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5 facts about Brazil’s soccer hooligans

5 facts about Brazil’s soccer hooligans

IT WAS THE FINAL ROUND of 2013’s Brazilian Championship. At stake were second place for Paraná’s Atlético Paranaense, and relegation for Rio’s Vasco da Gama. In the stands of Arena Joinville, the host’s landslide win was overshadowed by displays of genuine brutality.The wildness of the organizadas — as organized groups of hooligans are known in Brazil — resulted in the suspension of the game.

50 article ideas for 2012

50 article ideas for 2012

Stories of travel culture are found everywhere. Why are we only telling 1 ?FIRST, A DISCLAIMER: this is not a submission call. Matador isn’t endorsing or condoning the actual production of, or requisite behavior involved in producing the following stories, some of which are potentially dangerous, others illegal, and others probably impossible.

From goat’s head soup to skink flesh: Aphrodisiacs around the world [pics]

From goat’s head soup to skink flesh: Aphrodisiacs around the world [pics]

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I’ve already purchased the chocolate-dipped strawberries, a plate full of oysters, and a bowl of green M&Ms. In the event you’re looking for something stronger, try one of these aphrodisiacs borrowed from cultures around the world. 1Piranha soup - BrazilDuring the wet season in the Pantanal, piranhas are obnoxiously common in rivers, lakes, and ponds and frequently make it onto the plates of humans in the area.

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

How to catch a van-taxi in rural South Africa

IN REMOTE South African farming villages like Sikhwahlane, amenities are few beyond the corner tuck shop stocked mainly with racks of fluffy white bread, neatly stacked cartons of UHT milk, and expired tins of corned beef. Sooner or later, you’ll have to catch a taxi to town to replenish supplies.Your first minivan-taxi ride can be daunting — here’s a handy survival guide.

Christmas traditions around the world

Christmas traditions around the world

Widely celebrated around the world, Christmas has become an annual part of many different cultures. Depending where you find yourself on the 25th of December (or in some places another date altogether), it may take on a unique local flavor.1Colosseum Christmas, ItalyIn Italy, Christmas decorations may traditionally be put up on the 8th of December, a national holiday.

On the creeping commoditization of Tibet

On the creeping commoditization of Tibet

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS LINE UP on the horizon, about 15 of them: head to toe Gore-Tex, cigarettes dangling, black cameras at the ready.It’s late afternoon and the sun is about to set.They’ve traveled here from as far as Beijing, perhaps — a fleet of expensive jeeps that are now parked at violent angles on the grassland below, windows sheened with dust.