Sideways Glance

The World is a curious place, and we mean that in more ways than one. Events around the globe always raise a lot of questions here in our Boston newsroom. Some of the questions we ask tackle a story head on - the who, what, when and where. But other questions, usually the why, can lead down less traveled, more interesting roads. And that's where Sideways Glance comes in. One of us finds a global story that hits us where we live – that makes us do a double, or even triple take, and then we dig in to learn more. The result? You can often find out more about a person, place or thing by taking a Sideways Glance than by looking at it straight on. The World's Clark Boyd serves as curator of our Sideways Glance segment.

Sports

How one American in Brussels is dealing with the upcoming World Cup clash between the US and Belgium

No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.

Arts, Culture & Media

You wouldn't believe the situations a hard-working Lego photographer finds himself in

Everything is Awesome. That's the theme song to The Lego Movie, a recently released film that imagines a richly detailed life for its animated minifigure characters. But what's it like to be a working Lego stiff, a one-and-a-half-inch tall freelance Lego photographer? Andrew Whyte's been finding out. He's been carrying around a little Lego man for more than a year, photographing him every day, rain or shine.

Sports

How the first NCAA tournament was played in the shadow of impending world war

Kentucky and UConn square off for the NCAA men's basketball championship Monday night. The game, and the circumstances, are a far cry from the first NCAA tournament, held in March of 1939. With the world on the brink of war, we take a look at how global events impacted the players of the eventual winners of the tournament, the Oregon Webfoots.

Arts, Culture & Media

Here's a designer who makes objects, and people, uncomfortable

It's frustrating when something you think you know how to use suddenly becomes, well, almost - but not quite - utterly useless. And that's what Greek designer Katerina Kamprani has done with a set of 3-D computer renderings she calls "The Uncomfortable." Imagine a watering can with the spout turned backwards, or a fork with hinged tines. Yeah, it's enough to make you angry.