In the year 2007, at the peak of the housing bubble, four Mexican farm workers earning less than $15000/year each were somehow eligible purchasers of a $720000 home that they, in theory, had no chance of affording sfgate.com/entertainment/…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
The Mexican government sent around 500 of it's elite soldiers to be trained as commandos at Ft. Bragg(USA), in order to better combat the rising drug violence in the country. After training, many of the soldiers returned to Mexico, only to start the brutally violent drug cartel: Los Zetas. aljazeera.com/indepth/fea…
The Mexican Constitution is the first such document in the world to set out social rights, serving as a model for the Weimar Constitution of 1919 and the Soviet Constitution of 1918. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Princess Leia's hair in Star Wars was inspired by women of the Mexican revolution. snopes.com/fact-check/ori…
Today I learned of "Mexican Divorce", a practice in the mid 20th century where Americans would divorce in Mexico since it was easier, quicker, and only required the spouses to send in lawyers to the hearings instead of attending themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
In 1987 Corona was hit by the piss scandal. A rumour that Mexicans brewers were peeing in beer heading to the US market. The rumour was traced back to a Heineken distributor. snopes.com/fact-check/uri…
While serving in the Mexican-American war, future U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Monterrey hung off the side of the horse he was riding to use it as a shield while under sniper fire as the horse was still running. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uly…
Today I learned about John β€œLiver Eatin’” Johnson, a Mexican-American War veteran turned mountain man, who in 1847 started a personal vendetta against the Crow Nation after they killed his Flathead wife, he is said to have killed and scalped more than 300 Crows and then ate their livers as a sign of disrespect latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Zoot Suit Riots were a series of anti-Mexican youth riots in Los Angeles that happened in 1943. The suits worn were seen as unpatriotic because of the amount of fabric used, and later became prohibited during the Second World War because of their wastefulness of cloth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
Today I learned about Julia Pastrana, a Mexican woman who was toured around the world as "the bear woman". When she died in childbirth in 1860 her husband had her embalmed and continued touring. Her remains ended up in the basement of the University of Oslo. In 2013 she was finally laid to rest in Mexico. sciencedirect.com/science…
Mexican drug cartels are fighting over a multi-billion avocado industry. latimes.com/world-nation/…
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist. cnn.com/2018/12/26/us/bal…
America made bat bombs during World War II. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with over a thousand compartments, each containing a hibernating Mexican free-tailed bat with a small, timed incendiary bomb attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Antonio LΓ³pez de Santa Anna, the famous Mexican general of the 1800s, also served as president of Mexico on 12 separate occasions over 22 years, and for 3 different governments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The contemporary Day of the Dead festival is (mostly) not a survival of an ancient Mexican tradition, but rather a 1970s-vintage reinvention inspired by mixing traditional folk-practices and Roman Catholicism with 20th century pop-culture, art and social politics. jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5hj…
In 1914 Mexican avocados were banned in the United States. This ban lasted over 80 years until it was lifted in 1997. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Kuwae volcanic eruption affected the entire world. During the final siege of Constantinople the city's gardens failed and it was racked by a thunderstorm. There were crop failures in Sweden, the Chinese recorded countless died of cold and famine, and Mexican codices record frosts in fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
During the Mexican-American war, a battalion made up of mostly Irishmen called "St Patrick's Battalion" fought against the Americans, and when caught, were executed, making it the largest mass execution in United States history irishpost.com/life-style/…
In 1907, a Mexican railroad brakeman named JesΓΊs GracΓ­a saved the entire town of Nacozari by singlehandedly driving a damaged and burning train containing dynamite six kilometers away from the town before it finally exploded, killing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
In 1993, an FBI agent in a gorilla suit helped catch Mexican zoo officials who were attempting to smuggle primates from America to Mexico illegally. The five people that were caught were charged with trafficking primates in violation of federal laws protecting endangered species. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about Mexican singer Chalino Sanchez receiving a death threat telling him to stop singing at his last concert on May 15, 1992, but continued singing despite the warning. He was killed later that night in Culiacan, Sinaloa. policemag.com/373240/chal…
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, who is often portrayed as the epitome of Mexican machismo, never drank alcohol. He actually was so worried about alcoholism spreading in Mexico, that he banned alcohol from his province of Chihuahua. stanfordpress.typepad.com…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
"Coco" was originally about a Mexican-American boy coping with the death of his mother, learning to let her go and move on with his life. As the movie developed, Pixar realized that this is the opposite of what DΓ­a de los Muertos is about. theverge.com/2017/11/22/1…
