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Guacardo: An Icon, A Legend. Here’s The Story Behind The Internet’s Most Viral Avocado

You’ve probably seen a full-figured avocado with eyes pop up in random places, but might not be sure who he is. Guacardo is our favorite muñeco lindo from mitú and has garnered millions of fans for his eccentric personality, and, let’s be honest, that unforgettable booty. Guacardo has become part of families everywhere and has even gotten on a first-name basis with the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Eva Longoria, and Jake Gyllenhal. Guacardo is an undoubted internet sensation, and some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.

some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.

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Guacardo was born on April 6, 2017, when he set sail on the Titanic.

Guacardo history

Mitú animator, Danna Galeano, was creating characters for mitú’s Snapchat every day. “I created Guacardo because I wanted to create a character any Latino would be able to relate to,” she said. At the time, Danna remembers she wasn’t always able “to connect with [my team members] and my animations back then,” because she was the only Colombian in the Los Angeles-based, and mostly Mexican, team. She wanted to create a character that belonged to every Latino. But Guacardo grew even larger than Danna could have dreamed. “When Guacardo came to life,” she recalled, “I got a lot of comments not just from the Latino community but from everywhere (India, Japan, Spain…) because everybody loves avocados.” 

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After his debut, people were eating up Guacardo, and begging for more screen time.

Guacardo history

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“I started getting a lot of fan messages, cakes, drawings, and costumes. I couldn’t believe this character was so loved by the community,” Galeano said. At the time, Guacardo had no name. He was just known as the “little dancing avocado” on mitú’s Snap stories. Still, people were making fan pages for the nameless avocado, and saving images and gifs of him to their phone. “I heavily identify with the dancing avocado at the end of mitú’s Snap stories,” tweeted one fan. “Why does the little dancing avocado on mitú crack me up every time I see it…” tweeted another fan. 

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Fun fact: Guacardo was named by his fans.

Guacardo history

The mystery of Guacardo’s appeal has never been solved. It soon became clear that the “dancing avocado” needed a name. So, six months later, mitú asked fans to name him. A range of options were whittled down to four, including Guacardina. The people spoke and six months after his Internet birth, the little dancing avocado became Guacardo. Of course, Guacardo started his own Instagram page, and he has become part of countless family traditions since then. 

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One Marine who was feeling isolated from her family told us that Guacardo’s Snap stories became part of their family’s tradition. “We have this little competition to see who can post Guacardo first each day, and it just helps that much more to make the distance feel shorter,” she said. Someone else let us know that they have “an album full of your videos and pictures on [her] phone.” Of all Guacardo’s faces, they said, “that face you make when you show your teeth – that’s my fave!”

A year after his Internet birth, Guacardo came to life in plushie form and made it big time in Hollywood.

Guacardo history

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And who wouldn’t want a chance to meet this little dude? “Guacardo is a hopeless romantic who loves dancing and eating,” his creator Galeano said. Jake Gyllenhaal was too stoked to meet the plushie version of his twin, Guacardo, his impersonation becoming an instant viral meme. Guacardo has met dozens of celebrities, and as exclusive as his company might feel, Guacardo is of the people, for the people, through and through.

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The people asked for more Guacardo, and Guacardo delivered.

Guacardo story
Guacardo story

You can get your own Guacardo plushie here. Plus, Guacardo is as dynamic as you and me. Sometimes, he needs a “This body was built on arroz&frijoles” camiseta, and other times he knows he’s about those “healthy fats”. Either way, Guacardo is the role model of body positivity. 

May the Earth be overtaken by Guacardos.

Guacardo story
Guacardo story

May your legs be warmed by the embrace of Guacardo joggers. If Guacardo is ever smashed onto a piece of toast, may it bring you joy. May you never feel alone with Bidi Bidi Guac Guac by your side. We’re team Guacardo for life. How has Guacardo changed your life?

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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