Pinball Machines: The Latest Victims of COVID-19 in Mexico

Reddit user IranRoman in Guanajuato, Mexico, captured this image showing two unsuspecting victims of COVID-19: Retro arcade games.

The sign literally says “Out of order because COVID-19,” which in Spanish sounds like they are not working because they “got” the virus, and not that they’re not available because of the virus.

Regardless, this is yet one more excuse for this blogger to exclaim… Mexicans: How can anyone not like us?

Photo Via Reddit

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Just Say ‘Gracias’ and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gracias, Jesús

This blogger will be taking some time off to embark on a food and drink rampage spiritual retreat to plan for the year ahead and thank my paisanos for all the hard work and for enduring stuff like thisthis and this on a daily basis.

Also, I wanted you to know I’m officially kicking off the Guajolote-Reyes marathon, which runs from Thursday Nov. 26 and all the güey through January 6, 2021.

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RIP Diego Maradona

Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, multiple media reported on Wednesday, November 25.

This blogger was hoping the reports were false but at the time of this writing it looked like it had been confirmed. There is not much to say right now, except he was quite the character and among this blogger’s favorite moments was when he called Donal Trump “El Peluca” and snapped at him for not giving him a U.S. visa.

Maradona was so beloved in his native Argentina that there is even a “Maradonian Church,” with it’s own version of The Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary.

This post would be updated as anecdotes (and of course memes) start to trickle in. In the meantime, Buen Viaje, D10s!

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Old El Paso Launches ‘Tortilla Pockets’ for People who Know Nothing about Tortillas –or Tacos

Remember Old El Paso?

Well, the General Mills’ owned brand is back in the news, now with the launch of “Tortilla Pockets Kits,” because apparently their target consumers are too dumb to eat a regular taco made with real tortillas.

Tortilla Pockets, say their creators, “are sealed at the bottom to offer a mess-free solution at mealtimes and are ideal for a quick bite on the go.” And, no, this is not a joke. They’re already on sale in England and Australia.

Oh and “food” writers and editors seem to totally dig them!

“Eating tacos is a precarious business. After years of practise, few of us have perfected the fine art of filling a taco and getting it into our mouths without losing half of it to the floor,” writes Erina Starkey, a restaurant and news editor in Australia, which -granted- is not really known for its Mexican gastronomy. “The nifty pocket design provides a perfect cup for filling up with mince, cheese and salad so you never have to worry about dry-cleaning those salsa stains again.”

¡Ay, Erina!

Via: Delicious.com.au / Hat tip: Lone Star Vegan

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YOU GUYS! The Concha AirPods Case Is Here…

I’m in LOVE

…and I’m buying it as we speak, because what else is there to do in these times of crisis, pandemic and uncertainty?

Via: Etsy.com

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¡Dios Mío! There is a Latino Cards Against Humanity

I don’t know who needs to hear this but Fitz Games has launched a party game targetting Latinos (or, as they like to call them now, the Latinx community.)

Called ¡Dios Mío! the game comes on the heels of other creations targetting specific groups, including “The Queer Agenda,” for the LGBTQ community and “The Chosen One,” for Jewish people.

According to Fitz Games, “¡Dios Mio!” is “a Latino Cards Against Humanity,” specifically designed with Latinx people in mind. It includes 420 cards, which are fully bilingual, and a series of additional packs to make your game more “picante.” Among said additions? Cuban, Puertorriqueña and Sucias.

¿Sucias? I I have one thing to say: ¡Ay Dios Mío!

Via: Hola magazine

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The Coronavirus Corrido Is Here and it Was Inevitable

Mexican duet Alan y Roberto dedicate latest creation to a pesky virus.

It took Alan y Roberto (a Mexican duet) barely two hours to write a corrrido dedicated to the coronavirus, but the song is on its way to become a YouTube hit.

“I told him we are going to make a theme for them [Latinos impacted by COVID-19]… give them encouragement, hope and a positive message. Because the truth is something that many people are going through”, Alan Meza, told Univision Arizona.

