Reality TV rain in Rio


Heavy rains caused flooding in many parts of Rio de Janeiro yesterday.


Osvaldo Praddo

Normally weather stories don’t rise to the level of BrickYard but last night’s crazy, Noah’s Ark-style rainstorm is worth it for the tabloid coverage alone. Sure, Rio received more rain in three hours than it normally does in 40 days; sure, parts of the city were flooded; and, sadly, one man drowned. But my favorite Rio tabloid, O Dia (The Day), in their first paragraph also made sure we knew this:

The flooding caused a giant boulder to roll onto a highway, and the huge rock hit the car of an ex-cast member of the wildly popular reality show "Big Brother Brazil."  

Weirdly, the story doesn’t mention whether not she was hurt.