Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Animal Game

This article talks about the "jogo do bicho" or The Animal Game. It is iconic here in Brazil. It's a betting game where people pick numbers based on 25 animals. They get paid based on which numbers are drawn. The game is illegal, but alas this is Brazil and so is deeply a part of the country. It is headquartered in Rio and has ties to the samba schools.

There are multiple cultural references, and numbers are then permanently attached to the animals. For example, the 24th animal is the deer. Since "deer" is slang for gay here (as a noun), 24 is also the "gay" number. People say things like "that's so 24". For my 24th birthday this past month, it was a running joke.


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