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Latino Topics Totally Owned This Year’s Google Year In Search Data And You Might Be Surprised By What Made It To The Top

Google searches have become a sort of cultural thermometer that tell us what people are interested in, their fears, likes and dislikes. Based on Google’s report on the Year in Search, we found evidence that Latino culture is alive and well, and is part of the mainstream even though some try to deny it! Here’s some of the Latino-related themes that made the top five in several categories. 

The Copa America, Latin America’s own World Cup like soccer tournament, was the 5th most searched term in “News” in the United States.

Yeah, you might think that soccer is not mainstream in the United States, but it is extremely important for Latinos. And the Copa America pins national teams against each other, so rivalries are born and revived. Do you go for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia? We can imagine hundreds upon hundreds of compadres enjoying the tournament together, or fathers and sons spending some time together as the beautiful game unveils on the screen. 

David “Big Papi” Ortiz was the third most searched athlete in the United States.

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The Dominican star for the Boston Red Sox is revered by Latino and non-Latino fans, who read the news in disbelief: Ortiz was battling for his life after having been shot in Santo Domingo. He survived the attack after undergoing numerous surgeries and receiving support from his adoptive city of Boston. Long live King David! He is fine now and has even returned to the Dominican Republic for one of the many charity events that he is involved in. He got a new lease on life and we are happy for him. 

Cardi B’s bub was the fifth most searched baby… Baby Yoda was first, of course.

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And of course Cardi B and Offset’s daughter was super searched. We mean, she is a Kultural Icon.. get it? Her name is Kulture, we didn’t misspell “culture” people! (before grammar snobs blast us!). Cardi B has become a symbol not only for Latinas, but for women in general: she is always herself, le guste a quien le guste. 

Cardi B was also the second most searched red carpet personality of the year! Shake it, honey! 

Our girl Cardi B had a great year by being her outrageous, gorgeous, controversial self. At the Met Gala red carpet she wowed everyone with a dress that was part kitsch and part British royalty. Te amamos. Her extravagance is unique… and stylish in her own way. 

Mexico was the fifth most popular tourist destination! Yes, it is safe to visit. 

Yes, the country is living one of its most dangerous periods ever when it comes to cartel violence, but touristy areas remain largely safe and Mexico City has established itself as a cultural hub unlike any other. Places like Oaxaca and Chiapas keep an ancient indigenous charm that is hard to resist. Mexico remains a great place to visit and Google search results indicate a steady interest in the United States’ southern neighbor. 

The powerful “When They See Us” was the third most searched TV show, and it triggered discussions around the rights of Brown and Black communities.

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The show recalled the Central Park Five, a group of young Black and Brown kids who were unjustly blamed for the bashing of a white woman in Central Park and became the face of racial and systematic discrimination in America. The show was spearheaded by Ava DuVernay and given the thumbs up by Oprah Winfrey, which perhaps gave it a big push. We need more shows like this, which look at the past to teach us about the present and help us build a more inclusive future. 

Chiquis Rivera’s wedding was one of the most sought after of the year.

The wedding was a happy occasion for Jeni Rivera’s daughter, but also had a share of scandal. It was supposed to be a private event, but the Univision show “El Gordo y la Flaca” released the location of the bodorrio, so a mob of reporters inconvenienced the couple and their guests. Things got violent between reporters and security staff. And the wedding became a viral sensation among US Latinos. 

In Spanish-speaking Google, the most sought after movie was Roma.

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The movie was this close to becoming Best Picture in the 2019 Academy Awards, for which it won Best Director and Best Cinematography. It also sparked debate around race and class in Mexico, were the topics are taboo. 

And the most looked after “How” was “How to learn English quick?” or “Como aprender ingles rapido?”

We hate to break it to you, but there is no easy way, mijos.

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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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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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Moms have blessed us with an amazing laundry fact that has apparently been around forever. Turns out that plastic lid cup that comes with your washing detergent is so much than for measuring liquid.

A little known fact was shared in the private Facebook group Mums Who Clean and the tip-off has reeled in millions of comments and views.

While all of us probably use the lids of our detergent bottles for measuring out the soup it turns out you’re meant to put the plastic lid or cup into the wash with your load. That way all of the detergent soap can be rinsed from it. This means that not only do your clothes get the exact amount of detergent it needs but it also means that this method will keep you from getting that messy soap up in your cup.

When the load is finished you scoop out the squeaky clean cup and use it for next time!

Don’t forget to be careful!

This hack doesn’t apply to all caps. Some brands will specify that the cup can’t be added i to your wash. According to news.com.au “There could be a risk of damaging parts and components, within the bowl itself, in relation to the agitator…It could get caught or trapped under the agitator or damage the fins of the agitator. Also it could damage the plastic cup you put in, resulting in bits of plastic going through your clothes.”

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