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10 Cosas que inventó un mexicano y tú ni enterado

Ser mexicano no siempre es sencillo. Constantemente nos vemos obligados explicarle a los extranjeros por qué no todos usamos sombreros, tenemos bigotes o gritamos “Épale” a la menor provocación, cuando en realidad nuestra huella en el mundo va mucho más allá del guacamole, los tacos o demás estereotipos. Y es que los mexicanos somos cabrones, de eso no hay duda, pero ¿sabías qué tan cabrones? Para que te des una idea, te compartimos 10 inventos por los que el resto del mundo nos debe dar gracias.

La píldora anticonceptiva

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Fuente: Luis Ernesto Miramonets/UNAM

En 1951 en un laboratorio de la Ciudad de México, Luis Ernesto Miramontes, un químico de Nayarit de tan sólo 26 años, junto con Carlo Djerassi, George Rosenkran y Gregory Pincus sintetizaron la noretisterona, el compuesto base de la píldora anticonceptiva. Y, ¿tú qué hacías a los 26?

El flotador de WC

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A mediados del siglo XVIII un sacerdote que también era filósofo y botánico y cartógrafo y periodista, inventó el primer flotador del mundo. Así es, la bolita que hay en tu retrete y que evita que el agua se derrame por todos lados, es producto de la mente de José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez, quien por cierto también inventó el jabón de coco.

Tinta indeleble

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Filiberto Vázquez Dávila, un ingeniero mexicano, creó una tinta que dura más en la piel que cualquier otra, ya que impregna las células directamente. Ahora esta tinta es la base de la democracia, pues es la que se usa en las votaciones políticas para marcar los pulgares de la gente que ha votado.

Pintura Antigraffiti

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En el Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada de la UNAM se desarrolló una pintura capaz de remover los colorantes de las pinturas en aerosol.

La Tortilladora Mecánica

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En 1947 Fausto Celorio inventó la primera tortilladora mecánica, sin la cual no podríamos consumir tortillas en las enormes cantidades que lo hacemos.

Mousepad

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Fuente: Mark Doliner/Flickr

Armando Fernández es el responsable del mousepad que todos conocemos y amamos, ya que en 1979 rediseñó un invento parecido con el fin de producirlo de manera masiva y llegar a todos nuestros hogares.

Rifle automático

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Durante la Revolución Mexicana, Manuel Mondragón creó un rifle más eficiente y de paso, cambió al mundo… para bien o para mal.

La TV a color

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Fuente: @celinatlaxcala/Twitter

Mucho antes de Netflix, la gente tenía que ver sus programas favoritos en una enorme caja de madera y cristal que sólo transmitía imágenes en blanco y negro… Como salvajes. Esto hasta que Guillermo Gonzáles Camarena, inventó el sistema tricromático secuencial de campos, o lo que viene siendo la base para el desarrollo de la TV a colores.

Hélice Anahúac

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Fuente: @VESysMX/Twitter

Juan Guillermo de Villasana patentó una hélice que permitía a los aviones elevarse a mayores alturas en menor tiempo y que revolucionó la industria aeronáutica.

Rascacielos antisísmicos

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Fuente: Felipe Alfonso Castillo Vazquez/Wikimedia

La Torre Mayor en la Ciudad de México, construida en 2003,  fue el primer rascacielos con amortiguadores sísmicos del mundo.

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Few days are as important or as celebrated as a teenager’s 15th birthday. So imagine the level of selflessness one must have to be able to say ‘no, I don’t want any of the celebration, I rather help out my community.’

Well, one teen in Merida, Mexico did just that this week when she told her family ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to her big quince and instead used the money that had been raised for her special day to help out her neighbors who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Her party was canceled thanks to Coronavirus, so she decided to help out those less fortunate.

In many countries across Latin America, the quinceañera is a huge milestone for teenagers. Beautiful dresses, visits from the entire family, big parties, and the best gifts are the norm at most quinces. But for 15-year-old Jiromy Xool Pech, instead of spending money on a lavish birthday celebration, she opted to use her party funds to help feed the needy.

Jiromy and her family had long planned her quinceañera – she had been looking forward to it for years. But with the pandemic hitting her community in Mérida particularly hard, the teen decided to put the party aside and use everything that had been invested in the ceremony to help her neighbors who have been impacted by the pandemic.

“Instead of partying, I prefer to give food to people, to help them with that,” Jiromy told El Universal. Jiromy not only asked to donate the money for her quince to the community, but she was also out there helping distribute the food to her neighbors.

Jiromy and her family weren’t alone in helping out the community either. Much of the food that was given out was prepared from by neighbors and local businesses that came to join Jiromy’s cause once word began to spread.

Unfortunately, many quinceañeras have been canceled or postponed thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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One of Mexico City’s most famous markets for buying quince dresses – el Mercado Lagunilla – has been closed for three months. This ins’t just hating a major impact on dressmakers and salespeople, but it also means that young teens aren’t able to buy the dresses to celebrate their big day.

But not all is completely lost: there are those who have begun to return, like Ximena González, who came with her family to try on dresses. Her quince was scheduled for May 16, but the pandemic changed everything, and now they expect it to take place in November.

“I was scared and upset but I had to accept it. Some friends can no longer go because they are moving,” she told El Universal. She added, “I hope that when it is my party the infections have gone down and that everything is done as if nothing had happened.”

Mexico has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including Jiromy’s hometown of Merida.

Jiromy’s selfless act to help her community comes as Mexico continues to see record breaking numbers of cases. Tens of thousands are dying and even more are losing their jobs and being forced back into poverty.

As of August 6, Mexico has more than 456,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 49,698 people have died from the virus. In Jiromy’s state of Yucatan, there have been more than 10,000 cases of the virus and it’s had a huge impact on tourism, which is a major economic force in the state. Therefore, it makes sense that the 15-year-old thought it was important to use the money raised for her party to help those who are suffering financially.

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