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Top 50 interesting facts about Mexico
During the entire period of the pandemic, Mexico did not close its resorts to tourists, which significantly increased the number of visitors. And for a good reason, because this land always has something to offer: monuments, great history, and rich culture.
Mexico is a land that always has something to offer its guests. These are sights, amazing history, and rich culture. We bring interesting facts about Mexico; let them become an incentive to visit this wonderful country!
Interesting facts about Mexico
1. Buritos and tacos are a national and very popular food here, based on corn, wheat and even cactus flour tortillas. The second component is meat, chicken or vegetables, and beans or beans, all directed with hot chili sauce.
2. Freshly squeezed juices, as well as various soft drinks sold on every corner, are very cheap, but be careful - ice is generously put there or diluted with water of unknown origin.
3. Fruits on the streets are sold already peeled and cut in plastic bags, before selling they are offered to be sprinkled with chili powder and sugar on top, for those who like it hotter.
4. Homemade ice cream that you can find on sale is sold without packaging, and what looks like chocolate chips may be chili peppers. Even when buying ice cream, you need to clarify - "but spicy please" :)
5. Tequila (full name Santiago de Tequila) is the name of the Mexican city in which the main production of the drink of the same name is located.
6. Blue agave is the plant from which tequila is made, contrary to popular belief that it is made from cacti. The blue agave belongs to the asparagus family and looks like a small bush with thorns, which is probably why the stereotype about cacti appeared.
7. Tequilero is the name of the tequila specialist.
8. Popular local sweets: pastille from apple and other fruits - in the form of toffee and in the form of cubes; coconut candied in lime; sweet beans with chili peppers in the shape of a churchkhela.
9. Boiled corn is also a popular delicacy here - you can buy the whole cob or already peeled in a glass. The seller, in addition to corn, adds salt and mayonnaise to the glass, sprinkles it with cheese and squeezes lime juice onto all this mess. And for the cob, and for the cup the price is the same - a little more than a dollar.
10. Corn is generally a universal product here - it is eaten raw, boiled and grilled, it is used to make cakes, stew, yogurt and even corn ice cream with pieces of corn.
11. Meat in the villages is often sold without refrigerators - despite the heat, it just hangs on a hook.
12. In large supermarkets, sellers work in gauze bandages.
13. Mexican Groupon is very developed in large cities - interesting offers are often found, discount lovers will like promotions. We have repeatedly bought coupons in a cafe, booked a hotel room (3 nights for the price of two), paid for an “extreme tour” with a 75% discount, a visit to a crocodile farm for 50% and a Segway tour for 30% of the tour cost.
14. The sand on the Caribbean coast of coral origin is very fine, white and almost does not heat up. In 40-degree heat, you can safely walk on it barefoot
15. The water in the Caribbean Sea is very warm, around 25-28 degrees all year round.
16. An underwater museum with four hundred sculptures located at a depth of 2 to 10 meters is located near Cancun. It will surely appeal to divers who are bored with tropical fish and coral reefs.
17. The beaches of Cancun and Tulum are among the ten best beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor.
18. Cenotes are natural wells or small lakes that the Mayans used as water sources and places for sacrifices, they will definitely appeal to snorkelers. Most of the cenotes are located in caves with many bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. The water there is crystal clear and pleasantly cool, good for relaxing from the heat outside.
19. Iguanas of different colors and sizes are very common in villages and small towns in Mexico.
20. In official taxis in Mexico City, a state license with a photo of the driver is required to hang on the glass. To avoid misunderstandings, it is recommended to check the photo with the one who is driving.
21. Taxis in Mexico City vary in security classes. The safer, the more expensive, but in general it is quite cheap. For 3-4 people, it is often more profitable to take a taxi than to use public transport.
22. The cost of local calls from a pay phone does not depend on the duration of the call. For example, an unlimited landline call will cost 3 pesos (25 cents).
23. Mexico City is located in the mountains, at an altitude of 2240 m, so if you are flying from the coast or lowlands, get ready to put on a sweater or jacket at the exit from the airport. During the day it is warm here, and in the morning and in the evening it is quite cool.
