17 things you probably didn’t know about Mexico

It’s time for a lesson. Now everyone, sit up straight. And pay attention. Put your phone away. Okay, here we go:

1. Mexicans do not eat the worm in the mezcal bottle. It’s Mexico’s joke on naive gringos. Back in the day, a little worm was plopped in each batch of mezcal to see if the alcohol content was high enough. If the worm died, enough alcohol. If not, the little fella got one more “for the road.”

2. The color TV was invented in Mexico by Guadalajara-born Guillermo González Camarena. I’m guessing he got tired of watching the Cisco Kid in black and white.

3. The oldest university in North America is the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), founded by Charles V of Spain in 1551. Alumni continue to have their meetings at the Old Posada in Ajijic.

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