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  1. Liquid Nitrogen Pool Party Poisons Nine in Mexico, Leaves One Victim Comatose

    With summer coming, it's a good idea to remember that pouring liquid nitrogen into a pool might look cool, but is ultimately a terrible idea.

    For no doubt the first time ever, a bad decision was made a pool party sponsored by Jagermeister. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. This bad call, though, went beyond the standard ill-starred hookup or barf-inducing round of Jager Bombs as organizers poured liquid nitrogen into the swimming pool. While this produced the desired 'smoke on the water' effect organizers were seeking, it also had an unintended consequence, creating a cloud of nitrogen gas that asphyxiated party goers and left several hospitalized, including a 21-year-old man who remains in a coma.

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  2. Meet Morris, The Adorable Cat Running for Mayor of Xalapa, Mexico

    His campaign promise: "To rest and to frolic."

    Two students in the Xalapa, Mexico were frustrated by a seemingly endless stream of politicians lying and failing to fulfill campaign promises. In protest, they nominated a black-and-white cat named Morris to run for mayor. Election Day is July 7th, and so far this has gone about as well as you might expect.

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  3. Apple’s Lost the Ability to Sell Under the iPhone Name in Mexico Thanks to Fight They Picked

    Part of the whole trademark nonsense is the idea that they have to be aggressively enforced lest they be lost to the company that filed them. It's why a number of lawsuits are filed about brand names versus slightly similar brand names, and it's a mighty headache for small companies that get caught in the crossfire just because they happen to share a name in some way with a larger company or their product. This is the reasoning that saw Apple take on iFone, a Mexican telecommunications company. Unfortunately for Apple, they've lost in a big way and now won't be able to sell phones under the iPhone name in Mexico.

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  4. Archaeologists find evidence of 2,500-year-old chocolate

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    Archeologists have long thought that cacao beans and pods were primarily used in pre-Columbian cultures to make an elite beverage, made by crushing up the beans and mixing them with liquids or allowing their pulp to ferment. But a recent discovery by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History has shifted our understanding of the ancient food, suggesting that the historical plant might have actually been used as a sauce or condiment much earlier than previously thought.

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  5. Japanese Businessmen Dance Their Way Across Mexico [Video]

    The latest music video from former mixed martial artist Genki Sudo and his musical project WORLD ORDER is as visually surreal as it is catchy. In it, a troupe of seven well-dressed Japanese men dance their away across Mexico. Though, "dancing" really doesn't give credit to the tightly choreographed moves and the physical endurance of the men involved. Together, the group creates a series of strange, wonderful images -- without, it appears, the aid of CGI. Watch it, you won't regret it.

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  6. Mexican Twitter Users Face 30 Years in Jail for "Tweet Terrorism"

    According to the UK Guardian, two people have been arrested in Mexico for spreading incorrect information over the Twitter messaging service. Local officials intend to prosecute the accused man and woman under the country's terrorism laws, meaning the pair could face up to 30 years in prison. The arrests stemmed from rumors of a school in Veracruz being stormed by gunmen which were tweeted by school teacher Gilberto Martinez Vera and radio personality Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola. These rumors were taken as fact by a nervous populous, and led to a reported 26 car accidents as concerned parents rushed to schools in order to protect their children from imaginary dangers. Emergency phonelines apparently became paralyzed under the sheer bulk of calls concerning the false gunmen. What's still unclear where the rumors originated from.

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  7. Man Claims to Have Caught a Fairy That Looks Suspiciously Like a Tinkerbell Figurine

    Jose Maldonado, a bricklayer in Guadalajara, Mexico recently managed to do something that no one has been able to pull off: He captured a fairy. Best Week Ever quotes him as saying:

    I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly. I picked it up and felt that it was moving; when I looked at it I knew that it was a fairy godmother.
    Not necessarily his fairy godmother, but a fairy godmother. Still better than, say, a plastic fairy figurine, right? Following his discovery, he took the fairy godmother and preserved her in formaldehyde (presumably because he assumed she was already dead) and is now showing her off to all comers, for a price. Currently unemployed, Jose is asking for donations from the thousands of people who have come to see and, at least to some extent, are convinced. “I’ve seen everything and, yes, I believe the fairy is real,” said one visitor who has apparently seen everything, except maybe Peter Pan.

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  8. The Last Two Speakers of a Dying Language Refuse to Speak to Each Other

    According to linguists, there are only two people left in the world who can fluently speak Ayapaneco, a language native to Mexico. They both live less than a mile apart in the village of Ayapa in the Mexican state of Tabasco. And they won't speak to each other. Manuel Segovia is 75 and Isidro Velazquez is 69, and apparently, they do not like each other very much.

    "They don't have a lot in common," says Daniel Suslak, a linguistic anthropologist from Indiana University, who is involved with a project to produce a dictionary of Ayapaneco. Segovia, he says, can be "a little prickly" and Velazquez, who is "more stoic," rarely likes to leave his home.
    With or without any friendship between the two men, language death seems like a very real possibility for Ayapaneco, which a linguistics professor interviewed by the Guardian describes as "a 'linguistic island' surrounded by much stronger indigenous languages." But there's still a tiny bit of hope:, the National Indigenous Language Institute is trying to get Segovia and Velazquez to teach Ayapaneco classes to other locals, though previous similar efforts have failed. (Guardian via TDW)

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  9. Police Discover Drug Catapult at Mexican Border

    There are a lot of things you expect to see in law enforcement, and probably least among them is a nine-foot tall catapult being used to launch drugs across the border from Mexico. Towed into place on a flatbed, the catapult hurled 4.4lbs of marijuana at at time, 60 feet away from the U.S. border. To say that U.S. forces were surprised seeing a "medieval catapult" would be accurate. When speaking with Reuters, Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez said:

    "I have not seen anything like that in my time before as a Border Patrol agent ... although we are trained to handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border," Jimarez added.
    Points for creativity, drug smugglers. The creators of this particular device were not apprehended, so I can't wait to see what they come up with next week. (Fox News via Slashdot)

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  10. Man Drives from Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Gas

    A man named Craig Henderson recently achieved the remarkable feat of driving from the Canadian border to the Mexican border on just one tank of gas. Using a prototype car called the Avion, which he developed with a partner in 1984 and has been continually making better ever since, he drove from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico without refueling, consuming 12.4 gallons of diesel fuel over the course of the 1,384 mile trip, giving him a Guinness record-shattering border-to-border 119.1 MPG. (The previous record of 103 MPG had actually been set by the same car in 1986.)

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