In 1910, black sailors of the Brazilian navy mutinied and gained control of all of Brazil’s large battleships. They then used the threat of bombarding Rio de Janeiro to successfully force the abolition of the slavery-like conditions they suffered under in the navy.
In Brazil it’s so common to get robbed in the streets that a lot of people carry an extra cellphone (they call it the “thief’s phone”) so they can give it to the robber when the crime happens.
Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences – cutting four days for every book they read.
Brazil is number 2 over all in the world at producing models after the US. Rio Grande do Sul represents 5% of Brazil’s population but produces more than 50% of its models. The appeal of the region’s inhabitants is attributed to the historical migration of Germans and Italians.
Henry Ford tried to build an American industrialist utopia in the Brazilian jungle, “Fordlandia”, to secure a source of cultivated rubber for his cars.
Because Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.
There is a stadium in Brazil in which the midfield line supposedly lies exactly on the Equator, making each team defend one hemisphere.
There is a man wandering through the Amazon rainforest thought to be the last member of his tribe. No one knows his language or what tribe he belonged to.
The revolution that transformed Brazil into a republic was so uneventful that the few witnesses present didn’t even know it happened and the dethroned Emperor didn’t even care.
Almost 15% of Rio de Janeiro’s population is gay.