24. The metro in the capital of 20 million, in comparison with St. Petersburg and Moscow, is relatively uncrowded, even at rush hour.
25. In addition to the name, each metro station has a picture designation - this is done specifically for those who cannot read.
37. The numbering of streets and houses in cities is very curious - the streets are called by numbers: Calle 1, Calle 2. Moreover, the even ones go perpendicular to the odd ones, and the address is listed as “Calle 2, house 56, between Calle 1 and Calle 3″. This is very convenient and allows you to quickly find the desired street and the house on it, even without having a map at hand.
38. One-way traffic is organized in many cities due to the fact that most of the streets are narrow. Moreover, the direction of movement alternates - for example, on Calle 1 in one direction, and on Calle 3 - in the other. There is two-way traffic on wide streets, they are usually called Avenida - avenues.
39. Most small towns and villages are built according to the same principle: a square central square, on which the cathedral assembly and the police building are located, and in the middle there is a park area.
40. Tricycle is the most common mode of transport in small villages. Moreover, one wheel is located at the back, and two at the front, and they have a large basket in which they carry everything in a row - from firewood to people
41. Residents of very poor villages live in thatched huts. Often inside such a hut, the only "piece of furniture" is a hammock.
42. Chips, cookies and Coca-Cola - a permanent set of products that is in every shop, in any most seedy village. The inscription Coca-Cola flaunts here on all stores.
43. Most car rental companies offer deductible insurance. It takes a lot of hard work to find full coverage insurance.
44. The difference between "automatic" and "mechanical" when renting a car, as a rule, is not very significant - we overpaid only $ 12 per week.
45. There are no license plates on many cars - instead of them, a “registration certificate” hangs on the rear window.
46. Imprinting - this ancient procedure had to be subjected to a bank card to pay for a rented car. A few days later, the bank blocked the card due to the fact that it was “compromised”. Whether this is related to imprinting or simply spending in Mexico is unknown.
47. Heavy things, especially basins, women often wear on their heads.
48. Police officers patrolling the streets of the city, standing in the back of an SUV - a frequent occurrence in tourist cities.
49. Corruption is very common among the police - in case of any violation on the road, they begin to gently offer to "solve the issue on the spot."
50. The Mayan city of Chichen Itza, which belongs to the list of "7 New Wonders of the World" is located on the Yucatan Peninsula.
50 interesting facts about human psychology
The modern world is literally overflowing with thematic literature on self-knowledge, and Internet publications daily publish excerpts from scientific articles by specialists: psychology is increasingly becoming the subject of our interest. After all, each of us wants to be in harmony with our own “I”, make the most of the possibilities of the mind and build harmonious relationships with friends and loved ones. We have prepared for you 50 entertaining facts that will help you understand yourself and better understand the people around you.
50 interesting psychology facts
1. The smarter a person is, the more often he is not sure of his own beliefs.
2. If after communicating with a specific person you experience negative emotions and feel an unpleasant aftertaste, you have dealt with a toxic person.
3. A signature can tell a lot about a person. For example, the larger your signature, the higher your self-esteem.
4. When the company is filled with laughter, everyone looks at the one he likes the most.
5. Addressing people by their name, you have them more to yourself and increase the degree of trust in your own person.
6. 80% of people meet their future spouses at the age of 16.
7. Most of us suffer from phantom vibration syndrome: it seems that the mobile phone is vibrating, when in fact the device does not make any sound.
8. It takes only 4 minutes for a person to fall in love.
9. According to the law of polarity, opposites attract: we are inevitably attracted to people with opposite qualities.
10. The wiser a person is, the less often he gives advice. (Be wary of people who give you too many unsolicited recommendations.)
11. Our hearts have nothing to do with the feeling of being "in love", it's just a chemical reaction taking place in the brain.
12. Finding your true calling requires taking action. Follow your beliefs and they will lead you to your goal.
13. Our brain has a negative bias and tends to remember bad memories more than good ones.
14. If you fixate on problems, there will be more problems. When you focus on opportunities, more opportunities will appear.