The Mexican Constitution was the first document in history that said every person has the right to an education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In the aftermath of Katrina, Mexico deployed 184 personnel to aid relief,including handing out 100,000+ meals and supplies. This was the first flagged and uniformed deployment of Mexican military personnel in the USA in 150 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
A street, a handful landmarks & a few towns in LA were named after PΓ­o Pico, an Afro-Mexican and last governor of Alta California (when California was a part of Mexico) kcet.org/shows/lost-la/th…
Up until 1857, the Mexican Peso was legal tender in the United States. mexicounexplained.com/unt…
In 1924 China's main currency was the Mexican dollar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
The bank HSBC laundered so much drug money that the Mexican cartels moved their cash in boxes designed to match the dimensions of HSBC's teller windows. reuters.com/article/us-hs…
In 1980s Venice Beach, there was a group called MSA (Mexican Surf/Skate Association) whose purpose is to give kids an alternative to gang membership youtu.be/uq9cTgystuc?t=18…
In December 1958, fishing rights tensions between Mexico and Guatemala escalated. Seeking to distract from domestic protests, the Guatemalan Air Force strafed a row of Mexican trawlers, killing 3 fishermen. The president defended his brinkmanship, claiming they were pirates plotting an invasion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
A young cadet grabbed the Mexican flag, wrapped it around himself and jumped off the castle point to prevent the flag from falling into enemy hands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Tomato sauce is not Italian at all but Mexican. The first tomato sauces were already being sold in the markets of Tenochtitlan when Spaniards arrived, and had many of the same ingredients (tomatoes, bell peppers, chilies) that would later define Italian tomato pasta sauces 200 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune featured in a Mexican movie called Animas Trujano. The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1962 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Former Mexican president, Carlos Salinas de Gortari murdered his 12 year old maid with a shot in the head when he was four years old. artvoice.com/2018/04/26/m…
The post-punk British rock band, The Smiths, and their lead singer Morrissey, are incredibly popular amongst Chicanos (Mexican Americans). The phenomenon has inspired fan conventions, tribute bands, and is attributed to the lead singer's own split identity (Being Irish in England). pri.org/stories/2014-10-3…
The Central American/Southern Mexican Chechen tree, which produces very poisonous sap, grows next to the Chacan tree, which produces an antidote sap that remedies its counterpart. wideopenspaces.com/this-p…
In Mexico, there are 115,000 taco places. Meaning that, in average, every Mexican person has a taco place 400 meter (0.2 miles) away from them. medialab.up.edu.mx/notici…
The first generation of Mexican drug smugglers were Chinese-Mexican opium farmers from Sinaloa time.com/4173833/el-narco…
Today I learned of Vicente Guerrero, who was the 2nd president of Mexico, and the first Mexican president of African decent. One of his first acts was the immediate abolition of slavery on September 16, 1829. blackpast.org/african-ame…
Today I learned about The Bath Riots in the Mexican border. It was sparked because the US decided to use harmful chemicals, including gasoline, to disinfect people going through the borders vox.com/2019/7/29/8934848…
The Mexican government once opened fire on peaceful protestors. An estimated 300-400 civilians laid dead in the streets. In 2000, official government documents were released that showed the government employed snipers dressed as protestors to provoke the officers into shooting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tla…
Mexico's official name is the United Mexican States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In the mid 19th century the Mexican state of Yucatan declared independence from Mexico and petitioned the US to annex them. The US House of Representatives voted to approve the annexation, but the Senate rejected it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Mexican pointy boots are a style of pointed fashion boots made with elongated toes that are popular footwear for men in parts of Mexico. The boots are commonly worn in an ironic and comedic way by males involved in the mΓΊsica Trival subculture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Thomas Adams (founder of the chewing gum industry) conceived the idea while working as a secretary to former Mexican leader Antonio LΓ³pez de Santa Anna, who chewed a natural gum called Chicle. He made the chicle into a chewing gum called Chiclets. wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas…
The official name of Mexico is United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Today I learned about St. Patrick's Battalion, mostly Irish deserters who turned against the U.S. and fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War partly because they were abused for being Catholic immigrants by nativist Protestant superiors and fellow soldiers smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of The Porvenir Massacre, an incident on 1918 outside the village of Porvenir in Presidio County, Texas, in which Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and local ranchers killed 15 unarmed Mexican villagers, both men and boys. Then razed the village to the ground days later. texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
Taco Bell tried twice to enter the Mexican market. Both times failed spectacularly, locals decried the food as inauthentic and a joke. munchies.vice.com/en_us/a…