“We have never had to experience something like this, really,” added Roberto Meza. “I know that there was a lot of fear, a lot of uncertainty on the part of the people and the truth was that was our mission, to carry that message.”

As is mostly the case with corridos, the tune is monotonous and kind of generic but what seals the deal are the lyrics. Always. Here’s a taste

Everyone was very scared, because of the coronavirus

We ran out of toilet paper, rice and even beans

Water is also becoming scarce

But fear not, it will all be over soon

Stoers, restaurants, schools and bars have closed their doors

But better be safe and be alert…

¡Ajúa!

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Biden Beats Trump and this Is the Tabloid Cover for the Ages

I’ve spent many, MANY, years on this blog trying to explain “Latin things” or “Mexican things” to a mostly monolingual, crowd and I believe I’ve been pretty good at it.

Until now.

The above cover by a Mexican tabloid perfectly captured (prematurely, mind you)  what happened on November 7, 2020, when the presidential election was finally called for Joe Biden, making Trump one of the few incumbents to lose a bid for reelection (thank God!) It also makes it harder to explain, so I will let the wonderful people from Urban Dictionary to take it from here.

Thanks, perro!

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Elon Musk Launches Teslaquila, a Tesla-branded Tequila, Because 2020 Is not Ridiculous Enough

As if I needed another reason to despise Elon Musk, the annoying mogul has officially launched Teslaquila, a Tesla-branded liquor that can be yours for “only” $250.

The first time I heard of Teslaquila was back in April 2018, because it was supposed to be an April Fool’s Day joke about the automaker filing for bankruptcy. But Musk being Musk this thing is here now, making it yet one more hideous 2020 surprise.

Via: Tesla.com

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Why I’ll Never Get a Job in Mexico

This fine Mexican salon is hiring a stylist who won’t show up hungover at work –and I’m running out of options, here!

Photo via Reddit

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Act Now! The Grammatically-Challenged ‘Latinos for Trump’ T-Shirts Are Now on Sale

LatinoParaTrump

Via: Zazzle.com

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Mexican Restaurant Owner Has a Message for the Haters

The bigger, more simple version of a sign advocating for social justice is even better.

Looks like advocating for equality and social justice doesn’t go down well among some people. Take some Iowans, who found a sign posted outside a Mexican restaurant a little too… politically correct.

The story goes like this. Alfonso Medina, owner of La Carreta Mexican Grill in Marshalltown, Iowa, had placed the below sign outside his restaurant as a way to take a stand in favor of science, social justice, equality… crazy, right?

The original sign posted outside La Carreta Mexican Grill in Des Moines, Iowa.

According to CNN, the offending sign brought lots of hate mail to Mr. Medina, including one letter that actually blew up on social media. Said letter came from a customer, who addressed Mr. Medina by name, said he had recently spent a lot of money in his restaurant but that –upon seeing the sign– he’d never eat there again. This person actually ended the misive by calling Medina “a leftist Marxist.”

Mr. Medina took to Instagram to respond by saying: “We’re sorry your burrito had to get political, but it was the only way y’all would listen.” The IG post ended with a bang: “No Love, No Tacos.” Then, just like any genuine “leftist Marxist,” would do, Mr. Medina copyrighted the No Love, No Tacos slogan; adopted it for his restaurant and even paid for a large billboard to display it.

Filing under Mexicans: How can anyhone not like us?

Via: CNN

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Totino’s Releases Takis Fuego Cheese Bites, Because 2020 Hates me

Totino’s Takis Fuego? Sure! It’s 2020; any sh*t will do.

I’m sorry to inform you Totino’s has released “mozzarella cheese bites coated with Takis Fuego seasoning,” because 2020 really, really hates me.

These “poppable” rolls feature a mozzarella-like filling and can be found at the frozen aisle of most major supermarkets for “only” $5 each.

Now if y’all excuse me, I’m going back to bed and try to wake up in 2021.

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The Perfect Halloween Costume Doesn’t Exi….

Build the Wall, my people are ready

Say what you will about my people; we’re the awesomest bunch and all…

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Today in Awkward Translations…

Even Google Translate knows that the best translation for “Dulce de leche” is caramel, but oh well…

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