There's been a lot going on in Brazil of late. There's been the Confederations Cup, the widespread protests forcing the government to scramble in attempts to appease the people, the first South American pope visiting for World Youth Day and the ongoing preparations for next year's World Cup (and the 2016 Olympics). So you'll have to excuse everyone for overlooking the fact that the official World Cup countdown clock (sponsored by Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot) unveiled on June 12 has been stalled at 365 days for weeks now. Which may or may not mean that the earth has stopped rotating and the end of days is upon us.
From the AP:
Although there's less than 11 months before the 2014 World Cupbegins, the clock set up by local organizers at Copacabana Beach still shows there are 365 days to go before the showcase event.
The Hublot clock has been stuck since the Pope arrived in Rio a few weeks ago, attracting millions of people for masses at the famed beach.
Local organizers said in a statement Thursday they are aware of the malfunction, and ''the company in charge of maintaining the clock will fix the technical problem soon.''
And by "soon" they mean it will be running sometime around 2019.
Of course, it's no surprise that for FIFA, time has stopped. Anyone familiar with their archaic positions on equality issues and technology has known this for some time now. It's the only explanation for Sepp Blatter's continued existence.