Thurop Van Orman, created and voiced title character 'The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack', took inspiration from his own misadventures as a kid like trying to live on a rattlesnake infested island and later trying to live in a Mexican jungle before resorting to eating out of dumpsters. animationmagazine.net/peo…
There was group of Irish Immigrants that served in the Mexican army after switching sides during the Mexican-American War and they were known as the St. Patrick's Battalion irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
A very popular song at Mexican parties is a Spanish version of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" youtube.com/watch?v=ZHl74…
The most popular version of the Mexican song La Cucaracha is about a cockroach that can’t walk because it doesn’t have marijuana to smoke. This version was sung by Poncho Villa’s troops in battle during the Mexican Revolution. leafly.com/news/lifestyle…
Ulysses S Grant thought that the Mexican American War was one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysse…
Mexican president JosΓ© LΓ³pez Portillo made a speech asking for forgiveness over his mistakes as President and the economic crisis. He famously broke in tears during his speech after asking for the forgiveness of Mexico's poor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The vast number of murals in Mexico City were thought to educate the Mexican people, and the movement was important in the art history of the nation as well as its impact on the educational and expressive capabaility of the broader society en.mxcity.mx/2016/09/7-mo…
Donald Duck was used as logo by a mexican beverage company called Pascual since 1940. They even changed his name to Pato Pascual (Pascual Duck). Disney sued them in 1980, but the case was not resolved until 2007, when Pascual decided to create their own design for the character. reuters.com/article/indus…
The First Mexican Republic had nine presidents in its eleven years of existence, one of whom was ousted after only fifteen days in office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Mexican Communist Party was founded by MN Roy, who was an Indian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The singing and playing of the Mexican National Anthem is regulated by law. It may not be altered in any fashion, nor can it be used for commercial or promotional purposes. It may only be performed during solemn acts of official, civic, cultural, scholastic or sport character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Him…
Mexican President Álvaro ObregΓ³n had his right arm blown off. The blast nearly killed him, and he attempted to put himself out of his misery and fired his pistol. ObregΓ³n always wore clothing tailored to show that he had lost his arm in battle, a visible sign of his sacrifice to Mexico en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Mexican food was named by UNESCO as an "intangible cultural heritage of mankind" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned about Wenseslao Moguel, who was sentenced to death by firing squad for suspected ties to the Mexican Revolution. After taking 8-9 shots plus a final bullet to the head, he survived to be named "El Fusilado", or, "The Executed One" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
Only one speciesβ€”Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palmβ€”is native to California. All of L.A.'s other palm species, from the slender Mexican fan palms that line so many L.A. boulevards to the feather-topped Canary Island date palm, have been imported. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/a-…
During the Mexican-American War, 600 Irish soldiers deserted the U.S. Army and fought alongside Mexico due to mistreatment for being Catholic. mexico.mx/en/articles/wha…
Today I learned of the Isla Bermeja. A Mexican island appearing on maps since 1535 which, in 1990, no longer existed. Not quite "it was gone", more "there was no proof it EVER existed. mexicounexplained.com/isl…
Mexican Cola-Cola is more popular in the US because it is considered more 'natural tasting.' A scientific analysis found no sucrose (standard sugar), but found fructose and glucose similar to other soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The origin of hoosegow, and it turns out to be from the Mexican Spanish word juzgao, a jail, which came from juzgado for a tribunal or courtroom and it shifted to mean a jail because the two were often in the same building. worldwidewords.org/weirdw…
Today I learned of BatallΓ³n de San Patricio, a largely Catholic/Irish unit in the Mexican army during the Mexican-American War. Many had deserted the protestant U.S. Army over persecution, and made for tenacious opponents. Their story was silenced in the U.S., but they became celebrated martyrs in Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Mexican bureaucracy is so pervasive that in 2009, a researcher estimated that getting a permit to paint a house required six months and a dozen visits to govt offices en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
You can't import Garbage Pail Kids cards or merchandise into Mexico. In the 80's, outraged parents successfully petitioned the Mexican Education Ministry to ban the import and sale of the cards and all associated images. orlandosentinel.com/news/…
Lab analysis of Mexican Coca Cola shows it contains no sucrose i.e. "real sugar" and instead has a blend of fructose and glucose similar to US coke goranlab.com/pdf/Ventura%…
In 1999 Brad Pitt rented out a Mexican resort and filled it with friends. He then had the power cut at midnight, the resort raided by the government, and one of his friends "arrested" on drug charges, all as an elaborate prank. youtube.com/watch?v=D9eJ9…
