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Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT MEXICO

Ah, Mexico – a place where food and drink collide in a perfect cacophony of delicious chaos. This place is the stuff of beans. We mean, uh, dreams. Travelling through Mexico, you’ll begin to see a certain theme occurring. That theme will usually involve street side tacos and sipping mescal. And if it doesn’t, you’re doing it wrong.

1. KEEP IT OG

Mexico’s official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, which means ‘United Mexican States’

2. DON’T BE AN ASS

In 2008, Mexico jailed a donkey for assault and battery after it kicked and injured two men.

3. DESCENDED LANGUAGE

Descendents of the Aztecs speak a language called Nahuatl. Some words from this language, mostly for types of food, made their way into the English language, such as avocados (ahuacatl), chocolate, (choholatl) and tomatoes (tomatl).

4. VOLCANO MAMMALS

The Mexican volcano rabbit is endemic to Mexico and lives on volcanoes. It is tiny, and the second smallest rabbit in the world after the pygmy rabbit. It’s also endangered, so leave them alone.

5. UNSPORTSMANLIKE

The Aztecs played a ball game known as tlachtli. Sure, it sounds fun, but the losers would be sacrificed to the gods, which isn’t so fun.

6. SI SENOR

Mexico is home to more Spanish-speaking people than any other country in the world. Yes, even Spain.

7. YOU LOOK RADISHING

Oaxaca has a festival to celebrate radishes every December.

8. SCORPION RISING

Roughly 1000 people die in Mexico from scorpion stings every year. Do not pet the scorpions.

9. NAMING RIGHTS

Tabasco sauce, the Chihuahua dog and tequila are all named after areas in Mexico. Who knew?

10. AGAVE WORM TACOS

These worms live on the plants that are used to make mezcal – one of Mexico’s traditional spirits. You can buy tacos with these worms in them. They taste a bit like bacon, but squishier.

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