Prison Guards Under Investigation for Partying With Inmates (Video)

Doing hard time has never looked like so much fun.

Earlier this week, video surfaced reportedly showing prisoners and their guards playing music, drinking alcohol, and entertaining women on the grounds of Chapecó Penitentiary, in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. read more »

Is This the Most Beautiful Street in the World?

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There are an estimated 11 million miles of paved road on Earth, forming a sprawling network which some might say represents humanity’s conquest of the otherwise inaccessibly wild landscape. But, ironically it seems, the most beautiful streets in world just might be the ones that more closely resemble the untamed.

With so many scenic streets in cities across the globe, some cutting straight through modern metropolises bordered by towering skyscrapers, others following ancient winding paths in the shadow of great monuments, determining which of all is prettiest might seem an impossible task. But hard as it may be, there is one street in Brazil which has earned that distinction among an international audience — namely for its impressive natural beauty.

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Thousands of Spiders Invade Tree, Encasing it in Cobwebs

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It was an arachnophobic’s worst nightmare.

When Neusvaldo, the owner of a little farm in the Brazilian town of São Felipe D’Oeste, first saw what had become of his tree, he must have believed a flock of sheep had gotten stuck up its branches — or, as he got closer, perhaps a localized mini-mist or a snagged little cloud.

But the truth would prove much less charming.

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‘Ridiculously Photogenic Homeless Guy’, Four Months Sober, Released From Rehab

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Last October, Rafael Nunes took the world by storm as easily the handsomest man without a home the internet had ever seen. But behind his steely eyes and movie star good-looks, ‘Ridiculously Photogenic Homeless Guy’, as he came to be known, was in the throws of drug addiction.

However, thanks to the support of those who had learned about him through social media and on sites like Reddit, Nunes soon found the help that he needed to put his life back on the right track.

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Newborn Baby Dies After Being Mistakenly Sent to Hospital Morgue

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An investigation is underway at a hospital in Castro, Brazil, after the death of a newborn baby which was mistakenly sent to the facility’s morgue while still alive.

According to the child’s father, Gilmar de Farias, the infant boy died as a result of negligence on the part of the attending physician who failed to notice that the baby, born three months premature, was still breathing during a hurried postnatal examination.

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Doctor Arrested for Using Fake Thumbs to Check Her Colleagues Into Work

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Checking-in to work with old fashioned punchcard machines may be a thing of the past, replaced with more high-tech means of verifying an employee’s hours on the clock. Though, as technology has gotten more advanced, so too has workers’ schemes to get paid for doing nothing.

At a state run emergency care facility in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, outside of Sao Paulo, medical staff are required to log in and out of work using a fingerprint scanner — a foolproof-seeming system designed to streamline work verification and combat clerical errors. But after police were tipped to possible fraud taking place, the high-tech machine seemed suddenly much less secure.

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This Guy Riding a Motorcycle With a Cast on His Leg Is Just Begging For a Second

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Shunning the notion that fractured bones should slow one down, this broken-footed commuter was spotted riding his motorcycle on the streets of Rio Branco, Acre.

While piloting a motorcycle without the use of one leg might seem daring enough, this rider is actually making due with just two functioning limbs securing him to the bike, using his left arm to secure his crutches.

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Military Police Caught Playing Badminton While on Duty

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The Brazilian state of Espírito Santo may have one of the highest crime rates in the country, topping the list in both robberies and homicides, but one group of on-duty police officers wasn’t going to let those pesky figures stand in the way of a good time.

In newly released footage taken last month, more than twenty armed and uniformed Military Police officers in Vila Velha, ES are seen taking an unauthorized break from law enforcement to play a game of badminton.

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Dogs Search Pond Every Day For Owner Who Drowned Weeks Ago

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Last month, 46-year-old Luís de Almeida drowned while swimming with friends in a pond near his farm in Araçatuba, Brazil, as his two adopted Labrador Retrievers, unaccustomed to water, watched from the shore. Sadly, his companions were able to pull him from the pond, but their efforts to resuscitate him failed.

The tragic accident came as a shock to Luís’s family and friends, particularly for the two dogs, Max and Lua.

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At Least 232 Dead After Pyrotechnics Spark Nightclub Fire

At least 232 people are dead and dozens more injured after a fire, sparked by pyrotechnics, broke out in a crowded nightclub in the city of Santa Maria, in Brazil’s southernmost state. read more »