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The Superinteressante ("Super" or "Super Interessante", Portuguese for super interesting) is a Brazilian scientific and cultural magazine, that uses simple language focusing on the understanding of complicated tocpics by the general public. It is published monthly since September 1987 by Editora Abril and competes with "Galileu Magazine", published by Editora Globo, that follows a similar style.
In 1987, Editora Abril bought the rights for Spanish magazine Muy Interesante to publish it in Brazil after translation. However, the magazine's editors found that the style of the articles was not suitable for the Brazilian public, and decided to write their own articles, maintaining Muy Interesante's layout and style.
The magazine was first published as a small paperback with less than twenty pages (called "Edição 0"), that came bundled with popular magazines of the time. The second edition, however, was sold separately, featuring a cover article about superconductivity. That edition was a very big success and sold out at most retailers.
Nowadays, the magazine is the most influential of its genre in Brazil, with its own website, and biannual DVD's. It also spawned Mundo Estranho, that started as a section of Superinteressante but grew to be a separate magazine.
Superinteressante currently publishes the following sections:
- Desabafo: publishing of letters from the readers;
- Agora, escuta: the editor's answer to select letters published in "Desabafo";
- Superentrevista: interviews of scientists, religious leaders and other people relevant to the articles' content
- Essencial: short stories;
- Supernotícias: short and simple curiosities
- Super-respostas: answers to questions made by the readers, this time in more detail;
- Quem foi...: a biography of less-known people in history;
- E se...: articles about what would happen if a certain event in history was different, like "What if the Axis had won the Second World War?" or "What if the Moon had never existed?";
- Super-Cult: cultural novelties;
- Retrô: about nostalgia (old movies, toys and etc.);
- Super-Manual: Survivor's Guide is its second title. Explains how to survive unusual events.
- Zoom: pictures and artwork of one subject, mixing art with science.
Mundo Estranho Magazine
Mundo Estranho (literally "strange world" in Portuguese), first issued November 2001, is a popular diversities magazine,which started as a section in Superinteressante, but was already a separate paperback a few months after its first issue, now a separate magazine.
Abril is known to have published other magazines written by the same team as Super, but with different subjects. These bear the "Super" logo right under their titles to signify this. They include:
- Adventures in History, a history magazine;
- Vida simples: it focuses in Eastern philosophy.