1. Mexico's official name is
    United Mexican States.
  2. #11
    Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world with 121 million people.
  3. Mexico has
    68 official languages.
  4. In Mexico,
    artists can pay
    their taxes
    with artwork.
  5. The world's largest pyramid is not in Egypt but in Mexico.
  6. Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.
  7. The Aztecs used Cacao seeds as a form of currency.
  8. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people.
  9. Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago.
  10. Mexico's 34th President ruled for
    less than an hour, and then quit.
  11. San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.
  12. Mexico
    is the
    fattest country.
  13. Illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has decreased by 80% since 2000.
  14. Mexico City boasts the largest taxi fleet in the world with 100,000 taxis running every day.
  15. 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. There is only one gun shop in Mexico. 90% of the country's firearms are smuggled in from the USA.
  17. The first great civilization in Mexico were the Olmec, established from 1500 B.C. to 400 B.C.
  18. 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."
  19. 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.
  20. The only country to protest against the German annexation of Austria of 1938, right before WW2, was Mexico.
  21. Mexico was named "New Spain" when Hernan Cortes conquered the territory from the Aztecs.
  22. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
  23. Texas declared its independence
    from Mexico in 1836
    and became a Republic
    until it joined the U.S. in 1845.
  24. 75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald's hamburger buns.
  25. There is a town in Mexico where people have a huge fist fight to ask the gods for a good rainy season.
  26. 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.
  27. The Golden State Fence Company, hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall, was fined US$5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.
  28. Sugary drinks kill more people than violent crime in Mexico.
  29. 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.
  30. English is Louis C.K.'s second language. He was raised in Mexico and exclusively spoke Spanish until age seven.
  31. From 2009 to 2014, more Mexicans left the U.S.
    than migrated into the country.
  32. 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.
  33. Mexico City is the Most Traffic-Congested City in the World.
  34. It is estimated that the Mexico drug cartels make US$152 million
    per year from growing and selling avocados.
  35. The Xoloitzcuintli is the national dog of Mexico.
  36. Mexico and Thailand are the most common countries for American tourists to die abroad.
  37. New Mexico isn't really named after Mexico, since it was named in 1563 and Mexico didn't drop its "New Spain" name until 1821.
  38. Mexican scientists turned a shot of tequila into diamonds by heating it to 800˚C.
  39. Pelota purépcha, is one of many pre-Hispanic games Mexico hopes to revive, like hockey but played with a flaming ball.
  40. Anti-venom for poisonous bites in U.S. hospitals can cost tens of thousands of dollars while the same drug in Mexico costs hundreds of dollars.
  41. Mexico is the United States' third-largest trade partner, accounting for $1.5 billion in bilateral trade across its border on any given day.
  42. Every month, U.S. residents send US$2 billion across the border to family in Mexico,
    which accounts for almost 3% of the Mexican economy.
  43. On the California side of the U.S.-Mexico border, there's a town called Calexico,
    and on the opposite side there's a town called Mexicali.
  44. Cinco de Mayo is not that important in Mexico
    and is mainly celebrated only in the state of Puebla.
  45. An Auditorium at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has been occupied by political protesters since 2000.
  46. Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" is beloved in his homeland, Sinaloa, for bringing jobs and investing back into the state.
  47. Mexicans have the highest average annual hours worked in the world.
  48. Santa Muerte (Saint Death) is worshipped in Mexico by those who believe ‘god helps the good, the devil helps the bad'.
  49. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women in Mexico have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.
  50. The Mexica, founders and dominant group of the Aztec Empire, were one of the first people in the world to have mandatory education for nearly all children, regardless of gender, rank, or station.
  51. The world's largest Spanish-speaking country is Mexico, followed by the U.S.
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