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People Stayed Up Late To Watch The Rescue Of ‘Frida Sofia,’ They They’re Pissed Because The Story Wasn’t True

There’s a saying in media that any publicity is good publicity. However, the story of Mexican TV network Televisa and its handling of “Frida Sofia,” a girl allegedly trapped in rubble for days after the recent earthquake, reveals one of the many exceptions to that rule. Southern Mexico was struck by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake near Puebla, Oaxaca that reached Mexico City at magnitude 7.1 on Tuesday, Sept. 19th. Numerous buildings collapsed, including the Colegio Enrique Rébsamen where, allegedly, a young girl named Frida Sofia was trapped underneath but still alive.

This past Wednesday, the day after the earthquake, there were reports that a young girl named Frida Sofia was trapped under the rubble of the Colegio Enrique Rébsamen.

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There were several unconfirmed anecdotes from volunteers and workers at the scene describing attempts to rescue the girl. Those stories were repeated breathlessly by reporters such as Danielle Dithurbide of Televisa. Some claimed to have seen Frida Sofia wriggle her fingers or to have fed her water or milk through a hose.

Wednesday night, thousands of people tuned in to the news, hoping to see the dramatic rescue of Frida Sofia.

But the entire story crumbled on Thursday, when Ángel Enrique Sarmiento of the Mexican Navy informed the press of the rescue of 11 students at the site. No girl named “Frida Sofia” was found.

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Nineteen children and 3 adults were also found dead beneath the rubble. The school assisted the Navy in their efforts to identify all students and, as it turned out, all were accounted for as either rescued, at home, or perished at the site. As for Frida Sofia, they never knew anything about her and are sure she doesn’t even exist.

Soon, international news agencies began to pick up the story.

Televisa blamed the Navy, others blame Televisa.

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Televisa and other media outlets later aired an apology from members of the Mexican Navy for the horrible mixup and lack of communication over the events that transpired.

Per Ángel Enrique Sarmiento’s statement, the Mexican Navy acted on reports from numerous eyewitnesses while also attempting to corroborate reports from official sources.

Despite the apology, people remained skeptical about Televisa’s involvement in the false report.

Some viewers pointed out some irregularities they saw during Televisa’s broadcast of events. Twitter user @lydiacachosi pointed out that members of Televisa were photographed dressed in safety vests with the logo of the federal police instead of ones marked as media, leading some to believe there was some type of collusion between the two.

People were rightfully angered by the news that the rescue of Frida Sofia was nothing but a farce.

Amidst the anger, some people managed to find humor in the situation.

If you’re a fan of “The Simpsons,” you may remember the Timmy O’Toole episode where Bart dropped a microphone speaker into a well and pretended to be a young boy who needed to be rescued. The media was all over the O’Toole rescue and the town of Springfield rallied around the boy — until they found out it was all a prank.

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Mexico City subway users often complain about malfunctioning escalators that keep breaking down continually. In any given CDMX metro station, you’ll find that escalators are out of order more often than they are functioning. And city officials have offered an explanation that shocked no one—people are peeing on them so much that escalators are corroding. Yup, you read that right.

Of the system’s 467 escalators, 22 are out of service on any given day.

Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation. Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.

One-quarter of escalator breakdowns on the Mexico City Metro are caused by people urinating on them, according to authorities.

The deputy manager of mechanical installations, Fermín Rafael Ramírez Alonso, said that Tacubaya and Chabacano are among the most affected stations.

Maybe—just maybe— stop peeing on escalators?

Ramírez urged users not to urinate on escalators or other Metro installations, because of the damage it causes. “When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramírez said.

But another issue is that there are no public bathroom facilities available.

Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets. “More than this being an issue about ethics or manners, I think that this is happening because of a lack of free and accesible bathrooms in the city,” tweeted one user.

Ramirez also said that other causes for breakdowns include excessively heavy loads, running on the stairs, imbalance on the stairs and objects falling between them.

“There are even users who cut the stairs with knives or other sharp objects, of which we have examples in Tacubaya,” he said, surprising absolutely not one of Mexico City’s users. Many metro users know that vendors even sell knives on subway carriages, as was noted by this tweet.

The biggest problem, subway authorities admit, is that many escalators are old, or have been damaged by rough use.

The city plans to replace about 55 escalators over the next two years. With over 1.6bn rides per year, the Mexico City subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: a 25¢ ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226km) system. Just remember to use the bathroom before setting out.

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