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I was teaching Algebra II to a class of high school freshmen honors students in TX on the 5th of May. The school had some sort of outside celebration of Cinco de Mayo during lunchtime. The class was held during lunchtime, scheduled as class-lunch-class. Students asked me if, instead of returning to class after lunch, they could spend the time outside at the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
They were well-behaved honor students so I didn't have a problem with cutting them some slack this time. I told them they could spend the second half of class at the Cinco de Mayo festivities, but to make sure that they had learned something, they would be quizzed the next day on the significance of Cinco de Mayo. [Mexicans defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla.]
The next day, I gave them the quiz. Most of the students did not answer correctly. About half the class was Hispanic. Oh well.
For those who have forgotten the Sinko de Mayo joke, Snopes will serve to refresh your memories:
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 they still observe to this day.
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.
This joke must have a wide circulation, as my sister in NE sent me the joke once.
Buddy, your time in the ol' field is starting to catch up with you. Looks like your exposure to Barite has made you a little dense. All those years of mainlining CMC has finally clogged up your arteries.
I have reading comprehension problems. Was that Cinco de Mayo, or Pico de Gallo ?
If you are going to drink a beer produced by that Mexican beer conglomerate, Grupo Modelo, you might as well drink one of their better brands, Negra Modelo. I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Trois Pistoles from Canada.
If you want to get a bird's eye view of Mexican immigration policy, take a bus from the Guatemalan border to interior Mexico. You will observe Mexican Migra getting on the bus, checking IDs, and taking Central Americans without proper documentation off the bus.
Q: What do you call four Mexicans in a leaky boat?
A: Quattro cinco!
Dr. Everett V. Scott
Dr. Everett Scott's joke about Cinco de Mayo reminded me of a mistold joke: the POTUS's Cinco de Quatro gaffe.
President Obama greeted a White House crowd this afternoon gathered for a May 4 premature celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday honoring an upset military victory over the French, whose troops didn't do so well in North America and don't celebrate the same day much.
Anyway, in a well-intentioned attempt at Spanish and a joke about being a day early, Obama said:
"Bienvenidos. Welcome to Cinco de Cuatro -- (laughter) -- Cinco de Mayo at the White House. We are a day early, but we always like to get a head start here at the Obama White House."
Apparently unbeknownst to the president he wasn't saying "Happy May 4th." He was saying, "Happy fifth of fourth."
He could have said, "Feliz cuatro de mayo." But he didn't. So that explains the laughter.
It is doubtful that President Bush, who spoke Spanish, would have made this mistake.