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How Many Naked Mexicans Does It Take to Break a Record?

For some reason, Mexico likes setting world records. Scratch that. LOVES setting world records. People will get nude, dance their heart outs, and cook massive amounts of food just to make a bit of history. Here are some singular feats accomplished by thousands of record-breaking Mexicanos.

The Largest Selfie in the World

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This past June, Mexico City set the record for the biggest selfie. Despite the fact that Guinness doesn’t have a selfie category, 756 people gathered by the Monumento de Niños Heroes to put on the biggest show the selfie stick has ever seen.

This kid was probably practicing that face for weeks:

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The Most People Kissing Simultaneously

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It shouldn’t be surprising that Mexico has broken the record for longest torta two years in a row. This year’s ginormous torta came in at a whopping 1,763 pounds (compared to last year’s 1653 pounds) and was measured at 214 feet (last year’s was 203 feet). Oh, and it only took them less than four minutes to make.

Looks like it tasted good, too:

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The Biggest Bowl of Guacamole

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Un mega chingo de guac, porfis. In March 2011, 600 students from the Technical Institute of Monterey churned out the world’s biggest mortar of guacamole. According to Jesús Saldaña, leader of the event, “[we] used 100 kilos of lemons to make sure that the guacamole wouldn’t spoil … we’re going to be handing out chips to students until it runs out.” Wait, that’s un chingo de chips, too.

The Most People Appearing Nude in a Photograph

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Photographer Spencer Tunick has traveled all over the world photographing mobs of nude folks. In 2010, he used a wide-angle lens to shoot a group of 2,500 posing in front of Sydney’s Opera House. In 2002, he organized a pig pile of 2,000 people in Parque Forestal in Santiago, Chile.

He raised the bar for himself when he got to Mexico City, a place home to nearly 9 million people, and was able to recruit 18,000 Chilangos for a record-breaking shoot in the Zócalo.

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The Biggest Tortilla Ever Made

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You’re gonna need a really big comal for that, btw. Back in 2013 in Tlalnepantla, a town in the state of Mexico, as an homage to Mexican culture and history, a group cooked the world’s largest tortilla – ringing in at nearly 10 feet and 440 pounds.

The Largest Choreographed Dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

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Mexicans love Maicol Yakson, too. A few weeks after Michael Jackson’s death, about 50,000 people gathered behind Mexico City’s Monumento de la Revolución to commemorate the king of pop by flash mobbing his famous “Thriller” dance.

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The Tallest Order of Hot Chocolate

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Perhaps a clever marketing gimmick from Nestlé, in November 2010, their Abuelita brand celebrated its 70th anniversary by brewing up 2,400 liters of hot chocolate – the biggest cup of hot chocolate ever made.

The Biggest Mentos and Coca Cola Explosion

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In August 2010, 2,433 people gathered at Six Flags Mexico City to conduct the wildest 5th grade science experiment of their dreams. They proudly beat the record set by 1,500 people in Singapore the month prior. No word whether the Mexican coke and Mentos explosion tasted better that American coke and Mentos explosions.

The Largest Parade of Classic Cars

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And you thought traffic in D.F. couldn’t get any worse. In May 2014, Mexico City beat Holland’s record for the world’s largest parade of antique cars. Guinness counted a total of 1,721 cars cruising down Reforma, and more than 250,000 spectators came to cheer them on.

The Largest Distribution of Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

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In 2012, then Mexican president, Felipe Calderón made Guinness World Records history for giving out the most energy saving light bulbs for free. 23 million energy-saving light bulbs were doled out to citizens of el monstruo. Calderón said that the light bulbs would decrease 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 600,000 cars from the streets.

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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One Town’s Residents Made A Citizen’s Arrest Of Their Mayor For Alleged Corruption And Shoddy Construction

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Residents of a village in Chiapas, Mexico have become so fed up with their mayor that they decided to do something about it. Eschewing long, bureaucratic legal processes to hold him accountable, residents of a southern Chiapas town decided to hold their mayor accountable for what they said was a public works project so poorly done that it was useless.

A mayor in Chiapas was tied to a tree by his own residents for a job done badly.

Residents from eleven neighborhoods of the Chiapas town Comalapa held their mayor accountable for his inaction on a public works project. According to reports, the residents arrested Mayor Óscar Ramírez Aguilar to a tree in a public area to expose him to the rest of the town. They told the newspaper Diario de Chiapas, that they wanted to expose him for the “bad public servant” that he is and that he shouldn’t be reelected.

The townspeople say the municipal water storage cistern — whose installation they say was a campaign promise — is in such poor condition that it does not comply with water safety requirements. It currently has no water, they said, due to leaks, and the residents accuse the government of merely patching the tank — badly — to stop them.

In a video on social media, residents showed how the concrete patch job is already chipping away and easily crumbles.

“He promised us that this would be a public works project worthy of Comalapa residents, but [this tank is] a farce; the water system doesn’t work well. It’s an old problem that he should have attended to properly and should have been a priority during his administration because he came to see us in our homes with this promise, and now he doesn’t want to live up to it,” a resident told the newspaper.

But the mayor is denying what happened in a social media post.

The mayor though has a totally different version of events. After he was released, Ramírez posted a video on his official social media account to counter the residents’ version of the story.

“They did not tie me up,” he claimed. “The meeting was with 11 representatives of Comalapa neighborhoods in order to agree upon details regarding a major public project, the introduction of potable water.”

However, photographs clearly showed the mayor standing before a tree with his hands behind his back.

Three years ago, another local official suffered a similar fate after allegedly failing to deliver promised funds. He was bound to a post in the the central plaza of Comalapa.

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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A Tourist Was Arrested For Illegally Climbing Up The Pyramid of Kukulkán

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It is important to be a responsible tourist. This means following rules, acting responsibly, and not violating sacred places. That is something one tourist learned the hard way when she climbed the Pyramid of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá.

Here’s the video of a tourist running down the steps of the Pyramid of Kukulkán.

The Pyramid of Kukulkán is one of the most iconic examples of Pre-Hispanic architecture and culture in Mesoamerica. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico. In 2017, more than 2 million visitors descended on the site.

Of course, #LadyKukulkan started to trend on Twitter.

You know that Twitter was ready to start calling out this woman for her actions. According to Yucatán Expat Life Magazine, the woman was there to honor her husband’s dying wish. The woman, identified as a tourist from Tijuana, wanted to spread her husband’s ashes on the top of the pyramid, which it seems that she did.

The video was a moment for Mexican Twitter.

Not only was she arrested by security when she descended, but the crowd was also clearly against her. Like, what was she even thinking? It isn’t like the pyramid is crawling with tourists all over it. She was the only person climbing the pyramid, which is federally owned and cared for.

The story is already sparking ideas for other people when they die.

“Me: (to my parents) Have you read about #ladykukulkan?
My Dad: Yes! (to my mom) When I die, I want you to scatter my ashes in the National Palace so they call you “Lady Palace,” sounds better, no?” wrote @hania_jh on Twitter.

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