Mexico Facts

Mexico Facts

Mexico’s official name is United Mexican States.

Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world with 121 million people.

Mexico has 68 official languages.

In Mexico, artists can pay their taxes with artwork.

The world’s largest pyramid is not in Egypt but in Mexico.

Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.

The Aztecs used Cacao seeds as a form of currency.

The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people

Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago.

Mexico’s 34th President ruled for less than an hour, and then quit.

San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.

Mexico is the world’s fattest country.

Illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has decreased by 80% since 2000.

Mexico City boasts the largest taxi fleet in the world with 100,000 taxis running every day.

In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join WW1 by attacking the U.S. in order to recover the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

There is only one gun shop in Mexico. 90% of the country’s firearms are smuggled in from the USA.

The first great civilization in Mexico were the Olmec, established from 1500 B.C. to 400 B.C.

Yucatan, Mexico, was named after a misunderstanding. Spaniards asked the locals what was the place called. They replied “Yucatan,” which in their language means “I don’t understand you.”

Every year, residents of Naco, Arizona, join residents of Naco, Mexico, for a volleyball match at the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.

The only country to protest against the German annexation of Austria of 1938, right before WWII, was Mexico.

Mexico was named “New Spain” when Hernan Cortes conquered the territory from the Aztecs.

In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.

Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 and became a Republic until it joined the U.S. in 1845.

75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald’s hamburger buns.

There is a town in Mexico where people have a huge fist fight to ask the gods for a good rainy season.

After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City in 1985, nearly all newborn babies survived a collapsed hospital for 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.

The Golden State Fence Company, hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall, was fined US$5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.

Sugary drinks kill more people than violent crime in Mexico.

In 1943, a fissure opened in a farmer’s cornfield in Mexico, growing into a five story tall volcano in only a week and up to 1,100 feet after a year.

English is Louis C.K.’s second language. He was raised in Mexico and exclusively spoke Spanish until age seven.

From 2009 to 2014, more Mexicans left the U.S. than migrated into the country.

Since 1981, Mexico does not extradite to countries that are seeking the death penalty, and has successfully defended 400 of its citizens charged with a capital offence in the U.S.

 

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