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Palhares puts being poor into perspective

With the way the economy is right now, I’m sure a lot of us are feeling the pinch. But before you start thinking of yourself as poor because you only have a few hundred bucks left over after the bills are paid, read Rousimar Palhares’ story of what poverty is really like:

“My childhood was a lot of work,” Palhares recently told  ( through an interpreter. “From sunup until sundown, with my elder brothers and parents, we woke up at 4 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m. We took care of cattle, and we cleaned the rocas (plantations).”

The third born of 10 siblings, Palhares didn’t get the benefit of a normal childhood. Work didn’t allow for much playtime – or even a chance to attend school – in his native Dores Do Indaia, Brazil.

“I never had the chance to study because I had to help my parents feed my younger brothers and sisters,” Palhares said. “I started working when I was 10 years old. My family was big and poor, and we went through a lot of difficulties.”

“Difficulties” might be a minor understatement. While the 30-year-old prefers not to focus too much on the past, he recalls a time when the only option for dinner was the feed mix intended for the plantation’s pigs.

“We would get up at 4 a.m., have some breakfast, and take lunch to the fields, where we would work until 5 p.m. every day of the week,” Palhares said. “There were times that money was so tight that we had to eat animal feed. We would eat the feed that we gave the pigs.

He also tells a story about getting impaled on the shoot of a cut coffee tree, a few inches from his heart. They used scotch tape to cover the wound. Pfft … not too poor to stop using brand name tape, I see.

  • dawgbone says:

    You can probably feed your family a little easier when there is say 2 or 3 kids instead of fucking 10.

    Those Sally Struthers infomercials used to bug the shit out of me…

    “(click)Umbilah can’t feed her 14 children on the $2.00 a month she makes cleaning elephant shit out of the town well”

    “For less than the cup of coffee a day, you can help (click)Umilah feed her 16 (yeah the dumb bitch went and had 2 more kids while we talked about her) kids, and give them medicine and clothing…”.

    At some point, you need to quit putting it in and just jerk off.

  • frickshun says:

    Crazy story. Puts my childhood of me & my black older brother’s adoption by a rich, white man who already had a teenage daughter into perspective. Love you Mr. D!!

    PS: You had me cracking up @ “brand name tape”.

  • agentsmith says:

    They used Scotch tape because they couldn’t afford duct tape, you monsters!

  • Komodo says:

    @dawgbone – 1,000pts. and an applause.

  • DefCon5 says:

    Damn, i thought Big Nog had it bad with the truck. =/

  • Reverend Clint says:

    Catholics deserve no pity

  • Marley Marl says:

    WTF is it with poor people having shit loads of kids, even in countries where there are no tax benefits or income like Australia. Every day I see poor people in Thailand with heaps of kids, or YOUNG 20yr olds with a couple of kids…

  • kentyman says:

    The guy’s a walkin’ 3M commercial!

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    Obviously these countries could benefit from a humanitarian air drop of dildos and fleshlights.

    Just think of the good that could be done if these people had access to sites like xvideos and

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    It’s almost like sex is an antidepressant or stress reliever for destitute people or something.

  • agentsmith says:

    It is for me.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    im taking a stand but not having children