Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at huge sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.
So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last few days in Brazil with the World Cup offering up some brilliant stories.
Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...
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1) WATCH THIS, MARVEL AND LEARN - Arsene Wenger recreates Robin van Persie's diving header
Wondered where Robin van Perise was taught the technique for his gravity-defying header against Spain in the World Cup? Well, a video that has come out of Brazil may have the answer.
Incredibly, he may have learnt it from Arsene Wenger, who displayed his diving header credentials on Copacabana beach during a game of volley-foot-ball.
Or maybe he was paying homage to his former player. Make your own mind up by watching the video.
Wenger's touch is better than 50% of professional footballers these days http://t.co/m3FBvSjbBu
— UberArsenal (@UberAFC) June 27, 2014
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2) NOW HIS BITING CAN BE USEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE - Suarez lands new role as chief beer-bottle opener
Luis Suarez's bite just keeps on giving, and now companies are seizing the opportunity to promote their food outlets, gifts or novelty accessories.
An enterprising Chinese businessman has decided to make money from the now infamous biting incident by creating a special Suarez bottle opener, which he is releasing on Taobao - the Chinese equivalent of eBay.
So now Suarez can do something useful and productive with his gnashers, replacing Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder with your favourite bottle of beer. Cheers!
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3) WHAT A SCOOP FOR THIS MAN - Brazilian trades unused out-of-date ticket for World Cup final passes
Joedir Belmont was supposed to be one of the estimated 200,000 people in attendance for the decisive 1950 World Cup match between Brazil and Uruguay. He had a ticket, but his mother was ill, so he skipped the match in order to tend to her. What he ended up missing was a 2-1 Uruguay win that has haunted Brazil ever since and has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.
But Belmont kept his ticket — a relic of Brazil's greatest sporting shame — and it has ended up serving him well.
According to Globo, the now 85-year-old from the state of Rio de Janeiro tried to buy tickets to the 2014 World Cup final, but came up empty. So he decided to write to FIFA and offer to donate his unused 1950 ticket for display in the governing body's planned museum at its Zurich headquarters. In return, FIFA has given Belmont two tickets to this year's World Cup final. What a story.
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4) NEYMAR WINS AGAIN... THIS TIME OFF THE PITCH - Brazilian superstar wins appeal to block issue of Playboy
Brazil's Neymar may have plenty on his mind these days, but a problematic issue of "Playboy" is no longer on that list.
The Brazilian variant of "Playboy" features in its June issue a model named Patricia Jordane, who's pictured in the issue wearing goalkeeper gloves and not much else. However, the magazine referred to her as "the brunette who charmed Neymar," and that didn't sit well with the Brazilian star.
On Wednesday, a Sao Paolo court determined that "Playboy do Brazil" overstepped its bounds in associating Neymar's name with Ms. Jordane, and ruled that the magazine must be pulled from the stands. The court also mandated a fine of about $4,500 a day for every day the magazine was not withdrawn. Phew, we're glad that's sorted.
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5) ANOTHER DIFFERENT WORLD CUP BALL? - Adidas release another customised ball for the last 16
Let it never be said that sponsors wring every last drop out of sport.
Adidas faces a challenge to ensure that the matchday balls are always grabbing the headlines for one reason or another, and now it's over the customised editions.
All the balls to be used in the last 16 matches in Brazil will have a very special print on them to distinguish each from other games. Good job, we wouldn't want players kicking balls intended for an entirely different knockout clash.
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