Â Â What a strange coincidence that there seems to be a strong correlation between days whenÂ big soccer games are scheduledÂ and an increase inÂ sick days for soccer fans. There's actually a Dutch insurance company offering a policy to employers because they're predicting a huge number of "sick" days used by employees during this year's World Cup.Â Check this out. I looked into it and we at mental_floss LLC are not covered by this policy.
I was trying to find some numbers on how many people watch the World Cup and some estimates put the viewership for theÂ 2002Â championship match at over 1 billion! It's hard for me to believe that more than 10% of the earth's population tuned in (and will be tuning in again next month) but even if that number is inflated, it's still by far the biggest sporting event in the world, with possibly 10 times the viewership of the Super Bowl.
Pop Quiz: What doesÂ FIFA, as in FIFA World Cup, stand for? Answer:Â Â FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association