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No Pos Wow: Fox Vs Trump, World’s Oldest Mushroom Fossil, And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

Trump is getting outfoxed by Mexico’s former president.

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Super Deluxe and Vicente Fox teamed up again to send a message to President Trump: Mexico will not pay for the fucken wall! Not only does Fox call out Trump’s infamous Cinco de Mayo taco bowl tweet, but he also points out a major flaw in Trump’s wall — namely, how billions of dollars can be outfoxed with something as simple as a ladder. Fox makes some solid, and hilarious points here. Fans of Super Deluxe will definitely enjoy.

In Colombia, one man’s trash is another man’s… bookstore?


Jose Alberto Gutierrez, who never attended high school, understands the value of education. Over the last 20 years, the Colombian sanitation worker has rescued more than 20,000 books from the garbage for his bookstore, “Strength of Words.” Gutierrez usually collects books from the richer parts of town and then gives them away for free to poorer residents. As Gutierrez told the BBC, “Books transformed me, so I think books are a symbol of hope for those places. They are a symbol of peace.”

MORE: Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books

No, you’re not high, this is the oldest ?mushroom? fossil in the world.


At 115 million years old, this mushroom fossil from Brazil is the definition of rare. “Most mushrooms grow and are gone within a few days,” explains paleontologist Sam Heads told Science Daily. “The fact that this mushroom was preserved at all is just astonishing.” The story of how the mushroom — named Gondwanagaricites magnificus — came to be is definitely worth a read.

MORE: World’s oldest fossil mushroom found

An American school girl was once the pen pal of this Central American dictator.


A 10-year-old girl becoming friendly with one the most notorious dictators in Latin America? It sounds like a plot for an upcoming Netflix series, but it happened IRL. While most in the U.S. saw Noriega as the vicious, drug trafficking ruler of Panama, Sarah York just saw Noriega as a man who had a cool hat. York decided to send a letter to talk about it, saying, “I have seen you on television often here in the United States. Your hat was greatly admired here.” What happened next is almost too strange to believe.

MORE: How General Manuel Noriega became a pen pal for a 10-year-old American schoolgirl

This “Despacito” cover is the perfect song to get you through the weekend.

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By now pretty much everyone is at least familiar with “Despacito,” but Argentinian journalist Natalia Maderna’s cover is just starting to catch on, for good reason. Maderna changed up the lyrics to reflect Argentina’s problem with gender violence. The clip, which is just over a minute, features Maderna strumming on the ukelele, while her adorable, one-year-old girl throws down some amazing dance moves. Do yourself a flavor and check it out.

MORE: ‘Ni una menos’, la version de ‘Despacito’ contra los feminicidios

READ: Because You Don’t Have Time To Scour The Internet, Here’s How Messed Up It Is Out There

Former Miss Colombia Posts Video Dancing After Part Of Her Left Leg Had To Be Amputated

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Former Miss Colombia Posts Video Dancing After Part Of Her Left Leg Had To Be Amputated

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Former Miss Colombia Daniella Álvarez is showing that there is nothing that can keep her down. The former beauty pageant star had to have part of her left leg amputated after complications from a routine surgery.

Daniella Álvarez, a former Miss Colombia, is showing the world her resilience.

After a routine surgical procedure, and several follow up surgeries, part of the beauty pageant star’s left leg was amputated. Despite a major surgery, Álvarez is determined to live out the rest of her dreams and regardless of the amputation.

She recently shared a video on Instagram of her dancing for the first time since the surgery 3 weeks ago.

“Putting swing to life with my favorite partner @rickialvarezv. No matter the difficulties,” Álvarez writes in her post. “We must be resilient in life!”

Álvarez’s story is a cautionary tale of the kinds of complications that can arise from routine surgical procedures.

Álvarez explains that she went in to have a lump removed from her abdomen. Unfortunately, that surgery led to complications that required follow up surgeries to rectify the issues. Those follow up surgeries led to ischemia, which is when blood doesn’t flow where it needs to. The ischemia attacked both of her legs yet the left one was the most impacted.

Doctors tried everything they could to save Álvarez’s left leg.

After multiple surgeries, it became clear to doctors that they would not be able to save Álvarez’s leg. The only option left was to amputate and Álvarez accepted that fate with grace and class. The young woman seemed at peace with the decision and trusted that her doctors had done their jobs to the best of their ability.

