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Which is better — healthy nori seaweed snacks or fatty, spicy bad-carb-loaded chips? Your Abuelita knows best!

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Chile peppers were first domesticated in the area now known as Oaxaca, in eastern Mexico, about 8000 years ago, according to scientists.

Popular Archeology explains:

Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper — now the world’s most widely grown spice crop — reports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis.

Results from the four-pronged investigation — based on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic data — suggest a regional, rather than a geographically specific, birthplace for the domesticated chili pepper. [Mas…]

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We’re not climate scientists but we’re pretty sure it rains a lot more in Mexico than in, say, Saudi Arabia. Here’s why.

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The more you use the Internets, the more likely you are to lose your religion, according to a new study.

NPR explains:

America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation has been growing rapidly, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage of Americans who say they used the Internet went from nearly zero in 1990 to 87 percent this year.

Now, a detailed data analysis finds the two trends aren’t just related, but that wider Internet use may actually be leading us to lose our religion. [Mas…]

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Sometimes you feel a little … Mexican @ Chi-Chi’s (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN April 23, 2014 Cultura
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Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you feel a little Mexican. Am I right, people? ¡Orale! Let’s hear it out there! Give it up for the Mexicans! You, Pedro wearing the Pendleton, put down the filero before you applaud. OK. No offense, ese. Just sayin’. Everybody feels Mexican in this this goofy 1987 commercial […]

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National Poetry Month: ‘Obama Shoulda Seen This’ (NSFW video, photos)

by Especial Correspondents April 22, 2014 Cultura
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National Poetry Month means — to us — poems by and for the people, like Jesús Iñiguez with his poem about immigration. Spoiler alert — Iñiguez is not exactly happy with Administration policies and questions President Obama’s legacy. [NSFW "F-bomb."] Post by Jesús Iñiguez.   More from the Obama Legacy blog:

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Emily Cranz Cantillano: Chicana 1950s-60s starlet (photos, videos)

by Comic Saenz April 22, 2014 Cultura

Bill “Memo” Nericcio, author, professor at San Diego State University and proprietor of the Tex[t]-Mex Gallery, explores pop culture to unearth fascinating tidbits of Mexicana-Americana. Memo just uncovered photos and videos (well sorta uncovered — a guy can fantasize!) sexy late 1950s-early-60s starlet Tucson-born Emily Cranz. Memo writes: Just fell into a labyrinth of Mexican cinema history built around […]

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Mascot Madness! Brazil’s Mr. Balls, meet India’s Mr. Poo (NSFW video)

by Verdana Bold April 22, 2014 Cultura
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This story is not about the shameful racist pro sports team mascots that purport to honor Native Americans. It’s about icky Senhor Testiculo (photo, above left), the mascot of Brazil’s cancer society, who we think has just been “out-grossed” by Mr. Poo (photo, right), who comes to us from UNICEF in India. Señor Poo is central […]

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Mexicans + Lexington, Kentucky = ‘Mexington’ (photos, audio)

by Bronco del Camino April 21, 2014 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. Here’s a student podcast interview with the Profe (he’s on the Twitter, too) and a few selected photos […]

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The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: ‘Religion’ (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 21, 2014 Cultura
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People believe all sorts of stuff about religion, smart people especially. Here’s your guide. PREVIOUSLY ON IDIOT’S GUIDE:

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Three things we found on Facebook last week (toons)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 21, 2014 Cartoons
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Famed folksinger Janis Ian, burlesque lucha libre icon Lucha LaVoom and actor/director Lisa Rinna shared some collective wisdom on Facebook that we found very helpful. Maybe you will too!

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Alice Bag: ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC April 20, 2014 Audio
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Pocha punk pioneer Alice Bag wishes you Happy Easter with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ, Superstar. She uploaded this track late Saturday night. PREVIOUSLY ON ALICE BAG:

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Life of Brian: ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’ (video + lyrics)

by MOE HADDOW April 20, 2014 Cultura
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We’re with Brian: “If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten!” Happy Easter! (NSFW because they sing “shit.”) Sing along with these handy lyrics (and guitar chords):

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Los Agresivos de la Sierra: ‘Bunny Rabbit Dance’ (music video)

by Victor Payan April 19, 2014 Cultura
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El Baile del Coñejito (The Bunny Rabbit Dance) from Los Agresivos de la Sierra is a Happy Easter shoutout from Zacatecas to Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the EEUU of A!

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Pizza Patron: Our ‘La Chingona’ pies sold despite haters (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN April 18, 2014 Cultura
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Last month we made fun of the out-of-touch radio stations who wouldn’t run commercials for Pizza Patron’s massive pepperoni and jalapeño topped pie because the La Chingona name was too, uhm, spicy. Silly squares! The joke was on you, and the triumphant mad men and marketeers at the Texas-based company posted this video Thursday to […]

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Documentary video captures ‘Last Supper’ in Jerusalem

by DANIEL BEN-DAVID April 18, 2014 Cultura
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Mel Brooks’ documentary crew had their cameras rolling in Jerusalem Thursday evening when Nazareth carpenter Yehoshua Ben-Yosef and friends gathered for Passover seder that could turn out to be Ben-Yosef’s last supper. PREVIOUSLY ON EASTER:

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