transport
5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad—even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honour of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history. Read More >>

security
The NSA Has Been Hacking Mexican And Brazilian Government Email For Years

Beginning in May 2010, the NSA gained access to the Mexican Presidencia domain on the Mexican Presidential network and began monitoring then-president Felipe Calderon's email account, according to a document leaked to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden. The document also shows that the NSA has been surveilling the Brazilian government. Read More >>

olympics
Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio's Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialise in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often, and their techniques are evolving. Read More >>

hackers
Hackers Mistake NASA For NSA, Take Down Wrong Home Page

We're a little late to this party, but it's too fun not to share. Last week, a group of Brazilian hackers decided to get the NSA back for all its spying with a big huge cyberattack. And hack they did! The only problem is that they mixed up their acronyms, and hit NASA instead.
All in all, the hackers took down 14 different NASA websites affiliated with the Ames Research Center. The message they left actually went beyond the NSA's spying habits and straight into conspiracy theories: Read More >>

internet
How Brazil Plans to Purge America From Its Internet

Brazil is not very happy about all these NSA revelations. As home to Latin America's biggest economy, the country understandably hates the idea that the United States is listening to its phone calls and reading its emails. In fact, Brazil hates it so much that it wants to disconnect itself from the U.S. internet altogether. Read More >>

architecture
How a Crumbling 1960s Stadium Was Resurrected to Host the World Cup

When the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil next year, matches will take place inside of Mineirão Stadium, a 50-year-old venue that was in ruins only a decade ago. But thanks to some careful renovations at the hands of BCMF Arquitetos, it's new again — and ready for a little football action. Read More >>

booze
Here's a Beer Glass That Can Only Stand Up Using Your Phone

Here's a silly little invention that is wonderful because it'll either make you more drunk or more human, preferably both. It's a beer glass. Huh? Yeah, the base of this beer glass is shaved down so that it needs to be rested on top of your cell phone to stand up straight. If you're too busy using your phone? The beer will spill over. If you want to be a human and talk to people? You can sit your beer down perfectly fine. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, A Woman Almost Got Run Over By a Train Because She Was Trying to Pick Up Her Phone from the Tracks

Holy freaking smokes, almost getting hit by a train doesn't get closer than this. A young woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil had apparently dropped her phone onto the tube tracks and foolishly jumped down to retrieve it. Couple of problems with this situation: she couldn't get back on the platform, the train was coming into the station fast AND SHE PROBABLY WOULD'VE DIED. Miraculously, two guys managed to pull her out right before she would've gotten hit. It's terrifyingly close. Read More >>

apple
Android iPhone Gets Go-Ahead in Brazil

Apple has lost a critical patent battle in Brazil, leaving local firm Gradiente free to market its own "iphone" in the country. But it's only a budget Android model, so there won't be a huge amount of confusion among buyers. Read More >>

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Helicopter Crashes Right on the Beach

I don't know what's wrong with helicopters in Brazil, but they keep crashing in the most idiotic ways possible. Check out this one, which was going a little bit too close to the beach until it finally crashed into the waves. [Bing] Read More >>

youtube
Brazil Plans to Lock Up Google President

A judge in Brazil has issued an order to have the boss of Google Brazil arrested, in a rather intense and spectacular fight over the legality of certain YouTube videos. Read More >>

rumours
Apple's 7.85-Inch Mini iPad Will Be Super Thin and Built In Brazil In September

Seems the rumours are getting stronger for a mini, 7.85-inch version of the iPad. The latest comes from "reliable Chinese sources" that say the fabled tablet will be built in Brazil in September, which means it really could be here in October. Read More >>

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Supersonic Jets Shatter Brazilian Supreme Court Building

If you're tuned into Brazilian national politics, maybe there's some sort of metaphor here. But for the rest of us, awesome video of sonic boom resulting in massive destruction!—these fighters just ruined Brazil's Supreme Court. Read More >>

wtfriday
£3,100 is So Not Enough Compensation for Feeding Your Family Used-Condom Tomatoes

A Brazilian housewife has been awarded £3,100 after she found a used condom in her tin of tomato paste. British firm Unilever was forced to pay up after the woman cooked a meal for her family using the tomatoes, only to find the condom in the tin after they'd all licked their plates clean. Read More >>

architecture
You Have to Pass Through a Secret Passageway to Find This Amazing Home

This Sao Paolo home features a lush, wide open backyard and a long pool that runs the entire length of the it. But to get there, you have to go through a nondescript concrete door on a corner. Read More >>

science
Sex With Animals Will Give You Penis Cancer

I hope you didn't need the risk of death to convince you to not have sex with animals. But just in case, know this: bestiality will give you penis cancer. Read More >>

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