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Corozo, Tagua, or Vegetal Ivory

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Encountering this 1944 ad caused me to do a little research, whereupon I discovered that Corozo or Tagua or Vegetal Ivory is still a thing.

If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crafts, Jewelry, 1940's, South America, Natural Wonders

Wawa Grande

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Thanks to my pal, KW Jeter, who now lives in Ecuador, I learned about the existence of that country's own Bigfoot monster, "Wawa Grande."

Wawa Grande, which takes its name from the Quechuan word for baby and the Spanish word for big, reportedly stands upright on two legs and has thick, light gray or reddish hair. The Wawa legend dates back at least 200 years in Ecuador's southern Andes but several reported sightings since the 1980s sparked international interest.


Of course, a monster whose name translates as "Big Baby" instantly assumes less fearsome dimensions.

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 25, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Cryptozoology, Foreign Customs, South America

Brazil MTV Animation

VMB 2011 from CONSULADO on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 29, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Rube Goldberg Devices, Cartoons, South America

Empress of the Galapagos

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A fascinating 1930s tales of nudism, orgies and murder. The clip below gives the merest taste of the endgame. Visit here for the full story.

The blog post is formatted a little oddly, with the first installment at the bottom of the page, and subsequent ones in order above it.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 31, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Death, Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Sexuality, 1930's, South America, Nudism

My Colombia Trip

Expat47 was kind enough to recall that I took a recent trip to Colombia. Those interested can read the whole report here. With lots of neat pictures.

But I never encountered the human bloodhound drug!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 10, 2012 | Comments (1)
Category: Travel, Sightseeing, Paul, South America

My Excellent South American Adventure

Despite my daily posts last week, I was really among the missing. I spent from the 20th to the 27th (counting travel time) in Medellin, Colombia, being a guest speaker at this conference.

But now I'm home, and have read all the posts and comments from the past week, and just want to say a big thanks to Alex and Chuck and all the witty, talented WU-vies who make this site so wonderful.

Here are two fotos from my trip.

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Salsa dancers working up a sweat to advertise something at EIGHT IN THE MORNING! I was ready to buy anything the ladies offered.

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Strange grafitti. What revelation is the monkey experiencing?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Conventions, Advertising, Paul, Dance, South America

Kala and the Mystery

kala and the mystery ... _Part I_ (English Version) from meltingman on Vimeo.



This cartoon is a few years old now, and no sequel is apparent. Too bad! I wanted to see how an alcoholic beetle and a voracious spider did with their love match.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 09, 2012 | Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Insects, South America, Alcohol
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