Mexico can be a dangerous and also beautiful travel destination, but there is still quite a bit about the intriguing country that remains a mystery to the rest of the world. To fill you in on all the odd facts and insider knowledge of this unique nation, we have created a list of 15 fun facts that you probably never knew about Mexico. Make sure to check back soon for our part two article, with the top eight things you didn’t know about the culture and nature of Mexico!
Number Fifteen: They Have Pyramids. Actually, they have the largest one in the world. It goes by the name of the Quetzalcoatl Pyramid, named after the Mayan snake-dragon said to be the gracious god of the skies. It hovers an astonishing 166,538,400 feet above Cholula, Puebla.
Number Fourteen: They Gave Us Color TV. Cartoons will forever be in the favor of this wonderful country. Color TV was first introduced in 1941 by Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena.
Number Thirteen: And Zero. We all use this number to refer to the lack of a numerical amount in the modern day, but it wasn’t always so. The concept of this value first appeared in the writings of the Mayan people.
Number Twelve: And Popcorn! Popcorn was first eaten in Mexico by its earliest inhabitants. They would dry out special ears of corn that were inedible to eat raw, and cook them in a hot kettle until they burst.
Number Eleven: Its Real Name… The country is most commonly referred to as “Mexico”, but that is only a shortened version of the original, documented name. Altogether, they are the United Mexican States, or “Estados Unidos Mexicanos”.
Number Ten: They’re Fat, Too. While everyone considers America to be the fattest country with all of our fried treats and processed foods, we actually come in second to Mexico. Their obesity rate is just a tad bit higher than ours.
Number Nine: Immigrants. Regardless of the headlines and speeches by political candidates, statistics show that the issue of illegal Mexican immigrants isn’t so much of an issue anymore. It has decreased by about 80% since 2001, for that matter.
Number Eight: They Backed Us Up. During the struggles of World War II, Germany requested the aid of the Mexican troops. Instead, they chose to aid American troops by sending in their “Escuadron 201” as backup.