Favolaschia è un genere di fungo molto strano, infestante, originario dei tropici. Ma la globalizzazione l'ha portato anche nei nostri boschi! Questo sito non parla di funghi, ma favolaschia mi sembrava un nome significativo e evocativo di qualcosa di simile a quello che qui viene raccontato...

14 maggio 2008

More black than white - and yet, so much difference!
A study from IPEA, a serious research center in Brazil, says that by the end of this year there will be more black people than white people in Brazil, a country well know for its carnival, football and - because of this events and the way they gather together blacks and whites - the equality between the two groups. Equality? This week, and because of the remembrance of the 13th of May (date when the slavery system was abolished in Brazil), Brazilian media has been proving that my country is very far from having that so dreamed equality.
Just to cite two examples, recent studies show that black women are paid 51% less than white skinned woman and that black skinned people only hold 3,5% of leadership jobs.
(all links in portuguese)

The 50 greatest commercial parodies of all time
The online magazine Nerve brings a great compilation of commecial parodies in its recent issue. As they explain it "It didn't take long after the rise of TV commercials for comedians to take note of just how ridiculous most of those commercials were.(...) Parodies began popping up in the early '70s (...). But it was Saturday Night Live's 1975 debut that ripped the genre wide open. (...) As advertising grew more sophisticated, so did the satires that chased it. In today's irony-saturated comedy landscape, it's difficult to find a sketch show that doesn't do fake ads in one form or another.

Produce your own fuel
Efuel 100 has developed a contraption that lets you make your own ethanol out of water, sugar, and yeast, and fill up your car at home. It's definitely not for the typical lazy American, but given the popularity of Hybrids, DIY ethanol could become a real trend. And they are ready for pre-orders!


Once upona time.. a b c d e f g....
A study published on the Archives of Disease in Childhood by dott. Zuckerman from Boston University School of Medicine found that reading tales to children is one of the greatest ways to develop their skills in language.

Aliens Are My Brother'.
The astronomer Father Gabriel Funes, writing in the Vatican newspaper, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space.
The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not contradict belief in God.

Going green (with green shoes).
Terra Plana is giving you a £10 discount on a pair of their gorgeous shoes if you bring in an old pair of unwanted shoes, any brand, to their Covent Garden or London Bridge stores for recycling. 330 million pairs of shoes go into landfill each year, so here’s your chance to do something about it.