15. You make a lasting first impression within 5 seconds of how you look, how you talk, and what you say.
16. A good way to focus and focus is to mentally talk to yourself while doing a task.
17. People who regularly help others are significantly happier and less likely to get depressed as they get older.
18. People who walk fast are usually more confident and happy than those who walk at a slow pace.
19. A woman will only argue with someone she truly cares about. Less controversy means less interest.
20. Energetic music stimulates brain waves that improve concentration even after you stop listening to it.
21. Dog owners laugh more often than cat owners and people who don't have pets.
22. If you expect something in return for your noble deeds, you are far from being a good person.
23. People who tend to have their heads in the clouds are usually better at coping with complex problems.
24. We are subconsciously more attracted to people who have the same taste in music.
25. You are more likely to achieve your goals if you keep them to yourself.
26. A lie requires more mental effort than the truth. When we tell a lie, we involuntarily wonder if it will fit our common “legend”, and we also worry about the impact even the smallest lie will have on our lives, relationships, and authority. Honesty has almost no negative consequences.
27. Watching a Harrowing Movie Makes People Think Deeper: Research at Ohio State University found that watching a movie tragedy makes people take a closer look at their lives and relationships.
28. People who think they are being watched usually behave better: as a rule, the presence of "others" encourages us to do the "right" things in order to gain "social" recognition and approval.
29. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed affects our happiness. A 2011 study found that those who sleep on the left side (if standing at the foot of the bed) are happier than those who sleep on the right.
30. Placebo can have the same effect as real treatments. Recent studies have shown that the placebo effect can lead to real biological changes, and this fact can turn the world of medicine upside down.
31. People need only one thing to be happy - to focus on what they have in the moment, and not worry about what they do not have or may never have.
32. Often the best way to attract someone is to stop paying attention to them.
33. Never worry about someone not loving you for who you are. Because there will always be someone who will love you for the same reason.
34. Often people do not listen to understand - they are waiting for their turn to speak.
35. People with low self-esteem tend to put others down.
36. Those who play video games are much more likely to have lucid dreams.
37. Mental activity also burns calories.
38. Death is the second thing people fear the most. The first is the fear of failure.
39. Chocolate and shopping can be more addictive than drugs.
40. Women with higher IQs have a harder time finding a partner.
41. People look more attractive when they talk about things they are really interested in.
42. The average time that women can keep a secret is 48 hours.
43. When someone cries with happiness, the first tear falls from the right eye. Tears of pain, as a rule, begin to flow from the left.
44. 95% of the time when people say they want to ask a question, you replay in your head all the bad things you've done recently.
45. Smart people tend to underestimate themselves, while ignorant people think they are great.
46. Writing down negative things and throwing them in the trash is a psychological trick that can improve your mood.
47. Once you accept your flaws, no one can use them against you.
48. When you stop associating with unnecessary people, good things will begin to happen in your life, and this will not be a coincidence.
49. People's favorite topic is themselves. So if you want someone to like you, talk about their persona.
50. You can die from a broken heart. It's called broken heart syndrome.
50 interesting facts about the ecology of the Earth
The word "ecology" can be translated from ancient Greek as "house" or "property". This translation is entirely consistent with the truth because the Earth is our typical home. We must not only constantly remember this but also do everything possible to keep the planet habitable for as long as possible!
Top facts about ecology
1. Lead poisoning is especially dangerous for the environment because it accumulates in the environment, as well as in living organisms. In the last century, lead was actively used as an additive for gasoline, but then its dangers were discovered, and now its use as such is prohibited.
2. There is a garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, the area of which reaches 1.5 million km², which is larger than the area of most countries in the world. The currents carry millions of tons of garbage here every year, and it has turned into a kind of garbage continent.
3. Ordinary cats cause decent environmental damage on some islands. Having got there together with seafarers, they partially became wild, bred and occupied their niche in local ecosystems, crowding out or exterminating the local fauna.
