Saturday, June 17, 2006

Say Hello to Our Newest Qualifier

Portugal advanced to the next round today, with a slightly more impressive win over Iran than their win over Angola. Also, Mexico tied Angola, which I mention only because I think it hilarious.

Fun Facts About Portugal:

1) Apparently, back in the olden times, they worshipped snakes. The Greek explorers who visited named the place Ophiussa, or Land of Serpents. Later, Romans encountered the Lusitanians, who they promptly fucked up and stole some of their Gods. Ah, fucking Rome. I don't know about you, but I'm learning something.

2) in 1755, Lisbon got completely fucked by an earthquake.

As Wikipedia puts it:
It was one of the most destructive and deadly earthquakes in history, killing between 60,000 and 100,000 people. The quake was followed by a tsunami and fire, resulting in the near total destruction of Lisbon. The earthquake accentuated political tensions in Portugal and profoundly disrupted the country's 18th century colonial ambitions.

3) Jose Saramago won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, and hails from Portugal. His works apparently deal with the fantastic as a way of exploring human nature. I have never read him, but his wikipedia profile makes me want to.

Want to learn more about the other qualifiers? You can, right here!

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