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Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

What they don't teach you in school: Life can suck

You know what I'm talking about. Jobs that are black holes; low pay; no benefits; never ending bills; unexpected expenses; debt; turmoil in your personal life... Geeezzz I thought school was terrible, but it has nothing on the reality facing you once you graduate. Bills, unexpected expenses, 90% of your life devoured by work, and oh yeah, if you're going to college, you might as well kiss your savings good bye, because collages are outrageously over-priced and those student loans you have to get are bloodthirsty vampires.

Plaza Voices: Refugees of Shangri-la

Bhutanese refugees in the Beldangi camp, Nepal

In April 2014, Smithsonian Magazine featured an article about a group of people you might not know much about: refugees from Bhutan.

Steve Jobs patented a staircase?

Steve Jobs Staircase Patent

Steve Jobs means Apple Computers basically. Think AppleII, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone.

I Have Health Insurance... Now What?

Image of insurance card - Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield

Have you received your new health insurance card in the mail? Maybe a packet of additional information that leaves you with some questions? In Colorado, almost 135,000 of us enrolled in new health insurance through Connect For Health Colorado!

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - what is he singing about?

We didn't start the fire

Things seem to come in waves.  I read something the other day about Billy Joel flubbing the lyrics to his very own "We Didn't Start the Fire" and then slamming it for being the worst thing he's ever written.  It's definitely one of those tunes you can't get out of your head but who could possibly memorize all of it!  

Then I heard it on the radio or somewhere like that... who knows, could have been Spotify, a car driving by, Pandora, elevator music.  

Plaza Voices: And third place goes to...

German instruction materials available from DPL

Ben Blatt, a staff writer at Slate, has spent the last little while creating “viral maps” and writing articles about them online. Now, you may have never heard the term “viral map,” but if you spend any time on social media sites, you must have seen at least one of these fascinating and entertaining maps. 

Why We Love Bicycles

Although most of us wouldn't ride in a boxcar to the basement of the Alamo to recover a bike, many bicyclists can sympathize with Pee Wee Herman's anguish when his beloved red beach cruiser is stolen in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. There are lots of reasons we appreciate our bikes - they allow us to view our city in ways that our cars can't, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide exercise as well as leisurely and energizing transportation to work.

GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Quiz

Soccer Goal

This summer, the United States will join the rest of world to celebrate humanity's most popular sporting event, FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12 and culminates on Sunday, July 13. Held every four years (like the Olympics), World Cup 2014 is hosted in Brazil with matches played in a dozen venues.

If you've never heard a soccer commentator yelling "Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!" check out this example on YouTube.

Test your knowledge!

Test Your Knowledge

Get ready to test your knowledge!  To help with your research, you can try searching the Student Resources In Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library databases (available with a Denver Public Library card).  

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