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Germany broke records and South American hearts on Tuesday with its 7-1 shellacking of Brazil. Not only did the game include the most goals scored by a team in a World Cup semifinal, it also garnered a record social media reaction: 35.6 million tweets, the most surrounding any sporting event ever. Sami Khedira’s goal in the 29th minute to make it 5-0 set a record when the tweets per minute surrounding the game reached 580,166. To put those numbers in perspective, last year’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos generated 24.9 million tweets and a max of 381,605 tweets per minute. The World Cup game also birthed a brand new meme: sad Brazilians.



-Keith Wagstaff