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While the FIFA World Cup is the greatest event on earth...

... and captures the imagination of the entire world, commanding and attracting humongous attention, it also has a Wicked effect!

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 02:48 IST

While the world cup is the greatest event on earth and captures the imagination of the entire world, commanding and attracting humongous attention, it also has a wicked effect!

Cozzers heave a sigh of relief»

During the 1994 World Cup, the crime rate in Russia dropped rapidly, by 70 per cent, why? Well, because all the crooks and lunatics stayed in their hideouts glued to their TV set!

Employers don’t»

Well, so did the employees and workers. Such was the craze of the marquee tournament that comes after every four years. So during the 1978 World Cup, when Italy played England in an afternoon qualifying match, neither the Italian nor the English channels aired the game live! The reason was that they thought too many people would take time off work to watch it!

Blame it on soccer»

During the 1994 World Cup, a security guard was so engrossed in watching a match that bank robbers carried out a safe filled with money, without the sentinel even budging from his seat!

Again, during the same World Cup, two inmates made the most of their warden's unwavering attention on the TV, when Germany was playing Bulgaria, by escaping from the prison. Germany won but surely for the convicts, it would have been a real escape to victory!

Bonjour»

During the 1982 World Cup, a French monsieur wanted to watch Les Blues' match, while his better half had other ideas--she wanted to talk to him about pressing matters at hand.

After repeatedly being given a cold shoulder for her myriad, convoluted inquires by the husband, what did the mademoiselle do? Well, she unleashed a deadly shot, literally too. The "harridan" got so infuriated that she shot her poor husband!