Best wishes on an increasingly speedy recovery!

Álvarez’s right leg is not completely healed from the complications but it is getting better.

“The ischemia has also affected the functionality of my other foot as well, I am unable to walk,” Álvarez told La FM, according to Hola. “My right foot feels completely asleep and hasn’t woken up and we don’t know how long it will take for the foot to start functioning again.”

READ: Colombia’s Beauty Queen Winner Shared Her Brave Decision To Have Her Leg Amputated

There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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With the pandemic forcing millions of us into lockdown and self-isolation, we’ve had to get pretty creative when it comes to socializing. One consequence of the lockdown has been the total shutdown of bars and clubs.

But let’s be real: the desire to perrear hasn’t gone anywhere.

So that’s where digital dance parties come to the rescue. And one group is creating super fun virtual parties with serious DJs spinning everything from EDM to reggaetón, while also supporting at-risk communities.

Dona En Casa is throwing virtual dance parties and supporting local communities with every peso they raise.

The Coronavirus pandemic may have spurred the group into action, but Dona En Casa is working on solving issues that existed long before Covid-19 threatened communities around the world.

Poverty, homelessness, lack of medical care and education – these issues all existed long before the virus hit but imagine how much worse they have become for impoverished communities in Latin America… Things have only gotten worse.

So, Dona En Casa decided to step up and try and do something about it while creating a platform for others to give back and have fun doing so – all from the safety and comfort of their own home. The group is also creating a fun space for people to escape the daily reminder of self-isolation and quarantine with lineups featuring amazing DJs.

Dona En Casa has helped frontline medical workers and has plans to help even more organizations – with your support.

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The group started off raising money for families in need of food assistance – and so far, the Dona En Casa and its partygoers have helped feed 100 families. But the group has also helped raise money to buy face masks and PPE for healthcare workers stationed in remote parts of Colombia that don’t have easy access to necessary equipment.

In an interview with Felipe Galvis, a founder of Done En Casa, he said the group is also looking to expand its giving programs by partnering with other organizations – including a dog shelter and a sanctuary for monkeys trafficked in the wildlife trade.

OK – but a digital dance party? What does that even look like…?

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Trust me, I had this question, too. But it actually sounds amazing! I mean basically you get to party from the comfort of your home, get dressed up or stay as dressed down as you want, make your own favorite beverage, and hang out with tons of other like-minded people.

The party takes place on Zoom and typically goes for two hours – but Galvis noted that their first party stretched on for four hours because people were having such a good time.

And this isn’t like something you’ll just stream while doing something on the side: Galvis said that at least 70% of people are really active and engaged – there’s tons of chatting, dance challenges, games, and even private chatting going. Can we expect a Done En Casa wedding some day?

Galvis pointed out that the last thing he expected to do in a quarantine was meet new people, but thanks to these parties that’s exactly what’s happened. Together, they’re building a community and in the process supporting vulnerable groups and helping out the entertainment industry and DJs along the way.

Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two digital fiestas that will benefit TECHO – a major NGO across Latin America.

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This Friday and Saturday (May 22/23), Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two crazy fiestas that will take place to benefit TECHO – a Latin American organization that provides support to communities in need.

TECHO is an organization that Dona En Casa co-founder Felipe Galvis holds close to his heart. As a former volunteer, he has seen the impact the organization makes. They provide food assistance, medical aide, supplemental education such as English classes, and they help small businesses with microcredits and coaching. The organization also constructs emergency housing for families who need them most.

You can join in on the parties with a donation that will 100% benefit the organization. The group is asking for a $9 USD donation – since with $9 USD they can feed a family for 10 days. And with your $9 donation you get access to both parties on Friday and Saturday.

Colombia has had a pretty strict response to the Coronavirus pandemic leaving many people with increased anxiety and loneliness.

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As soon as it became clear that Coronavirus was spreading across Latin America, Colombia sealed off its borders – including banning its own citizens from returning to Colombia. In fact, the country has been home to some of the strictest measures against the pandemic in Latin America. While this has had a positive effect at combating the outbreak, it’s also led to increased anxiety and loneliness among those who aren’t even allowed to leave their homes to visit family.

The Dona En Casa initiative is a win-win situation that helps people in need while also letting others dance and hang out in a socially distanced digital platform. If you’re interested in signing up for the event, check it out here.