Latinos Know How to Make Everything Last Longer

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Everything has a prolonged life in a Latino household…EVERYTHING. No matter how old or broken something got, your parents were always able to fix, salvage, or reuse it just to make sure you don’t waste a damn thing.

If it’s a liquid, in a bottle, and running low…just add water.


This is also a reasonable approach if your ketchup is running low.

We literally use every last drop of our toothpaste, even if it requires surgery.

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How else could our parents make sure that there was enough toothpaste in the house for everybody?

ALL leftovers go straight to the freezer because we don’t waste anything.

What else are you going to do when you have 783,645 tamales left over from Christmas?

There is no car problem that can’t be fixed with Google and a weekend.

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No matter how old the car is, tío will make sure it runs for another decade.

Me: It makes a braquata sound when I hit the brakes.

Tío: Bueno, give me a week and it will run like new.

Foil has four steps before it can be thrown away.


First, it’s a bowl. Then it’s a cover. After that, it becomes a way to wrap peppers going in the oven. Finally it is used as the baking sheet for cookies.

Oh, and paper towels are no different.

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“After you wipe your face with that paper towel, rinse it out y deja que se seque. They are paper towels after all, mijo.” – Latino Dad Logic

Mami knows how to make your pants last till you graduate from college.

And no matter how much you ask, new pants are rarely in your future.

Unlike everyone else, our hand-me-downs last for generations.

In fact, if you look in your closet you might find bisabuela’s huaraches.

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Food doesn’t get old until it rots and molds.

And even then you just cut off the bad part and still use it for dinner.

And you have this soup at least three times a year.

Everything in the fridge — and deep in the freezer — gets thrown into a stock pot and heated into mami’s famous Seasonal Fridge Soup. If we didn’t finish it, those leftovers got frozen for dinner next month.

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Have You Heard Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong'o Speak Spanish? They Just Did It in an Interview with Jorge Ramos


Have You Heard Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o Speak Spanish? They Just Did It in an Interview with Jorge Ramos

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Stars Wars: The Force Awakens co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac are BFFs.

Nyong’o plays a character named Maz Kanata in the film.

Kanata is a CGI character, so you’ll only be able to hear Nyong’o’s voice in the movie.

Isaac is playing Poe Dameron, a pilot for the resistance.

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The co-stars recently showed off their Español during an interview on Jorge Ramos’s Al Punto. As usual, Ramos wasn’t there for small talk.


After an initial question about Star Wars, Ramos asked Nyong’o:


“Have you been able to break stereotypes? How do you define yourself, Lupita?”

Nyong’o replied:

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“I was born in Mexico and I grew up in Kenya… so I have have influences from Kenya as well as Mexico. I went to school in the United States, so that has also influenced me.”

Ramos then asked Isaac the same question:

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“How do you define yourself, Oscar? Do you consider yourself Guatemalan-American? Cuban-Guatemalan-American? Does it matter?”

Isaac replied:

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Full quote: “Pues, soy un ciudadano del mundo, primero. Pero la verdad es que culturalmente, soy Americano. Me crié en los Estados Unidos. Para mi, ser Americano es tener toda esa cultura. Es tener las raíces de todos esos lados… ser Americano no es solo una cosa.”

“Well, first off I’m a citizen of the world. But the truth is that I’m American. I was raised in the United States. For me, being American means having all of those cultures. It’s having roots from all those places… being American isn’t being just one thing.”

Nyong’o and Isaac also spoke with Ramos about the languages they speak at home, Isaac’s desire to visit Cuba and the importance of the Star Wars in popular culture. Watch the full interview here.

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