Dear 100 Hour Board,
I watch soccer pretty frequently, and lately I was wondering why Brazilian soccer players never seem to go by anything other than their nicknames? The brazilians I know have lots of names, but I think almost every player on the brazil national team goes by some kind of nickname, which just doesn't make sense to me, because in every other national soccer team, and most other sports, athletes are incredibly willing to make me learn their long names, is there a reason for this?
-The Old Bookshop
Dear Ye Old Bookshoppe,
I knew that there were a few like Hulk, but after taking a look at the roster I was shocked at how many people go by just their nicknames. While Brazilians do have lots of names, most people just go by their first names. The Brazilians I know said that their teachers always went by their first names, as did people in their ward, and pretty much everyone except in the most formal settings. My guess is that the athletes are just following with that cultural norm. Plus, it sounds really cool. Hope this helps.