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Feliz Dia del Boludo!

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Today is the Day of the Boludo and that give us a chance to talk about Argentinean culture, yet again!

What’s a boludo, you ask? It’s basically an idiot, someone who’s not very bright. But the campaign for Dia del Boludo is doing its best to assert another definition: a boludo is someone who follows the rules. The opposite is a vivo, someone who’s clever and likely a cheat. Vivos look for opportunities to take advantage of others typically by breaking the rules.

Argentina is full of both boludos and vivos. But the culture sometimes seems to respect vivos more than boludos and that’s what the gang over at El Dia del Boludo wants to change. In fact, I pulled most of these quiz questions from their Boludo Testimonials page, which is full of people confessing to being boludos.

Happy Day of the Boludo! Try our quiz (15 questions) and then let us know in the comments whether you’d categorize the three San Francisco hippies in the picture at the top of this post as boludos or vivos????

Boludo or Vivo – A Quiz

You see someone throw their empty bottle of water in the trash can. Is this person a .....

You’re at a crosswalk and the car pulling up speeds up and comes closer to the sidewalk. Is the driver a....

You wear your seatbelt. Are you a .....

You’re standing in a long line so you pull out your book to pass the time. When you look up from your book, you realize someone has cut in line an is now standing in front of you. Is this person a....

You sit down at a table in a cafe and notice that the person before you has left their wallet. You call the waiter over and tell him the wallet was left behind. Are you a ...

Your neighbor just had cable TV installed. Late one night, you cut into their cable and connect it to your TV without ever offering to pay part of the monthly bill. Are you a ...

On your way to the market every Saturday you pass a family sleeping on the sidewalk. You buy extra fruit at the market and leave the bag next to the family’s other belongings. Are you a....

You pay your taxes. Are you a ...

At election time, you’re excited about the change that’s coming because the person you are voting for has made big promises to fight corruption. Are you a ....

You would never cheat on your significant other. Are you a ....

You and a friend are walking on a narrow sidewalk that’s only large enough for two people. Another person is coming your way. You keep walking ahead without moving over to share the sidewalk. The person coming towards you has to stop, turn sideways and let you and your friend pass. Are you a ....

An old lady gets on the bus and the guy sitting next to you gets up to give her his seat. Is he a ...

You drive around for thirty minutes looking for a parking place because the only available spots are in front of someone’s garage and have clear 'No Parking' signs. Are you a ...

You see a woman talking on her cell phone while her dog leaves behind a pile of poop. When the dog is finished, the lady and her dog walk off. You have a plastic bag in your pocket so you hand it to her and ask her to pick up her dog’s mess. She ignores you, so you pick up the poop and throw it away. Are you a ....

After a really great dinner, the check comes and you notice that the bottle of wine you drank isn’t listed. You hurriedly pay your waiter and walk out without looking back. Are you a





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14 Comments To This Article… add one

  • Katie

    July 7, 2010, 1:32 pm Reply

    jajaja ¡Ese sketch me mató de risa!

    • Angela

      July 15, 2010, 5:55 pm Reply

      I tell ya… that Naty comes up with the best stuff!

  • Natucha

    July 7, 2010, 1:11 pm Reply

    Este programa Argentino “Todo por dos pesos”, es genial…aquí un sketch , se llama “Boluda Total”, espero que lo entienda hay mucho argentino aquí,:)


  • Katie

    July 7, 2010, 1:02 pm Reply

    ¡Qué boluda que soy! jajaja Nice job – this was a fun post. :)

    • Angela

      July 15, 2010, 5:56 pm Reply

      Glad you liked it. I knew you were a boluda, just like me :-)

  • Gretchen Atwood

    June 30, 2010, 10:04 pm Reply

    The folks asking for spare change in the picture are not hippies, though, just to clarify. There are very few “hippies” left in the Haight Ashbury anyway. Most of them can’t afford to live there as they are generally not in high-paying professions.

    The kids in the picture are either punks or pretending to be punks. Some forms of punk subculture is into squatting and begging for money. Kids from wealthy backgrounds are sometimes are drawn to punk aesthetics without actually having the political or philosophical awareness of people who have been part of the punk subculture for a long time.

    I would say punk folks who are true to their beliefs are boludos, those who pretend to be part of something and try to get people to believe they are a part of it when they are not…definitely vivos! They look like vivos to me… ;)

    • Angela

      July 1, 2010, 1:30 pm Reply

      That’s great info, Gretchen. My niece hates the word “hipster” for some of those same traits that are in the punk subculture. Basically, she says today’s hipsters are wannabes and lack authenticity. Seems the same for the punks in Haight Ashbury. Definitely vivos. Ah, in fact, another way to describe a vivo could be “one who lacks authenticity.”

  • Natucha32

    June 30, 2010, 12:40 am Reply

    Miro la foto que esta en el blog y tengo una gran contadiccion si son boludos o se hacen los boludos( vivos) para mi el mensajes que estan dando es muy lindo pero son VIVOS ya que quieren Levantar chicas!

    • Angela

      June 30, 2010, 8:09 pm Reply

      Si para mi son vivos mas que boludos. Pero en la manera normal de usar boludo, pueden ser boludos ellos, o no? Creo que les entra mas dinero con un cartel asi que con un cartel pidiendo trabajo o algo parecido.

    • Angela

      June 28, 2010, 7:26 pm Reply

      Gracias, Naty! Todos saben que vos siiiiiiii sos una boluda!

  • Manya

    June 28, 2010, 5:59 pm Reply

    Soy una boluda y yo se lo!

    • Angela

      June 28, 2010, 7:24 pm Reply

      Yo tambien….. una boluda total!

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