Category Archives: Minutiae

That’s a Rather Extreme Excuse for a Late Paper…

I’ve heard a fair number of excuses as to why papers were turned in late, but none of them ever revolved around somebody faking their own kidnapping just to try to get an extension.

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Weird News of the Day

Of all the things to steal, this object is…unorthodox: An armed man in Brazil has heisted an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator selling for $4,000 at a luxury sex shop. Police say he walked into the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia, tied … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Peru’s Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior have resigned in the wake of clashes with Shining Path rebels that left several soldiers dead. -Some supporters of Hugo Chávez are furious over a Venezuelan crossword puzzle that they say contains threats … Continue reading

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Well, That’s One Way to Spend Thousands of Dollars…

As much as I love history, I have to think that if I had $11,500 to spare, I’d probably spend it on something other than the 1982 official surrender telegram from the Malvinas/Falklands War.

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That’s a Lot of Ice Cubes…

This has to be one of the odder stories from Latin America recently: Police in Chile say they’ve stopped cold a scheme to steal ice from a disappearing glacier. The plan was to deliver five tons of ice carved out … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In a remarkable transformation, Cuba has expanded its free-market reforms beginning on January 1 of the coming year. Changes include laying off state workers, reducing restrictions on private enterprise, and allowing certain types of workers to become self-employed and to … Continue reading

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Get to Know the Continent of South America!

To be fair, it’s really a South America quiz, rather than a Latin American quiz. Still, it can be tricky at times. So…how well do you know Latin [South] America?

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A Quick Message

We apologize for the lack of posts this week – it’s just that time of the semester. Regular blogging activities will resume this weekend!

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Lula Diagnosed with Cancer

Former Brazilian president and founder of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, Workers Party) Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva begins cancer treatment today after doctors discovered a malignant tumor in his larynx. It appears they caught it in its early stages, … Continue reading

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Completely Random Image of the Day

While looking for images of Brazilian presidents recently, I stumbled upon this completely random picture of João Figueiredo, the last of the Brazilian presidents during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985, riding horses with Ronald Reagan. The image must come from the … Continue reading

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