Published on March 9th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT BRAZIL
The football world cup’s about to take place in Brazil, so here are some facts ’bout it so you don’t turn up and look all silly and fact-less.
1. DO A 180
There are a whopping 180 languages spoken here, so you’d better get phrase-booking. Oh, and your Español won’t be so handy: it’s the only South American country where Portuguese is the way to go.
The capital of Brazil isn’t Rio or Sao Paulo, but comparatively teeny tiny Brasilia, population 2.789 million. (What’s with these sneaky capital cities? Looking at you, Canberra!)
3. HOLY STATUE, BATMAN
Way up on a mountain overlooking Rio is a mega statue of Christ the Redeemer. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, it’s 30 metres tall, weighs 635 tonnes, and it’s watching you. Be good, children.
4. HYDROELECTRIC BUGALOO
Lots of waterfalls = lots of hydroelectricity. Though it used to chug along on oil, Brazil’s now one of the world’s top hydroelectric producers.
5. ADVERTISE THAT
Apparently tired of nagging kids in supermarkets, Sao Paulo banned outdoor advertising in 2007. Can’t even fathom it. Hold me.
6. TRASH TALK
9000 tonnes of rubbish a day used to be dumped into the Jarim Gramacho dump, the world’s largest jumpy castle of unwanted muck. Films were made, people kicked up a stink, and it was shut down in 2012.
7. BORDER PATROL
In terms of land mass Brazil’s pretty big boned. So big that it shares a border with every single country in South America except for Chile and Ecuador. And they can probably be convinced.
8. WHAT A GLAMAZON
Yes, Amazon is a mega giant bookseller, but it’s also a mega giant rainforest. Or at least, it was. One of these is getting bigger as the other one gets smaller. It’s probably not correlated. Probably.
9. TIGHTY WHITIES
Dressing in white on Friday is a thing here. Maybe everything else is in the wash. Maybe cricket is the new soccer. Who knows?
10. CARN THE CARNIVAL
Up to eight days of serious partying. Not many clothes. Definitely not one for introverts.