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You Might Know Him As One Half Of The Legendary Duo, Cheech & Chong, But You Probably Don’t Know How Much He Continues To Influence Pop Culture

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Comedy icon, Richard “Cheech” Marin is an accomplished comedian, musician, and writer. More than a triple threat, his 70-year-old prowess translates to both sides of the camera as an acclaimed actor and experienced director.

Cheech helped blaze the trail that gave an identity to a burgeoning counterculture as one half of the legendary duo, Cheech & Chong, and was influential in pioneering the film genre that we know today as “stoner” comedies.

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What began with music and standup, evolved into a two-man stage show that was formatted into standalone sketches.

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Their affection for surrealist satire set them apart from mainstream comedy as they honed their signature subversiveness by appealing equally to critical philistines and pot-smoking teenagers. They cultivated a loyal fanbase and exploded as pop culture mainstays.

Together, they released hugely successful comedy albums…

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Their self-titled debut “Cheech and Chong” featured a bit called, “Dave’s Not Here,” that would eventually become one of the most famous routines since Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” They followed it up with the quintessential classics like “Get Out Of My Room” and “Los Cochinos.”

And a series of films that has influenced “stoner” comedies ever since.

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Up In Smoke” stands out among the other Cheech & Chong classics because it defines the entire genre. However, “Nice Dreams” is my favorite. To me, it embodies everything about the duo’s absurdist wit and edgy approach. In no small part, that movie shaped my sense of humor during the formative years when I was a kid in a way that continues to inform my sensibilities as a writer.

But when they famously split up, Cheech went solo and thrived as an actor on TV.

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The duo disbanded at the end of the ‘80s and then didn’t even talk to each other for years. During that time, Cheech’s individual career began to blossom. With memorable appearances in countless television shows since the early ‘90s, Cheech’s acting earned him a role in the police drama, “Nash Bridges,” co-starring Don Johnson.

And on the big screen, Cheech became a bonafide movie star.

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Cheech’s voiceover work has been showcased in colossal Disney hits like “The Lion King,” “Cars,” and “Oliver & Company” to name a few. But what demonstrates his range most is his performance in “Born in East L.A”  the ways he’s featured fellow Latino, Robert Rodriguez’s films like “Desperado,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and “Machete.”

Now, things have come full circle as a reunited Cheech & Chong continue to perform together.

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CBS News reports that Cheech & Chong got the band back together in 2008. Cheech says, “We came to the conclusion we don’t have to love or hate each other…” But is the chemistry still there after two decades apart? Well, they are currently on tour, so go get some tickets and find out for yourself!

Most recently, Cheech wrote a memoir called, ‘Cheech Is Not My Real Name… But Don’t Call Me Chong!’


In the book, the comedy icon covers everything from his success with Cheech & Chong, to after the comedy duo split up, and what it was like achieving acclaim as a solo act. He opens up about his experience as the face of the recreational drug movement, and even reveals how he first met Tommy Chong while dodging the draft in Canada. Check it out at cheechmarin.com!


[H/T] CBS NEWS: “Cheech” Marin talks new book, reuniting with Chong

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These 20 Latino Sayings Will Get You Through Any And Every Day

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These 20 Latino Sayings Will Get You Through Any And Every Day

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Life is complicated. Luckily, Latinos have sayings, or refrains, that help with managing expectations and making better choices. Beyond offering sound advice, some clever sayings, when dropped like jewels at just the right moment, help transform tension into laughter. While some sayings seem outdated, folk witticisms leftover from the early days, they address elements of the human condition that are timeless like love, jealousy, ingratitude, and morality. Whether deciding to stay in a long-distance relationship or looking for an old-school diss, these 20 Latino sayings are worth memorizing and dishing out the next time a golden opportunity presents itself.

Talk About Love

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1. Mejor sola que mala acompañada.

Better to be alone then among bad company. This saying is great for those moments when the fear of being alone starts to kick in. More deeply, this timeless saying is also reflective of the importance of self- love.

2. Amor de lejos, felices los cuatros.

In long-distance love, four people are happy. This pessimistic proverb suggests long-distance relationships provide fertile ground for infidelity. This saying came about before technology helped couples stay more in touch than ever. And yet, the possibility remains.

3. Juntos pero no revueltos.

Together but not mixed. This dicho is the equivalent of saying, “It’s complicated.” It’s a great way to explain why a couple doesn’t live together, or why they are not married.

4. Un clavo saca otro clavo.

A nail removes the other nail. The meaning behind this refrán is that a new relationship, or lover, can help a person get over a failed relationship.

5.  Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.

Out of sight, out of mind. It’s hard to say this refrán without thinking about Alexis & Fido’s 2009 hit song.

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6. Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.

Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are. This saying has come out of many parents’ mouths. It’s a perfect proverb for helping a person decide what kind of company they should keep.

7. Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.

The devil knows more because he is old than because he is the devil. In other words, with age comes wisdom. This saying also warns against elders who may be sly or have bad intentions.

8. Con un dedo no se tapa el sol.

The sun cannot be covered with a finger. This is a great piece of advice that addresses the way self-deception is harmful. It also calls out quick fixes that don’t serve to address larger issues.

9. En boca cerrada no entran moscas.

A closed mouth does not catch flies. This idiom more accurately translates to ‘silence is golden.’ This refrán extols the virtues of discretion.

