This is a little known fact, I think, but we should never let the facts get in the way of a good story or a song…

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss.

Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning which occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as…

Wait for it… Sinko de Mayo.

WHAT? You expected something educational from me? You need a shot of Tequila.

by Arturo (aka Arthur White Owl), Spruce Grove, Alberta

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Cinco de Mayo History

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862; it is not Mexican Independence Day like many people think (which is on September 16th). This day is typically celebrated with bands and parades with reenactments of the final battle. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is no longer a national holiday here in Mexico.

Viva el Cinco de Mayo!

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