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Puerto Rican Baseball Team Swear Up A Storm, Shouting Puñeta Live On TV After Victory

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Last night, in a nail-biter that went deep into the eleventh inning, team Puerto Rico held on to clinch a spot in the World Baseball Classic final by beating the Netherlands 12-11. In the midst of all that excitement one thing stood out above all else. This chant: Puñeta! Puñeta! Puñeta!

“Carajo, puñeta, Boricua se respeta!”

If you don’t know “puñeta” is a swear word used often by Puerto Ricans. Similar to “coño,” it’s used as a sign of frustration or a boastful exclamation like “Aw yeah!” or “Yeah, damn it!” Used so often, it almost doesn’t merit a chanceltazo anymore. Almost. As kids, we got away with using it at the Puerto Rican Day Parade, losing our voices as we’d scream “¡Carajo! ¡Puñeta! ¡Boricua se respeta!”

This amazing throw from the outfield sealed the deal for team Puerto Rico.

Amazing plays were made throughout the game, several of them by the Netherlands, but it was this throw from the outfield that gave Puerto Rico reason to celebrate. You can hear them shouting “Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico!” even though you know they really just want to shout “Puñeta.”

It wasn’t all swear words, though.

Eddie Rosario, who brought in the game-winning run last night, had warm words for Puerto Rico and his family as the salsa music played behind him.

“Puñeta” had been popping up all week, with some astonished the swear word made it on live television.

Had they bleeped and censored all the “Puñetas,” your TV would have been blank the whole game.

Others have been showing pride in the word throughout the tournament.

You’re not just proud, you’re proud AF.

Even back on the Island, fans of team PR are celebrating with the word.

It seems like Puerto Rican TV is a little more strict with their bleeps than we are.

In the end, a stadium full of Boricuas shouting Puñeta, sounds really good.

Shouting any other swear word in English would totally get censored, but Puñeta snuck in like “Aw, that’s cute, that must be someone’s last name. Good job, guys!”

Sssh, let’s keep that secret between us. ?

[MORE] The Netherlands and Puerto Rico played a really fun WBC semifinal while you slept

READ: This Week PR And DR Were Going AT IT – And I’m Not Just Talking About Baseball

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You'll Never Look At Chocolate The Same Once You Find Out Its Brutal History

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You’ll Never Look At Chocolate The Same Once You Find Out Its Brutal History

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You probably already think chocolate is heavenly, but did you know that ancient Mesoamericans believed chocolate came directly from the Gods? A new TED-ed video details the ancient, bizarre and often times, brutal history of chocolate.

In ancient Mesoamerica, chocolate was real different. It was mixed with cornmeal and chili peppers into a bitter, frothy, liquid concoction.

The drink the Mesoamericans created with cacao beans was very different from the overpriced milkshakes you get from the ice cream truck. They thought it was some sort of elixir, capable of giving its drinker great vigor and strength.

They literally thought the cacao plant and chocolate were gifts from the Gods.

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Remember learning about the Aztec God “Quetzalcoatl” (aka Kukulkan to the Mayans) in junior high? According to Mesoamericans, you have him to thank for chocolate. And you have your history teacher to thank for getting “Quetzalcoatl” stuck in your head after studying his name for hours.

The drink was served at royal feasts and used in everything from rewarding soldiers to performing rituals.

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See that? Avocados used to only cost three cacao beans. Now with gentrification happening all over, you can’t buy anything for three cacaos anymore.

And here’s where the story starts getting f-ed up.

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Around the 1500’s, when Spain was sending ships out all over the Atlantic Ocean, they landed in Mesoamerica in Tenochtitlan, and as you would imagine, things got sticky. The king brought out fifty chocolate jugs and golden chalices and the Spaniards eyebrows went up like “Oh, hey, friend. That’s cool. I’m just going to run back home to Spain for a minute, I think I left the stove on. Heh.”

And then they came back with an army.

After bringing chocolate back to Europe, they obviously fell in love with it, and like with all goods at the time, they needed to exploit it.

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Once people started making chocolate fashionable, with its own silverware, they couldn’t make the stuff fast enough and thus began plantation and slavery-made chocolate.

The abuses created by the chocolate industry back then didn’t end – they just moved.

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As of 1990, cacao plantations have moved mostly to West Africa, where two-fifths of the world’s chocolate is made and where, as of 2015, slave labor and child labor affects some 2 million people.

Child and slave labor, just for chocolate? Ugh.

I feel you, Rosie. This is bull.

Watch the full TED-ed video below and learn about the not so sweet History of Chocolate.

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READ: The People In The Fields: Coachella Valley Farm Worker Documentary Project

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