and put them to the test.

The festivities start today as Brazil plays Croatia, but the USA will be in action on Monday against Ghana. Be sure to stay tuned to Americana as we cover each of the USA's games and other highlights from around the World Cup.

Be sure to check Espanol as well for even more World Cup action!

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Friends' Bookstore Idea Starts Out Positive, Keeps On Going

Anyone who has ever hatched up a dream business idea with a friend will resonate with this cheery, wholesome, genuinely adorable story about a couple friends starting a bookstore together. 

Friends' bookstore idea starts out all cheery, and then just keeps on going | Leanne Brown @LanLanLanBan couple nights ago couldn't sleep because spent three hours imagining myself owning bookshop also sold baked goods. 20:19 08/08/2016 Twitter iPhone ili View Tweet activity 2 Likes Jasmine @_JAZZ 09/08/2016 v Replying LanLanLanBan Leanne reckon this is viable business option and l'd like us pursue dream together
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Man Baits Mall Thieves With Tricky Christmas Gift

People that steal are the worst. People that steal during the holidays are a whole new level of immoral and selfish. Especially those folks like the ones in this story that have the audacity to steal from "Grandpa" at Christmastime. Fortunately, it's not actually a gift from Grandpa. You might call it a harsh lesson in the value of not stealing someone else's presents. Check out some more revenge drama with this employee who caught their manager stealing, and ended up getting a nice raise as a result.

Guy tricks mall thieves with deceptive holiday gift | r/ProRevenge u/Hypetents Christmas gift Grandpa know guy has done this every year more than decade started some dick broke into cab his truck and stole Christmas gifts he had bought at Mall. If remember correctly, he had make two trips and some jerk saw him go back into store and busted his window long time ago am not positive details original event.
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People born before 1990 know exactly what we're talking about when we discuss the ancient, mystical tradition of finding dirty magazine stashes in the woods. Who put them there? Dads? Other kids? Big... Dirty? Join us this week as Melissa plunges into this particularly strange nostalgia wormhole and proves that, yes, this phenomenon is a REAL THING.


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That was the USA reaction to Landon Donovan's game winning goal in 2010...
Here's some other stuff you may not know:

2014 marks the United States' seventh straight World Cup appearance, something only Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea have done. We have advanced to the knockout rounds three of the last five times, and got to the quarterfinals in 2002.

Our World Cup history includes more than a few star players (from left to right above): Joe Gaetjens (1950), John Harkes (1990, 1994), Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010, 2014), Alexi Lalas (1994), and Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010).

And be sure to check out MLSSoccer.com for more awesome World Cup Facts.

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Tumblr Thread: Anyone Can Be A Formidable Foe

Just cause that kid's playing with a Barbie doesn't mean that they're not an absolute force to be reckoned with, when it comes to a little scrap on the playground. This Tumblr thread shines a welcomed light on the importance of not being a presumptuous fool, who assumes that a kid isn't tough as nails, because of their gender or what toys they choose to play with. 

Check out some more gold from Tumblr with this thread about how Tom Clancy's brain freaked out the US military.

A funny Tumblr post about how kids should be able to play with Barbies and toy trucks | fallen-angel-with--shotgun went Renaissance faire dressed as warrior. Thad real sword with too standing character) next sword-fighting ring, where kids all ages got chance pick up sword and challenge champion. Some woman walks by, with her little girl girl starts walking towards ring, saying she wants fight. But mom pulled her away hella sharply, and like s boys.
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Heroic Women That Deserve More Recognition

Sometimes historians don't do the best job at properly noting, and giving credit to the people that very well could've altered history itself with the decisions they made. This particular AskReddit thread pays homage to the women that often get overlooked in history, but had profound contributions to society. 

AskReddit thread about impactful women that often get overlooked in history | fergi20020 550 points 14 hours ago Anna Connelly invented fire escape 1887 same year, Josephine Cochrane invented dishwasher.
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