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May 05, 2014

Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but what do we really know about it? Here are 21 surprising facts.

Each year, millions of Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo by drinking and eating Mexican food — but what do we really know about the holiday? Here are 21 surprising facts to keep in mind when celebrating this year:
  • It’s actually on March 17th.
  • "Beans, beans" were not the original musical fruit; that honor goes to traditional Latin gourd instruments like the güiro.
  • The phrase “Cinco de Mayo” is a palindrome if you have enough tequila.
  • All sour cream expires on May 6th so you have to use it up.
  • Cinco de Mayo honors a tribe of ancient Mayans who miraculously refried the same beans for five straight nights.
  • A 2010 study by the RAND Corporation confirms that the holiday is, in fact, more like drinko de Mayo.
  • Every time you eat a jalapeño popper on Cinco De Mayo an angel gets its wings.
  • Cinco de Mayo commemorates the first five-member Mariachi band to fit in a single New York City subway car.
  • Spiciness notwithstanding, Julianna Margulies is Jewish.
  • Every Cinco de Mayo, Governor Jan Brewer is legally required to open the padlock fence between Arizona and Mexico and no passports are needed.
  • The “Cinco de Mayo” name originally belonged to a short-lived variety of Hellmann’s mayonnaise infused with five different Latin spices.
  • Rearrange "Cinco De Mayo" and what do you get? "Acid Economy." Think about it.
  • Cinco De Mayo is not a quinceañera. 
  • A piñata cannot be filled with liquid.
  • All sombreros make excellent dip & guac serving trays, even if someone's wearing them.
  • There is no such thing as an “all-brero.”
  • On Cinco de Mayo, if you tweet at Gael Garcia Bernal asking for a favor, he has to do it.
  • If you show up drunk to work today, you can still be fired — even if you went to Spring Break in Cancun during sophomore year and you're "basically Mexican anyway.”
  • Cinco de Mayo was not created by a young Mario Lopez during a hiatus from Saved by the Bell.
  • Cinco De Mayo does not make it OK for white people to wear sombreros.
  • Guac is still extra on Cinco de Mayo. Guac is, has been, and will always be extra.