… el futuro es de lo que se trata ser un Geek. Es por eso que nos encanta la tecnología, los gadgets y la sci-fi. Se trata de mirar hacia adelante y aceptar lo que viene, sin miedo. — 2008: The Year the Geeks Took Over, Daniel O'Brien, et al.
Some time ago, the Provincia newspaper, based on the city of Morelia (Michoacan, Mexico), published a small list of Mexican traditions, which would surely intrigue any foreigner visiting our country. It is nice to see that we are not boring at all; just like every other culture in the world, we have our own amazingly odd habits. Not everything is smiles and laughter, however; some of these entries are quite disturbing, even for Mexicans such as myself. For example, according to some studies (including this map), Mexico is very racially tolerant, but whenever we talk about having neighbors of certain beliefs, nationalities or sexual orientation, many Mexicans bring their darkest side to the light.
Anyway, translated for your pleasure, enjoy:
Morelia, Michoacan (Jul/10/2014) – Reddit user MADEDITOR05 has done a simple question: “To those who have visited Mexico, What’s the weirdest thing about Mexico, that Mexicans find normal?” The responses were immediate; here are the best 35:
No shop has spare change, EVER.
There is a love-hate relationship with the United States.
They love public displays of love and very, very long intimate embraces.
They have a VERY good personal hygiene.
They have no moderation in the use of hair gel; it appears that the minimum acceptable is half a jar a day.
It is really disturbing that an old man claiming to be a child appears on a family program every Sunday.
I was surprised at the lack of toilet paper and soap in public places, especially schools.
They are highly educated, greet and say goodbye to everything and make me feel like I have no education.
References to homosexuality abound in their language “joto, marica, puto, etc.”
Canteens bring you food while you’re drinking, for free! They have no idea how lucky they are: Mexican food and Mexican beer is a winning combination.
No decent coffee. Chiapas and Veracruz produce world-class coffee and it seems that everyone drinks Nescafe and OXXO coffee.