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The Internet Fell In Love With This Venezuelan Kid Because He Wants To Be President Some Day

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This past week, Humans Of New York — a popular Facebook page — posted the image of an 8-year-old from Venezuela who has aspirations to one day become President of his country.

“I was born in Venezuela. I moved here two years ago. I want to be President of Venezuela to change things and make…

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, October 23, 2016

Within a few hours, the Facebook post went viral. Many commenters claimed a child would make a better President than Nicolas Maduro, who is facing potential impeachment at the hands of his own lawmakers. So that got us wondering, would a child make a better president? Let’s compare the current record of Venezuela’s President with the suggestions of an 8-year-old and see which one has a better vision of the future.

8-year-old child: “Did you know that sometimes in Venezuela people shoot each other on purpose? I will change that. Also there will be rules against pushing people or thinking bad thoughts about people.”

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In 2014, Nicolas Maduro’s first year as president, the country became home to the second highest murder rate in the entire world. In 2015, the homicide number was around 28,000 people. So when the 8-year-old says that “sometimes” people shoot each other, he wasn’t joking. The only problem here is that the kid also wants to ban freedom of thought, which is a right that all people have. So while brainwashing borders on totalitarianism, and the kid doesn’t offer any clear plan on how to reduce the homicide rate, we’ll cut the kid some slack on that one, and we’ll award this round to him.

8-year-old child: “I will make a rule so that there will not be too much cutting or killing of trees.”

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CREDIT: CNN / YOUTUBE

Deforestation is a major problem throughout South America, but Venezuela has been one of the worst offenders. In the past, Venezuela’s contributions to deforestation were nearly double that of the next South American country. Between the years 2001 and 2012, 1.25 million hectares, or 3 million acres, of rainforest were cut down by cattle ranchers, illegal deforesting, and loggers. The animals and plant life that live in these areas may face extinction one day due to this level of deforestation. Venezuela’s track record speaks for itself. Eight-year-old kid wins this round.

8-year-old child: “And there will be a rule against killing too many animals because animals eat insects, and we can’t have too many insects.”

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Kid’s got a point again: Zika has thrown parts of Venezuela into chaos. However, Venezuela is home to some of the most insane and awesome critters, like the Venezuelan poodle moth (pictured above), the goliath birdeater, and the elephant beetle. So while we don’t condone the unnecessary elimination of insects, the kid has a leg up over President Maduro, who has no official stance on insects. Round goes to the kid.

8-year-old child: “I will also make sure that we don’t waste water or food. Or if there is food left over, we have to be sure to put it in the trash.”

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CREDIT: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / YOUTUBE

Food shortage is one of the biggest issues affecting Venezuela. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s citizens lack the funds to purchase food, and what is available is barely worth the money. It’s not uncommon for families to draw straws, figuratively, to decide who will eat and who will go without. The starvation affecting these citizens has become known as “The Maduro Diet,” a grim joke in the face of nationwide famine. Maduro is well aware of this problem, and in spite of this, he has refused help from outside countries. Hands down, the kid wins this round, however, putting food in the trash is definitely not a solution in a country where people are shot and killed for meager rations. There are plenty of food banks for donating unused food, if you’re interested in helping.

8-year-old child: “I can’t be president now because I’m only eight. But I did skip first grade.”

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CREDIT: HUMANS OF NEW YORK / FACEBOOK

So after a short analysis, the choice is clear. An 8-year-old child would be better than the current president of Venezuela. While he isn’t old enough yet, he did skip a grade, which shows a level of intelligence and maturity that Venezuela needs in its highest offices. You have our vote!


READ: Babies Are Being Born In Boxes Because No Money, But The Miss Venezuela Pageant Must Go On

A List Of Latin American Cuisine That Isn't For The Weak Stomach

Food & Drink

A List Of Latin American Cuisine That Isn’t For The Weak Stomach

There’s more far more to Latin American food than tacos de asada and arepas.

How many of these have you tried?

1. Ubre Asada

Cow Udder


Think a cow udder is only worth it to spew out milk for baby calfs? Think again, because in Chile you can throw it on the parrilla and get yourself an ubre asada, full of protein and, uh, lots of cow udder.

2. Escamoles

Ant Larvae


Escamoles a.k.a. ant larvae are native to Central Mexico and were considered to be a favorite of the Aztecs. The escamoles can be served in tacos or on their own, often sauteed with cilantro, chiles and butter.

3. Cuy

Guinea Pig


Cuy, or guinea pig, is a delicacy in the Andean regions of Peru and Ecuador. They are often served roasted in all their glory and, yeah, they actually really do taste like chicken.

4. Caldo De Cardan

Bull Peen Soup


If you had 23 too many tequila shots on a Saturday night, Caldo de cardan might be the cure you need. Bolivia’s bull penis soup is known as the national hangover cure and I imagine if you eat this soup made of bull penis, lamb rib, chicken breast, potato, rice, boiled egg and beef jerky, you will be brought back to life immediately.

5. Morcilla

Blood Sausage


Millions of people around the world consider morcilla, or blood sausage, a delicious dish, but sometimes you remember that it is literally blood and animal guts stuffed into an intestine. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. Chapulines

Grasshoppers


Grasshoppers are a nuisance to some, but in Mexico and many other countries, they’re a yummy, crunchy, salty snack, giving potato chips a run for their money. Enjoy with a side of mezcal. 😉

7. Buchada De Bode

Goat’s Stomach

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Now this… this is something. Buchada de bode is found in Brazil and is their equivalent of Scotland’s haggis, which has a serious reputation of its own. Buchada comes from bucho, the Portuguese word for animal’s stomach, so yeah, there’s a lot of that. The dish is goat’s stomach filled with lungs, liver, kidneys, and blood and everything else inside the animal’s organs.

8. Jumiles

Stink Bugs


Mexico has some of most plentiful, tasty, and edible insects in the world, so naturally, they’re included in much of the cuisine. Jumiles are stink bugs, and although the name might be off-putting, they are known to taste much sweeter than you’d think… like a mix of cinnamon and mint.

9. Testiculos De Boi

Bull Testicles


Culinary-wise, testicles are known by many euphemisms such as smoky mountain oysters, to make the idea of eating them a bit more palatable. But not in Brazil. They simply call them testiculos de boi, meaning bull’s testicles. They’re often served fried with some lime and chili pepper oil and look a lot like chicken nuggets. Noms.


READ: LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

What’s the most adventurous dish you’ve tried? Let us know!

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