The New Branding For Rio 2016 Looks Like a Very Friendly Amoeba

Hundreds of thousands of people attend the Olympics, and millions more watch them. So there's a lot riding on the way a city presents them, from advertising to stadiums. Rio just revealed what its 2016 Games will look like, and they've done a great job—not just because no enterprising internet perv has compared it to… » 8/06/14 12:37pm 8/06/14 12:37pm

Three World Cup Stadiums That Are Actually Good For Brazil

The 12 stadiums currently seeing World Cup action are not created equal. The dozen venues for the games are a mix of something old, something new, something temporary that will be taken down after the last goal is kicked. And not all of them have turned out to deliver the hopes and dreams promised (a few aren't even… » 6/14/14 10:00am 6/14/14 10:00am

Explore All 12 World Cup Stadiums (No Riot Gear Required)

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the known universe. The only thing is Brazil is a long trek for most of us, and, y'know things around the world cup tend to get a bit... rowdy? Well, Google Maps is bringing Street View to all twelve of the stadiums, so you can explore them from the convenience/safety of… » 6/05/14 3:01am 6/05/14 3:01am

The subway in Brazil looks like a nightmarish ocean of drowning people

It's like that horrifying scene in World War Z when zombies are just on top of each other. It's like a mosh pit that never ends for all of eternity. It's a human traffic jam with absolutely no room to breathe. It's the subway system in Sao Paulo after a bus strike. And the World Cup hasn't even started yet. » 5/22/14 10:06pm 5/22/14 10:06pm

Brazil's World Cup Logo Sure Looks Like Someone Facepalming

With less than 50 days to go before Brazil hosts the World Cup finals, chatter over whether it's prepared has been growing by the day. This doesn't help: The event's logo is being ridiculed for bearing an uncanny resemblance to the internet's favorite way to express disgust, shame, or embarrassment—the ol' facepalm. » 4/24/14 11:32am 4/24/14 11:32am

Ingenious Teen's Home-Built Backhoe Toy Works Just Like the Real Thing

This video has been around for a few months, but I just came across it and it's astounding. Check out this Brazilian teen's scratch-built model backhoe. Using plastic syringes and silicon tubing, he's created a miniature hydraulic system that functions the same exact way as the mechanism inside a real excavator. This… » 4/12/14 6:00pm 4/12/14 6:00pm

Lightning struck Rio's Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers

Rio de Janeiro, which has been getting lit up with lightning storms this week, just got hit with another one—and this one struck the city's famous 125-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue on top of the Corcovado mountain. A lightning bolt broke off a few fingers on his right hand. » 1/17/14 10:53pm 1/17/14 10:53pm

The NSA Has Hacked 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… » 10/20/13 1:07pm 10/20/13 1:07pm

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 specialize 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… » 10/11/13 1:41pm 10/11/13 1:41pm