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It was a dark and scary night at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in 2009, and got even scarier when Lila Downs sang the classic cancion about the haunted weeping apparition, La LLorona, in this just-uploaded video.

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Mexico has its share of stories about the little people known as chaneque (Nahuatl) and alux (Maya).

Their appearance varies; sometimes they look like children, other times they have animal-like or deformed extremities, or are reported wearing traditional garb native to the area. [Mas…]

Today’s featured creature is the ahuízotl. In the Florentine Codex, written years after the Conquista, it is described as an amphibious, medium-sized dog with a dark pelt, hands like a monkey, and a long tail with a human-like hand at the end. [Mas…]

Here’s the cover of an actual pulp fiction novelette from 1905 featuring detectives searching for the storied Aztec gold. These  paperback books were printed on the cheapest paper (pulp, like newsprint) and reflected the culture of the day. Note the Raiders of the Lost Ark style booby trap.

Read more at Dime Novel Detectives, which is where we got this image.


La Llorona? It’s just a legend, mijo, a ghost story told by a traveling puppet show. Still, if you think you hear a weeping woman in the night, don’t come running. [Video by Matthew James Tebbutt.]

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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

6. Squanto’s succotash was really takeout from Chipotle Mexican Grill [Mas…]

El Chupacabra: Dangerous beast or mythical monster? (video)

by ZORRO MULDER March 3, 2015 Cultura
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Why are sightings of El Chupacabra on the rise? KOB 4 Eyewitness News in Albuquerque, New Mexico found an “expert” with an “answer.”

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Pocho Ocho little-known factoids about the first Thanksgiving

by Especial Correspondents November 21, 2014 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. […]

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Legends become reality at the Migra-Industrial Complex (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA June 19, 2014 Cartoons
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Can underwater robots find Montezuma’s gold in Utah?

by ROD ESTERLING February 21, 2014 Cultura
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There’s $3,000,000,000 worth of Aztec gold at the bottom of Three Lakes pond in Kanab, Utah and movie producer Mike Wiest along with landowner Lon Child are determined to get it, even if they need underwater robotic help. For 100 years, locals have believed Montezuma’s treasure lies at the end of a tunnel below the […]

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Pocho Ocho secrets of the first Thanksgiving feast

by Comic Saenz November 28, 2013 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight things right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. Squanto’s […]

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Explorers find pyramids of ‘Lost City of Giants’ in Ecuador rain forest

by BRO LIATH November 5, 2013 Cultura
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A team of explorers has found a gigantic stone pyramid (and gigantic stone hammers) in the Amazonian rain forest of Ecuador, an ancient complex which corresponds to a local legend about a City of Giants. AncientOrigins.net reports: At the discovered site there is one extremely large pyramidal type structure of approximately 80 metres square base […]

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Breaking: TX boy, 9, slays Mexican boogeyman El Cucuy, 521

by EresNerd August 14, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SEGUIN, TX) A nine-year-old boy killed El Cucuy Tuesday night. El Cucuy, AKA the Mexican Boogeyman, was pronounced dead at 10:30 PM at the Balli family residence here.  The legendary monster was said to be 521, with a birth date pegged in 1492. It was a more or less typical evening for the […]

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Finish your vegetables, mijo, or El Cucuy will get you (video)

by Andalé Mono June 20, 2013 Cultura
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El Cucuy? He’s the Mexican Boogie Man and he’ll get you if you don’t do the right thing! [Video by Eddie G.] (NSFW language.)

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Pocho Ocho secrets of the first Thanksgiving

by Comic Saenz November 20, 2012 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight things right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. Squanto’s […]

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Santeria? It’s what’s for dinner! ‘Otto and the Electric Eel’ (video)

by MALCOM EXUMA October 5, 2012 Cultura
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In Otto and the Electric Eel, a modern adaptation of an Afro-Cuban Santeria myth, Miami bass legend Otto Von Schirach (playing the role of Chango, god of thunder) battles to keep an inter-dimensional creature (serpent god Damballah) from ruining his dinner date.

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La Llorona + El Chupacabra + Pachuco Luchador = ‘El Güey’ (video)

by ZIG FOOTE July 12, 2012 Cultura
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It’s everything you want in a movie! All your favorite characters in ONE SHORT TRAILER! The plot: La Llorona is on trial, accused of killing her children, but she maintains they were stolen by El Chupacabra (who is also an evil narcotraficante.) Can pachuco luchador El Güey come to her rescue? There’s a great news […]

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Pocho Ocho wacky myths Latinos believe about sex

by María Purísima May 23, 2012 Cultura
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[IMAGE CENSORED BY GOOGLE’S ADSENSE.]8. You can’t get pregnant if he pulls out. Take your pick of teenaged parents and ask them how this “technique” worked out for them! Safe sex, people! 7. Cut versus uncut — one is better than the other. Old country, new country, it all depends. This one could go either […]

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Flying chupacabra kills 35 sheep in Michoacan (three videos)

by Comic Saenz March 26, 2012 Doomsday Countdown
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Almost three dozen sheep lie dead in a corral in Michoacan and one witness blames a creature with fangs and wings. From Britain’s Daily Mail: When farmers in Mexico found 35 of their sheep slaughtered with significant claw and tooth marks around their necks, they had one creature to blame – the legendary chupacabra. One […]

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Pocho Ocho reasons Eldorado is a myth

by Al Carlos Hernandez March 20, 2012 El Now
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8. The Aztlan Eldorado is a front-wheel-drive Caddy that is impossible to lower. 7. The real Mexican gold comes from Acapulco. 6. Ironically, because of the “Sherm” they forgot where they buried the real gold. 5. The Aztec 1%-ers used all of the gold to make grills for their rebellious teenagers.

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The Mr. POCHO story: How it all began

by Lalo Alcaraz January 25, 2012 Cartoons
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Yesterday, when I was on Patt Morrison’s KPCC radiola, she asked me about the new POCHO. To answer her question, I held this cartoon up to the microphone. Just in case you weren’t listening, here it is again.

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