Today's Featured Article - Niños Héroes
The Niños Héroes (NEE-nyose AIR-o-ace, "Baby Heroes") were six Mexican teenage military cadets who died in 1847 defending Chapultepec Castle from U.S. forces. Their story illustrates three tenets of Mexican culture:
- Military bravery,
- Telling preposterous tales to keep the population calm, and
- Feigning obsequy then quietly disobeying orders.
Chapultepec Castle was the Mexican Army's military academy, defended by crack teenage and pre-teen troops under the command of Nicolás Bravo and General José Mariano Monterde. It was like a Justin Bieber concert with live ammo.
U.S. General Winfield Scott stormed the castle in 1847, shouting "Make America Great Again" (here meaning Latin America), and the two forces fought for about two hours, the time it took General Bravo to realize that he was outmanned and outgunned and give his historic Grito de Guerra, it went: Vámonos. However, six cadets refused to fall back and fought to the death. (more...)
Cards Against Humanity is a cruel, deadly game that pits two warring parties -- cards and humanity -- against one another to fight to the death. In an especially cruel fashion, said death rarely occurs in a physical or bloody manner, but instead consists of a victim keeling over and kicking the bucket out of sheer embarrassment, or sometimes, on rare occasions, laughing to death. This makes it a highly popular form of entertainment at college parties and other such social gatherings. (more...)