In 1947, Harry Truman became the first President to make an official visit to Mexico City. "I have never had such a welcome in my life," he told the Mexican legislature as hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets to see and cheer an American President for the first time selfdiscoveryportal.com/a…
Magdalena Solis, a Mexican prostitute was paid to imitate an Incan goddess as part of a scam. She began to believe she was a goddess so she took over the cult and began sacrificing her followers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
The Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa starred in a biopic of himself which featured authentic combat footage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The name of the big Mexican guitar played in mariachi bands literally means β€œbig Mexican guitar” (guitarron Mexicano) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The original name for Texas Pete hot sauce was to have been "Mexican Joe", but the company preferred an American name for the product wideopeneats.com/how-nort…
Mexican narcocorridos are songs which discuss love, drugs, cartels, and violence. They are technically gangster polka. sfgate.com/music/article/…
In 1983, a mexican electrician inadvertently spilled thousands of cobalt 60 pellets in Ciudad Juarez, which eventually made their way into two foundries and contaminated 3,000 tons of steel, causing one of the worst nuclear accidents in north american history. nytimes.com/1984/05/01/sc…
Today I learned of Kingo Nonaka, he emigrated to Mexico and learned nursing, joined the Mexican revolution, participated in 14 combat operations alongside Francisco Villa and would later become the first documentary photographer of Tijuana and founder of the National Institute of Cardiology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Gary Dahl became a millionaire almost overnight by selling rocks he got off a Mexican beach to Americans as pets for $4. nothingbutnostalgia.com/p…
Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes is known as the β€œCathedral of Art in Mexico.” It has an unusual mix of Art Nouveau and Neo Classical and soaring Art Deco on the inside. On top of the main cupola is a cluster of statues depicting a Mexican eagle and figures representing the dramatic arts havecamerawilltravel.com/…
In 1846, Henry David Thoreau refused to pay his taxes because he objected the Mexican-American War and slavery. He spent the night in jail for his actions. This popularized the concept of Civil Disobedience, peacefully protesting a law, which later influenced Gandhi, MLK, and Leo Tolstoy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Ancient Mexicans were the only New World civilization who invented the wheel, and it is the only known instance of the wheel having been invented independently of the Sumerian version. straightdope.com/columns/…
An indigenous Mexican woman from the Tarahumara community won a 50km race featuring 500 runners from 12 countries while wearing a skirt and sandals made from tyre rubber bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
Napoleon's brother (Joseph Bonaparte) lived in New York City and Philadelphia, but later settled in New Jersey. Some Mexican revolutionaries reportedly offered to crown him Emperor of Mexico in 1820, but he declined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The modern Mexican Army has no Tanks. globalfirepower.com/count…
Today I learned about the "San Patricios", a group of Irish-American draftees that were so mistreated by the American army that they defected to Mexico during the Mexican-American War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The first airplane dogfight was between two American mercenaries on opposing sides in the Mexican Revolution. Both men had orders to kill, but neither pilot wanted to harm the other, so they exchanged multiple volleys of pistol fire, intentionally missing before exhausting their ammunition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Big bird has a Mexican cousin named Abelardo Mon muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ab…
Monumento a Los NiΓ±os HΓ©roes, Mexico City, honors the β€˜boy heroes,’ six young cadets, ages 13 to 20, who perished in battle while defending Chapultepec castle. Legend has it one of them, Juan Escutia, wrapped himself in a Mexican flag and leaped to his death rather than surrender lonelyplanet.com/mexico/m…
Today I learned of La Familia Michoacana - a Mexican drug cartel whose organization is based on a perceived divine right to kill its enemies and a "bible" written by one of the leaders that fuses evangelical preaching with insurgent peasant sayings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
In the Mexican state of Chiapas, Coca-Cola can be easier to find than bottled water and has led to a diabetes epidemic which has increased 30 percent between 2013 and 2016 and is now the second-leading cause of death after heart disease nytimes.com/2018/07/14/wo…
Since the Mexican constitution limits leaders to a single six-year term, its presidents invest in massive infrastructure projects that become their legacies. The Unidad Independencia was LΓ³pez Mateos’s megaproyecto, designed to alleviate poverty, glorify his presidency, and impress visitors placesjournal.org/article…
In 2018, the government of Mexico City granted Intangible Cultural Heritage status to Lucha Libre (pro wrestling). In 1863, Enrique Ugartechea, the first Mexican wrestler, invented Mexico’s Lucha Libre based on Greco-Roman wrestling theyucatanpost.com/2018/1…
Taco Bell was founded by Glen Bell who watched long lines of customers at a Mexican restaurant. He ate there regularly, attempting to reverse-engineer the taco recipe, and eventually persuaded the owners to show him how they were prepared. With this knowledge, he opened a stand selling tacos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…

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