You’ve Been Mistaking These Things For Mexican Your Whole Life

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There’s nothing more annoying to Mexicans than to hear others refer to certain things as Mexican. Unless you want the paliza of your life, let’s make sure this never happens to you, shall we? After all, Mexicans always prefer to make love not war.

1. Every Latino… Ever.

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WE’RE NOT ALL MEXICAN! We see why people would love to be confused with being Mexican ?, but speaking Spanish, having brown hair and unlimited sass doesn’t make everyone Mexican. There are over 20 Latin American countries in the world and Mexico is just one of them.

2. The Most Interesting Man in the World

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Interesting? Yes. Mexican? No. This macho actor that many young men aspire to be is actually a Jew from New York. His badass-ness is certainly Mexican, but his roots reside in The Big Apple.

READ: Things You Didn’t Know About “The Most Interesting Man”

3. Piñatas

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Many people associate piñatas with Mexicans; they’re extravagant and super fun. But these multi-colored vessels are actually Chinese. The tradition of breaking piñatas arrived to Europe in the 14th century and made its way to Mexico two centuries after that. Sorry to break it to you (get it?).

4. Tacos Al Pastor

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Tacos come from Mexico, no doubt about it. But the method of cooking “al pastor” actually originated in Lebanon. If you are one of the five Latinos who ever ate a shawarma, you are probably dumbfounded with a big “ooooooo” expression on your face. If you are not, just look it up: S-H-A-W-A-R-M-A.

5. Tapatío

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This salsa picante brand has a Mexican name, a cute charro on the label and Spanish all over it: very clever. BUT it originated in Maywood, California. Not Mexico. The creator however, is from Mexico. It’s a win-win.

READ: The Complete List of Bro Codes Every Mexican Is Down With

6. Serenatas

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When you think about the romantic serenatas you picture a mariachi holding a guitar while his beloved is listening from a balcony up above; don’t you? Wrong… again. serenatas come from Europe and became popular with compositions from Mozart and Beethoven.

7. The Hottest Chile in the World

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Mexican food is known to be hot… hot, hot! But the delicious peppers used in Mexican cuisine are no competition for the current hottest one: the Carolina Reaper with 2.2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). It can literally kill you. Are you game?

8. “Jajaja”

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It’s “jajaja” and not “hahaha” for all Latinos. And it was Spanish novelist José María de Pereda who first wrote it in his book “Tipos trashumantes.” I guess the “jajaja” is on you.

9. La Macarena

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The original Macarena that inspired Spanish pop duo Los Del Río to write the infamous song is actually about a flamenco dancer from Venezuela… “Aaay!”

10. Limón

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We add them to everything and margaritas can’t live without them and they keep Mexican avocados from turning brown, but limes were first cultivated in Persia and Asia. Mind blown.

READ: Foods Mexicans Cannot Eat without Limón

11. Zorro

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Guy Williams, the original Zorro from Disney’s 1957 blockbuster film, was actually born in New York. None of the actors that played the part have ever been Mexican, including Antonio Banderas who…wait for it… Is from SPAIN.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Just kidding, she was born in Mexico… And no one can steal her! ?❤️

Can you think of others? MiTú wants to know. Leave a comment below.