British

nigeltheparrotWhen he flew away from his British owner in Torrance, CA four years ago, Nigel talked with an English accent. When he returned last week, the talented African gray parrot spoke Spanish.

Here are the Pocho Ocho top phrases Nigel the Parrot picked up on his Raza Vacation:

8. No más “Nigel.” Mi nombre es “Miguel” ahora.

7. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!

6. Polly quiere un Takis. [Mas…]

For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country.

It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was written to his friend and fellow immigrant Jose Canusi after witnessing the storied defense of Ft. McHenry on Sept. 16, 1814.

According to records in the National Archives, the original manuscript (image, below)  begins with the words: “Jose, can you see by the dawn’s early light?”

Long a source of pride in the Mexican-American community, the subject of Francis Scott Key’s true identity is taboo in academia and historical re-enactment circles.

“The National Anthem’s Mexican roots are America’s best-kept secret,” says UCLA Musicologist T. Gray Del Norte. ”And it makes perfect sense if you consider that the Statue of Liberty is French and the U.S. Constitution is based on the Iroquois Confederacy.” [Mas…]


A lanky British guy got lost driving in L.A. because Google Maps; lucky for him, he ended up in friendly East Los Angeles.

PREVIOUSLY ON LOST IN TRANSLATION: [Mas…]


It is important that one pronounce “Chicano” properly, is it not, Sir?

PREVIOUSLY ON PRONUNCIATION: [Mas…]


Hey, Mr. Homie Rice Boy Liu: Do I really esound like that? (NSFW language.)


Buenos Aires band Poncho takes 80s-era synthpop in a new goth Futurama direction with the surrealistic video Take My Hand. [Zombies, gore, escary clowns!]

Proud Star-Spangled Beaners: Francisco Scott Quiñones, Jose Canusi

by Victor Payan July 4, 2012 Cultura
Thumbnail image for Proud Star-Spangled Beaners: Francisco Scott Quiñones, Jose Canusi

For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country. It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was […]

[Mas…]