The first FIFA World Cup took place in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Thirteen nations participated, including just four from Europe: Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia. Other European nations declined to participate because of the travel time and expense involved. They might also have figured they had a slim chance of victory. Uruguay had won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in soccer in 1924 and 1928. It won the 1930 FIFA World Cup as well.
What noisy musical instrument created such a ruckus at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that it was banned from the 2014 World Cup?
Previous answer: William Faulkner worked for a brief time as a postmaster in Oxford, Mississippi.
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