4. In Australia, environmental organizations stretch artificial vines over highways so that koalas do not risk dying by crossing these roads.
5. Half of the world's population drinks water that is polluted to one degree or another, and therefore unsafe for health.
6. About 12% of the surface of our planet has a protected status.
7. Only about 10% of trees are planted annually on Earth from the number that is cut down over the same period.
8. The fight for the environment is best in the northern countries of Europe. In Sweden and Norway, for example, up to 95% of waste is recycled and reused, and internal combustion engines will soon be banned there, giving way to more environmentally friendly transport.
9. About 5% of the world's population lives in the USA, but this country produces up to 30% of all the world's waste.
10. Recycling is important not only because it saves resources, but also because ordinary plastic takes more than 500 years to decompose in nature.
11. The state of ecology is also evidenced by the fact that every year about 30 thousand species of living beings die out on our planet. At this rate, by the end of the 21st century, species diversity will be halved.
12. About 15% of all deaths and fatal diseases in the world are caused by high levels of air pollution.
13. An increase in the average global temperature of only 3-4 degrees can lead to ice melting, global flooding and the disappearance of most of the forests on Earth.
14. Modern cars emit an average of 1.5 kg of gaseous waste into the atmosphere per 100 kilometers.
15. Bad ecology really kills. Thus, in 2015 alone, according to statistics, more than 9 million people died due to environmental pollution.
16. Biological dead rivers flow through some large cities like Kabul and Manila, in which, due to the extreme level of pollution, there is no life at all.
17. The dirtiest air in the world can be breathed not even in Beijing or Mumbai.
18. Every person on Earth consumes about 500-600 m³ of fresh water per year, but it is distributed very unevenly.
19. One large city in Africa or Asia like Lagos or Karachi pollutes the environment more than the average European country.
20. In the 20th century, an ecological disaster broke out in Australia due to the fact that wild rabbits brought to this mainland incredibly bred. It was possible to cope with the threat only when a special virus was created and distributed, which reduced the size of the rabbit population.
21. The best ecology in the world is preserved in Tibet. True, in recent decades, this region has been actively developed by China, so that the local ecosystem in the future may be in a vulnerable position.
22. Due to intensive agriculture, soils are depleted and turn into deserts. In China alone, 1000-2000 km² of land is desertified annually.
23. Clean ponds in Moscow in the recent past were so polluted that they were called Pogany.
24. Modern research shows that excessive air pollution leads to a gradual decrease in brain volume in humans.
25. In Sweden, Iceland and some other Nordic countries, waste heat from crematoria is used to heat houses. The practical descendants of the Vikings do not waste anything.
Half of the 50 interesting facts about ecology are over. So much more ahead.
26. Solar energy is the most environmentally friendly, but petroleum products are still used to produce solar panels.
27. More than 50% of the world's grain harvest is used to feed livestock and produce biofuels.
28. In some African countries, ecologists deliberately saw off the tusks of elephants and the horns of rhinos to protect these animals from poachers.
29. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the air is constantly growing, new records are recorded every year.
30. Some farm animals have a negative impact on the environment. Their population is in the tens of millions, and the gases they emit on such a scale really pollute the atmosphere. Now geneticists are trying to figure out how to genetically modify cows to rid them of this feature. Kangaroos, for example, do not know how to emit gases at all.
31. Only 8% of fresh water is used for domestic purposes. Industry takes 22%, and the rest is spent by agriculture.
32. One of the most global and complex problems of modern ecology is the gradual increase in the level of acidity of the waters of the World Ocean. If nothing changes, in the future it may lead to the extinction of entire ecosystems, and, accordingly, to a global environmental catastrophe.
33. Pollution of the seas and oceans also affects people, and in the most direct way. Under the influence of solar ultraviolet radiation, plastic breaks down into tiny particles, which, due to their similarity to plankton, are eaten by crustaceans and fish that eat these crustaceans. Then these animals get on the table to people.
