LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||11/JUL/2010 10:41 PM|
I would preffer "number racket" to jogo do bicho, tough they use "animal game" in the time http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,842527-1,00.html
By the way, the idea isn´t mine I found it in the site Kudoz.
Also, the Time´s explanation is spot on, I think. Here it goes:
"For two weeks Sao Paulo had been in full crisis. More than 60,000 men were idled, the largest single industry in Latin America's greatest industrial city was paralyzed, and the lives of most adult Paulistas were in some way affected. Government officials, police, labor leaders and representatives of the industry met round the clock in secret emergency conference.
Last week the crisis was quietly resolved. In return for unspecified concessions, the police agreed to end their crackdown on jogo do bicho-the animal game-the largest permanent floating numbers game in the world.
Highly organized, deliciously complex and by its own lights unfailingly honest, the animal game has withstood all manner of crackdowns and shakedowns, grown into a $500 million-a-year business that employs roughly 1% of the nation's total working force. Millions of Brazilians play it every day, and almost all have at least a nodding acquaintance with their local bicheiros. "If you see two shacks lost somewhere in the backlands," a Brazilian diplomat once observed, "you can bet that a bicheiro lives in one of them and a steady bettor in the other." ''
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