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Fifteen things
we'd like you to know about Mexico

(and then you can go back to what you were doing)

by John Troesser
  1. Mexicans don't say Ole.
  2. Mexico is part of North America.
  3. Pancho Villa is not a hero to all Mexicans.
  4. They have 32 States and a Federal District.
  5. They refer to their Capital City as Mexico. There is also the State of Mexico, however Mexico (the Capital) is not in Mexico (the State), although both are in Mexico (the Country). Questions?
  6. The flag that flew over the Alamo is on display at Chapultepec Castle (Under 24 hour Guard).
  7. It's all right to call a person from Mexico a Mexican. People from Spain are Spanish.
  8. It's a law that every Mexican song must contain the word "corazon" in the lyrics.
  9. The Texas Navy was once employed by Yucatan to blockade Mexican ships.
  10. Javelina means Javelin (the spear) in Spanish, not the pig's wild cousin.
  11. The Movie "Grease" was shown in Mexico under the title "Vaselina."
  12. Javelina con Vaselina means a slippery spear, not a greased pig.
  13. Italian Movies are shown in Mexico without subtitles.
  14. Mexican tourists visiting the U.S. get diarrhea too.
  15. Texas Escapes now has a correspondent in Mexico.
    Click here for Maggie Van Ostrand's Mexico
June, 2000
John Troesser


Readers' Comments
2. Mexico is part of North America.
Well, that's true, but they still call us U.S. folks "Norteamericanos". Matter of fact, I had a pleasant young college student in Mexico City give me a good lecture about the problem of the Norteamericano influence on their culture. - Aussie M, July 04, 2000

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