stirringwind:

now that the semifinals are upon us, flashback to some of the best stuff from the group stages of Brazil 2014 :D 

btw all my hetalia!world cup stuff is now tagged fifataliaaa

stirringwind:

haha i finally doodled some latin americans-Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil- thanks to those people who messaged me with info!

yeah football rivalries are intense hehe. Anyway, in case it’s unclear- the European countries are drawing their battle lines based on language- the Germanic and Latin (Romance) family. English, Dutch, German etc are all Germanic languages. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian are languages with Latin roots. Belgium and Switzerland have bigger majorities that speak Germanic languages, but they have sizeable minorities that speak French, Dutch (Belgium) and also Italian (Switzerland).

And well, the Latin Americans as you know mostly speak a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese in addition to their indigenous languages. But they have very much got their own character :D Football wise, Chile sounds like a sinister mastermind because he’s the one who beat defending champions Spain and booked his ticket to the Round of 16. Costa Rica was considered an underdog at first but just defeated Italy (2006 champions), and Brazil is possibly going to face Netherlands in the second round.  

edencomplex:

The kind of guy who’s not very witty on purpose but says some pretty hilarious things anyway without meaning to. 

Based on this tweet.

stirringwind:

inspired by this post by lunargift lol

Algeria initially scored with a penalty and led until the 70th minute, where Belgium came from behind to win 2-1. well I just really wanted to draw supportive!big brother Netherlands and the Iberian bros being dorks :D (Brazil was a former Portuguese colony so Portugal is trying to soak up some cheerfulness by being vicariously proud of his “kid”). let’s hope Spain redeems himself in the upcoming match…

stirringwind:

Germany 4 Portugal 0- it was a huge, huge shocker in the sense that we never expected Germany to thrash Portugal that thoroughly!!!! They’re both good teams so I expected maybe a draw or a 2-1. This???? Whoa- they’re on fire.

I just found it a bit funny because Spain and Portugal are both perceived to be strong teams that, to everyone’s surprise, were practically beaten up in the opening matches :D (“Germanics” because Dutch is a Germanic language). 

march-now-or-draw:

GUESS WHO’S BACK FOR A GREATLY AWAITED FIFA REMATCH THIS YEAR

drawn in Sketches

stirringwind:

yes, all the daily showers, deodorants and antiseptic handwashes ubiquitous to the developed world weren’t always so :D The queen who bathed only twice referred to by Iran and Spain is Spanish Queen Isabel I :P

European civilisations like Rome and Greece were pretty clean- they had lots of public baths and a sophisticated plumbing system to pump water to houses. But from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, there was a mistaken belief that bathing too much was unhealthy and left one susceptible to the various plagues sweeping Europe, such as the bubonic plague (aka Black Death). Alas, they had zero idea of the germ theory. Also, there was some Christian interpretations that bathing too much was kind of worldly. Renaissance Europe did have bath houses, but at that time, they were seen as centres of moral degeneration because prostitution took place there, total nudity while bathing became frowned upon, and women in general were discouraged from visiting them. By contrast, the Asian civilisations were a lot cleaner for various reasons. 

In Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Persia/Iran washing oneself was very integral to Islamic ritual. This would have been the case for Mughal India, which was Islamic too- and anyway, Hinduism also placed emphasis on cleanliness. Japan and China have always had a long history of bath houses, (also hot springs in the case of Japan). In China, it was thought that taking in the waters was good. Turkey’s last comment is a reference to how the idea of Turkish bath houses would eventually become popular in Victorian England :P

stirringwind:

yes, all the daily showers, deodorants and antiseptic handwashes ubiquitous to the developed world weren’t always so :D The queen who bathed only twice referred to by Iran and Spain is Spanish Queen Isabel I :P

European civilisations like Rome and Greece were pretty clean- they had lots of public baths and a sophisticated plumbing system to pump water to houses. But from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, there was a mistaken belief that bathing too much was unhealthy and left one susceptible to the various plagues sweeping Europe, such as the bubonic plague (aka Black Death). Alas, they had zero idea of the germ theory. Also, there was some Christian interpretations that bathing too much was kind of worldly. Renaissance Europe did have bath houses, but at that time, they were seen as centres of moral degeneration because prostitution took place there, total nudity while bathing became frowned upon, and women in general were discouraged from visiting them. By contrast, the Asian civilisations were a lot cleaner for various reasons. 

In Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Persia/Iran washing oneself was very integral to Islamic ritual. This would have been the case for Mughal India, which was Islamic too- and anyway, Hinduism also placed emphasis on cleanliness. Japan and China have always had a long history of bath houses, (also hot springs in the case of Japan). In China, it was thought that taking in the waters was good. Turkey’s last comment is a reference to how the idea of Turkish bath houses would eventually become popular in Victorian England :P

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