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Brazil's World Cup loss was most statistically painful ever

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Even if you picked Germany to beat Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal match, there's no way you saw this coming. (Via Getty Images)

"It's Brazil's worst loss ever and the most goals ever allowed by a host nation." (Via MSNBC)

"I'm trying to think of a parallel in sports, doing this to Brazil, and I can't think of another one." (Via ESPN)

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It was a match that made the words "national embarrassment" an understatement. And if you were on Twitter, you've probably already seen your share of photos of sad Brazilians. But they had every right to be sad — and shocked.

After all, Brazil was the favorite to win the match and even the whole World Cup on prediction sites like FiveThirtyEight, which put Brazil's chances for a win Tuesday at 65 percent. Oh, and the odds of Germany going up even five goals on Brazil were a whopping 1 in 1,250.

As far as FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver could tell, the 7-1 finish was the single most unexpected World Cup score in history. (Via Twitter / @NateSilver538)

But stats aside, what truly made Brazil's loss painful — and historic — was that it happened in Brazil. 

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Before Tuesday, the country's national team had not lost a competitive non-friendly match on home turf since 1975. That's a 39-year streak spanning 68 games. (Via USA Today)

And although comparing sporting sorrow is purely subjective, Tuesday's loss seems even more devastating than Brazil's infamous loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final, also hosted by Brazil. That defeat came 2-1, not 7-1. (Via The Guardian)

Tim Howard's performance has the Internet going crazy

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Dad allows son to kick a soccer ball at his head daily during World Cup

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In true World Cup spirit, Denis Todd allowed son Shane to kick a football once a day, everyday, until he could land the football on Denis’ head.

Watch Shane record his attempts, even using his younger brother for a bit of target practice, before finally scoring the head-shot on day nine.

"During the football World Cup my dad let me try and hit him on the head with a football in the garden, I don't really know why," Shane told the Belfast Telegraph.

The Todds live in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Shane, 25, is a stand-up comedian, while Denis is a former motorcycle racer who once broke more than 30 bones in an accident.

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Waffle House believes in U.S. team -- not 'Belgium Waffles'

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Waffle House doesn't serve Belgian waffles and certainly won't start now.

The Georgia-based restaurant chain took to its Twitter account Monday to proclaim, "We don't believe in Belgium waffles." Or Belgian waffles, as a follower quickly corrected. But the sentiment, a riff on American fans' "I believe that we will win" chant," was popular a day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup.

Restaurant spokeswoman Meghan Irwin says it's all in good fun. Earlier, when a follower asked for the restaurant's opinion on Belgian waffles, it tweeted: "We dominate them."

Waffle House serves American-style waffles. Belgian waffles are bigger with a lighter batter.

In Belgium, waffles have been a part of the diet for centuries. But so-called Belgian waffles aren't really served in that country. There are Brussels waffles and Liege waffles.

Video: Dog loves to watch World Cup action

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If Georges can’t turn you into a soccer fan, then nothing can. While there has been a lot of buzz about the growing number of Americans passionate about the world’s favorite sport, one important group has been overlooked during the World Cup. Dogs. Let’s face it, if any sport was designed to interest canines, it would be soccer. A ball rolling around a field for 90 minutes? Dogs the world over are drooling and panting for more. Georges is one such dog. As the YouTube video demonstrates, he gets very excited every time the ball is shown on the screen and when it is being kicked around the field. He shows little interest when there is a close-up of a player—unless said player has a ball in his hand.

His owner says that Georges will watch soccer for hours, but doesn’t care which teams wins or loses. Just keep that ball moving.

Suarez claims Chiellini bite was an accident

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Uruguay's leading striker Luis Suarez should probably consider hiring new legal counsel. His "it was an accident" defense got him nowhere with FIFA officials.

Suarez has been suspended for nine matches and four months of any soccer related activity after he reportedly bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a match. That includes even attending his team's remaining World Cup matches. (Via Fox News Latino)

Suarez tried to claim he merely tripped into Chiellini but FIFA officials aren't buying it. The Guardian quotes his statement to FIFA: "After the impact, I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face face against the player, leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth." 

And I suppose his dog ate his homework too.

However, strangely enough, Chiellini called Suarez's punishment too harsh in his blog on Sportslobster: "I believe the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his teammates during the games because such a ban is really alientating for the player."

Suarez has been punished for his "Jaws" impression at least twice before this incident. (Via Flickr / Global Panorama)

Most recently in 2013, he was suspended from 10 Premier League games for taking a chomp at an opposing player. (Via BBC)

His bite in the game against Italy will also cost him considerable playing time in the Premier League as a player for Liverpool. The Daily Mail points out that Suarez will have to sit out for up to 13 games and will not even be allowed to train with the team.

There were talks of Liverpool selling Suarez to another team prior to this incident but Bleacher Reportspeculates that this ban means Liverpool has almost no hope of getting their money's worth out their star player.

Uruguay already has an appeal underway but it didn't save the team from a loss against Colombia Saturday.

Robert De Niro crashes World Cup party In Brooklyn

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According to reports, Oscar-winning actor, Robert DeNiro, who was in the legendary movie "The Godfather" and starred in the film "Meet the Fockers", crashed a FIFA World Cup Party Thursday.

He really wanted to watch the U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game yesterday, but, unfortunately, he was filming his upcoming movie "The Intern" in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood.

According to Business Insider, Warner Bros. sent an email to a nearby apartment building.

"Our lead actor, Robert DeNiro, would very much like to watch the World Cup game, today at 12p," the email said. The request was to put a satellite dish on the building's roof and run a cable from it down to the street, so he wouldn't miss the game.

But before that could happen, De Niro found an easier way to watch. One of the residents in the building told Business Insider, "Apparently he found a house of people watching it and joined them."

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