34. For the production of environmentally friendly electric vehicles, a lot of harmful technologies that pollute the environment are used. Mainly for the production of their batteries.
35. The Russian lake Karachay is the most polluted in the world, as it has been used as a radioactive waste disposal site since 1951. Over the entire period of its operation, 150 million curies have accumulated in it, which is equivalent to 6 Chernobyls. Now the lake is completely isolated and, one might say, filled up.
36. Agricultural water consumption could be reduced by a third simply by modernizing irrigation systems, but all countries prefer to save.
37. The greatest harm to the ecology of the Earth is caused by people themselves. At the same time, the population of our planet is increasing by about 10 thousand people every hour.
38. In recent years, the thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet has been decreasing by about 10 cm annually.
39. Even in a large city with dirty air on the street, it is still 20-30 times cleaner than in a poorly ventilated room.
Well, and the last 10 of 50 interesting facts about ecology. Not tired yet?
40. About 35 million Russians live in settlements where the environment is so bad that the degree of air pollution exceeds the established safe standards.
41. To grow 1 kilogram of potatoes, on average, 120 liters of water are spent, and to obtain 1 kilogram of beef - about 13,000 liters, more than a hundred times more.
42. Electricity consumption for the operation of the Internet is increasing by an average of 10% annually.
43. Every year, people around the world throw away about 125 million fully functional smartphones simply because they are tired of their owners, and only a small part of this garbage is sent for recycling.
44. By the middle of the 21st century, more than 50% of the world's population will experience an acute shortage of clean drinking water.
45. Already now, due to environmental problems, every sixth person lives in conditions hazardous to health.
46. About 14 thousand people die every day because of polluted water. Most of all - in Asia and Africa, least of all - in Europe and North America.
47. Over the past half century, the area of glaciers in the Himalayas has decreased by about 15%. It is gradually decreasing almost every year.
48. Noise pollution is also dangerous, as constant noise interferes with the normal life of a person and other living beings.
49. Over the past 15-20 years, cockroaches have begun to disappear en masse from large cities. Many scientists attribute this phenomenon to environmental degradation.
50. Light pollution is harmful in that it greatly changes the natural level of illumination and thus negatively affects the biorhythms of living beings.
Love is: 40 Love Facts You Might Not Know Before
Love is something abstract. It cannot be described in words, it can only be felt. Love is not subject to time, logic, and any laws. It is elusive. We each have our own language and vision of love. Therefore, we will not try to understand this eternal question - "what is love?".
Instead, we will share with you 40 psychological facts that will convince you that love is an amazing feeling.
About love from the point of view of psychology
1. Most people fall in love through eye contact. And this happens within the first 30 seconds. Love at first sight in action!
2. Heart and truth can be broken. Research has shown that major traumatic events—breakup, divorce, physical distance, or the loss of a loved one—can cause real physical pain in a person’s heart. This condition is known as broken heart syndrome. It occurs when deep emotional triggers upset the brain and weaken a person's heart, causing symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Generally, the syndrome is more common in women than in men and can be mistaken for a heart attack.
3. When we look at a person we like, our pupils dilate by 45%. It makes us more attractive.
4. A person gradually falls in love with someone with whom he spends a lot of time - for example, a classmate or colleague. This psychological phenomenon is known as the exposure effect. Thanks to it, people tend to be attracted to each other depending on the time spent together.
5. People are more attracted to those who are as attractive as they are. This is called the matching hypothesis. Many social researchers point out that people choose their partners or romantic relationships according to a certain pattern. For example, if you are an attractive person, you would most likely want to be with the prettiest person in your neighborhood, at work, or at school/university.
6. Holding the hand of a loved one will reduce mental and physical pain.
7. One look is enough to fall in love. After all, the eyes are the mirror of the soul. So be careful who you look at. When we look at someone, our body releases phenylethylamine, a chemical that is associated with the body's fight-or-flight response.
