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The World in a World Cup

Posted On: Jul 5, 2018   |   Posted By: The New Republic

I would never have watched the World Cup if it weren't for my partner, a British national who grew up on Gary Lineker, the striker who towered over the English game in the 1980s and early 1990s. I find televised sports-all organized sports-boring. But after celebrating my birthday last weekend, my boyfriend voiced a tentative wish to watch France play Argentina, and I wanted to be with him. So we found ourselves in our pajamas in front of the TV at midnight, watching toy-sized men kick a tick-sized ball around. The game had already aired that afternoon, and we'd both accidentally learned the final score. So there wasn't even any suspense. For a few minutes, I thought: What could actually be a bigger waste of time than this? But soon I realized the game was a substrate-a medium. At the science high school I attended, we did countless experiments with petri dishes. First, before we added the elements of the experiment, we'd fill the dish with agar, a clear, rubbery substance derived from seaweed. The agar was...

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