Brazil




“You yell UFO, everybody says, “Huh? What?” You yell Sky Shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.”

Via Forgetomori:

Last month, video shot of a purported UFO by Brazilian teenagers caused a bit of a stir in skeptical and UFO-friendly circles alike. The footage of a shiny, spherical object cruising through a beautiful, blue sky certainly looked like the real thing, but as it turned out, the “UFO” had an Earthly origin – albeit a highly amusing one: It was a remote-controlled helium shark manufactured under the name “Air Swimmers“.

After receiving its due 15 minutes of fame via quick-on-the-trigger local media, the flying fish was revealed to be the property of a neighbor.

Here’s some footage of the shark over the skies of Brazil. Click through to view a commercial for the product:






Via ScienceDaily: Changes in social structure and cultural practices can also contribute to human evolution, according to a study that has recently been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy…



DeforestationBBC News recently reported:

Brazil’s biggest bank — the state-run Banco do Brasil — is being sued for allegedly funding deforestation in the Amazon.

Public prosecutors say the bank lent money to companies that illegally cleared the rainforest and used labour practices bordering on slavery. The smaller state-owned Banco da Amazonia is also being sued.

Brazil says it has drastically reduced the rate of deforestation in the Amazon in recent years.

Prosecutors in the state of Para said they had uncovered 55 loans worth nearly $5m (£3m) that the Banco do Brasil approved to farms that had broken environmental and employment laws. They also said they had uncovered 37 loans worth $11m given to farms with similar violations by the Banco da Amazonia.

The loans violated Brazil’s constitution, environmental laws, banking regulations and international agreements signed by Brazil, the independent prosecutors at the Public Ministry said.



Cândido Godói, a Brazilian village with an extreme abundance of blonde twins, has long spawned conspiracy theories. Namely, that infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (who visited repeatedly in the 1960s and treated…


A 14 year-old boy was shot last August by five military officers in Brazil who claimed they were questioning him about a crime. The officers were arrested on Wednesday after a security camera video was found capturing the incident. The boy was hospitalized for ten days and luckily survived after one of the bullets just missed the boy’s lungs. The video is quite shocking. Via the Associated Press:





WARNING: Graphic depictions of bloodied, murdered bodies on the streets of Brazil, captured by Google Street View for voyeurs worldwide to catch a glimpse of life in the ghetto favelas, brought to…


This past month Slate wrote about the “most isolated man on the planet,” the sole remaining member of an Amazonian tribe, living a solitary existence in the jungle. Obviously, dozens of people…


Last week one of the rarest and more horrifying weather phenomena occurred in Brazil: a “fire tornado.” Created by extreme drought conditions, the whirling tower of flames raged outside of the city of Aracatuba, scorching dry earth and bringing traffic to a halt, before disappearing.