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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.

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.”

This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

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This Coronavirus-Themed Lotería Is The Perfect Kind Of Humor I Needed Right Now And It’s Even Available To Buy

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Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Social-distancing. This is all the news we hear these days and as important as it is to stay up to date on what’s happening with the virus and how to stay safe and healthy, forgive me if I don’t want a tiny break from all the seriousness.

So, you can imagine my delight when I was scrolling my Twitter feed and saw tweet after tweet about a Coronavirus-themed lotería. La lotería is a tradition soooo many of us grew up playing so it’s interesting to see it get a 2020 interpretation.

Could this be real? What could the cards for el mano or la botella look like in this Covid-19 reality we’re currently living in? I had to find out.

So I sat down with an artist who’s created his own Coronavirus-themed lotería set to find out more about his inspiration.

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Artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. (on Instagram as @PINCHE_RAF_ART) has created a series of incredibly unique lotería cards that can really thank the current Coronavirus pandemic for their existence: from face masks and hand sanitizer to toilet paper roll, these cards are emblematic of the times we’re living in.

The modern take on the traditional game is called ‘Pandemia Lotería’ and each card (he’s made 31 so far) features a name and image inspired by our new normal of social-distancing, self-isolation, extreme hand-washing, and even the stimulus checks.

What message were you hoping to send about the Coronavirus and our current climate by creating these new cards?

“You know originally this was a very selfish endeavor. I needed a creative outlet for the new experiences we are all going through. It became a project that helped me to connect to others through humor and a childhood game.  Now, I think my message has become one of bringing a lightness to the heaviness of the pandemic. It is a serious global problem, but laughing at our shared experiences is what being human is all about.”

Have you created new interpretations of all 54 cards – or if not, do you plan to create all 54?

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“I have about 31 cards completed and 2 additional specialty cards that won’t be in the game I am putting out soon. My plan for the project is to get as many cards in an art print as possible. I have been a little sidetracked creatively with some of the business side of launching an e-commerce [site] for the game. It has been a whirlwind, but people have responded really well to the cards and my goal from the onset of all this was to try and paint the situation in a light form. To sort of change the heaviness of the news cycle and remind people that better days are coming and those better days often include a game of lotería.”

Are there specific reasons you chose these images to illustrate these titles or what’s your thinking behind them?

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“Visually la Chalupa seems so sincere and serene. I feel it is one of the more complex original illustrations of lotería, so I thought it would be a humorous twist to associate her with fake news and the dolphins in the canals of Venice that were virally shared. The quaran15 was a simple, self-deprecating joke that ran through my head after my wife started to bake more. From banana bread to cookies, I knew I was putting on weight and gonna be built like a barril after all this. I used to see my grandmother’s use Armour manteca all the time to make tortillas and so the coloring became a play on that.”

Are you taking any suggestions? I know people who would love to see Susana Distancia and Los Amuletos (thanks, AMLO!)

“I’ve received a ton of suggestions and I think it has been great. I think part of the reason the cards have been popular is because they are relatable. I sometimes sit with a suggestion and see if it is something I can put my own twist on, while also staying true to my own vision for the project. Some ideas I don’t think I can do justice to or put in the right context so that is why I haven’t taken them on.”

Will it be possible to purchase these loteria cards? Or if it’s already possible, can you point our readers in the right direction?

“The game itself will be printed in a few weeks. Preorders went on April 23 and people can reserve theirs here and other merch like t-shirts can be found on my online store.”

And Rafael isn’t the only one getting in on the game – even Mexico City has its own Coronavirus-themed lotería game.

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Like so many other cities around the world, Mexico City is still under a strict stay-at-home order to help flatten the curve. With so many people stuck at home, what’s better than playing a game of an old favorite but with a relevant twist? And as the game’s creators point out – while being reminded of the measures we should all be taking to combat this pandemic.

The Coronavirus Lotería is available as a download to use as a background, you can share it on social media, or you can even play remotely with friends.

And last December, Google commemorated the game with its very own Google Doodle.

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Last December, Google had an online version of the game that replaced some cards for modern talks. The El ApacheEl borrachoEl diablitoEl gorritoLa muerteEl negritoEl soldado, and El valiente cards were replaced with El ajolote (“the axolotl“), El buscador, La conchaEl eloteEl emojiEl gorroEl guacamole, and El xoloitzcuintle (or the Mexican hairless dog.)