24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Mexico. What A Fascinating Place.

I grew up in New Mexico, and the older I get, I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space.

-Tom Ford

1/24. Mexico's official name is United Mexican States.

2/24. 75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald's hamburger buns.

3/24. There is a town in Mexico where people have a huge fist fight to ask the gods for a good rainy season.

4/24. In Mexico, artists can pay their taxes with artwork.

5/24. The world's largest pyramid is not in Egypt but in Mexico.

6/24. Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.

7/24. The Aztecs used Cacao seeds as a form of currency.

8/24. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people.

9/24. 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.

10/24. Mexico's official name is United Mexican States.

11/24. San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.

12/24. Mexico is the world's fattest country.

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13/24. Illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has decreased by 80% since 2000. In fact, From 2009 to 2014, more Mexicans left the U.S. than entered it.

14/24. It is estimated that the Mexico drug cartels make US$152 million per year from growing and selling avocados.

15/24. 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.

16/24. There is only one gun shop in Mexico. 90% of the country's firearms are smuggled in from the USA.

17/24. 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."

18/24. 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.

19/24. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel,bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.

20/24. English is Louis C.K.'s second language. He was raised in Mexico and exclusively spoke Spanish until age seven.

21/24. Mexico has 68 official languages.

22/24. 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.

23/24. Sugary drinks kill more people than violent crime in Mexico.

24/24. 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.

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