8. Giving freedom is a love paradox. The more independence you give your partner, the more attached he will be to you.
9. Sometimes love can turn into an addiction. If this happens, it is better to end the relationship.
10. Talkative women and silent men tend to make the best couples.
11. Men fall in love faster than women.
12. When a person sees someone he loves, his heartbeat involuntarily quickens.
13. People marry people they can't live without, not people they can live with for the rest of their lives.
14. If you love cuddling, you'll be glad to know that cuddling is a natural pain reliever. When two people hug, their brain releases oxytocin, the hug hormone. Oxytocin reduces headaches and acts as a pain reliever for up to 4 hours. Therefore, if you feel tired, stressed or in pain, hugs are a great alternative to any painkillers.
15. A photo of a loved one can also relieve pain. Scientists have proven that the presence of a loved one helps a sick patient recover. The same works with his image. In a study conducted among people who were in pain, some participants were shown photos of their loved ones, while others were played with words (for distraction). Pain was significantly reduced in those who were shown pictures than in participants who were alternatively played games.
16. Partners who have similar interests and tastes are unlikely to last long in a romantic relationship.
It's the same with complete opposites, despite the popular belief that opposites attract. As a rule, couples who are either too similar or too different cannot be together for long. According to the researchers, there should always be a solid basis for similarities, as well as what both people can learn from each other.
17. People in love are chemically similar to those with OCD. Studies have shown that couples who are in the early stages of love have lower levels of serotonin, which is associated with happiness and well-being, and higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Similar rates are observed in people with OCD - obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is why we feel, act, or imagine ourselves differently than usual when we fall in love with someone.
18. When it comes to long-term relationships, usually people prefer an attractive face to a beautiful body.
However, when people are looking for entertainment, the body wins - and it's all because of physical attraction.
19. Simply expressing gratitude to the people you love causes an instant surge of happiness.
20. The expression "butterflies in the stomach" is a real sensation caused by the release of adrenaline.
21. Research has shown that if people meet each other in a dangerous situation, they are more likely to fall in love with each other than if they meet in a peaceful environment. For example, two people are more likely to fall in love if they meet on a white water rafting trip instead of in an office.
22. Men are psychologically turned on by women in red. This color is closely associated with desire and attraction. For example, according to some reports, women are more likely to wear red clothes during the fertile phases of the menstrual cycle.
23. When you find out that someone likes you, a small part of you starts loving him back.
24. Some people can't bear the loss of loved ones and die after a few months or years due to mental or physical illness.
25. 64% of people change their appearance after a breakup.
26. Good relationships are about two things: firstly, you need to appreciate similarities, and secondly, you need to respect differences.
27. Research shows that long-distance relationships are just as satisfying as regular relationships in
terms of communication, intimacy, and commitment.
28. The main cause of depression is unsuccessful love stories.
29. Women are involuntarily drawn to cheerful men with a good sense of humor.
Girls like to be happy, so a man who makes them laugh attracts them like a magnet.
30. We always associate the person we love with our favorite songs.
31. They say the most important thing in a relationship is trust. But it's not. Time is what matters most. It is over time that trust, friendship, and boundless and inseparable bonds grow.
32. Happiness Is Contagious, Research Shows It can be difficult for people to walk away from someone who is happy, or not to love someone who is happy, simply because such people are nice to be around.
33. The more you ignore someone you like, the more you fall in love with him.
34. Men with a lower voice are more likely to sound attractive than males with a higher voice.
35. Women first experience pleasure psychologically before experiencing it physically.
For men, it's exactly the opposite.
36. It takes only 4 minutes for a person to understand whether he likes someone or not. So if you want to make a good impression on someone, you don't have much time! It is believed that getting and holding someone's attention has more to do with body language, tone, and speed of your voice than what you actually say.
37. When two loving people look into each other's eyes for 3 minutes, their heart rate is synchronized.
38. Testosterone is a powerful male hormone that attracts women with its scent. Cologne that mimics the smell of testosterone can make a woman pay attention to a man.
39. Falling in love is like a cocaine addiction: it produces the same chemical euphoria and almost the same effect on a person's mind.
40. Twenty-year-old men feel emotional pain after a breakup more than women.