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The Pinochio effect

The Pinochio effect

Proven! When you lie your nose, doesn’t get  bigger, but it does get warmer! On the contrary a lot brain effort makes your nose colder, and anxiety makes the whole face warmer. The experimental psychology unit at The University of Granada, using termography (termal image) came to this conclusion after a series of experiments with this technology. Another cool thing they … Continue reading

Green goes the gringo?

Green goes the gringo?

Demonym- names of nationalities (name given to people from a place). grin·go (in Latin America or Spain) a foreigner, especially one of U.S. or British descent. Origin:  The word gringo was first recorded in the Diccionario castellano con las voces de Ciencias y Artes y sus correspondientes en las 3 lenguas francesa, latina e italiana (1786-1793) by Terreros y Pando, where it is defined as: Gringos is what, in Malaga, they call foreigners who have a certain type of accent … Continue reading

Had no clues about Central America and Honduras.

Had no clues about Central America and Honduras.

  The countries in the Central America Federation were Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador and Costa Rica. This Federation was part of the first Mexican empire and  became independent in 1823. Each of these countries seeked later independence and the union was effectively dissolved later in 1840 Facts about Honduras: Honduras, the original country where the term ‘Banana Republic’ was coined … Continue reading

Happy 250th birthday Jose!

Happy 250th birthday Jose!

Tequila’s begining today , November 2nd.   Tequila, an agave based liquor like mezcal, keeps Mexico in the word of mouth. More specifically “Jose Cuervo”, this tequila, like Corona beer, has made its way around the world. On a day like this in 1758, was the historic birth of tequila production, when the King Carlos … Continue reading

Tordesilla Treaty made Brazil skip the Spanish lessons.

Tordesilla Treaty made Brazil skip the Spanish lessons.

Of course, Brazilians speak Portuguese because Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, but why didn’t they conquer more? Uruguay? Argentina? They were right next door! It all goes back to 1494 and the Treaty of Tordesillas proposed by the Pope. This treaty divided the trading and colonizing rights for all newly discovered lands of the world between Portugal … Continue reading

The new world: Discovered by Italians, Baptized by Germans, and Financed by Spanish and Portuguese.

The new world: Discovered by Italians, Baptized by Germans, and Financed by Spanish and Portuguese.

A day like this in 1492 Columbus arrived to America (technically Honduras). Columbus was Italian, he believed he could get to India without having to go all around Africa. He went around with his idea and it was the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile (who united territories from Spain and Portugal) that believed in his idea and financed … Continue reading