Category:
South America

Don’t Cry For Me, Roentgen-tina!



Once upon a time Juan Peron's Argentina, tricked by a quasi-scientific hoaxer, claimed they had perfected fusion power. You can see the legacy of their project in the picture above.

Read the full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 12, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Technology, 1940s, 1950s, South America

Chiquita Banana Olympics Stickers:  1980

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The Brazilian Olympics are in big trouble, as recent news articles tell us. Surely they could use a boost from an athletic banana, like the ad campaign from Chiquita that the 1980 Winter Olympics got. And a tropical fruit is even more synonymous with Brazil than it was with Lake Placid.

Time to bring back Carmen Miranda!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 17, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Food, Sports, 1980s, North America, South America

Pajamas as Streetwear:  1929

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These kids in 2015, wearing pj's to class!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 02, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Fashion, 1920s, South America

CAPTIVE BEAUTY



Documentary on Colombian prison beauty pageant.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 04, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Sex Symbols, Documentaries, South America

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If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.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 - Sat Jun 07, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Crafts, Jewelry, 1940s, 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 - Sat May 25, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Cryptozoology, Foreign Customs, South America

Brazil MTV Animation

VMB 2011 from CONSULADO on Vimeo.

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

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