10. El que no llora, no mama.

The baby who doesn’t cry, doesn’t get milk. This saying is akin to ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease.’ A great refrán serving to inspire vocalization of needs and wants.

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11. A otro perro con ese hueso.

To another dog with that bone. It’s the “talk to the hand” of all the idioms. Deploy this saying at the sight of deception. 

12. Se cree la última Coca Cola del desierto.

He/She thinks they are the last Coca-Cola in the desert. A third-degree burn, this little gem calls out people who think they are more attractive or desirable than everyone else.

13. Se cree mejor de la bolita del mundo.

He/She thinks they are the best in the world. The exact translation fails to convey the hilarity of this saying. While also a diss to those who think they are hot stuff, the saying reduces the entire planet into a tiny, little ball.

14. Se fue de Guatemala a Guata-peor!

This a saying that relies on a play on words, mala meaning bad, and peor meaning worse. The idea is that the person went from one bad situation to an even worse situation.

15. Cuando tu ibas, yo venia.

When you were coming, I was leaving. A great diss from an elder, this dicho also conveys a knowing that comes with age. It works particularly well when directed at teenagers who attempt to be deceptive but are really transparent. 

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16. Quien fue a Sevilla, perdió su silla.

Who went to Sevilla lost his/her chair. Here is a fun phrase that relies on wordplay and rhyme. 

17. Tirar las puertas por las ventanas.

Throw the doors out the windows. This is what you say when you plan to have an absolute blow out party! Think of New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo, or birthdays.

18. Vete a freír papas.

Go fry potatoes. While this saying may seem like an insult, it works as a playful way to tell someone to go to hell without sounding so vulgar.

19. Por si las moscas.

For if the flies. This is more of a nostalgic phrase that means ‘just in case.’ Use it when deciding on whether or not to pack that snack bar or an umbrella. 

20. Calabaza, calabaza, todo el mundo para su casa!

Pumpkin, pumpkin, everyone go home! Our final phrase is a fun way to end the fiesta, or bring the gathering to a close.

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VIDEO: Latina Mom Makes Family Dog Pick Up Its Own Poop And It Is Peak Latina Mom

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VIDEO: Latina Mom Makes Family Dog Pick Up Its Own Poop And It Is Peak Latina Mom

Latina moms aren’t about animal life. They’ve told you a million times, why would they want an animal in the house who will undoubtedly destroy the yard, poop all over the place, and ultimately end up having to clean up after them? Because as much as you declare that you will clean up after the pet, you never actually get around to doing it. It makes no sense for an animal to take up space, be a burden on the household, and cost extra money that you don’t have. Yes, we know, no pets in the house. We also know that moms have a sweet spot for the vulnerable. So let’s just say you bring a dog or cat home, there’s no way in hell your mom will throw it out on the street (we hope not anyway). They will, however, demand, the house remains clean at all times no matter what. Case in point.

This little doggy named Maxie accidentally left his poop on the couch and mama was not too pleased.

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Her daughter Raquel caught the whole thing on her cell and her mom is going off on their dog Maxie. “Para que no lo vuela hacer,” she said as she’s making the dog pick up paper towels with both paws and carefully pick up the poop without ever once getting it on her own hands. So brilliant, and yet how did she manage to do that? We’re so impressed.

You can hear Raquel laughing the entire time, and the mom proclaims that Maxie the dog can’t even bear to look at his own poop. 

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Poor Maxie looks ashamed as he’s being dragged to the bathroom. Yes, she took the dog to the bathroom so he could flush it down the toilet. “Cochino” she tells Maxie. “And don’t do that again!”

This wasn’t the first time Maxie got in trouble for making a mess. A while ago he got reprimanded for tearing up tissue and leaving it all over the place.

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“I’ve had enough with you,” she tells Maxie, and once again makes him grab his own mess, with her help of course. Maxie again looks guilty as charged and won’t look at the trash but understands what he did wrong. 

People on social media could relate to poor Maxie because their moms forced their dog to clean up their mess too! We had no idea this was a thing.

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Now that we’ve seen at least two dogs forced to pick up after themselves, it doesn’t look too hard. 

This dog had it rough though. 

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“You don’t do that!” mom tells the dog. We think he learned his lesson, however, that whole house looks sort of messy, so who’s really to blame?

By the way, cats can pick up stuff too.

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So to all the moms that pretend to hate pets, we know the truth. You’re a softy!

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That goes for dads too!

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For any kid (or adult) still living at home, if your parent says they don’t want a pet in the house, just bring it on by. They’ll be part of the family in no time. 

We do have some sad news to report. The video that Raquel posted of her dog Maxie was kind of old, and she informed her followers that Maxie died late last this year.

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The video is an old video fo the little pup. While Maxie is no longer with us physically, he has made a mark on everyone who has seen the video and we have to thank him for that.

People on social media weren’t too thrilled to hear this kind of sad update.

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We were surprised about this stunning news as well. 

Looks like people got attached to Maxie pretty quickly. 

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Poor little guy. Do you think the trauma of having to pick up his own poop is what made pass away?? That would be horrible and probably not something you could prove anyway. Plus, we doubt Raquel’s mom would want to know that he suffered from PTSD from mortification of having to pick up his own poop. 

We’re pretty sad about this too. 

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Oh, Maxie!!

We’ll always have these sweet memories of you having to face the humiliation of having to pick up your own poop and throw it in the toilet.

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Never forget. 

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